Motherwell 0
Dundee Utd 2
League (Premier Division)


Motherwell 

0 - 2

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 23rd, 1982
Fir Park. Att. 4,555
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Dave Narey (88)
Billy Kirkwood (89)

Team Managers
Jock Wallace Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Hugh Sproat
2. Ian MacLeod
3. Alex Forsyth
4. Joe Carson
5. Johannes Edvaldsson
6. Alister Mauchlan
7. Jimmy Burns
8. Bobby Flavell
9. Steve McLelland
10. Brian McLaughlin
11. Tommy O'Hara
Hamish McAlpine .1
John Holt .2
Derek Stark .3
Richard Gough .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Maurice Malpas .7
Ralph Milne .8
Billy Kirkwood .9
Ian Britton .10
Davie Dodds .11

Bench
12. Stuart Rafferty
14. John Gahagan
Graeme Payne .12
John Reilly .14

Substitutions
John Gahagan for Jimmy Burns (69)
Stuart Rafferty for Steve McLelland (78)
John Reilly for Ian Britton (69)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Andrew Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)



Match Report


The team's preparations for this away encounter against bottom of the table Motherwell took a serious blow following an accidental collision in training on the Friday. Paul Sturrock ended up in hospital with an eye injury, which could rule him out for a few weeks. Former Chelsea man Ian Britton came in to replace the international striker, but otherwise the team remained the same from the midweek victory in Norway. McLaughlin found a place in the Motherwell team after a good fame in the reserves.

Steve McLelland tried a long range shot for Motherwell in the eighth minute but the ball trickled harmlessly past the post and at the other end Ralph Milne had an equally disappointing finish from a promising move by United. Hamish McAlpine had to come out of his area to beat Brian McLaughlin to a long clearance, and with some neat footwork averted the danger. United came close to breaking the deadlock just before half-time when Davie Dodds floated over a cross fromt he left and Billy Kirkwood saw his header beat Hugh Sproat, but bounce back off the post.

Motherwell became more adventurous after the interval and began to give United problems at the back, but their efforts around goal were no better than that of the first half. Then, with some some of the crowd already making their way home, United produced two killer blows in the final 60 seconds. Johannes Edvaldsson headed out a John Holt cross and from 25 yards Dave Narey hammered a great drive low inside the right-hand post. That was followed quickly after by a great run by Milne, who cut back from the byeline for Billy Kirkwood to tap it over the line.



Squad Statistics (as at October 23rd, 1982)


1982-83 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 18 - 5433
John Holt25 8 - 20516
Derek Stark23 18 - 1733
Richard Gough20 181673
Maurice Malpas20 182432
Dave Narey26 19641531
Paul Hegarty28 19136854
Ian Britton28 141141
Ralph Milne21 15712334
Billy Kirkwood24 18623953
Davie Dodds24 191119478
John Reilly (sub)20 1 - 162






League Table (as at October 23rd, 1982)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 8 6 1 1 +12 13
2. United 8 4 4 0 +13 12
3. Rangers 8 3 5 0 +7 11
4. Aberdeen 8 5 1 2 +6 11
5. Dundee 8 3 3 2 +2 9
6. St Mirren 8 1 4 3 -5 6
7. Morton 8 2 2 4 -9 6
8. Hibernian 8 1 3 4 -4 5
9. Kilmarnock 8 0 4 4 -9 4
10. Motherwell 8 1 1 6 -13 3