Dundee Utd 1
Motherwell 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 29th, 1988
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,266
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mixu Paatelainen (50)
Ray Farningham (62)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Tommy McLean

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Allan Preston
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
Ian McPhee
John Clark
Mixu Paatelainen
Kevin Gallacher
Cammy Duncan
Fraser Wishart
John Philliben
Craig Paterson
Chris McCart
Tom Boyd
Ray Farningham
Bobby Russell
Steve Cowan
Steve Kirk
Paul Kinnaird

Miodrag Krivokapić
Joe McLeod
Gordon Mair
Dougie Arnott

Joe McLeod for Mixu Paatelainen (72)
Miodrag Krivokapić for Ian McPhee (77)
Gordon Mair for Bobby Russell (85)
Dougie Arnott for Paul Kinnaird (88)

Dave Bowman (33)
John Clark (75)
Steve Kirk (75)
Steve Cowan (89)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)

Match Report

Failure to convert our chances was undoubtedly the root cause of us dropping a point to a stuffy Motherwell side which earned its fifth consecutive draw. Evidence of our problem cropped up three times in the first twenty two minutes. After five minutes Jim McInally swung a high cross to the far post and although Kevin Gallacher's header was on target, Duncan made a tremendous save. The Motherwell 'keeper then thwarted John Clark whose powerful grounder from a Kevin Gallacher cut-back looked a certain goal. A couple of minutes later Ian McPhee's free-kick was headed goalwards by Mixu Paatelainen, but Duncan pushed the ball round the post for a corner. After repelling our early pressure Motherwell stepped up their attacking efforts and Cowan shot wide before a Kirk volley from 25 yards struck the outside of the post. Four minutes before half-time a Paul Kinnaird chip was plucked out of the air by Billy Thomson as Motherwell finished the half on top.

Five minutes into the second half however, we took the lead. Paul Hegarty's header found John Clark and though Duncan managed to block his fierce drive, the ball fell to Mixu Paatelainen and the Finn had no problems in stroking the ball into the empty net. The goal boosted our confidence and we created several chances in rapid succession. Mixu Paatelainen headed over; an Ian McPhee shot was too high; and then Kevin Gallacher's brilliant reverse pass found Jim McInally in space, but his shot slipped agonisingly past the far post. We were punished for all those missed opportunities in the 62nd minute when Paul Kinnaird won possession out on the left and his cut-back from the bye-line was turned in by Ray Farningham. There was little by way of threat on either goal in the remaining period although Jim McInally did send in a powerful drive three minutes from the end, but it was straight at Duncan.

Squad Statistics (as at October 29th, 1988)

1988-89 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)30 19 - 183 -
Paul Hegarty34 12 - 67081
Allan Preston19 5 - 7 -
Dave Narey32 17 - 72736
Maurice Malpas26 19 - 36911
Ian McPhee27 51203
Dave Bowman24 19 - 1091
John Clark24 16215322
Mixu Paatelainen21 1794320
Jim McInally24 10 - 1074
Kevin Gallacher21 18413830
Miodrag Krivokapić (sub)29 7 - 7 -
Joe McLeod (sub)20 3 - 192

League Table (as at October 29th, 1988)

No league table has been added for this season.