Dundee Utd 2
Motherwell 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 18th, 1978
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,876
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ray Stewart (6)
Billy Kirkwood (21)
Paul Hegarty (missed pen.) (12)
Mike Larnach (40)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Hagart

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Ray Stewart
3. Derek Stark
4. George Fleming
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Graham Honeyman
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Bobby Robinson
10. Billy Kirkwood
11. Derek Addison
Stuart Rennie .1
Peter Carr .2
Joe Wark .3
Stewart MacLaren .4
Willie McVie .5
Gregor Stevens .6
Peter Marinello .7
Willie Pettigrew .8
Mike Larnach .9
Peter Millar .10
Paul Wilson .11

12. Davie Dodds
14. Graeme Payne
Mark Shanks .12
Jimmy Lindsay .14

Graeme Payne for Graham Honeyman (51)
Jimmy Lindsay for Paul Wilson (27)
Mark Shanks for Peter Carr (59)

None. Willie McVie (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bob Cuthill (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Frank Kopel failed a late fitness test and Derek Stark stepped in to fill his defensive position, with Graham Honeyman taking over the No. 7 spot to make his home debut. In a surprise move, Graeme Payne is relegated to the subs bench, with Bobby Robinson taking his place.

United's first chance arrived when Paul Sturrock raced down the left and crossed into the centre. Honeyman just failed to connect, but Bobby Robinson followed up to hammer a low drive which comes back off the keepers legs. United kept on the pressure and took the lead in the sixth minute. A Robinson throw-in bounced in front of Ray Stewart 35 yards from goal, and the full-back rocketed in a spectacular half volley which Rennie stretched full length to touch onto the right hand post. However the ball just crossed the goal line before spinning back out, with the referee awarding the goal. Three minutes later United had a chance to make it two when Carr blatantly pushed Sturrock in the back as both men challenged for a cross in the box. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, but captain Paul Hegarty fared no better that his previous team mates who had scorned three chances from the spot this season as he sent the ball over the bar. United continued to push, and finally grab their second after twenty minutes. Billy Kirkwood collected the ball in midfield and sent a long pass out to Sturrock on the left. His cross into the box is met by Kirkwood on the edge of the 'Well box, with his header looping over Rennie and into the net. Minutes later Honeyman steered home from close range but the goal is disallowed for an infringement. Motherwell, finding it hard to break the United pressure, made a change just before the half-hour mark, with Lindsay on for Wilson. With five minutes of the first half remaining, the visitors surprisingly pulled a goal back, when Mike Larnach ran through between Hegarty and Narey to flick the ball past Hamish McAlpine and high into the net.

After such a pulsating first-half, the second period was a bit of a disappointment, although Motherwell came more into the game. They had a penalty appeal turned down when Larnach was stopped by Hegarty just inside the United box, and on the hour mark Willie Pettigrew steered goalwards from six yards out but saw his effort well saved by McAlpine. Motherwell were now operating a cleverly executed offside trap to thwart United's attacks, and when Derek Addison attempted to run through on his own he is upended by McVie, who is booked by the referee. The match finished with few additional chances at either end, and United remained top of the league after fourteen matches, equal on points with Partick Thistle.

Squad Statistics (as at November 18th, 1978)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)30 18 - 3443
Paul Hegarty24 18217535
Ray Stewart19 161252
Dave Narey22 18221016
Derek Stark19 9 - 10 -
Graham Honeyman25 2 - 2 -
Derek Addison23 161729
Bobby Robinson28 8 - 351
Billy Kirkwood20 1656017
George Fleming30 15127932
Paul Sturrock22 16114737
Graeme Payne (sub)22 1811839

League Table (as at November 18th, 1978)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 14 6 5 3 +5 17
2. Partick Th 14 7 3 4 +3 17
3. Aberdeen 14 5 5 4 +9 15
4. Celtic 14 6 3 5 +5 15
5. Morton 14 5 5 4 0 15
6. Rangers 14 3 8 3 +1 14
7. Hibernian 14 4 6 4 0 14
8. St Mirren 14 6 2 6 0 14
9. Hearts 14 4 4 6 -7 12
10. Motherwell 14 3 1 10 -16 7

League results since United's last match
18th November 1978
Dundee Utd2-1Motherwell
Partick Th2-1St Mirren

Manager's Programme Notes

I welcome Motherwell as Premier League visitors to Tannadice this afternoon with a tone of disappointment over the events of the past fortnight still ringing in my ears. True, a glance at the Premier League table will show us still heading the pack, but, honestly, I take little satisfaction from that fact after our two recent defeats. Normally I would have teen happy to settle for a couple of points from the four available from any pair of fixtures away from home, especially in the current Top Ten climate. And the fact that results elsewhere virtually dictated that a reasonable return from those two games would have seen us open up a lead for ourselves at the top of the League. However, I have long stated that it is what we do that matters, not what may or may not occur elsewhere, and that just about sums up our disappointments at present. Against Aberdeen I had little to complain about regarding the performance and in fact felt that we were extremely unfortunate not to have taken something out of the game. Nevertheless, at Capplielow last Saturday we brought home exactly what our display against Morton merited — nothing!

Recently we have been playing with a couple of players in the side who might well be slotted into the "passengers' bracket and at this level of the game that is two too many. I have already been put on record as pladng Graeme Payne into that grade and take absolutely no satisfaction in doing so. He is probably our biggest asset from the entertainment point of view and the sooner he returns to form the better I feel it will be for all concerned. Payne's presence along with the few other individualists left in the present Premier League set-up is essential to the public who come and watch and I get the feeling more and more than this currently much maligned Top Ten "pressure pot" is now turning the noose on itself by breeding the wrong type of players from what the public desire. The two disappointments behind us, we now have a couple of consecutive home fixtures in which to get things going again. Motherwell may be at the bottom of the table at this moment but there is no way that we will be looking for easy points to-day. There is no such thing at this level.