Dundee Utd 0
St Mirren 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
0 - 0
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 30th, 1989
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,643
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kevin Gallacher (missed pen.) (14)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Tony Fitzpatrick

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Gary McGinnis
Dave Narey
Allan Preston
Freddy van der Hoorn
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Jim McInally
Kevin Gallacher
Peter Hinds
Les Fridge
Tommy Wilson
Tom Black
Keith Walker
Roddie Manley
Billy Davies
George Shaw
Brian Martin
Gunni Torfason
Mark McWalter
Peter Weir

Miodrag Krivokapić
Michael O'Neill
Paul Chalmers
Norrie McWhirter

Michael O'Neill for Allan Preston (45)
Miodrag Krivokapić for Freddy van der Hoorn (81)
Paul Chalmers for Mark McWalter (84)

None. Roddie Manley (53)
Billy Davies (56)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim Duncan (Gorebridge) (Referee)

Match Report

A disappointing result, particularly as we missed a first half penally and lost the services of Allan Preston through injury just before half-time. Early exchanges were relatively even, but we had a great chance to go ahead after a 14th minute penalty award for hand-ball. Unfortunately Fridge got a hand to Kevin Gallacher's penalty kick and the ball was scrambled to safety. On the half hour mark Kevin Gallacher went through wide on the right but Fridge managed to deflect Kevin's shot into the side netting. Towards half-time Saints came more into the picture and went close to scoring when Weir's free-kick was headed narrowly past by Torfarson. On the stroke of half-time Allan Preston was carried off with a knee injury.

Early in the second half Walker directed a powerful header wide of the post, but from then on it was a case of United dominance, but that vital spark in front of goal was missing and Saints defended doggedly. The tempo of our attacks increased as the half progressed. Fridge saved a Gary McGinnis long range shot; Maurice Malpas saw his drive deflected for a corner; and Fridge touched a dipping shot from Peter Hinds over the bar, but Saints survived to take a point, the only consolation being that this was an improvement on the last visit by Saints when their 4-1 win matched our worst ever Premier home defeat.

Squad Statistics (as at September 30th, 1989)

1989-90 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)31 8 - 221 -
Maurice Malpas27 11141113
Gary McGinnis25 1 - 861
Dave Narey33 11 - 76736
Allan Preston20 2 - 151
Freddy van der Hoorn25 112112
Dave Bowman25 9 - 1393
John Clark25 10117723
Jim McInally25 1121487
Kevin Gallacher22 9117339
Peter Hinds27 8282
Miodrag Krivokapić (sub)30 4 - 351
Michael O'Neill (sub)20 8383

League Table (as at September 30th, 1989)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our 2-0 victory over Glentoran on Wednesday saw us safely through to the next round of the U.E.F.A. Cup which is obviously very satisfying. There were definitely a lot of plus factors about the manner of our win, though there were also some not so good points. We certainly got a lot more width into our play and the number of crosses we got over was certainly more than in any other game this season. I am old fashioned enough to believe that positive wing play and good crosses will always bring you goals. That brings us to the aspect of our play in midweek which wasn't so good. We really should have scored more goals and finishing remains an area where there is still room for improvement. This season has been a very difficult one for the players, and equally for the supporters to accept the number of changes in the side.

There is no doubt the blend still isn't quite right, though, with the exception of the match with Hearts at Tynecastte last Saturday, the last few games have seen an improvement. Results elsewhere in Europe, sadly, saw Scotland's representation in the three European trophies cut from five to two with only Hibs and ourselves going into yesterday's U.E.F.A. Cup draw. Today we meet St. Mirren in what is bound to be a very difficult game. We must work exceptionally hard, particularly when they have possession. Saints may be bottom of the League, but they have beaten both Rangers and Celtic this season and that alone means they must command our total respect.