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League (Premier Division)
Bobby Williamson (13)
Shaun McSkimming (56)
Bobby Williamson (88)
Guido van de Kamp
Andy McLaren for Jerren Nixon (55)
David Hannah for Gary Bollan (63)
Mark Reilly for Hugh Burns (89)
Alan McInally for Tom Brown (90)
David Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)
Killie fighting for their Premier League survival battled tenaciously right from the first whistle to the last and United could have little by way of complaint as to the outcome. Whilst Billy McKinlay did recover from his hamstring injury in time to play, the knock Jim Mclnally took at Ibrox kept him out, whilst Jerren Nixon and Paddy Connolly traded places with Andy McLaren and David Hannah and were in the starting line up.
There was a blow for United when the visitors went into the lead in 13 minutes. Billy McKinlay lost possession in the middle of his own half and the ball was played out to the right from where Ally Mitchell hammered in an angular drive which Alan Main beat away. The ball wasn't cleared and broke to Bobby Williamson who crashed the rebound in to the roof of the net.
Two minutes later United had a great chance to draw level when the ball broke to Dave Bowman who ran through in the inside right channel, but blasted his shot wide. Midway through the opening half, Paddy Connolly escaped the massed ranks of the Killie defence, but McPherson cleared the danger when the ball was played into the middle.
Geddes was at full stretch a minute later, but Christian Dailly's header lacked the power to beat the Killie keeper. Thirteen minutes from the break, United's best move of the game saw them make rapid progress up field for Maurice Malpas to cross from the right and McPherson was at full stretch to divert the ball away for the safety of a corner. Killie's powerful running then hemmed United back even if attempts on goal were lacking and it was obvious a difficult second half awaited United after the interval.
Indeed, the visitors almost immediately increased their lead on the restart as Tommy Burns slipped the ball to Napier on his right and though his effort lacked power, it beat Alan Main back in goal for the first time in five months, but Gordan Petric had run back to prevent a second goal.
The Killie player/manager then sent McSkimming clear and his shot bounced off Alan Main before Gordan Petric swept away further danger. However, the second goal which had been so much on the cards duly arrived eleven minutes after the interval. Mitchell plied McPherson with the bail down the right and the defender swung over a cross to the far post where Shaun McSkimming launched himself at the ball to head home from three yards.
Andy McLaren had already been drafted in for Jerren Nixon, but it was the introduction of David Hannah which brought an upward turn in the tangerine's fortunes and he pulled a goal back with virtually his first contribution of the game. Andy McLaren's cross from the right came off Alex Cleland's shoulder, but David Hannah got his head to it and deflect the ball home at the near post.
The goal breathed new life into United's attack and Geddes fisted away Billy McKinlay's first time shot after Paddy Connolly had stabbed the ball across the face of the box. Killie still looked dangerous on the break and sealed their first ever Premier win at Tannadice a couple of minutes from the end when Shaun McSkimming rammed in a shot from a narrow angle, but Alan Main couldn't hold it and Bobby Williamson screwed home a third on the turn.
|Alan Main (GK)||26||24||-||177||-|
|David Hannah (sub)||20||10||1||15||1|
|Andy McLaren (sub)||20||33||4||55||4|
No league table has been added for this season.
Despite the result at Ibrox last Saturday, I am very pleased with the way we played and kept our discipline. Contrary to most press reports I felt that not only did we deserve to draw, but we should in actual fact have won the game, because that was what our efforts deserved. None-the-less the attitude and commitment over the past five games - two against both Rangers and Aberdeen and in our last home match with Hibs - is exactly what I want to see here at Tannadice. The average age of our side against Rangers was considerably less than that of our opponents and I think the boys learned that they have nothing to fear when meeting Rangers on May 21st in the Scottish Cup Final, because we were their equal in all aspects but the result, and remember we were without Billy McKinlay and Craig Brewster against them. When we gell we are more than a match for any side and as I formulate my plans for next season, I am in the happy position of having to sit down and assess the form of more players than can be accommodated in a 16 man first team pool.
We have hit the right kind of form at the right time of the season and I feel that this augurs extremely well for the potential of the club next term. Before then we have five League games plus the Scottish Cup Final to negotiate and I want to see exactly the same level of commitment shown in tonight's game as in the Scottish Cup Final because we must only have winners in the side. Billy McKinlay will return this evening, but Craig Brewster may miss out due to a back problem. However Alan Main will be in goal as I continue, as I said not so long ago, to give everyone a chance in the first team before the end of theseason.