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UEFA Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)
Luís Norton de Matos
George Fleming for Derek Addison (46)
Billy Kirkwood for Paul Sturrock (71)
Siegfried Kirschen (West Germany) (Referee)
Wednesday 27th September 1978, was the date-line for the return leg which proved to be a night of bitter disappointment for Tannadice fans. It might have been different had referee Kirchen from East Germany not chalked off what looked a legitimate United score in the 25th minute. Frank Kopel lobbed the ball into the Standard net, but the referee chalked off the goal for an alleged infringement by Davie Dodds' challenge on the 'keeper.
Five minutes before half-time, Gerets handled a Sturrock cross, but the United appeals were rejected. Almost immediately afterwards, Dave Narey struck the bar. However, Standard, packing midfield, frustrated United, and began to move forward as the game progressed. Icelander Sigurvinsson was only just prevented from scoring by Dave Narey in 57 minutes.
United's task was becoming more difficult and more frustrating by the minute. In 70 minutes Hamish McAlpine brilliantly saved a Graf 40-yarder. United's last chance to take the tie into extra-time came 12 minutes from time, Dave Narey's initial effort was saved by Preud'Homme who couldn't hold the ball, but George Fleming shot the rebound past the post. So Standard survived United's onslaught to qualify by virtue of that single goal in Ghent.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||30||10||-||336||3|
|George Fleming (sub)||30||7||1||271||32|
|Billy Kirkwood (sub)||20||8||1||52||13|
Tonight's UEFA Cup clash against our Belgian visitors, Standard Liege sparks off a crucial four days here at Tannadice, with yet another important occasion coming up on Saturday when Hearts are Premier League opponents. As you know by now, I have for long placed the domestic scene before any other on our football calendar and subsequently the two points available against the Tynecastle men must take priority m my view. However, advancement in Europe is equally important from the vast big game experience to be reaped from such ties, and tonight's should prove to be no exception. Let me say right away that it is critical that we begin to repeat our recent winning away form here in front of our home support — starting tonight. Five points out of a possible six when journeying elsewhere is good going in any grade of the game, espedally in the Premier League, but to satisfy one's " ain folk " is becoming increasingly more important.
However, contrary to rumour, there is no truth in that we have applied to play all our fixtures away from Tannadice this season. The plain fact of the matter is that every side, including even the Old Firm, nowadays are starting to feel the pressures of the competitive Premier Division and are acting accordingly when playing away from home. Therefore the burden on the home sides to create something special by way of barrier breaking is becoming more difficult. Successive away wins at Motherwell and Paisley to follow on our good showing in Belgium in the first leg against Standard, have given the confidence of the side a timely boost. And although the other two results satisfied me, I admit to having taken more than the usual pleasure in last week-end's 3-1 victory over St Mirren, a side I have always rated highly. As you know, injuries have seen us hard pressed in recent weeks and for the side to have overcome the odds and return from Love street with such a convincing score line delighted everyone. However, despite the closeness of Standard's current 1-0 advantage, tonight's task will no easy one. The advice I would give to both players and fans alike must be that patience is the key on an occasion when frustration on the field and the terracings could prove fatal.