Dundee Utd 2
Partick Th 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1
Partick Th 

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, March 14th, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,200
7:30 PM Kick-off

John Holt (2)
Paul Hegarty (76)
Colin McAdam (58)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Bertie Auld

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Ray Stewart
3. Derek Stark
4. Iain Phillip
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. John Holt
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Davie Dodds
10. George Fleming
11. Billy Kirkwood
Alan Rough .1
George Mackie .2
Brian Whittaker .3
Jackie Campbell .4
Colin McAdam .5
Andy Anderson .6
Dave McKinnon .7
Donald Park .8
Alex O'Hara .9
Doug Somner .10
Ian Gibson .11

12. Bobby Robinson
14. Derek Frye
Jim Melrose .12
Ian McDonald .14

None. None.

None. Doug Somner (36)
George Mackie (50)
Jackie Campbell (70)
Dave McKinnon (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Syme (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

Billy Kirkwood had been a doubt with a badly bruised shin, but recovered to take his place in United's starting eleven, which remained unchanged for the third consecutive match after the two thumping victories over Motherwell and Morton. United were without part-time player Derek Addison, who had to attend a business course in London, so Derek Frye was promoted to the bench after a long spell in the reserves. He was joined by Bobby Robinson with Graeme Payne missing out. Derek Stark was presented with the Player of the Month Award before kick-off.

ith just two minutes gone John Holt put United ahead with a tremendous goal. A Ray Stewart cross was cleared out of defence to Holt who lashed the back into the net with a first-time shot from 18 yards, giving Alan Rough no chance. Kirkwood sent a similar effort just past, and a miraculous save by Rough prevented United increasing their lead in the seventh minute when he finger-tipped a glorious six yard, overhead shot from Paul Sturrock over the bar. United had two penalty appeals in the 15th minute, with Campbell blocking a Davie Dodds shot, and then the two players involved again as the Partick defender brought down the young United striker in the box, both turned down by the referee. McAlpine did well to push an Ian Gibson shot over the bar, and Iain Phillip let rip with a 30-yarder which was only inched off target. Partick were unlucky not to get back on level terms when McAlpine threw himself full stretch to save McKinnon's shot, and Narey blocked McAdam's effort from the rebound. Sumner was booked for a foul on Phillip, and Campbell was ticked off by the referee for a foul on Dodds as both teams fought to get a firm hold on the game.

Within five minutes of the restart Mackie was booked for a foul on George Fleming, and on the 59th minute Thistle found an equaliser. Colin McAdam out-jumped the United defence to score with a powerful header from a Park corner kick. Ten minutes later McAdam almost struck again with a close-in shot which was saved by McAlpine at the second attempt. Campbell was eventually booked after protesting against a foul given against him. In the 76th minute, Tannadice erupted when Paul Hegarty put United ahead for a second time when he joined in the attack and was right on the spot to slip the ball past Rough from a Sturrock cross. Rough made a great save from a Dodds effort, and McKinnon became the fourth Partick player to be cautioned for a foul on Stewart. Before the final whistle there could have been goals at either end, when a McAdam header almost eluded McAlpine, and when Sturrock blasted over the bat from six yards. United remained in pole position in the Premier League table, but had played more games than all of the other challengers.

Squad Statistics (as at March 14th, 1979)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 29 - 3553
Ray Stewart19 272363
Iain Phillip28 8 - 8 -
John Holt22 211755
Derek Stark20 201211
Dave Narey22 29522119
Paul Hegarty24 29318636
Billy Kirkwood20 2777119
George Fleming30 25228933
Davie Dodds20 194358
Paul Sturrock22 26615742

League Table (as at March 14th, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 24 11 7 6 +14 29
2. St Mirren 23 11 5 7 +9 27
3. Rangers 22 9 8 5 +7 26
4. Aberdeen 23 7 10 6 +11 24
5. Morton 24 8 8 8 -1 24
6. Partick Th 22 8 7 7 +1 23
7. Hibernian 23 6 10 7 -1 22
8. Celtic 19 8 5 6 +6 21
9. Hearts 21 6 5 10 -13 17
10. Motherwell 25 4 5 16 -33 13

League results since United's last match
14th March 1979
Dundee Utd2-1Partick Th

Manager's Programme Notes

Even on a night when yet another vital test will be faced by the side, I would like to turn the clock back five days to last Saturday's home success against Morton. Like to-night's opponents Parrick Thistle, the Greenock men were, prior to the week-end, sitting poised to challenge the pacesetters in the title chase. Two previous wins over us this season plus a string of fine League results over the past month or so should have given them a psychological boost on Saturday. However, thanks to the determination of the players to put our recent disappointments behind them, we came out on top wiih a totally convincing display. And once again I would like to thank you, the fans on the terrarings and elsewhere, for the part you played in the success. I have long sought the vocal backing which I felt the side deserved. And on Saturday you gave them exactly that with the type of encouragement ready-made to lift the players in both spirit and performance.

I can assure you it was appreciated by all concerned, especially when we here at Tannadice know full well the bitter disappointment you all felt at our failure to achieve a cup derby against Dundee earlier this month. We realise full well that a city derby would have been no easy task, but still regret our inability to provide you with a fixture which is always a great favourite with our support. Two wins — and eight goals — last week have provided us with a confidence springboard at exactly the right time with the finishing straight in the title chase looming ahead. And those four vital days in the first team calendar last week were condensed into three by our reserves as they shrugged off the memories of what has been a far from satisfactory season for them by recording two fine away wins. With everything beginning to buzz again at the club, success to-night would provide another confidence boost for the hard times ahead.