4 - 0
4 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Eamonn Bannon (22)
Davie Dodds (38)
Eamonn Bannon (81)
Dave Narey (87)
Ralph Milne for John Reilly
Billy Kirkwood for John Holt
Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)
Paul Sturrock returned after missing out on the midweek trip to Cappielow due to a back injury, and Dave Narey also passed a late fitness test to face bottom of the table Airdrie, with United hoping to improve on their recent run of erratic results as they pushed for a European spot. Maurice Malpas also returned to the starting eleven, with Billy Kirkwood and Ralph Milne dropping to the bench.
Sturrock came closest to scoring early on when he shot just wide following a poor goal kick from Martin, and the same two players were involved in the 13th minute as United had strong penalty claims turned down. United went ahead in the 22nd minute when Eamonn Bannon collected a cross, dummied McKeown, and casually side-footed the ball into the net. Five minutes later Sturrock was only inches away from increasing the lead, but in the 38th minute Davie Dodds put United two in front, finishing from six yards out after a Sturrock cross had been missed by everybody.
In the second half, Eamonn Bannon netted his second of the match, and United's 100th goal of the season, and with three minutes left, Dave Narey made it 4-0. The victory resulted in United finally leapfrogging St Mirren into fourth place in the table, having chased the Paisley side since the turn of the year, however the Buddies still had two games in hand.
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It certainly is a funny old game this football! A couple of weeks ago against Morton, Paul Sturrock hit 3 marvellous goals in our 5-0 win and then 4 days later against Celtic produced a poor performance without scoring. Then that strange logic displayed itself in a team context when we defeated Dundee in the final derby match of the season, with a performance that was below the standard achieved by the players against the Parkhead team, when we lost by the same 2-0 scoreline. But perhaps links in with my belief that we have not
had the high standard that is expected from some players,with the result that I have,over the season,had to ask for too much of others in the team. The plain truth is that there are some who have received more by the way of cash reward than the club have had in performance, and that is something that I will be trying to resolve as I have in
fact been doing for sometime.The solution of course, is a move for these players but in the present economic climate within the game, the right deals have been elusive, if not impossible, to find.
The search for new talent is a perpetual mission at Tannadice but with the players of the type we need as scarce as pound notes in Alex Ferguson's pockets', it has been a frustrating and so far fruitless task.When the right men do come to our attention, clubs are either unwilling to sell or are looking for the kind of finance that isn't available at this moment in time. When cash is so tight in the game in general, it is usual for player swaps_to_produce an alternative but even a deal of that nature has not been possible. So with fresh faces next season, I must look to a reserve side to supply them meantime.