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League (Premier Division)
Billy Kirkwood for Willie Pettigrew
J Timmons (Kilwinning) (Referee)
Amidst a contract dispute between Partick, their player Ian Gibson - who was refusing to sign a new contract, and United - who planned to sign the Firhill midfielder, Thistle were the visitors to Tannadice as United were still looking for their first League victory. United's only change from the midweek League Cup defeat was Colin Campbell in for Iain Phillip.
United made all the early running, with Paul Hegarty heading over and Willie Pettigrew going close from a Bannon cross. Campbell also went close with a header before a Paul Sturrock attempted lob was caught by Alan Rough. At the other end, Donald Park and Tony Higgins both went close. More chances just before half time saw Pettigrew head just over, and Holt and Payne both saw chances saved by Rough.
There was little action in the second half, with the Thistle defence and international keeper Alan Rough keeping United quiet, and the match ended in the Terrors sixth League draw of the term so far.
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This afternoon we welcome a Thistle side to Tannadice which has recently recovered well from their close season 'freedom of contract' worries. However, the same powers of recovery cannot be said to have affected ourselves in the disappointing last few weeks.
To put it mildly the season so far — albeit that we are still competing in all events —has been a bitter let-down to every one connected with the club. To act as proof of my concern regarding the current failures of the side, I mention in passing that on a rare day off last Monday, I spent practically every leisure moment on the telephone, in the search for new faces.
In forwarding this information I do not intend it to act as a threat to the players here at the club — for make no mistake about it, the time for threats is well past! The problems have all been caused by the incorrect attitude of the players, despite the fact that on Wednesday past — even in that Clydebank defeat — I felt that it was one of the few occasions this season that the proper attitude was present. However, in so saying, do not for one minute think am suggesting that it was a good performance, the scoreline itself tells its own tale of that.