0 - 0
0 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Guido van de Kamp
Freddy van der Hoorn
John O'Neil for Dave Bowman (68)
Scott Crabbe for Craig Brewster (72)
|Danny Crainie for Billy Stark (89)|
John O'Neil (78)
Bobby Tait (Calderwood) (Referee)
Possession they say is nine tenths of the law, but that certainly didn't help us to break down Kilmarnock's very efficient and methodical defence. Indeed, in a rare Killie attack near the end only the wood-work prevented the Rugby Parker's recording what would have been their First ever Premier success at Tannadice. The same 13 as were on duty against Celtic faced Kilmarnock, but this was to be an encounter in which most of the action was to be confined to midfield. Guido van de Kamp was the first to be called into action and twice he had to rush from his line to avert danger. Brian Welsh sent in a grounder from the edge of the box which palmed away for a corner after 25 minutes, but that was one of few goal attempts in this stalemate. Probably United's best chance of the game came in the 32nd minute€ when Billy McKinlay escaped the€ shackles of the Killie defence when he turned quickly on a Brian Welsh header, but sliced his drive a yard or so wide of the target. The€re was little or no change to the pattern of play after the break as United dominated for long spells, but the final pass meant Killie weren't tested at the back as much as they should.
It was l7 minutes into the second period before there was a shot on goal, Craig Brewster controlling a Freddy van der Hoorn cross, but shooting straight at Geddes from 20 yards. It was left to defenders Freddy van der Hoorn and Brian Welsh to pitch in with long range efforts despite all United's domination of the game. Then with only eight minutes left, the Tangerines goal survived an amazing let off. Skilling sent a volley crashing against the crossbar after Guido van de Kamp got a touch to the ball and Brown's diving header from the rebound hit the outside of the post, but a goal then would have been more than the€ visitor's deserved as United had to settle for a point.
|Guido van de Kamp (GK)||29||3||-||34||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||30||24||-||193||5|
|John O'Neil (sub)||22||12||1||88||7|
|Scott Crabbe (sub)||25||15||2||44||6|
No league table has been added for this season.
The lessons for the players from Tuesday evening's victory over Celtic are clear, you only get out of a game what you put in to it and if you work hard then the breaks usually allow. It may not have been a flamboyant performance, but it was a battling one and if I criticised the players for their lack of passion against Motherwell then I must congratulate them on the way
they fought for each other on Tuesday. Paddy Connolly's performance on his return to the side was very pleasing. For once we scored the type of goal which too often this season we have been in the habit of giving away and that was enough to decide the game, but we thoroughly deserved the victory. The way for any club to win trophies is by keeping things tight at the back and for most of this season, we simply haven't done that, but hopefully, with the arrival of Gordan Petric we can now look forward to keeping far more clean sheets than we have been doing. The victory over Celtic was a good base upon which we can build and it will require a repeat performance this afternoon against a Kilmarnock side who displayed all the qualities we did on Tuesday when I watched them against St Johnstone at Perth last Saturday. For me they are the revalation of the season. Tommy Burns has them so well organised and takes great credit for what he has achieved at Rugby Park.
Even when Kilmarnock were reduced to ten men the discipline in their play had to be applauded. For that reason I am eagerly anticipating this afternoon's match. It will not be easy for the reasons I have just outlined, but if our supporters who were magnificent on Tuesday evening again get behind us, it will inspire the lads as it did against Celtic and hopefully will bring about the same end result.