0 - 0
0 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Freddy van der Hoorn
Guido van de Kamp
Scott Crabbe for John O'Neil (53)
John Clark for Freddy van der Hoorn (66)
Billy McKinlay (60)
Freddy van der Hoorn (70)
Scott Crabbe (74)
Mark Perry (78)
Phil O'Donnell (32)
Jamie Dolan (84)
Martin Clark (Edinburgh) (Referee)
There was good news and bad news on the injury front for United fans. On the plus side skipper Maurice Malpas returned to the side after missing eight matches, but Dave Narey was not quite 100% fit due to a groin strain. Both sides made an enterprising start, but some neat build up play wasn't matched by the incisiveness needed near goal. United's best chance of the first period came after 24 minutes. Mark Perry got his head to Billy McKinlay's cross from the byeline and when Brian Welsh head flicked the ball on, it landed at the feet of Andy McLaren whose first time shot was deflected up and over the bar. Four minutes later Andy McLaren went close again with a lovely turn which took him away from his marker, but he shot narrowly past.
In the second half, United were to enjoy more than their fair share of good fortune. In the 64th minute O'Donnell's defence splitting pass found McGrillen and he crashed a first time shot against the base of the post. Thirteen minutes later the other post came to our rescue when Freddy van der Hoorn turned a Kirk cross against the upright. We survived an even narrower shave eleven minutes from the end when Mark Perry was adjudged to have brought down McGrillen in the box, but McKinnon scooped the spot kick way over the bar. That was the signal for a hectic last ten minutes when both sides created a host of chances as they tried to snatch the winner, but the result which is becoming so predictable when Motherwell come to Tannadice€ was a draw - for the fifth successive Premier match on Tayside. At the end Tommy McLean was the happier manager, especially as his side still haven't won at Tannadice since January 1976!
|Alan Main (GK)||25||13||-||166||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||29||12||-||181||5|
|John Clark (sub)||29||10||2||320||36|
|Scott Crabbe (sub)||25||6||-||35||4|
No league table has been added for this season.
Two defeats in our last three games may not look good on paper, but there can be little doubt that the way the lads played on Tuesday against Hibs could not be faulted. At times they were on a different planet from Hibs in playing terms. For that reason I am only disappointed with the result. The lads played extremely well and gave their all. You cannot ask for any more than that. The only criticism of the evening was at the sharp end where our final delivery could have been better and consequently, we failed to put enough pressure on Jim Leighton. The manner in which we played against Hibs was my way of playing the game, being positive from the back with the full backs ready to attack at every opportunity and the commitment of the whole side was self evident. What I would like to see is the game against Hibs to be used as a springboard. not only for the two vital games which lie immediately ahead, but for the rest of the season. If we do we'll be there or thereabouts.
That road begins with Motherwell's visit this afternoon. They are a fine footballing side playing very positively this season and I'd like to welcome Tommy McLean and my fellow countryman, Miodrag Krivokapic. At the same time, I'd also like to wish them every success for the rest of the season, but only after this afternoon's top of the table clash.