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)
Mike Larnach (40)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Hagart

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Ray Stewart
Derek Addison
George Fleming
Bobby Robinson
Graham Honeyman
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Stuart Rennie
Peter Carr
Joe Wark
Stewart MacLaren
Willie McVie
Gregor Stevens
Peter Marinello
Willie Pettigrew
Mike Larnach
Peter Millar
Paul Wilson

Graeme Payne
Davie Dodds
Mark Shanks
Jimmy Lindsay

Graeme Payne for Graham Honeyman

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bob Cuthill (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at November 18th, 1978)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)30 18 - 3443
Derek Stark19 9 - 10 -
Paul Hegarty24 18217535
Ray Stewart19 161252
Dave Narey22 18221016
Derek Addison23 161749
Bobby Robinson28 8 - 351
Billy Kirkwood20 1656017
George Fleming30 15127932
Graham Honeyman25 2 - 2 -
Paul Sturrock22 16114737
Graeme Payne (sub)22 1811839

League Table (as at November 18th, 1978)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 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. St Mirren 14 6 2 6 0 14
8. Hibernian 13 3 6 4 -1 12
9. Hearts 14 4 4 6 -7 12
10. Motherwell 13 3 1 9 -15 7

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.