Dundee Utd 2
St Mirren 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 15th, 1980
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,024
3:00 PM Kick-off

Davie Dodds (37)
Paul Sturrock (83)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jim Clunie

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Iain Phillip
Ian Gibson
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Willie Pettigrew
Billy Thomson
John Young
Alex Beckett
Lex Richardson
John McCormack
Jackie Copland
Jimmy Bone
Jeff Curran
Doug Somner
Peter Weir
Billy Abercromby

Billy Kirkwood
Graeme Payne
John McEachran
Mark Fulton

Graeme Payne for Willie Pettigrew
John McEachran for Jimmy Bone

None. John McCormack

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

F McKenzie (Wishaw) (Referee)

Match Report

Frustration was the name of the game in the first half of this clash as United still chased their first home league win of the season. United made most of the running without really threatening. However, five minutes from half-time the game finally came to life when, out-of the-blue, United scored. A throw-in from John Holt on the right was headed back across goal by Paul Hegarty and Willie Pettigrew blasted in a snap-shot which Billy Thomson blocked. With the keeper lying prostrate on the ground Davie Dodds managed to force the ball home from close range.

He almost repeated his feat on the stroke of half-time after Billy Thomson made a desperate save from a brilliant shot from Eamonn Bannon, but this time Davie slid the ball past. After the interval Billy Thomson made fine saves from Frank Kopel and Paul Sturrock on three occasions, but it was fourth time lucky for Paul Sturrock seven minutes from the end when the United striker latched on to a Paul Hegarty clearance and thumped the ball into the comer of the net to secure that elusive home victory.

Squad Statistics (as at November 15th, 1980)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 27 - 4363
Dave Narey24 26131021
John Holt23 11112011
Paul Hegarty26 27726546
Iain Phillip29 20 - 691
Frank Kopel31 20 - 36013
Eamonn Bannon22 245559
Ian Gibson24 5 - 5 -
Willie Pettigrew27 1446426
Davie Dodds22 1459227
Paul Sturrock24 271124666
Graeme Payne (sub)24 24425417

League Table (as at November 15th, 1980)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 14 11 3 0 +24 25
2. Rangers 14 8 6 0 +23 22
3. Celtic 14 9 2 3 +14 20
4. Partick Th 14 6 3 5 -4 15
5. DUNDEE UTD 14 4 6 4 0 14
6. Airdrie 14 4 6 4 -4 14
7. St Mirren 14 3 4 7 -1 10
8. Morton 14 2 5 7 -12 9
9. Hearts 14 2 3 9 -13 7
10. Kilmarnock 14 1 2 11 -27 4

League results since United's last match
15th November 1980
Aberdeen2-1Partick Th
Dundee Utd2-0St Mirren

Manager's Programme Notes

I am sure all Dundee United fans will share my disappointment with Wednesdays draw against Celtic, when after dominating our opponent? In the home leg of a Cup-tie, we failed to finish it off again. In my opinion the 1-1 score-line was a ridiculous reflection on the play and there was no doubt that we should have had one foot firmly in the final door by now. After starting the game so well and capping our early play with a goal midway through the opening half, it was even more galling to watch as we failed to net that vital second, that would have provided a favourable Parkhead cushion.

It was with that in mind that my selection for Wednesday was based with five attacking players fielded, the front three plus support men Billy Kirkwood and Eammon Bannon. It is with no disrespect to Eammon that I say he was, perhaps the most unlikely of the quintet to find the target, which in itself must lay the blame firmly at the feet of the strikers. However well Paul Sturrock, Dave Dodds and Willie Pettigrew played, and Pettigrew was in my opinion at his best this season so far, their job is to score the goals, and it was only in that area that they fell down.

If there is one consolstion in the result, it is that we have no alternative but to attack Celtic next week. Today we welcome St Mirren and Jim Clunie, who recently made a statement that we had too many artistics and not enough labourers’ and in so saying completely summed up our situation. However, we have made strides forward since then and my hope for today is that our improvement continues, and their problem stays with them long enough to help us to a victory that will banish some of your League Cup disappointment.