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1 - 3
League (Premier Division)
Brian Welsh (50)
Pieter Huistra (14)
Mark Hateley (32)
Pieter Huistra (45)
Freddy van der Hoorn
Paddy Connolly for Grant Johnson (46)
John O'Neil for Freddy van der Hoorn (78)
Steven Pressley for Ian Ferguson (73)
Ally McCoist for Mark Hateley (89)
|None.||Richard Gough (21)|
Jim McInally (90)
Jim McGilvray (Edinburgh) (Referee)
Dave Bowman returned to the side as did Brian Welsh and Christian Dailly with Mark Perry, Paddy Connolly and Scott Crabbe stepping down.
Both sides made an enterprising start and United should have taken the lead after four minutes when Grant Johnson headed an Andy McLaren corner past when he had a free header. Huistra had the ball in the net shortly afterwards, but was ruled offside. He repeated the dose in the 14th minute and this time it counted, but the goal was down to Freddy van der Hoorn's failure to clear properly and his fellow Dutchman Pieter Huistra pounced to crack the ball into the top right hand corner from an acute angle. Maxwell continued to be the busier keeper, but that counted for nothing as we again contributed to our own downfall, Grant Johnson lost possession midway inside his own half. The ball was Played out wide right to Mikhailitchenko who teed the ball up for Hateley to sweep home a second. Even allowing for Brian Welsh heading a Hateley header off the line the two goal interval lead Rangers looked like securing by the interval flattered them, so you can imagine the feelings of those with Tangerine affiliations when Rangers clinically and cruelly broke away to grab a third on the threshold of the interval as United pressed for a goal to get themselves back in the game. The ball was transferred quickly from Mikhailitchenko to Hateley and into the middle where Huistra slammed in a third.
Alan Main had to block a Hateley shot on the turn immediately after the re-start, but from then on the United keeper was almost a spectator as United pushed forward relentlessly. Stevens headed a Billy McKinlay header off the line, but reward eventually came after Billy McKinlay's shot from a free-kick was deflected into Brian Welsh's path and the big defender hammered the ball home. Five minutes later Andy McLaren brilliantly controlled John Clark's long ball, but stabbed his shot wide of the post. A goal then would have undoubtedly made a game of it and before the end Maxwell saved at the feet of Christian Dailly after he had latched on to a misdirected pass-back. The longer the game went on Rangers were more and more content to soak up the pressure and almost grabbed a fourth when Pressley side-footed wide from a good position. To compound a miserable day, Jim Mclnally was sent off on the final whistle for aiming a kick at Pressley after a challenge.
|Alan Main (GK)||25||17||-||170||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||29||16||-||185||5|
|John O'Neil (sub)||22||5||-||81||6|
|Paddy Connolly (sub)||23||11||1||103||30|
No league table has been added for this season.
It isone of football's ironies that over the past three games we have probably played better than earlier in the season, yet our results have not been as good.
Obviously the lads did very well against Brondby and I couldn't have asked tor more. I sincerely believe that had Paddy Connolly tied the aggregate scores almost immediately after Billy McKinlay had opened the scoring, we would have won the tie within normal time, but the loss of a goal in an unprofessional manner right at the start of extra-time proved to be our undoing.
Obviously It was disappointing to lose out, but our lads gave everything and you can't ask more than that!
At Easter Road last Saturday, I felt that we played well enough, but Hibs stole ahead by virtue of snapping up a half chance which came their way and we didn't take ours and that unfortunately sometimes happens in football.
Again at Rugby Park on Tuesday evening we deserved more than we took out of the game after playing very well. After losIng another bad goal, we hit back with that tremendous goal by Billy McKlnlay and as in other games with a little more concentration in the box, we should have won a game in which
the home side made very few chances.
Finally on the subject of the Kilmarnock match, I'd like to pay tribute to the vocal backing from our magnificent band of supporters at Rugby Park. It is a long way to travel in midweek and whilst the numbers may not have been great, the level of vocal encouragement led everyone to believe that far more of you had travelled!
I strongly believe that we are on the right road and have the players at this club to win trophies for Dundee United. I know what I am after and in which direction we are heading and the progress we have made this season so far is better than I would have anticipated when I first arrived.
Today, of course, is a great occasion with the visit of Rangers, the League Champions. It is a great part of the game to play in matches such as this. They are a great club and a have a very good team which should ensure
that the large crowd in Tannadice this afternoon will have a match to enjoy as they witness two sides who desperately want to win this vital match.