0 - 1
0 - 1
League (Premier Division)
|None.||Eoin Jess (16)|
Guido van de Kamp
Freddy van der Hoorn
Andy McLaren for Christian Dailly (67)
Scott Booth for Eoin Jess (70)
Mixu Paatelainen for Duncan Shearer (83)
Maurice Malpas (23)
Billy McKinlay (58)
Hugh Dallas (Bonkle) (Referee)
United went into the final match of 1993, showing just one change from the side which faltered at Firhill - Christian Dailly replacing Alec Cleland. But there wasn't to be the stylish finish to the year which manager Ivan Golac had requested as league leaders Aberdeen established a lead at the top of the table.
Right from the very start of this holiday fixture play was fast and furious. United, however, paid for an uncertain start against a sharper looking Dons side after 16 minutes when Joe Miller out on the right played the ball into the heart of the penalty area where Eoin Jess showed exactly why he is one of the country's brightest young stars with a deft first touch and turn which deceived Freddy van der Hoorn and gave the youngster time and space to instinctively curl the ball in at the far post from 12 yards. One of United's best chances came only five minutes later when Craig Brewster at full stretch got his head to a Dave Bowman cross. The ball went directly up in the air, allowing the United striker another bite at the cherry but the second header was turned round the post by Snelders who was at full stretch. Whilst the Tangerines were now exerting more influence in terms of possession, they could not afford to relax with Jess and Miller always a threatening menace on the break.
Indeed immediately after the interval Jess only failed by inches to convert a cross-cum-shot from Shearer. That set the trend for the second period as play swung from end to end. Snelders saved a Billy McKinlay grounder from 20 yards and almost immediately United were denied a penalty after Irvine sent Paddy Connolly tumbling in the box. Connor then came to Aberdeen's rescue when he blocked a close range shot from Brian Welsh after Gordan Petric knocked down Billy McKinlay's corner. However, Van de Kamp did likewise for United with a flying leap to claw away a dangerous Joe Miller chip twenty minutes into the second half. The United keeper was even more of a hero when he somehow kept out a crashing Miller drive from substitute Scott Booth's cut back and when the ball broke to Shearer, Dave Bowman blocked his return shot before Guido van de Kamp dropped on the ball as it cannoned off the United defender. Thereafter, Aberdeen were happy to play out time by retaining possession and did so successfully, although in the very last minute, Paddy Connolly worked himself clear but snatched at his shot which flew narrowly over from 8 yards.
|Guido van de Kamp (GK)||29||7||-||38||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||30||28||-||197||5|
|Andy McLaren (sub)||20||23||3||45||3|
No league table has been added for this season.
The visit of Aberdeen provides us with a cracker of a festive fixture and I hope that we can help you continue your Christmas celebrations by lowering the league leaders colours.
After four good results, and of course, particularly our magnificent win at Ibrox,the outcome of our last outing at Firhill came as a real blow.
Even before the game I had warned the players that their attitude for the game with Partick Thistle must be the same as a was against Rangers the previous week, but for the first 45 minutes we didn't play with the shape and discipline that we showed In the four previous games.
In addition we gave away another preventable goal. In the second half, we put Thistle under a lot of pressure and deserved a draw at the very least, but the lesson for the players is that I want a professional performance for the whole 90 minutes!
However, I can assure you that everyone, and no one more so than the players, were disappointed and upset at the manner of the defeat at Firhill.
Whilst we would probably have settled for four points from three successive away fixtures before the start, it was frustrating that we failed at the last one because I want us to start putting together undefeated runs stretching ten and
then fifteen games and not just four or five games.
To do that we must show the right approach to every game whether it be Partick Thistle or Aberdeen then maintain our shape and discipline throughout the game. We are heading in the right direction and must build on that spell which brought us seven points out of a possible eight.
The irony of our defeat at Firhill was that with Kilmarnock losing to Aberdeen at Pittodrie by two goals we actually moved up a place in the table!
Starting today we have four crucial games ahead of us which could well determine the destiny of our challenge for the championship.
My first match in charge was against Willie Miller's men and I felt we were unlucky not to get more than a point, whilst up at Pittodrie, we played well but took nothing from the match.
Today, I hope that we can end 1993 in style with a victory which would set us up nicely for a title challenge in the new year.
Finally, can I take this opportunity of wishing everyone here today, a very happy and prosperous New Year.