2 - 3
2 - 3
League (Division One)
Jim Henry (6)
Ian Mitchell (69)
George Fleming (30)
George Fleming (42)
Andy Lynch (77)
Ian Scott for Jim Henry
Jim Callaghan (Glasgow) (Referee)
Dundee United got off to a great start when, following a cross into the penalty area the Hearts' defence failed to get the ball clear and young wing half Jim Henry stepped in to crash the ball into the net. Hearts were not downhearted and they gradually took command and George Fleming, scored with a long range effort to equalise. The, George Fleming hit another from outside the 18 yards line, which also found the net and put Hearts into the lead.
Dundee United took up the challenge after half time and they got their reward when Ian Mitchell dived to head the ball past Jim Cruickshank to make it 2-2. Hearts redoubled their efforts and when centre half Smith mis-judged a long clearance from Jim Cruickshank, Andy Lynch moved in quickly to take the ball round goalkeeper Mackay before stroking it into the net for the winner. Tommy Veitch replaced Jim Townsend (injured) late in the game while Dundee United had to bring an Scott for Henry in the first half. Peter Oliver and Hogg were booked in the second half. It was a great performance by both sides in a game that was full of incident and excitement.
|Don Mackay (GK)||29||29||-||203||-|
|Ian Scott (sub)||23||22||5||61||17|
No league table has been added for this season.
This afternoon we face Hearts for the second time in a month and with points still as vital as ever we are hoping to improve on the draw we gained at Tynecastle. The Gorgie boys invariably give us a hard time of it and we realise what lies ahead of us today. But with a good win over Dundee behind us, the players are in the right frame of mind to carry on the good work and it all adds up to an interesting game. Due to a string of bad injuries, several changes were enforced in the derby game and to some degree this side had a makeshift look about it. In the days leading up to the game we found ourselves "written off" as it was felt our form had shaded off. In the end, we won 4 - 1 and, despite this impressive score-line, I was baffled to find a number of people underplayed our performance and "credited" the victory to mishaps to our opponents. However, for my own part I was very well pleased with the displays of a number of players and when one considers our injury problems before the game, I feel full credit is due to the side which won the game.
A pleasing feature was the performance of Alan Gordon, who dropped back to mid-field to accommodate Kenny Cameron. The big fellow was most effective in his new role and with Kenny demonstrating all his old verve, the attack moved extremely well. In two weeks time, we line up in the Scottish Cup and for the second year running Ayr United come to Tannadice. Our aim must be to build up for this game with victories today and at Airdrie next week.