Dundee Utd 4
Morton 1
League (Premier Division)


Dundee Utd
4 - 1
Morton 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 10th, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,033
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Paul Sturrock (13)
Derek Stark (15)
Paul Sturrock (27)
Billy Kirkwood (58)
Derek Stark (o.g)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Benny Rooney

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
John Holt
Ray Stewart
George Fleming
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Roy Baines
Davie Hayes
Jim Holmes
George Anderson
Neil Orr
James Rooney
John McNeil
James Miller
Bobby Thomson
Alistair Scott
Andy Ritchie

Bench
Derek Addison
Graeme Payne
Billy McLaren
Barry Evans

Substitutions
Derek Addison for Iain Phillip
Graeme Payne for Billy Kirkwood
None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

K Stewart (Glasgow) (Referee)


Match Report


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Squad Statistics (as at March 10th, 1979)


1978-79 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 28 - 3543
Iain Phillip28 7 - 7 -
Derek Stark20 191201
Paul Hegarty24 28218535
Ray Stewart19 262353
Dave Narey22 28522019
John Holt22 20 - 744
Billy Kirkwood20 2677019
George Fleming30 24228833
Paul Sturrock22 25615642
Davie Dodds20 184348
Derek Addison (sub)23 211799
Graeme Payne (sub)23 25219010






League Table (as at March 10th, 1979)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 23 10 7 6 +13 27
2. St Mirren 23 11 5 7 +9 27
3. Aberdeen 23 7 10 6 +11 24
4. Rangers 21 8 8 5 +6 24
5. Partick Th 21 8 7 6 +2 23
6. Morton 23 7 8 8 -7 22
7. Celtic 19 8 5 6 +6 21
8. Hibernian 21 5 10 6 -1 20
9. Hearts 21 6 5 10 -13 17
10. Motherwell 23 4 5 14 -26 13

Manager's Programme Notes


Welcome back to Tannadice for to-day's rearranged Premier League visit of Morton, a fixture which was one of the many which fell victim to the weather during the first two months of the year. And that long break for us and others has proved costly. It is really amazing what a transformation in fortunes can occur in a couple of months. Prior to the freeze-up we were sitting pretty at the top of the pile, having remained there far over 100 days as leaders. Then, just as quickly as it took everyone to get babk into action again, we were, prior to midweek, down in amongst it again. As I have stated publicly, luck or rather the lack of it, has played a major part in that downward trend. Mind you, I do not claim that that is the only reason. Neither the players nor myself are entirely blameless for the results of late, but giere again we have never claimed to be. For as far as I am concerned I firmly believe that we quite simply have not been gettiffg even a fair share of the breaks. For instarice, Weather conditions being what they were, the fixtures that were managed^to be fulfilled were all but our Cuptie, away from home. That Wednesday night clash against Motherwell at Fir Park was in fact our fourth successive Premier Tannadice. Motherwell at Fir Park was in fact our fourth successive Premier League game away from Tannadice.

And when I think that in those games and the Cup-tie here against St Mirren we managed to dominate for at least 75% of the time, we therefore should have made better use of our advantages, i We have created numerous scoring opportunities throughout that spell without making! them count, but there again I feel that the run of the ball has not always gone for us on those occasions. However, despite these setbacks, we simply must keep at it with the players themselves, hopefully shrugging off the disappointments and returning to the form they showed prior to the upheaval. One thing is certain — there is still an awful lot to play for this season despite our Cup exit, and I look to everyone to give that little bit extra to achieve it. To-day's visitors, Mofton, had strung togeAer a series of fine results prior to their Cup elimination earlier this week, and our task to-day will be far from being an easy one — but there again, it never is in Premier League company.