Dundee Utd 1
Aberdeen 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, January 3rd, 1989
Tannadice Park. Att. 17,952
3:00 PM Kick-off

Hamish French (14)
Charlie Nicholas (42)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jocky Scott & Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Beaumont
Dave Narey
Miodrag Krivokapić
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
Billy McKinlay
Mixu Paatelainen
Hamish French
Kevin Gallacher
Theo Snelders
Stewart McKimmie
Ian Robertson
Neil Simpson
Alex McLeish
Brian Irvine
Charlie Nicholas
Jim Bett
Paul Wright
Robert Connor
Paul Mason

Gary McGinnis
Harry Curran
Brian Grant
Davie Dodds

Gary McGinnis for Dave Bowman (61)
Brian Grant for Paul Wright (86)
Davie Dodds for Charlie Nicholas (86)

None. Alex McLeish (39)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Williamson (Renfrew) (Referee)

Match Report

This top of the table clash attracted a bumper crowd of almost 18,000, but Aberdeen again proved so very hard to beat as they stretched their unbeaten League run at Tannadice to ten matches.

Events during most of the first half indicated that this run could be coming to an end as we dominated play. After five minutes Mixu Paatelainen headed narrowly past from a Billy McKinlay cross, but there was better fortune for us in the 14th minute. Kevin Gallacher released Hamish French on the right and the former Keith player sprinted in on goal and despatched the ball past Snelders and although the Dutchman did get a hand to the ball, he couldn't prevent the ball entering the net. This provoked a flurry of Dons pressure, but it was at the other end that another goal almost came when a snap shot by Mixu Paatelainen dipped narrowly past. Then Hamish French fired just wide and shortly afterwards set up a couple of chances for Kevin Gallacher, who on each occasion couldn't get the final touch. After all this dominance Dons' equaliser three minutes before half-time was a bitter pill to swallow. Charlie Nicholas strode on to a through ball and shot low past Billy Thomson for an undeserved equaliser.

The second half was disappointing with Aberdeen generally having the better of the exchanges, but rarely troubling Billy Thomson. The highlight of the second period came late in the game when a scorching 35 yard first time drive by Gary McGinnis was turned round the post by Snelders six minutes from the end, so Aberdeen the only side to wrestle a point from us since November 19th.

Squad Statistics (as at January 3rd, 1989)

1988-89 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)66 0 - 0 -
Dave Beaumont60 0 - 0 -
Miodrag Krivokapić64 0 - 0 -
Dave Narey67 0 - 0 -
Maurice Malpas61 0 - 0 -
Jim McInally60 0 - 0 -
Billy McKinlay54 0 - 0 -
Dave Bowman60 0 - 0 -
Mixu Paatelainen57 0 - 0 -
Kevin Gallacher57 0 - 0 -
Hamish French60 0 - 0 -
Gary McGinnis (sub)60 0 - 0 -

League Table (as at January 3rd, 1989)

No league table has been added for this season.