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Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, March 28th, 1979
Firhill. Att. 3,173
7:30 PM Kick-off

Jim Melrose (15) Billy Kirkwood (4)
George Fleming (89)

Team Managers
Bertie Auld Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Rough
2. Dave McKinnon
3. Brian Whittaker
4. Jackie Campbell
5. John Marr
6. Ian Gibson
7. Bobby Houston
8. Doug Somner
9. Colin McAdam
10. Jim Melrose
11. Donald Park
Hamish McAlpine .1
Ray Stewart .2
Derek Stark .3
Bobby Robinson .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Iain Phillip .7
Paul Sturrock .8
Davie Dodds .9
George Fleming .10
Billy Kirkwood .11

12. Ally Love
14. Alex O'Hara
Graeme Payne .12
Derek Addison .14

Alex O'Hara for Doug Somner (58) Derek Addison for Iain Phillip (65)

Doug Somner (28)
John Marr (85)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bob Cuthill (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Rangers win over St Mirren on Tuesday night saw the Ibrox side leapfrog the Buddies into second place, sitting just one point behind Premier Division leaders United. The Glasgow outfit also had two games in hand, but a win over Partick Thistle in this re-arranged match from December would have help United's title hopes, with Rangers still to visit Tannadice in the coming weeks. Ray Stewart was back in the line-up after a flu bug ruled him out of the weekends Morton game, and Paul Sturrock was passed fit to play after a bruised calf muscle had caused problems. Iain Phillip and Bobby Robinson were also reinstated to the starting eleven, with Frank Kopel, Derek Addison and John Holt dropping out.

United got the quick goal they were seeking after only four minutes. Sturrock made the running with a burst through the inside-right position and crossed from the bye-line for Billy Kirkwood to score with a diving header at the far post. Three minutes later McAdam blasted over for Thistle from a corner on the right, and a Davie Dodds shot from 20 yards was just too straight at Rough to cause the Thistle keeper any problems. In the 12th minute Dave Narey almost conceded an own goal as he desperately cleared from a Melrose cutback, but the equaliser was only delayed by three minutes. McAdam, out on the right, hammered over a cross into the goalmouth where Jim Melrose headed powerfully into the net. The goal upset United and Park was on target with a long range effort that McAlpine dealt with comfortably. Somner was booked for a foul on Hegarty from behind, and on the half-hour mark McAdam should have put Thistle in front when he had a clear shot at goal but duffed his effort, and Somner shot past.

United resumed with Kirkwood coming close and a Robinson cross putting the Thistle defence in a dither. With the wind now behind them United were back in charge although playing with an anxiety a bit foreign to their usual game. Both teams made changes as desperation crept into the game, with Thistle mainly on the defensive. Addison failed by inches to connect with a Sturrock cross and in 79 minutes Stewart held his head in anguish as he saw his shot deflect off a defender and hit the post with Rough beaten. This was the signal for a fighting finish by the Tannadice men and with seven minutes to go only a brilliant save by Rough denied Addison a goal. Marr was booked with time-wasting and shortly afterwards a Stark shot and an Addison header were cleared off the line. United were not to be denied and in the final minute of the game George Fleming produced an outstanding winner with a great drive high into the roof of the net from 20 yards. United were now three points clear at the top, but had played more games than the challengers.

Squad Statistics (as at March 28th, 1979)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 32 - 3583
Derek Stark20 231241
Ray Stewart19 292383
Dave Narey22 32522419
Paul Hegarty24 32318936
Iain Phillip28 10 - 10 -
George Fleming30 28429235
Bobby Robinson28 10 - 371
Billy Kirkwood20 3087420
Paul Sturrock22 29716043
Davie Dodds20 225389
Derek Addison (sub)23 241809

League Table (as at March 28th, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 27 13 7 7 +15 33
2. Rangers 24 11 8 5 +10 30
3. St Mirren 26 12 5 9 +9 29
4. Hibernian 26 8 11 7 +1 27
5. Aberdeen 25 8 10 7 +17 26
6. Morton 27 9 8 10 -4 26
7. Celtic 21 10 5 6 +10 25
8. Partick Th 24 8 7 9 -2 23
9. Hearts 23 6 6 11 -14 18
10. Motherwell 27 4 5 18 -42 13

League results since United's last match
26th March 1979
27th March 1979
St Mirren1-2Rangers
28th March 1979
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