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UEFA Cup (1st Round 1st Leg)
Davie Dodds (37)
||Willy van der Kerkhof (68)|
Berrie van Aerle
Willy van der Kerkhof
Rene van der Kerkhof
Jung Moo Huh
Ralph Milne for Maurice Malpas (51)
Iain Phillip for Billy Kirkwood (78)
|Rob Landsbergen for Ton Koolhof (78)|
Volker Roth (West Germany) (Referee)
Davie Dodds, who suffered a knock against Rangers at the weekend, and Derek Stark, who missed that game due to a head injury were both fit and in the side to take on PSV Eindhoven at Tannadice for this 1st leg of the UEFA Cup 1st round tie. Eamonn Bannon, who had been a major doubt due to a throat infection, also made the starting line-up.
United attacked from the off, and only the brilliance of former international keeper Pim Doesburg kept them at bay in the early stages. He had good saves from Maurice Malpas and Dodds as the Dutchmen struggled, with one save in particular, from a typical Paul Sturrock turn and volley, was outstanding. Davie Dodds finally edged United ahead just before the interval, redirecting a Bannon shot wide of the goalkeeper from six yards. The PSV players were incensed at the referees decision to allow the goal, claiming Dodds was offside, with Huub Stevens receiving a yellow card for his protests.
United sent on Ralph Milne for Malpas just after the interval, but it was PSV who moved up a gear. Norwegian internationalist Hallvar Thorsen went on a solo run into the danger area and only a smart Hamish McAlpine save foiled the visitors. Then at the other end Doesburg saved again in the 54th minute, touching a shot from Milne over the crossbar. Tannadice was stunned in the 67th minute when PSV equalised. A long clearance from defence left Paul Hegarty with Willy Van der Kerhof in a chase which the Dutchman won and calmly beat the advancing McAlpine from inside the box. From then until the end United threw everything forward but it was not to be their night, and United now face an uphill task in Holland in a fortnight's time if they hope to advance in the UEFA Cup.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||34||8||-||533||3|
|Iain Phillip (sub)||28||6||-||138||1|
|Ralph Milne (sub)||21||5||2||113||29|
Naturally I was more than pleased to capture both points in our opening league clash with Aberdeen who are always a difficult side to beat. Unfortunately tempering my satisfaction was the inexplicable lapse of form in the second half. After establishing a two goal lead, the players rested on their laurels in the second period and allowed Aberdeen back into the game instead of pursuing -further goals. You can never score too many goals! Failure to press home an early advantage has cost us dearly in the past. I need only cite our last tie in Europe against Radnicki Nis. After establishing a 2 goal interval lead, we failed to improve on that base with further goals and that proved our undoing in the second leg in Yugoslavia. Lapses such as this must not re-occur and it is time that we found the reasons for these periods of inconsistency.
Last season was the first time we have made any real impact on the European scene, but having said that there is little doubt that we could have done even better! Tonight we welcome P.S.V. Eindhoven in the first leg of this 1st round U E.F A. tie. It is always more difficult when playing the home leg first. The main problem is how to approach a tie where the prime essential is to ensure the opposition don't score, but at the same time establish a big enough lead for the second leg. However, I feel that there is enough experience in the present squad to cope with the situation in hand. One headache we still have is whether to utilise the talents of Dave Narey in defence or in midfield. Up front, however, the problem is that with the exception of Davie Dodds, none of the forwards has performed on a consistent basis this season. Certainly if we are to again make progress in Europe, then all the players must produce peak performances. You the fans can assist us in attempting to overcome tonight's stiff hurdle by displaying the patience which the players will have to exercise as they face a side
of P.S.V.'s calibre.