0 - 2
0 - 2
League (Division One)
Alfie Conn (57)
Graham Fyfe (59)
Archie Webster (Falkirk) (Referee)
United were licking their wounds following a 6-0 drubbing at Cappielow the previous week. Out to atone for this the Tannadice side and Rangers set a cracking pace. Both teams had close shaves with McCloy perhaps the busier of the two keepers. Referee Webster was quick to clamp down on any nonsense and Alex Miller became the second player to be cautioned.
Fyfe and Stein both passed up great chances for Rangers and the Ibrox men opened the second period in similar fashion, so it was no real surprise when they did take the lead. A Fyfe cross was headed away, but only to the feet of Alfie Conn who lashed the ball home from just inside the box. Only four minutes later Fyfe put Rangers two in front when he capitalised on a mixup between Stuart Markland and Donald Mackay, enabling him to nip in turn the ball into the vacant net and put the match beyond United's reach.
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No league table has been added for this season.
We welcome Rangers to Tannadice this afternoon and judging by recent results the Ibrox men will come out this afternoon determined to improve on last season's goal-less draw.
And with both teams looking for a build-up win to prepare for this week's Fairs
Cup returns, I would say we are in line for an exciting game.
Last Saturday our Cappielow jinx struck again and our unbeaten record came to an end. While the record itself is not important and, in any event maintaining a run only causes strain, the Greenock game could well have been saved.
After the interval our players hit back with some good football and were unlucky when Jim Henry hit a post. But Morton replied by going further ahead with a fortunate goal.
However, the unbeaten strain is now off and the players fully realise the tasks that lie ahead of them today and on Wednesday in Switzerland.
I agree the margin we will be working with in the Grasshoppers return is a narrow one. But at the same time there are a number of points in our favour.
First of all we are a goal ahead and when one remembers we were two down at one stage, this is something to be thankful for.
In Zurich we will be playing on a much larger park and with some thought we can use our full-time training to advantage. Most important of all, we now know what to expect from the Swiss and can prepare to cope right from the first whistle.
But it's important to get back on the rails this afternoon. Let's face it, a good
display and result would be a fine tonic to travel with on Monday.
A repeat of the fighting spirit shown in our other recent home games could go a long way towards us getting that result. Rangers will also be involved in a dramatic Fairs Cup return this week and we wish them well as they aim to pull back the one goal they lost in Munich last week.