0 - 0
0 - 0
Ian Cochrane for Willie Pettigrew (46)
Frank Kopel for Derek Stark (51)
Jim Kerr for John Holt (60)
Ralph Milne for Davie Dodds (71)
Iain Phillip for Derek Addison (85)
|Tommy Langley for Colin Lee (46)|
A C Harris (Liff) (Referee)
On the same night that several other Scottish clubs kicked off their season in the Anglo-Scottish Cup, United welcomed English Second Division side Chelsea to Tannadice for a "friendly" Anglo-Scottish clash of their own. Already several weeks into their pre-season, Chelsea had played Hearts and Raith Rovers in the five days prior to this game, losing 2-3 at Starks Park and recording a 1-0 win at Tynecastle. United's only action had been their 3-2 win at Station Park in the Forfarshire Cup semi final two days before. With Hamish McAlpine still recovering from injury, the manager fielded John Gardiner between the sticks, replacing Andy Graham, who played on Monday night.
Willie Pettigrew and Eamonn Bannon offered the Tangerine's best chances during the opening seven minutes. The first for Bannon was headed narrowly past the far post after he reached a Derek Stark cross and moments later Bannon played a fine pass to Paul Sturrock who in turn crossed for Willie Pettigrew to head wide. Petar Borota, the former Yugoslavian international, got away with a failed interception as Davie Dodds flashed a long range test which flew past the 'keeper's open net. In a breakaway at the other end, Clive Walker nearly gave the Londoners the lead before a chance for Sturrock was prevented at the other end as the striker tried to take advantage once again of the wandering Borota; Micky Droy thwarting the United forward. Chelsea did force the first save of the match though when Colin Lee shot into the arms of John Gardiner on 35 minutes and the chance started a flurry of saves as Gardiner was forced to push a Rhodes-Brown shot wide for a corner and then deal with a bending free kick from Colin Viljoen moments later.
Both teams made a striker switch at half time, but neither forward change heralded a goal as chances went begging for both sides. Clive Walker came close to breaking the deadlock on 70 minutes when, after good work from Tommy Langley, he backheeled an effort towards goal, but his shot cannoned off the outside of the post. Just minutes later Walker was denied again, this time by a Derek Addison goal line clearance. Substitute Ian Cochrane produced United's best second half chances when he forced Borota to produce two brilliant saves to keep the scores at 0-0. A Paul Hegarty shot late on had to be blocked on the line and in keeping with his lively second half, Clive Walker offered the last test of the game as he headed wide from a Langley cross.
Despite drawing a blank, and although the game itself didn't live up to pre-season thrillers of old against English opposition, the manager was pleased with the performance. He said "We're still needing games to improve on our sharpness and passing but I was delighted with the attitude and fitness of the players."
No games played.
|League results since United's last match|
It's a delight to welcome you back to Tannadice for the first game of what I hope will be a better season than last - although one major trophy a term is not too bad. Mind you, that success of last season has just whetted the appetite and made us all the more greedy for further success here at Tannadice.
Tonight's opening friendly against Chelsea is of course the first of a trio of what look certain to be highly entertaining pipe-openers to the new season - remember that classic v. Spurs last year? As far as I am concerned that clash was probably one of the best matches I have witnessed since coming to Tannadice - let's hope for repeats.
Our preparation has gone reasonably well apart from the obvious and generally expected injury problems encountered throughout the past few months. Naturally, the loss of Hamish McAlpine through that terrible injury late last season is a blow when one considers the remarkable understanding so many games in a settled defence has aided.
But on the other hand, his absence at this time gives our younger goalkeepers a fine chance to place further pressure on me when it comes to the time for deciding who gets the regular spot.
Finally, the term ahead will again be a difficult one in that we will again be given extra respect by everyone. My firm hope is that that respect continues to an even higher level by virtue of further successes.