Mixu Paatelainen Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History



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Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1991-92 20 (15) 9 0 0 45.7% 22.9% 31.4%
1990-91 11 (15) 1 0 0 46.2% 23.1% 30.8%
1989-90 37 (4) 9 0 0 39.0% 29.3% 31.7%
1988-89 45 17 3 0 44.4% 33.3% 22.2%
1987-88 24 (2) 11 2 0 38.5% 30.8% 30.8%
Totals: 137 (36) 47


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 21/03/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 0
 17/03/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 0 - 1
 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
 07/03/92 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 0
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1
 11/02/92 4th Round vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2
 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 0
 28/12/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 3
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 11/02/92 4th Round vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 0
 28/12/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 3
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 05/10/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 0
 03/09/91 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 3
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  3 - 2
 08/12/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 1
 07/04/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 26/02/90 4th Round vs. QOS (H)  2 - 1
 27/01/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 3
 23/12/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 16/12/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 25/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 04/11/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 1
 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H)  3 - 2
 19/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 4
 29/04/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 1
 21/03/89 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 27/02/89 4th Round 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 0
 22/02/89 4th Round Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 18/02/89 4th Round vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 14/01/89 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  5 - 0
 17/12/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 05/11/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 0
 29/10/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 08/10/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 08/10/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 17/09/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 1
 03/09/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 03/09/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 24/08/88 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 1
 16/08/88 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (A)  2 - 0
 16/08/88 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (A)  2 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 13/04/88 Semi Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N)  1 - 1
 27/02/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 30/01/88 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A)  7 - 0
 16/01/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 0
 12/12/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 1
 14/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 31/10/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 3

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 21/03/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 0
 17/03/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  0 - 1
 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 07/03/92 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 11/02/92 4th Round vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 08/02/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 01/02/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 26/01/92 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H)  6 - 0
 18/01/92 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 3
 11/01/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 1
 04/01/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  3 - 1
 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 0
 28/12/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 3
 03/12/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 1
 30/11/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 23/11/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 1
 06/11/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 1
 02/11/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 19/10/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 4
 05/10/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 0
 28/09/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 21/09/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 14/09/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 07/09/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 03/09/91 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 3
 31/08/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 27/08/91 3rd Round vs. Falkirk (H)  1 - 0
 24/08/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  3 - 2
 17/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  4 - 1
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 30/03/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 0
 23/03/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 2
 09/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 0
 26/01/91 3rd Round vs. East Fife (A)  1 - 1
 05/01/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 02/01/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 29/12/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 22/12/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 1
 15/12/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 08/12/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 1
 07/11/90 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Vitesse (H)  0 - 4
 03/11/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 27/10/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 24/10/90 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Vitesse (A)  0 - 1
 20/10/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 0
 13/10/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 10/10/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 29/09/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 25/09/90 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N)  0 - 2
 22/09/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 18/09/90 1st Round 1st Leg vs. FH (A)  3 - 1
 15/09/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 08/09/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 0
 04/09/90 Quarter Final vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 0
 01/09/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 0
 25/08/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 1
 05/05/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 0
 21/04/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 18/04/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 14/04/90 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  0 - 4
 07/04/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 31/03/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 24/03/90 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 2
 17/03/90 Quarter Final vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 10/03/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 03/03/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 3
 26/02/90 4th Round vs. QOS (H)  2 - 1
 17/02/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 10/02/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 03/02/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 3
 27/01/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 3
 23/01/90 3rd Round Replay vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 20/01/90 3rd Round vs. Dundee (A)  0 - 0
 13/01/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 06/01/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 03/01/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 30/12/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 1
 23/12/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 16/12/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 09/12/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 2
 25/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 18/11/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 0
 08/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 04/11/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 1
 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H)  3 - 2
 28/10/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 0
 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 3
 17/10/89 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Antwerp (A)  0 - 4
 14/10/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 23/09/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 16/09/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 2
 13/09/89 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Glentoran (A)  3 - 1
 26/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 1
 23/08/89 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A)  1 - 2
 19/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 4
 16/08/89 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H)  1 - 0
 12/08/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 13/05/89 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H)  0 - 1
 06/05/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 0
 02/05/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 2
 29/04/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 1
 22/04/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 27/03/89 Quarter Final Replay vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 25/03/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 21/03/89 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 14/03/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 11/03/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 4
 27/02/89 4th Round 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 0
 22/02/89 4th Round Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 18/02/89 4th Round vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 11/02/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 28/01/89 3rd Round vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 1
 21/01/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 14/01/89 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  5 - 0
 07/01/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 0
 03/01/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 31/12/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 17/12/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 10/12/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  4 - 1
 03/12/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 26/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H)  1 - 0
 19/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 0
 12/11/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 05/11/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 0
 02/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 1
 29/10/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 26/10/88 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Din. Bucharest (H)  0 - 1
 22/10/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 1
 12/10/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 08/10/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 05/10/88 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Floriana (H)  1 - 0
 27/09/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 24/09/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 20/09/88 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  0 - 2
 17/09/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 1
 06/09/88 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Floriana (A)  0 - 0
 03/09/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 27/08/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 2
 24/08/88 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 1
 20/08/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 0
 16/08/88 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (A)  2 - 0
 13/08/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 14/05/88 Final vs. Celtic (N)  1 - 2
 07/05/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 20/04/88 Semi Final 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (N)  1 - 0
 13/04/88 Semi Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N)  1 - 1
 28/03/88 Quarter Final 2nd Replay vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 19/03/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 2
 12/03/88 Quarter Final vs. Dundee (A)  0 - 0
 05/03/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 27/02/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 20/02/88 4th Round vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 0
 13/02/88 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 0
 06/02/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 0
 03/02/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 30/01/88 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A)  7 - 0
 16/01/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 0
 09/01/88 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  0 - 0
 02/01/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 0
 26/12/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 16/12/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 2
 12/12/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 1
 05/12/87 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 28/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 3
 14/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 07/11/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 2
 31/10/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 3


