Dundee Utd 4
Kilmarnock 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
4 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 27th, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,403
3:00 PM Kick-off

Willie Pettigrew (15)
George Fleming (24)
Billy Kirkwood (50)
George Fleming (83)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Davie Sneddon

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Frank Kopel
4. Iain Phillip
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Billy Kirkwood
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Willie Pettigrew
10. George Fleming
11. Graeme Payne
Alan McCulloch .1
Stuart McLean .2
Alan Robertson .3
Jim Clark .4
Paul Clarke .5
Derrick McDicken .6
Bobby Houston .7
Ian Gibson .8
Joe Cairney .9
Alisatir Mauchlen .10
John Bourke .11

12. Davie Dodds
14. Ralph Milne
George Maxwell .12
Jim Docherty .14

Ralph Milne for Paul Sturrock (82)
Davie Dodds for Graeme Payne (85)
George Maxwell for Joe Cairney (55)
Jim Docherty for Bobby Houston (65)

None. Stuart McLean (62)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

A return to scoring form by United as the fans welcomed goals with a vengeance against a Kilmarnock side which had no answer to the Tannadice tide of attacks. Two well deserved points these for a United side which showed signs of returning to real form again after several setbacks. Willie Pettigrew and George Fleming notched in the first half. Billy Kirkwood made it three after 50 minutes and then George Fleming wrapped things up for the Tannadice men with seven minutes left.

Squad Statistics (as at October 27th, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 11 - 3783
Dave Narey23 19 - 25219
Derek Stark20 181512
Frank Kopel30 19331212
Iain Phillip28 16 - 27 -
Paul Hegarty25 11 - 20937
Billy Kirkwood21 18210125
George Fleming31 17231737
Graeme Payne23 20221613
Paul Sturrock23 20618949
Willie Pettigrew26 188188
Ralph Milne (sub)18 113113
Davie Dodds (sub)21 1225816

League Table (as at October 27th, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 11 7 3 1 +14 17
2. Morton 11 7 2 2 +12 16
3. Aberdeen 11 5 3 3 +10 13
4. Partick Th 11 4 4 3 -1 12
5. Rangers 11 4 3 4 +3 11
6. Kilmarnock 11 4 3 4 -8 11
7. DUNDEE UTD 11 4 2 5 +2 10
8. St Mirren 11 3 3 5 -6 9
9. Dundee 11 3 1 7 -14 7
10. Hibernian 11 1 2 8 -12 4

League results since United's last match
27th October 1979
Dundee Utd4-0Kilmarnock
Partick Th1-4Morton
St Mirren4-2Dundee

Manager's Programme Notes

Lately, through this column I have done very little other than to confirm the reputation I have apparently worked hard to get as a meaner. I dearly wish at this particular time that I could have other than criticism to pass on to you. Sadly I do not — principally because of the fact that in this game nowadays it is clearly too easy to con people, and that I do not and never will attempt to do. So here we go again! Not so long ago, at Hampden in fact at the Peru game. Jock Stein and I were agreeing that the Scottish fans were the very best and the very worst following in world football — all wrapped into one. There is no support capable of creating that unbelievable atmosphere at our games, and yet, on the other hand, the Scots have seemingly never learned the meamng of the word patience. They firmly believe in the old high punt upfield into the opposition goal area and clearly fail to appreciate that in todays game our sweepers are there to halt that type of approach at every level of football. In so saying, we here at Tannadice, I include myself amongst them, are apt to get caught up in that impatience — and Wednesday night was a prime example of it. Our pre-game tactics were geared to playing two wingers in an attempt to stretch the Hungarian defence to its full width, but within 15 minutes the full-backs were beginning a night starvation of our wingers and playing long diagonal balls across both sides of the park.

But even at that the results of our two games played m 'the past week have quite frankly been farcical considering the way the games have gone. However, it is only 'the results that count nowadays and between Wednesday night and today's vital Premier League clash against Kilmarnock the main job of ours has been in attempting to hoist the deflated confidence. Therefore, although I realise that you on the terracing must have turned up this afternoon completely frustrated concerning those last two results, I implore you to give the side some time today to find their feet and their confidence. It is absolutely clear that no Premier League outfit is going to be allowed by the opposition to run all over them in the early stages of any game, and therefore that is why patience is an all important ingredient from the terracings.