2 - 1
2 - 1
League (Premier Division)
Ray Stewart (6)
Billy Kirkwood (21)
|Mike Larnach (40)|
Graeme Payne for Graham Honeyman
Bob Cuthill (Edinburgh) (Referee)
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||30||18||-||344||3|
|Graeme Payne (sub)||22||18||1||183||9|
I welcome Motherwell as Premier League visitors to Tannadice this afternoon with a tone of disappointment over the events of the past fortnight still ringing in my ears. True, a glance at the Premier League table will show us still heading the pack, but, honestly, I take little satisfaction from that fact after our two recent defeats. Normally I would have teen happy to settle for a couple of points from the four available from any pair of fixtures away from home, especially in the current Top Ten climate. And the fact that results elsewhere virtually dictated that a reasonable return from those two games would have seen us open up a lead for ourselves at the top of the League. However, I have long stated that it is what we do that matters, not what may or may not occur elsewhere, and that just about sums up our disappointments at present. Against Aberdeen I had little to complain about regarding the performance and in fact felt that we were extremely unfortunate not to have taken something out of the game. Nevertheless, at Capplielow last Saturday we brought home exactly what our display against Morton merited — nothing!
Recently we have been playing with a couple of players in the side who might well be slotted into the "passengers' bracket and at this level of the game that is two too many. I have already been put on record as pladng Graeme Payne into that grade and take absolutely no satisfaction in doing so. He is probably our biggest asset from the entertainment point of view and the sooner he returns to form the better I feel it will be for all concerned. Payne's presence along with the few other individualists left in the present Premier League set-up is essential to the public who come and watch and I get the feeling more and more than this currently much maligned Top Ten "pressure pot" is now turning the noose on itself by breeding the wrong type of players from what the public desire. The two disappointments behind us, we now have a couple of consecutive home fixtures in which to get things going again. Motherwell may be at the bottom of the table at this moment but there is no way that we will be looking for easy points to-day. There is no such thing at this level.