6 - 1
6 - 1
League (Premier Division)
Billy McKinlay (34)
Billy McKinlay (pen.) (40)
Craig Brewster (56)
Jerren Nixon (66)
Jerren Nixon (69)
Christian Dailly (71)
|Tommy Coyne (22)|
Jerren Nixon for Sérgio Gomes (62)
Juan Ferreri for Dave Bowman (71)
Andy Roddie for Paul Lambert (30)
Paul McGrillen for Shaun McSkimming (56)
Rab Shannon (11)
Miodrag Krivokapic (40)
Billy Davies (64)
Andy Roddie (72)
Tommy Coyne (73)
Martin Clark (Edinburgh) (Referee)
Sergio Henriques Games, hereafter known as plain Sergio, may not have found the net as the Brazilian made his United debut, but his presence for 62 minutes added a new dimension to United's play which eventually overran a beleaguered Motherwell side. Billy McKinlay was the other change in the Tannadice line-up and he was perhaps primarily instrumental in influencing the tangerine's best performance of the season.
Within a minute of the start, the Tannadice Scottish international midfielder had smacked a twenty yarder as United opened brightly. They maintained that momentum to keep the hard-pressed Motherwell defence working over-time. It was therefore highly against the run of play when the visitors sneaked away to score. Lambert played the ball through to Tommy Coyne who was in space and he carried on to prod the ball past Kelham O'Hanlon from the edge of the box. That goal and the torrential rain could easily have put a damper on United's bright start. However, eleven minutes before the break, United deservedly equalised thanks to a brilliant opening carved out by Sergio and executed by Billy McKinlay. The Brazilian's reverse pass put Billy McKinlay in the clear and his precision chip beat Woods and a defender on the line.
Six minutes later, Christian Dailly went down in the box and Billy McKinlay tucked away the penalty to give a fully-merited interval lead.
Motherwell opened the second half with Kirk blasting in a shot which Kelham O'Hanlon saved well. But United effectively tied up the points with a tremendous third goal. Craig Brewster won possession from Dolan on the left and fired in an angular shot which beat Howie and went in off the inside far post. Motherwell's resistance crumbled after the home goal survived three narrow escapes within the space of a minute, the last of which saw Jim Mclnally clear off the line.
Soon after Howie failed to hold a cross and the ball broke to Jerren Nixon who had come on for Games and he neatly flicked the ball to his left before curling the ball round the keeper from ten yards.
Three minutes later the visitor's defence took absent without lead. United's neat triangular play found Jerren Nixon who was momentarily stunned to find himself in so much room, but recovered in time to slip the ball low past Howie for the fifth after nut-megging Krivokapic.
It became a rout two minutes later when Jerren Nixon swept over a cross from the left and Christian Dailly headed home the sixth. Before the end, Jerren Nixon should have scored again, but delayed his shot to lose sight of an open goal. Craig Brewster slipped the ball past the post after Shannon gifted him possession and in the very last minute Maurice Malpas shaved the outside of the post from 18 yards as United finished in rampant mood. Little wonder that Alex McLeish commented that United were almost scoring at will in the last half hour!
Paul Hegarty said afterwards, "Some of the football we played in what were horrendous conditions was a joy to watch. Even those of us in the dug-out enjoyed it."
|Kelham O'Hanlon (GK)||32||15||-||15||-|
|Juan Ferreri (sub)||24||1||-||1||-|
|Jerren Nixon (sub)||21||23||7||45||8|
No league table has been added for this season.
At a meeting with the players in mid-week I made it plain that I want to see us finish in second place in the league and retain the Scottish Cup. Results during the week have shown how much the Premier Division has become a league of survival. We may be second bottom at the moment, but the effect that two or three wins has on a side's position is truly quite dramatic. Consequently, we have a very vital three matches lying ahead of us in the next week. Todays match with Motherwell followed by Tuesday's re-arranged match with Partick Thistle and the opening of our defence of the Scottish Cup are three very important games for us. And attitude will play a big part in how we fare in these games. Certainly there can be no repeat of the kind of attitude displayed in either of our recent visits to Edinburgh where we suffered bad defeats at the hands of both Hibs and Hearts. The performance at Easter Road was the worst of the season, even worse than the 5-0 defeat on the opening day of the season, and at Tynecastle it was hard to believe that we could be so lax and unprofessional to lose a a goal in injury time at the end of the first half, especially as we had done the same thing at Hampden the previous week! Sandwiched between those disasters in the capital, the boys played well against Aberdeen and Celtic and with luck could have won both games.
However, you have to work for your own luck and if things don't go for you one week, then you have to try twice as hard in the following match. Starting now, the pressure is on all of us until the end of the season. Several players in the reserves have done their case no harm in recent weeks and changes are necessary in the side to provide a fresh challenge so that we can begin to collect victories to pull us away from the wrong end of the table and set us up for the Scottish Cup campaign next week. We always seem to play well against Motherwell and last year, two own goals cost us defeat in a match in which we were otherwise well on top. In the Scottish Cup meeting a week later, only two bad defensive errors earned them a replay. SO ALL IT NEEDS IS ONE OR TWO BREAKS, BUT THAT IS WHERE THAT WORD ATTITUDE CROPS UP AGAIN, BECAUSE IN OUR CURRENT POSITION 100% IS NEEDED FROM EVERYONE!