Dundee Utd 1
Rangers 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 20th, 1982
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,965
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Sturrock (9)
Ally Dawson (88)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Greig

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
John Holt
Richard Gough
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Jim Stewart
Sandy Jardine
Ally Dawson
Colin McAdam
Colin Jackson
Alex Miller
Davie Cooper
Bobby Russell
Derek Johnstone
Jim Bett
John MacDonald

Maurice Malpas
Graeme Payne
Ian Redford
Billy Mackay

None. None.

None. Derek Johnstone
John MacDonald
Ally Dawson
Alex Miller
Colin McAdam

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Louis Thow (Airdrie) (Referee)

Match Report

The teams in third and fourth place battled it out at Tannadice, with United sitting three points behind Rangers in the Premier Division table. Manager Jim McLean made one change from the midweek Cup tie versus Hibs, with Derek Stark coming back into the side, and Maurice Malpas dropping to the bench. United assistant manager Walter Smith was absent from the dug-out, tasked with a trip to Yugoslavia to check out United's UEFA Cup quarter final opponents Radnicki Nis.

United started the brighter side, with Rangers looking jittery in defence. However it was a beauty of a goal that but the Terrors in front in the ninth minute. Billy Kirkwood passed to Paul Sturrock, who had his back to goal, turned and delivered a fantastic shot from 25 yards out into Jim Stewart's top right-hand corner. Stewart had four magnificent saves in the first half with the game being one-way traffic. Rangers frustrations then became obvious, with Derek Johnstone booked for dissent and John MacDonald booked for pulling Hegarty's jersey. The two players were later involved in a confrontation on the goal-line, which the referee let go without a word. Just before half-time Ally Dawson was also booked for kicking the ball away.

Rangers were better organised after the break, and United found the going tougher. The Glasgow side had an appeal for a penalty when Paul Hegarty was accused of handling inside the box on the hour mark, but referee Louis Thow waved away claims and booked Alex Miller for his protests. With the game going into the final minute, Alex Miller passed to Ally Dawson on the overlap, and the full back controlled well before squeezing the ball past McAlpine for a late equaliser.

Squad Statistics (as at February 20th, 1982)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 37 - 5043
Derek Stark23 21 - 1413
Paul Hegarty27 35232851
John Holt25 34417915
Dave Narey25 37137523
Richard Gough19 251291
Eamonn Bannon23 391512532
Ralph Milne20 36109023
Billy Kirkwood23 34720447
Paul Sturrock25 331830996
Davie Dodds23 371015555

League Table (as at February 20th, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 20 13 5 2 +22 31
2. St Mirren 20 10 6 4 +10 26
3. Rangers 20 8 8 4 +5 24
4. Aberdeen 19 8 6 5 +6 22
5. DUNDEE UTD 19 8 5 6 +10 21
6. Hibernian 22 6 9 7 +4 21
7. Morton 20 6 6 8 -9 18
8. Partick Th 21 3 8 10 -11 14
9. Airdrie 20 4 6 10 -19 14
10. Dundee 21 5 1 15 -18 11

League results since United's last match
13th February 1982
17th February 1982
Partick Th2-0Rangers
20th February 1982
Celtic2-2Partick Th
Dundee Utd1-1Rangers
St Mirren2-2Hibernian

Manager's Programme Notes

Needless to say the outcome against Hibs on Wednesday night left everyone delighted at our continued involvement in the competition. But the fact remains that we could have been quarter-finalists by now. We allowed the Easter Road men off the hook here at Tannadice last weekend and despite our last-gasp equaliser in midweek, I am still firm in the belief that we are the better side of the two. Two aspects of the replay pleased me. Although I was reasonably happy with our first half performance, I was absolutely delighted with our showing in the last 45 minutes of ordinary time and felt that we might well have won the tie throughout that period. The other reason for my satisfaction at Easter Road was the realisation that at last the message appears to be getting through to the players that determination and skill simply have to be allied in the modern game.

As you know from past opinions communicated through this column, I have long claimed that our players have allowed themselves to be too easily pushed around. While in no way condoning the cautions dished out in midweek, I think they may well have proved to more than myself that the message has been well and truly accepted by the players. Any side such as our own with a name for good football is open to the tag "softies" by some people, and football in the present day has no place for such outfits. Good football has to be mixed with determination equal to the opposition for success to follow. This afternoon's visit of Rangers offers a perfect opportunity for our players to confirm my midweek feelings on determination. The Ibrox side will be desperate to get back on the rails again after their disappointment at Firhill, and few sides show more determination in the game than the Light Blues.