0 - 0
0 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Freddy van der Hoorn
Guido van de Kamp
John O'Neil for Paddy Connolly (50)
Scott Crabbe for Chris Myers (72)
Scott Leitch for Gary Locke (46)
Allan Johnston for Justin Fashanu (67)
Chris Myers (28)
Christian Dailly (33)
John Clark (90)
George Wright (29)
Graeme Hogg (58)
John Colquhoun (77)
Allan Johnston (80)
Les Mottram (Forth) (Referee)
Billy McKinlay joined Dave Narey on the sidelines as United faced a Hearts. It turned out to be a match of few highlights, though as Manager Ivan Golac pointed out afterwards, had Dave Bowman's fierce volley gone in instead of clattering off the upright in the 25th minute, the outcome might have been so totally different. As it was the game rarely flowed and was punctuated with stoppages which eventually led to seven names going into the referee's book. Hearts finished the first half on top, but their main threat was an aerial one at set pieces.
The closest they came to scoring was early in the second half when Levein's netbound shot was headed away by Freddy van der Hoorn, United, meanwhile, almost broke the deadlock when Gary Bollan slung over a cross from the left from which Brian Welsh sent in a diving header which bounced in front of goal and fractionally over. Both sides used their full compliment of substitutes in endeavouring to snatch a winner and in the closing stages, United did look more likely to score than Hearts. Andy McLaren escaped from Hogg before letting fly from 20 yards and Smith was grateful to tip his effort round the post. Dave Bowman saw his shot deflected narrowly past and Andy McLaren drove narrowly wide of the target from a crafty through ball from Scott Crabbe. In the end both teams had to settle for a point from a disappointing contest.
|Alan Main (GK)||25||6||-||159||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||29||5||-||174||5|
|John O'Neil (sub)||22||1||-||77||6|
|Scott Crabbe (sub)||25||1||-||30||4|
No league table has been added for this season.
It is a long time since I have been able to speak to you via this column with our last four games having been away from home. However, we have done very well in those games and I am happy with the lads performances and I have no complaints with three wins and a draw from those matches. In my book, attitude is a key factor if you want to be successful and last Saturday, we fell behind for the first time in any of the games in which I have been in charge and I was very pleased with the way we responded to hit back and gain a draw against St Johnstone, though not in the manner in which we conceded a goal. Supporters are the most important part of any club and on our recent travels, your backing has been magnificent and more than played its part in helping us to remain unbeaten so far this season.
I am sure that we can be successful at this club, but only with your assistance. At times, and at Perth last Saturday, it felt as though we were playing at home and that is obviously a tremendous lift for them. The games are coming thick and fast at the moment, but as I have said in the past it doesn't matter who we are playing - I'll always expect the same commitment. The players realise what is at stake and they are good footballers. If they give 100% on too of that, I can see no reason why we cannot continue to be successful. Winning gives players a special motivation and we certainly have two very tough matches against Hearts on the horizon following our hard earned victory over St Mirren on evening. It was always going to be a hard match at Paisley, but the all important thing is that we are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup, and after all the travelling, it is nice to have a home tie next week. But for now my thoughts are concentrated on today's league meeting with Hearts and hopefully we can begin to redress last season's imbalance in results against the Tynecastle side who took seven points out of a possible eight from us.