3 - 1
3 - 1
League (Premier Division)
Christian Dailly (18)
Darren Jackson (55)
Mixu Paatelainen (59)
|Tommy Coyne (52)|
Freddy van der Hoorn
Peter Grant for Stevie Fulton (77)
Gerry Britton for Gerry Creaney (66)
Tommy Coyne (66)
Charlie Nicholas (76)
Jim McCluskey (Stewarton) (Referee)
The undersoil heating may have ensured that underfoot conditions were perfect on one of the coldest days for several years, but the elements still played a major part in making life difficult for the players. A gale-force wind heading straight out of the Arctic was responsible for the tricky conditions for the players and freezing temperatures for the fans. Three of the youngsters in the side at Paisley - Alex Cleland, Ray McKinnon and Brian Welsh — were replaced by the more experienced trio of Gijs Steinmann, Dave Bowman and Mixu Paatelainen. The early exchanges were relatively quiet until Celtic forced a succession of corners around the quarter of an hour mark. At the diving header just past Alan Main's righthand post. Shortly afterwards Nicholas sent over a dangerous cross which Creaney couldn't quite reach. A minute later we found ourselves in front. Gijs Steinmann played a long ball out of defence, Bonner left his area to clear from Darren Jackson who blocked the Celtic keeper's clearance and then Rogan and Bonner got in an almighty tangle to allow Christian Dailly to whip the ball clear and stroke the ball into the empty net from 16 yards. Celtic were stung into action and only a tremendous save by Alan Main stopped Fulton from equalising right away. However, we then took up the running and Bonner saved a Christian Dailly header from a Mixu Paatelainen cross. Billy McKinlay then found Darren Jackson out on the left. Darren left Elliot for dead with a quick turn and whipped the ball across the face of the goal. Dave Bowman and Christian Dailly couldn't quite get the final touch which would have led to a certain goal.
We maintained our ascendancy and Bonner did well to palm away a Gijs Steinmann shot on the turn. Little has been seen of Celtic since those early stages, but they got back on level terms thanks to a piece of quick thinking by Tommy Coyne. The former United striker nipped in to intercept a pass-back from Freddy Van Der Hoorn. He rounded Alan Main and netted from an acute angle. Almost immediately we seemed to step up a gear and within three minutes were in front again, Jim McInally, out on the left, chipped the ball into Mixu Paatelainen who fired the ball goalwards, Darren Jackson chested the ball down and despite the close attentions of a Celtic defender, Darren drove the ball low past Bonner. Four minutes later Darren Jackson was the architect of our third. He ran on to a through ball from Gijs Steinmann, held the ball up until the arrival of Dave Bowman. Dave's curling shot rebounded from the bar, but Mixu Paatelainen shot into the roof of the net via the underside of the bar. Three minutes later Christian Dailly ran in to head a Mixu Paatelainen cross past the post from just inside the box. There was no way back for Celtic and apart from a Tommy Coyne effort late in the match, there was no real threat to Alan Main in the last half hour.
|Alan Main (GK)||23||14||-||60||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||27||20||1||62||3|
No league table has been added for this season.
When we picked up a point at Love Street last season, I was reasonably satisfied in view of our away record then, but things have been very different on our travels this term with only one League defeat so far. To be honest, I was as angry as I have ever been at the end of last week's match at Paisley, particularly taking into account our second half performance. The total commitment of the first half was missing and the players refused to push forward to try and get a victory and in the last five minutes, we could even have lost the one point we did eventually take from the game. Sadly, we have a long way to go in finding winners in our ranks. We, undoubtedly, have a lot of players with loads of ability, but too many want to play the game at their pace and will only put just enough effort into a game to get by. Frankly it isn't good enough and the real winners in the side — Maurice Malpas, Freddy Van Der Hoorn and Jim Mclnally — deserve a better response from their colleagues. Today's match with Celtic, coming as it does in the wake of too many home defeats recently, is vitally important.
Our record away from home has been in keeping with a side at the top of the table, but recent home results have been very, very disappointing. Celtic will, I am sure, be very determined to beat us here, so it is absolutely essential that we are much tighter at the back than we have been at Tannadice recently. In addition, if we are to beat Celtic we'll have to attack with the same determination as in the second half of the Hearts game and the whole of the match against Aberdeen. If we can achieve both these aims then there is no reason why we cannot maintain the excellent record we have against Celtic over the past few years at Tannadice.