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League (Premier Division)
Darren Jackson (78)
John Inglis (14)
Steve Maskery (20)
Mixu Paatelainen for Jim McInally (36)
Darren Jackson for Paddy Connolly (66)
Doug Barron for Gary McGinnis
Kenny Ward for Steve Maskery
Dave Bowman (55)
G Evans (Bishopbriggs) (Referee)
Prior to this game we had a 100% home record, whilst Saints had never won a Premier Division game at Tannadice, but by the end of this contest neither of those statements still held good. As early as the eighth minute there were signs that this wasn't to be our day. Paddy Connolly was brought down in the box, but no penalty was given. Six minutes later Saints had taken the lead when John Inglis netted at the far post after Gary McGinnis eventually managed to get his cross in from the left. The visitors went further ahead six minutes later when Turner laid the ball into Steve Maskrey who neatly beat Main from 12 yards. In between these two goals a Gijs Steinmann shot was turned round the post by Hamilton. However, our best chance of the half came on the half hour mark when Maurice Malpas threaded a through ball to Michael O'Neill, but Hamilton dived at his feet to block his path to goal. Saints continued to threaten, however, and within a minute Maskrey had shot narrowly over.
There were fewer goalmouth incidents in the second half as Saints appeared content to sit on their lead. The appearance of Darren Jackson from the bench, however, pepped up our efforts and in the 78th minute, he skillfully evaded his marker to play a one-two with Mixu Paatelainen on the edge of the box before shooting low into the far corner. The last ten minutes were spent desperately trying to pull back the deficit, but the nearest we came to equalising was when a Gijs Steinmann shot was blocked. But at the end of the day we right to both'points and despite the result, we still remained league leaders.
|Alan Main (GK)||22||7||-||53||-|
|Mixu Paatelainen (sub)||23||14||-||126||37|
|Darren Jackson (sub)||24||16||8||49||16|
No league table has been added for this season.
First of all I would like to thank the large number of you who travelled to Fir Park last Saturday. As always at away matches, your backing was magnificent and I am sure was further fuelled by a piece of genius by Miodrag Krivokapic after five or ten minutes That was the start of an absolutely outstanding display by Miodrag which would have set any crowd alight. Turning to tonights match, our major problem is how to best harness the Scottish 'up and at them' nature with patient build up as we attempt to overcome the first leg deficit. it can be a potent combination, but we must ensure that we don't go chasing everything in sight as we did in the first half against the lcelanders in the last round. The mixture must be right and remember we can still progress as long as the score remains at 1-0 in our favour, although obviously as the game progresses we will have to take more and more risks to try and get our noses in front. One change is enforced upon us tonight with the suspension of Brian Welsh. Having said that he was left out of the side on Saturday at Motherwell because his form has shaded recently. Hopefully, he can work on the weakness in his game in the reserves. If he does. and they have been pointed out to him often enough, then he does have all the attributes to become an exceptional defender.
The officials of Vitesse made us exceptionally welcome and as a result our stay in Holland was most enjoyable. We trust that we have been unable to reciprocate the same hospitality to them during their trip here, but the moment the referee's whistle blows we will both be after the same thing — trying to qualify for the next round. That is undoubtedly going to be a difficult assignment for us in view of the fact that we failed to score an away goal. However, given a fair share of the breaks tonight and everyone playing to the full potential I do feel we are good enough to make further advancement in the competition. What we cannot afford is to have even a couple of players off form. because then our task would become a decidedly uphill battle. On Saturday at Motherwell our two goals were quite magnificently taken and a repeat of those certainly wouldn't go amiss this evening. Whilst I appreciate the team has undergone much change recently. I am sure that if we now get a run without injuries we have a good enough squad to enjoy an exceptional season and, hopefully, we can contribute to that making further progress in Europe in tonight's tie.