Dundee Utd 1
Hearts 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 26th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 9,393
3:00 PM Kick-off

Robbie Winters (66)

Team Managers
Tommy McLean
Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Erik Pedersen
Steven Pressley
Andy McLaren
Dave Bowman
Ray McKinnon
David Hannah
Robbie Winters
Kjell Olofsson
Gilles Roussett
Allan McManus
Neil Pointon
David Weir
Paul Ritchie
Gary Mackay
Stéphane Paille
Pasquale Bruno
Darren Beckford
Colin Cameron
Stuart Callaghan

Jim McInally
Sandy Robertson
Gary McSwegan
Steve Fulton
John Colquhoun
Jeremy Goss

Gary McSwegan for Kjell Olofsson (79)
Jim McInally for Ray McKinnon (87)
Sandy Robertson for Robbie Winters (90)
John Colquhoun for Darren Beckford (63)
Jeremy Goss for Stuart Callaghan (71)
Steve Fulton for Colin Cameron (78)

Dave Bowman (49)
Ray McKinnon (87)
John Colquhoun (72)
Neil Pointon (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Aberdeen) (Referee)

Match Report

Pre-match interest centred mainly round the possible appearance of the two Scandinavians in United's side and when the teams were announced the surprise was not the presence of the pair, but the fact that Swede Kjell Olofsson was listed under his own name, the striker having signed a short term contract on the morning of the match. Norwegian Erik Perdersen, however, was listed as a trialist in a United starting eleven which showed a whole host of changes from the one which had drawn at East End Park.

Out went Rab Shannon, Jamie McQuilken, Jim McInally and Sandy Robertson, although the latter couple were listed as substitutes. In came the Scandinavian newcomers, Ray McKinnon and Andy McLaren. Despite the wholesale changes, United were first to settle, but it was a first half which lacked any real action in either goalmouth. A low grounder from Ray McKinnon which Rousset saved at his right-hand post was the only real effort on target during the first half. After their punchless first half performance,

Hearts, with Jim Jefferies words no doubt ringing in their ears, came out looking a lot more determined and a Bruno long ranger sneaked inches past the far post just a couple of- minutes into the second period.Although fairly evenly contested, United looked that little bit more threatening, but when a goal came it was as a result of the breakdown of a Hearts attack. Maurice Malpas burst from the edge of his own 18 yard line and played the ball forward to Robbie Winters. He in turn found Andy McLaren out on the right and when he crossed, Robbie Winters was in the middle to bullet home a header.

Hearts threw on two substitutes to stage a late rally. None-the-less, it was United substitute, Gary McSwegan, who should have allowed United fans to breathe more easily by grabbing a second, dragging his shot wide on the far post after a long ball out of defence put him in the clear. The visitors hemmed us back in our own penalty box in a desperate attempt to rescue a point, but we held on to deservedly record our second win of the season.

Squad Statistics (as at October 26th, 1996)

1996-97 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 12 - 55 -
Mark Perry25 12 - 833
Steven Pressley23 12 - 572
Maurice Malpas34 4 - 70424
Erik Pedersen29 1 - 1 -
Ray McKinnon26 7 - 847
Dave Bowman32 11 - 38012
David Hannah23 817511
Andy McLaren23 10 - 1307
Kjell Olofsson31 1 - 1 -
Robbie Winters21 1237115
Sandy Robertson (sub)25 4 - 13 -
Jim McInally (sub)32 3 - 37821
Gary McSwegan (sub)26 1154222

League Table (as at October 26th, 1996)

No league table has been added for this season.