Biography


Mixu began his career Finnish side Valkeakosken Haka, winning the Finnish Cup in his first season as a first team player after making his debut in 1985. After completing National Service in his home country, the Olympic and Under-21 international striker was brought to Tannadice in October 1987 by Jim McLean for a reputed fee of £100,000.

The 20-year-old unknown was signed initially on a part-time contract but scored on his first team debut against St Mirren at Tannadice, quickly establishing himself as a first team regular. With a bustling style that made him a fans favourite, Mixu scored 11 goals in his first season, including all four goals in a 4-0 win over Morton, and collected a runners-up medal after United lost out to Celtic in the 1988 Scottish Cup final.

At the start of the 1988-89 season Mixu became a full internationalist, playing for Finland against the USSR and Germany in August, and went on to score his first goal for his country in a 2-2 draw with Wales in October. He finished that season as United's top scorer with 17 goals, with several important counters against Aberdeen and Rangers in another memorable Scottish Cup run.

He continued to command a regular place in the squad for two more years, finishing as top scorer again over the 1989-90 season. However, with the emergence of Duncan Ferguson at centre forward, Mixu was often pushed out wide or used more from the bench. Continuing to appear regularly for his country, the striker would go on to win over 70 caps for Finland, scoring 18 goals. Although still playing regularly out on the left wing during the 1991-92 season, in March 1992 Mixu was sold to Aberdeen for £400,000.

Whilst at Pittodrie he collected runners-up medals in the League Cup and the Scottish Cup. His next move took him south to Bolton Wanderers where he collected a runners-up medal in the English League Cup and helped them win promotion to the Premiership twice. In August 1997 he signed for Wolves where he spent one season before returning to Scotland in September 1998 to join Hibs, helping them win the First Division in 1999 and collected a Scottish Cup second runners-up medal in 2001. After a year with RC Strasbourg, he returned to Hibs for a second spell before playing from St Johnstone and then St Mirren, holding a player/assistant manager role at both clubs until he retired in 2005, when he took up the manager position at Cowdenbeath. After managerial appointments with TPS, Hibs, Kilmarnock and Finland, Mixu returned to Tannadice as head coach in 2015, but saw the Club relegated at the end of that season.





