4 - 1
4 - 1
League (Premier Division)
Paul Sturrock (32)
Ralph Milne (66)
Ralph Milne (68)
Paul Sturrock (79)
|Willie Gibson (2)|
Alex McGunnigle (Glasgow) (Referee)
Hearts may have been stranded near the foot of the table, but that didn't prevent them taking a shock second minute lead. Brough's long punt was headed on by O'Connor and then O'Brien, allowing Gibson to belt in the opener as the United defence remained static looking for an offside decision which never came. United's equaliser in the 32nd minute was similar in build-up. Hamish McAlpine's clearance upfield was mis-kicked by Shields and Paul Sturrock homed in on goal to pick his spot.
United had a hard fight to get back on level terms, but in the second half they bombarded the Tynecastle goal and it was only a question of time before United went ahead. Two goals in as many minutes killed off Hearts resistance. First Ralph Milne collected a long throw from John Holt and hammered home the second from 15 yards. Then a couple of minutes later in the 67th minute Ralph Milne followed up to net after a Paul Hegarty's header from an Eamonn Bannon corner came back off the bar. United completed a comfortable enough victory in the end when Paul Sturrock again took advantage of slack defending from Hearts. Denny's header from a long kick out by Hamish McAlpine landed into the path of the united striker who tobbed home the fourth.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||32||34||-||443||3|
In welcoming you back to Tannadice this afternoon I trust that you have all spent a. thoroughly enjoyable festive period over the past couple of days. The Christmas celebrations over, we welcome rejuvenated Hearts as our visitors for what seems certain to be a tight and hard-fought clash. The men from Tynecastle have been displaying a remarkable improvement in recent weeks — a change of fortune which followed our win in Edinburgh over them in November. Strangely enough, although we won in the end quite comfortably 3-0, I personally rate that display of ours as one of our worst of the season. In fact we took our goals from virtually nothing that afternoon, a rare occasion that for anyone in the Premier League.
But despite their ordinary home form Bobby Moncur's side has shown, like so many others in the Top Ten, their best: form in away matches. Mind you, as I say, they are not alone in that with the tendancy to close things up early in every game clearly bringing rewards to many of those who try it. And that's where the danger occurs for our own side who often tend to fall into the inevitable trap set by such opponents. But as far as I am concerned I firmly believe that home success keeps you the fans happiest, and therefore we will be continuing to attempt to get results — wherever we play!
As I have said before, to achieve this the players must accept the inevitable responsibility. And to those who won't accept that I say, the modern game is what it is. It will not change, so therefore you must!