Dundee Utd 0
Motherwell 0
League (Premier Division)


Dundee Utd
0 - 0
Motherwell 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 25th, 1993
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,633
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Ivan Golac
Tommy McLean

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Mark Perry
Brian Welsh
Maurice Malpas
Christian Dailly
Freddy van der Hoorn
Alex Cleland
Grant Johnson
Andy McLaren
John O'Neil
Billy McKinlay
Sieb Dijkstra
Rab Shannon
Rob McKinnon
Miodrag Krivokapić
Brian Martin
Chris McCart
Paul Lambert
Jamie Dolan
Steve Kirk
Phil O'Donnell
Paul McGrillen

Bench
Guido van de Kamp
John Clark
Scott Crabbe
Billy Thomson
Ian Angus
Davie Cooper

Substitutions
Scott Crabbe for John O'Neil (53)
John Clark for Freddy van der Hoorn (66)
None.

Cautions
Billy McKinlay (60)
Freddy van der Hoorn (70)
Scott Crabbe (74)
Mark Perry (78)
Phil O'Donnell (32)
Jamie Dolan (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Martin Clark (Edinburgh) (Referee)


Match Report


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!



Squad Statistics (as at September 25th, 1993)


1993-94 All Time
Age
Alan Main (GK)25 13 - 166 -
Mark Perry22 5 - 251
Freddy van der Hoorn29 12 - 1815
Maurice Malpas31 3 - 58419
Brian Welsh24 13 - 755
Alex Cleland22 5 - 1248
Christian Dailly19 1326213
Billy McKinlay24 12520113
Grant Johnson21 5 - 364
John O'Neil22 3 - 796
Andy McLaren20 122342
John Clark (sub)29 10232036
Scott Crabbe (sub)25 6 - 354


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at September 25th, 1993)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


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.