Debut

October 31st, 1987
Dundee United 2 - 3 St Mirren

League (Premier Division)


International Career (Finland)


Caps: 70

Goals: 18

International Debut: January 11th, 1988 v. Czechoslovakia

Mixu Paatelainen had just competed in Olympic qualifying matches for Finland when he arrived at Tannadice in October 1987. His form during his first year with United lead to full international recognition, with appearances in friendly competitions in the Canary Islands and Malta at the start of 1988. A friendly appearance against Colombia five days after playing in the 1988 Scottish Cup final lead to his continued involvement with the full international side, and he scored his first goal at that level in a 2-2 draw with Wales in Swansea in October 1988. The last of his 26 international appearance as a United player came against Scotland at Hampden in March 1992, as he faced off against Tannadice teammates Dave Bowman and Maurice Malpas. Mixu went on to make 70 international appearances for Finland, the last coming in June 2000 against Latvia.

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Timeline


  • Date of Birth

    Mixu was born on this date in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Mixu began his career Finnish side Valkeakosken Haka, winning the Finnish Cup in his first season as a first team player after making his debut in 1985. After completing National Service in his home country, the Olympic and Under-21 international striker was brought to Tannadice in October 1987 by Jim McLean for a reputed fee of £100,000.

  • The St. Mirren bogey struck again, but for a long time, the luck appeared to be heading our way after 'keeper Campbell Money had to be replaced. He was one of two Saints carried off but the Buddies came from behind to grab a victory. Things looked good when we took an early lead. John Clark played a long searching ball up the left. It struck Finnish striker Mixu on the back, but he retained control and sent in a cross from the left which Iain Ferguson headed past Money from six yards - time 7 minutes. In 24 minutes Saints Ian Ferguson was put through by Davies and he drew Billy Thomson before sliding the ball in from a narrowing angle. Shortly afterwards Campbell Money was injured in cutting out a cross from Hamish French. He carried on but had to go off eventually, Kenny McDowell taking over in goal. It was a mistake by the deputy goalie which brought us our second goal. John Clark fed Jim McInally on the left and his cross was dropped by McDowell at the feet of our new Finnish striker Mixu Paatelainen shot home in the 48th minute of the first half.

  • The St. Mirren bogey struck again, but for a long time, the luck appeared to be heading our way after 'keeper Campbell Money had to be replaced. He was one of two Saints carried off but the Buddies came from behind to grab a victory. Things looked good when we took an early lead. John Clark played a long searching ball up the left. It struck Finnish striker Mixu on the back, but he retained control and sent in a cross from the left which Iain Ferguson headed past Money from six yards - time 7 minutes. In 24 minutes Saints Ian Ferguson was put through by Davies and he drew Billy Thomson before sliding the ball in from a narrowing angle. Shortly afterwards Campbell Money was injured in cutting out a cross from Hamish French. He carried on but had to go off eventually, Kenny McDowell taking over in goal. It was a mistake by the deputy goalie which brought us our second goal. John Clark fed Jim McInally on the left and his cross was dropped by McDowell at the feet of our new Finnish striker Mixu Paatelainen shot home in the 48th minute of the first half.

  • International Debut

    Mixu earned his first International cap for Finland, playing against Czechoslovakia.

  • 50th Appearance - Dundee United 4 - 1 Hibernian

    Our recent run of non-success against Hibs at Tannadice was halted with this emphatic victory. Strangely though, Hibs played very well! They set out their stall to attack and dominated the opening ten minutes, only to find themselves trailing after only 12 minutes. Paul Hegarty in the unaccustomed right wing position sent over the perfect cross to the far post. Mixu Paatelainen nodded the ball back across the face of the goal and Hamish French applied the finishing touch. Two minutes later Hibs came very close to grabbing an equaliser. John Collins hit a viciously curling free kick which Billy Thomson parried and then thwarted Rae's follow-up effort, diving full length to block the Hibs skipper's shot. The manner in which we got our second goal was bizarre. Neil Orr knocked the ball back to Graham Mitchell and his routine pass back to Goram turned into disaster as the goalkeeper had advanced from goal and the ball rolled gently into the vacant net. Kevin Gallacher almost made it three, but his overhead effort was fractionally high. Hibs, though two down, kept up the pressure and Evans headed wide. Then Evans set up a chance for Joe McBride, but he shot over from a good position. Evans then saw another header from a McBride cross flash past the wrong side of the post.

  • 50th League Appearance - Rangers 2 - 0 Dundee United

    When originally scheduled for 15th April, this was a match, which was potentially very important. However, events in the intervening period meant that Rangers had already claimed the Premier title. Despite this there was almost an eerie atmosphere within the stadium which was almost full.

