3 - 2
3 - 2
League (Premier Division)
Ray McKinnon (17)
Darren Jackson (72)
Duncan Ferguson (77)
Ally McCoist (29)
Ally McCoist (58)
Guido van de Kamp
Freddy van der Hoorn
Michael O'Neill for Darren Jackson (83)
Maurice Johnston for Pieter Huistra (81)
Alexei Mikahailitchenko for Ian Ferguson (85)
|None.||Ally McCoist (63)|
George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)
For Rangers first visit of the season we had to forgo the services of Brian Welsh who took a knock on his ankle at Airdrie, but welcomed back Darren Jackson in attack. Dave Narey, suspended the previous Saturday, stepped into Brian Welsh's position, whilst Darren Jackson, playing his first game since being injured against Hibs in August which required a cartilage operation, replaced Christian Dailly up front. It didn't take long for Darren to show his goal target, sending in a volley from 18 yards in the opening stages, but it was straight at Andy Goram. At the other end Guido Van De Kamp reacted quickly to push a well struck Huistra corner round the near post. However, neither side really found their rhythm in those early stages. A goal was needed to spark life into the game and it came at the right end as far as United supporters were concerned. Dave Narey hoisted a free-kick to the edge of the Rangers box and Duncan Ferguson rose to flick the ball on to Ray McKinnon who directed a header from around eight yards well out of Goram's reach. Rangers responded in typical fashion and exerted pressure on us, but their best chance came when Freddy Van Der Hoorn miscued a pass-back which fortunately sailed over the bar. When Rangers did equalise, it was through highly fortuitous circumstances. Jim McInally used an arm to control the ball on the edge of the box and Ally McCoist took full advantage from the spot-kick award. So far in the third successive match, we saw a lead cancelled out by conceding a penalty kick. The remainder of the half produced little by the way of goalmouth incident and was by and large fairly scrappy.
After Rangers had made a bright start to the second period, Duncan Ferguson fired in a low grounder. However, thirteen minutes into the second half proved to be unlucky for us as Ally McCoist broke clear as we appealed unsuccessfully for off-side. The Rangers striker rounded Guido Van De Kamp to put Rangers in front. All that did was to put us to greater effort and only a last ditch intervention by Brown averted the danger when Darren Jackson looked set to capitalise on a tempting lob. The pressure on Rangers mounted and Dave Bowman saw a volley blocked for a corner. Eighteen minutes from the end, Darren Jackson was on the point of being substituted when he was brought down in the box and the United striker got up to sink the penalty award which brought us equality. This intriguing contest took another twist with thirteen minutes left when Darren Jackson was allowed acres of space on the right to fire in a fierce volley. Goram couldn't hold his effort and Duncan Ferguson who was on the spot forced the over the line from close range.
|Guido van de Kamp (GK)||27||10||-||10||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||28||15||1||102||5|
|Michael O'Neill (sub)||22||10||5||53||12|
No league table has been added for this season.
Obviously I have no wish to offend any of our supporters who weren't at Broomfield last Saturday and I can fully appreciate why we probably carried our lowest travelling support for a long time.
The counter attraction of the rugby on television and the way we have been playing of late were obvious reasons for the smaller than usual turnout.
Those fans who did make the journey through to Airdrie certainly demonstrated how loyal and dedicated they are to Dundee United.
Happily, we were able to reward them with what I felt was a thoroughly deserved victory what is always a difficult fixture.
As you know I never make promises, but our display at Broomfield should make us more hopeful of being able to look forward to better times ahead.
I'll readily concede that there wasn't a lot of silky soccer on view but the players produced the battling qualities which were necessary on a very tight park. In fact, I didn't realise just how narrow Broomfield's pitch is, measuring only 66 yards wide.
We competed very well and earned back some respect after the manner of our defeats at Parkhead and at home to St. Johnstone.
Tonight, we face Rangers and these days this is the sternest test of the season. It will take a vast improvement in our recent Tannadice performances if we are to achieve the result which everyone connected with United would wish.
However, we will still be without several important men, none more so than Victor Ferreyra.
Finally, I can't let slip the opportunity of welcoming back messrs Smith and Knox to Tannadice.
Neither will exactly need a route map to the Tannadice dug out, because
have probably spent more time in it over the years than I have, due to my regular visits toS.F.A. headquarters at Park Gardens!
I welcome them and, of course Davie Dodds and Billy Kirkwood back to Tannadice but I hopethat our hospitality only extends off the pitch and not on it!