0 - 0
0 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Ian Gibson for Graeme Payne
Richard Gough for Derek Murray
|Drew Jarvie for Ian Angus (70)|
George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)
A classlc this was not with the scoreline more or less telling the story of what was a mundane north-east derby. Perhaps the both sides had booked a European place and meant that only pride was at stake had something to do with the fact that the ninety minutes produced so little goal mouth action. A booking for Willie Miller for grabbing the elusive Paul Sturrock was one of the few noteworthy moments of the first half. It wasn't until right on the break that any significant action took place. Hamish McAlpine palmed away a Rougvie shot and from the corner the towering Dons defender directed a header on target which Graeme Payne headed off the line.
Rougvie continued to be the centre of attraction and was booked for hooking the ball away and banging Paul Sturrock in the nose in the process! And that just about summed up a game in which the main Tannadice plus point were the debut of Derek Murray at left-back who improved as the game wore on and the entry of Richard Gough who was making only his second appearance. He replaced Paul Hegarty and according to one newspaper report. "didn't put a foot wrong."
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||33||54||-||463||3|
|Richard Gough (sub)||19||2||-||2||-|
|Ian Gibson (sub)||24||14||2||14||2|
A warm welcome back to Tannadice for what is always one of our most exciting and entertaining fixtures of the season, the visit of our north-east neighbours from Pittodrie. Mind you, few of you could have asked for more entertainment than was on offer here in the 3-2 defeat by Premier League champions Celtic in midweek. I have seldom seen a game in which the pace was maintained almost throughout the ninety minutes. But while remembering the value to you the fans and the fact that we were clearly understrength with Dave Narey, Billy Kirkwood and Dave Dodds having to sit it out, the record book will show yet another blot on our season's chart. And that is far from satisfactory from a side which lost just six goals here at Tannadice last term in the Premier League. The goals which have caused such lapses can basically be placed in the "gross errors" category and therefore this simply cannot be allowed to continue.
I hasten to add that but for our disappointing home record this season we might still have been pressing Celtic for that league title. Again we will be missing a couple of regulars from the side today and, apart from the late promise of Richard Gough in midweek, I cannot say I was overpleased at the contributions made by those who got their chances because of the absences. Incidentally, this afternoon's visit of Alex Ferguson and his Aberdeen side gives me the excuse to casually mention a recent challenge from the aforementioned Dons boss and his assistant Archie Knox (formerly of this parish). The occasion brought 5-a-side backroom teams from areas in opposition here on Tayside, and despite the skipper Alex Ferg-uson somehow managing- to on a sixth member for part of the game, the final showed a modest 21-12 advantage for yours truly's. Following that result it is scarcely surprising that theres been little mention of the promised return challenge in the north-east. Mind you, I can understand their concern!