Hearts 0
Dundee Utd 3
League (Premier Division)


0 - 3

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 8th, 1980
Tynecastle Park. Att. 5,875
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Paul Sturrock (2)
Paul Hegarty (34)
Paul Sturrock (77)

Team Managers
Bobby Moncur Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Ian Westwater
Jim Jefferies
Peter Shields
Jim Denny
Frank Liddell
Walter Kidd
Dave Bowman
Bobby Masterton
Alfie Conn Jnr
Willie Gibson
Alex MacDonald
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Derek Stark
Frank Kopel
Iain Phillip
Paul Hegarty
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Gibson
Joe Ward
Paul Sturrock

Gary MacKay
Archie White
Willie Pettigrew
Graeme Payne

Gary MacKay for Walter Kidd
Archie White for Dave Bowman
Willie Pettigrew for Joe Ward

None. Derek Stark
Ian Gibson

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike Delaney (Airdrie) (Referee)

Match Report

Graham Payne dropped out to make way for lan Gibson, who was ineligible for United's midweek UEFA Cup tie. Payne was on the substitutes' bench along with Willie Pettigrew. Hearts, who scored their first league goal at Tynecastle last week, were without Bobby Robinson. Masterton took his place.

Applying the early pressure, United got the best possible start when they went ahead after only two minutes. Paul Sturrock chased a long defensive clearance and young 'keeper Westwater looked rather slow to come off his line. Sturrock's first toe-ended effort was blocked by the 'keeper, but he followed up to
run the ball over the line. United went further ahead in 35 minutes after determined running on the left wing by Bannon won a corner. The corner, taken by the former Tynecastle favourite, was flicked on by Paul Hegarty at the near post, sending the ball towards the top left-hand corner of the goal. Although Shields got a head to it the referee and linesman judged the ball has crossed the line.

Hearts, looking for a quick goal, provided the initial pressure in the second half. The closest they come to scoring was when Gibson drove a shot across goal from the edge of the box. There was a walk-out from one section of the ground when United scored their third after 77 minutes. The Hearts defence was left wide open when McAlpine hit a long clearance downfield and Paul Sturrock was able to latch on to the ball and comfortably shoot past the helpless Westwater to kill the game stone dead.

Squad Statistics (as at November 8th, 1980)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 25 - 4343
Dave Narey24 24130821
Derek Stark21 2411063
Frank Kopel31 18 - 35813
Iain Phillip29 18 - 671
Paul Hegarty26 25726346
Billy Kirkwood22 20214430
Eamonn Bannon22 224538
Ian Gibson24 4 - 4 -
Joe Ward25 137137
Paul Sturrock24 251024465
Willie Pettigrew (sub)27 1246226

League Table (as at November 8th, 1980)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 13 10 3 0 +23 23
2. Rangers 13 7 6 0 +21 20
3. Celtic 13 8 2 3 +11 18
4. Partick Th 13 6 3 4 -3 15
5. Airdrie 13 4 6 3 -1 14
6. DUNDEE UTD 13 3 6 4 -2 12
7. St Mirren 13 3 4 6 +1 10
8. Morton 13 2 4 7 -12 8
9. Hearts 13 2 2 9 -13 6
10. Kilmarnock 13 1 2 10 -25 4

League results since United's last match
6th November 1980
Partick Th0-0Morton
8th November 1980
Hearts0-3Dundee Utd
St Mirren0-0Rangers