1 - 0
1 - 0
League (Division One)
Ian Mitchell (74)
R Crawford (Stirling) (Referee)
United wore white shirts today and Thistle were in red and yellow hoops. The Firhill club had scored in every game this season. Heavy rain had kept the attendance down.
Hogg deceives Thistle after fifteen minutes. As he looks to make a standard cross he twists at the last minute and the ball cuts inside the confused players but Gordon is inches from connecting. United were pounding the Thistle goal in the first half and Ritchie had to save well from a Mitchell drive. Then Rolland came boring through the defence only to squander the chance. Some of United's finishing brings groans from the home support. Wilson and Gordon played in a couple of great crosses but the strikers were posted missing.
United continued to attack from the start of the second half but Thistle were better on the counter. MacKay was forced to save from Laurie on one such foray up the park. Duncan also sent a flying header past the post. Then it was the turn of United when Hogg fired a long range effort at Ritchie. Then the breakthrough arrived. Ian Mitchell scored the decisive goal in the 76th minute. He was able to find space in the goal mouth full of players and stabbed home. Midway through the second half a golf ball was thrown from the back of the covered enclosure. The missile which narrowly missed the players was handed to the police.
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No league table has been added for this season.
After six League wins in a row we now meet a Partick Thistle side who have been having an unfortunate time of it lately. But their visits to Tannadice have always resulted in them pulling out something special against us and in a way they have proved to be something of a bogey side. But in the coming weeks we have a few stiff games and it is essential for us to collect as many points as possible before tackling our rivals at the top of the table. Last week, against St. Mirren, a late burst earned us the points. But no one can deny we would have been in queer street had the Paisley men taken two good chances after taking the lead. Things worked out well in the end but anxiety could have been avoided had we cashed in on our pressure in the first half. I consider a lesson was learned here and the players realise command of a game without goals to show for it is valueless and sometimes fatal
Today we must endeavour to go for goals right from the start. In the next few weeks we face a tough trip to Pittodrie and then Hibs are visitors to Tannadice. With a good result this afternoon, I'm certain we will be able to face both games with complete confidence. I'm pleased to report our two new, players. Billy Higgins and Gordon Menzies, turned in good performances at Love Street last week. Despite losing 2-1 the boys benefited from Billy's experience and I'm certain he will prove to be an excellent acquisition.