  • 100th Appearance - Dundee United 1 - 1 Aberdeen

    The emphasis being given to youth continued with Allan Preston, Ray McKinnon and Paddy Connolly all retaining their places. In fact the only change from the side which lost at lbrox was the re-introduction of Miodrag Krivokapic, who had missed the Rangers game through injury. The Yugoslav replaced John Clark in defence. Aberdeen had the better of the early play and Charlie Nicholas shot over after Van Der Ark had headed the ball down to the former Arsenal striker. Three minutes later, however, another Van Der Ark assist brought the Dons the opening goal. A flowing move down the left saw Connor hoist a long diagonal ball to the right, Van Der Ark headed the ball down and Paul Mason gratefully swept it into the net, Gradually we forced our way back into the match and Paddy Connolly shot the ball over after Mixu Paatelainen headed down a free-kick by Freddy Van Der Hoorn. Darren Jackson then saw his shot deflected for a corner and an acrobatic volley by Dave Narey flashed past the far post. The Dons reminded us that they were dangerous on the break when another searching diagonal ball from deep found Van Der Ark, but fortunately his low shot slipped fractionally past the far post. Our best spell of the match came in the five minute spell before half-time when Darren Jackson pounced on a flick from Mixu Paatelainen, ran in on goal and cut inside before firing in a powerful shot which was just too high. The first 45 minutes ended with us forcing a spate of corners which yielded little or no threat to Watt in goal.

  • 100th League Appearance - Dundee United 3 - 2 St Mirren

    A gale force wind and lashing rain made conditions particularly unpleasant for the first home game of 1991. Despite playing into the wind we dominated play in that first half. As early as the fifth minute, Fridge made the first of several fine saves when he pushed a Billy McKinlay shot over the bar. Fridge again came to Saints' rescue four minutes later. Christian Dailly crossed, John Clark hit a shot on the turn which the St. Mirren 'keeper deflected over the bar with his leg. Paddy Connolly struck a shot past the far post as we continued to press forward. It wasn't until the 19th minute that Alan Main was called into action when he made a flying interception to a Kinnaird cross. Most of the action continued around Fridge's goal, however, in the 25th minute Michael O'Neill struck a shot against the 'keeper and John Clark, following up struck the bar, but it was all academic as the linesman had his flag up for offside. On the half hour mark Fridge made another magnificent save. Christian Dailly delivered a cross which was headed down by Darren Jackson, but Fridge somehow kept the ball out. Three minutes later and totally against the run of play, Saints took the lead. Kinnaird's corner from the right was met by Kenny McDowall coming in at the back post and he headed the ball down the net.

  • We completed the full set against Falkirk at Tannadice yesterday with the fourth Premier success of the season over the Brockville men. And it was Finn Mixu Paatelainen - out of contract at the end of the season - who was at the double to put the skids under them this time. United's opening surge had threatened much, with Argentinian Victor Ferreyra back and relishing his striking role. His skills in combining with youngster Duncan Ferguson posed numerous problems for the Falkirk rearguard - only for the finishing to lack that vital spark. Indeed, despite United being well on top, it was Falkirk who almost grabbed the lead in 17 minutes through Alex Taylor. But the former United man saw his snapshot rebound to safety off the underside of the bar. In stepped big Mixu Paatelainen to right matters in 27 minutes with a simple far post header from a Ferguson cross. And with United gaining in confidence, Ferreyra and then Ferguson went close before Mixu Paatelainen struck again. Six minutes from the interval, following right wing invention by Darren Jackson, the big fellow swung his right foot to volley home a loose ball from 12 yards.

  • Last Appearance - Aberdeen 0 - 2 Dundee United

    Following the defeat at Airdrie, manager Jim McLean rested Dave Bowman to ensure that he would be fully fit for Scotland's friendly with Finland. Jim Mclnally replaced his former Coventry colleague and was endeavouring to maintain his remarkable scoring run against Aberdeen. The only other change was the inclusion of Darren Jackson from the start, replacing Ray McKinnon. Despite the fact that Aberdeen got off to a good start with Ten Caat shooting narrowly past in the eighth minute and then having the greater share of possession, the Dons had few chances to score apart from a couple of dangerous Irvine headers.