0 - 0
0 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Guido van de Kamp
Freddy van der Hoorn
Christian Dailly for Victor Ferreyra (46)
Alex Cleland for Jim McInally (89)
|Adrian McKenna for John Watson (69)|
Evan Balfour (58)
Chris Honor (69)
Owen Coyle (75)
Jim McCluskey (Stewarton) (Referee)
Victor Ferreyra who'd been rated doubtful prior to the match was able to play, but John Clark had to pull out of the side which had beaten Falkirk because of a damaged knee ligament. Gary Bollan, a substitute on Saturday, started the match in midfield with Jim Mclnally reverting to right-back. If anything, Airdrie had the better of the opening exchanges and Guido Van De Kamp had to dive to smother a John Watson shot on the turn in the third minute. There was an even closer call a minute later as Stewart sneaked into a scoring position, but Jim Mclnally blocked his close-range shot to prevent an almost certain goal. Gary Bollan immediately combined with Victor Ferreyra before smacking the ball against the face of the cross-bar. We penned Airdrie back in their own half for long spells, but failed to seriously trouble John Martin in the Diamonds' goal. In fact, both Smith and Stewart again went close to scoring for the visitors. One of our best chances of the half came in the 32nd minute when Duncan Ferguson met a John O'Neil cross, but Martin saved his header at the second attempt. almost saw us make the breakthrough four minutes from half-time when John O'Neil and Billy McKinlay swept upfield on the counter-attack, but John O'Neil's attempted chip with only the keeper to beat carried over the bar.
The first half ended on a sad note with Victor Ferreyra being helped off the field with a hamstring injury. Christian Dailly replaced the Argentinian at the start of the second half. Duncan Ferguson's luck was out again when he headed straight into Martin's arms following a good move involving Gary Bollan and John O'Neil down the left. Airdrie defended determinedly and we struggled to find a route through to Martin in goal. Our scoring opportunities were limited to a Christian Dailly break down the left, but his final shot carried too much elevation. Ten minutes from the end Billy McKinlay first timed a pass from Maurice Malpas about a foot wide, but Airdrie held on to pick up their first Premier point from Tannadice in five visits. To complete an unhappy night, Jim McInally limped off following a collision with Martin with a knee injury.
|Guido van de Kamp (GK)||27||6||-||6||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||27||11||1||98||5|
|Christian Dailly (sub)||17||3||-||29||7|
|Alex Cleland (sub)||20||7||-||65||4|
No league table has been added for this season.
I am sure that all of the large band of United supporters at Brockville travelled home in good spirits after that emphatic 4-0 victory over Falkirk.
Nobody more than I appreciate that too often in recent years we have been disappointed, particularly away from home, but last Saturday was much nearer to the standard of performance which I expect from United sides.
I am certain too, that no one will have been disappointed with the display of Victor Ferreyra. He did very well but must still be given time to adjust to the game in Scotland. He has no problems adapting to the physical demands, but our game is played at a much faster pace than he is used to in his native Argentina.
On the evidence of his first two outings, I am confident that he will prove an exceptional acquisition.
Continuing on the Argentinian theme, can I categorically kill off here and now the rumoius which have been circulating about Walter Rojas. They are totally untrue and it is nwtang short of diabolical that the rumours emanated from players at this club!
We may have won by four goals at Brockville and Airdrie may have lost by a similar marginto Rangers at the weekend, but I can assure you that we will be taking absolutely nothing for granted this evening.
Alex MacDonald has a lot of experienced men in his ranks and they'll be out to make it extremely difficult for us.
For our part, we must build on Saturday's performance and once and for all rid ourselves of the negative element which keeps creeping in to our play. It was in evidence against Hearts at Tynecastle and then re-emerged in the second half of our last home game against Motherwell.
There is no real explanation for being so negative. It is all down to attitude. Instead of holding on to a lead, we must go looking for more goals as we did at Brockville.
If we can carry on in that mood it will show our home supporters that we are taking forward strides to being a good side, which will, hopefully, eventually lead us to once againbecoming an exceptional one in the not too distant future.