Dundee Utd 1
Hibernian 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 5th, 1981
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,257
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (75)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Bertie Auld

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Derek Murray
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
John Holt
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Jim McArthur
Alan Sneddon
Erich Schaedler
Billy McLaren
Craig Paterson
Ally Brazil
Ralph Callachan
Gordon Rae
Gary Murray
Arthur Duncan
Ally MacLeod

Maurice Malpas
Iain Phillip
Derek Rodier
Stuart Turnbull

Maurice Malpas for Richard Gough (45)

None. Billy McLaren
Gordon Rae
Ally MacLeod

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike Delaney (Cleland) (Referee)

Match Report

Thirty Vietnamese Boat People from the centre near Montrose were our guests for the visit of Hibs. Manager Jim McLean made two changes from the tough midweek European match in Belgium, with Billy Kirkwood back from suspension and Derek Murray coming in for Iain Phillip, who dropped to the bench after collecting a knock in Genk.

Hibs missed two good chances inside the first five minutes, with Ralph Callachan shooting high over from 18 yards, and then Gary Murray was gifted a golden chance when Gavin Rae dummied a Callachan cross, but his shot hit the top of the bar. Hibs defender Billy McLaren managed to scrape the post whilst trying to clear for a corner. Duncan shot in to the side netting before Milne found himself in a good position but shot over. The chances at both ends continued, with Davie Dodds mis-kicking in front of goal, and then Rae saw McAlpine pull off a fine save. Just before half-time, a Billy Kirkwood shot from the edge of the box skimmed just over.

McLean brought on former Youth international Maurice Malpas at the interval, and the young full-back impressed greatly in the second half. A mysterious no penalty decision when goalkeeper Jim McArthur barged Paul Sturrock off the ball angered the home fans, but justice was served when Eamonn Bannon did get the opportunity to score from the spot when Ally Brazil handled a harmless looking Dodds cross with 15 minutes to go. Although United had most of the play, Hibs always threatened, but despite that our narrow victory was well deserved. United's impressive League form had now hoisted them up to joint second in the table.

Squad Statistics (as at December 5th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 28 - 4953
John Holt25 27317214
Derek Murray21 12 - 14 -
Richard Gough19 191231
Dave Narey25 28 - 36622
Paul Hegarty27 26131950
Billy Kirkwood23 25519545
Eamonn Bannon23 301311630
Ralph Milne20 2788121
Davie Dodds23 28914654
Paul Sturrock25 261530293
Maurice Malpas (sub)19 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at December 5th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 15 11 3 1 +19 25
2. DUNDEE UTD 14 7 4 3 +14 18
3. St Mirren 15 7 4 4 +5 18
4. Aberdeen 15 7 4 4 +5 18
5. Rangers 14 5 6 3 +3 16
6. Morton 15 5 3 7 -9 13
7. Hibernian 15 3 6 6 0 12
8. Airdrie 15 3 5 7 -15 11
9. Dundee 15 4 1 10 -12 9
10. Partick Th 15 2 4 9 -10 8

League results since United's last match
28th November 1981
Hibernian0-0St Mirren
Partick Th0-2Celtic
5th December 1981
Dundee Utd1-0Hibernian
St Mirren2-1Partick Th

Manager's Programme Notes

Once again the ever changing aspects of this game we are involved with were brought to the surface during the past seven days. There we were, completely shattered after the Hampden final last week, and giving serious thought to what effect it was going to have to our attitude in the vital European tie in Belgium three days later.

And I honestly believe that had the events taken place a couple of years ago, then the players would not have been capable of coping with the lift they simply had to provide themselves with - in double-quick time.Therefore I could not have been more proud or delighted for them after their fine showing in the most difficult of circumstances in Genk last Tuesday.

But back to last Saturday and that final defeat by Rangers. I feel that we should lay the blame for losing the trophy fair and square at our own doorstep. We can and should have played better on the occasion - much better! And with that in mind I had already intended changes in the weeks following the final - win or lose! To be blunt I do not believe that we have found the right blend yet, and that's the aim. The recent hectic and vital weeks have not allowed us to bring about changes, but you can be assured that they will be tried in the weeks ahead, whether or not they are found to be successful.