Dundee Utd 3
St Johnstone 0
League (Premier Division)


Dundee Utd
3 - 0
St Johnstone 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 14th, 1984
Tannadice Park. Att. 11,332
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Paul Sturrock (27)
John Reilly (80)
Tommy Coyne (86)
None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Rennie

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Tommy Coyne
Roy Baines
Rab Kilgour
Jim Morton
Doug Barron
Alex Caldwell
Drew Rutherford
Ian Gibson
John Brogan
Joe Reid
Ray Blair
Stuart Beedie

Bench
12. Alex Taylor
14. John Reilly
Alan Lyons
Gordon Scott

Substitutions
Alex Taylor for Ralph Milne (67)
John Reilly for Paul Sturrock (79)
Alan Lyons for Alex Caldwell (64)
Gordon Scott for Joe Reid (69)

Cautions
None. Ray Blair
Stuart Beedie
Alan Lyons

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D Downie (Edinburgh) (Referee)
H C McHendry (Glenrothes) & G A MacRae (Fraserburgh) (Assistants)


Match Report


After the Italian job, it's back to bread and butter. Paul Sturrock cracks a Hegarty free-kick into the roof of the net to subdue Saints. Late on John Reilly scores from close range and then sets up Tommy Coyne to crash in a spectacular overhead kick. Saints' Blair, Beedie and Lyons sin and are booked.



Squad Statistics (as at April 14th, 1984)


1983-84 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)36 46 - 6253
Maurice Malpas21 4521214
Derek Stark25 38624311
Richard Gough22 45714618
Paul Hegarty29 47545163
Dave Narey27 45 - 49634
Eamonn Bannon25 431123263
Billy Kirkwood25 431031364
Ralph Milne22 451220260
Tommy Coyne21 143143
Paul Sturrock27 203394121
Alex Taylor (sub)21 112162
John Reilly (sub)22 23105919






League Table (as at April 14th, 1984)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


It goes without saying that the result against Hibs was most disappointing. The previous difficult task of winning the League has now approached Herculean proportions. Only a very bad slump by Aberdeen would allow either Celtic or ourselves any chance of catching them. We have, in fact, stuttered along since we beat Standard Liege in November. Though it is easy in hindsight, I went against my better judgement, by relying on the players to play through lapses in form and that has probably proved to be the wrong policy. Paul Sturrock is the perfect example. No club could be expected to repeat success without the services of a top class player like Paul Sturrock. Indeed, it is very sad to see someone, whom I rated as one of the most exciting players in Scotland of recent years, play so far below his form. It would be easy for Paul to be looking forward to the end of the season with the injury riddled campaign he has endured. After last week's game I gave him some stick for his performance and suggested that his next appearance for United would be hi the Reserves. His reaction appeared to be one of relief at the prospect of getting away from the pressures of first team football. One thing 1 am proud of is that the players are honest enough with themselves to know when they are playing below their best.

It has, however, been difficult for Paul, looking for support from his colleagues, but out of the members of our forward department no one has played consistently well of late. In concluding, I must comment on the events on Wednesday night. Firstly. I would like to pay tribute to the tremendous support afforded to the players, who must be applauded for performing so well in tense nerve-racking conditions. In the final analysis the players carried the day with a magnificent second-half performance to establish an invaluable two-goal lead to take to Rome in ten day's time. Today, however, it is vital that we get our feet firmly back on the ground and entertain the hardcore supporters here this afternoon. These are the kind of games in which we require your support — even if admission is free today. That gesture makes me pleased to be the manager of a club with a Board of Directors who never let their heads get in the clouds and forget the supporters, the second most important people after the players.