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League (Premier Division)
Dragutin Ristić (5)
||Stevie Kirk (58)|
Jerren Nixon for Paddy Connolly (46)
||Paul McGrillen for Dougie Arnott (79)|
Billy McKinlay (35)
Brian Welsh (67)
Dougie Arnott (43)
Brian Martin (63)
Billy McKinlay (59)
Gareth Evans (Bishopbriggs) (Referee)
Moans and groans were the order of the day from the visiting support both pre-kick-off and throughout an opening 45 minutes. That followed Friday's departure of Scotland starlet Phil O'Donnell to Celtic in a £1,75 million transfer move. And those complaints were maintained by a disgruntled following for as long as United's quick off-the-blocks burst was maintained.
Dragutin Ristić capped United's early dominance with a fifth-minute strike. Disappointingly, for the home side's fans United appeared to think that their job was finished. And, as they allowed that dominance to slip, Motherwell were only too keen to take advantage of anything on offer.
Then came McLeish's interval pep-talk, he managed to turn matters completely around. The Fir Parkers were a completely different outfit during the second period, even before Steve Kirk managed to level matters. But, if United were disturbed at the loss of that goal, worse was to come for the Taysiders two minutes later when Billy McKinlay completed his second rash act of the afternoon on Dougie Arnott — and was promptly red-carded.
From then on, 10-man United struggled to keep their heads above water in the face of a tide of Motherwell attacks. Apart from McKinlay's ordering-off, four players were booked — home men Brian Welsh and Jim Mclnally, along with visitors Arnott and Brian Martin.
|Alan Main (GK)||26||4||-||181||-|
|Jerren Nixon (sub)||21||6||1||28||2|
No league table has been added for this season.
After a somewhat stuttering start to the season against Hibs, we have progressively improved almost match by match. We played well in defeat against Celtic and although Aberdeen had the better of the first half in our last home match, we dominated the second half and put in a terrific finish to overhaul Aberdeen's lead. The boys showed great character and determination in doing so and shows that we are on the up. Even though the Coca-Cola Cup tie with Hamilton Accies went to extra-time, we still played some very good football and that victory has set up September as a very important and vital month. I am pleased for the players who deserve a lot of credit for overcoming our early season problems. Now that we have set our standards, I want to see these followed all the way through by progressive improvement. And with Christian Dailly now back, albeit he suffered a hamstring injury at Firhill, and Maurice Malpas returning to action against Aberdeen reserves last Saturday plus Scott Crabbe's return now within the foreseeable future, we can only get better, though as you know it is not my policy to moan about injuries. With cup battles to be fought on two fronts and three important league games ahead of this month, there a lot of nice things to look forward to and all the lads are eagerly awaiting. Because of this I feel we can only get stronger and stronger and the way we performed after losing another diabolical goal against Aberdeen was very encouraging and has made us all the more determined to succeed because it is extremely important that Dundee United have continued involvement in all four competitions in which we are entered this season.
Last season we enjoyed some terrific tussles with Motherwell who come to Tannadice with Alex McLeish in charge for the first time. I don't envisage this coming meeting being any different and we are looking forward to another exciting contest. I am certain this afternoon's game will contain a lot of good football, played in a great atmosphere. The boys are confident that they can keep winning and doing well, because we are not far away from being at our best. Our supporters can help again this afternoon as they did against Aberdeen. Things weren't going well in terms of the result and that is the time that we need your backing. Your support in the latter stages of the game with Aberdeen, aided by the atmosphere of the magnificent new East Stand was of tremendous benefit. You must know we want to win and with your contribution from the stands we are going to win. I am looking forward to another good year ahead at the beginning of what is an exciting week with Europe ahead for both of this afternoon's competing sides.