0 - 1
0 - 1
League (Premier Division)
|None.||Peter Mackie (19)|
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Billy Kirkwood
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. Derek Johnstone
10. John Holt
11. Davie Dodds
12. Tommy Coyne
14. John Reilly
John Reilly for Derek Johnstone (55)
Tommy Coyne for Dave Narey (84)
Kenny Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)
The long running saga of success against our neighbours came to an end as Dundee gained their first derby victory in 12 outings. The crucial goal came after 18 minutes when McKimmie won a challenge with Davie Dodds in midfield and the ball broke kindly for Peter Mackie who raced away, rounded Hamish McAlpine and glided the ball into the net past a despairing Dave Narey.
The nearest United came to scoring was an overhead effort from Derek Johnstone. Although United dominated for long spells in the second half, scoring chances were limited. It was a physical but never dirty encounter in which two players, John Holt (56th minute) and Tosh MicKinlay (79th minute) incurred the referees displeasure and were booked.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||35||20||-||599||3|
|John Reilly (sub)||21||12||6||48||15|
|Tommy Coyne (sub)||20||2||-||2||-|
No league table has been added for this season.
Over 16,000 of you filled the terraces on Wednesday night creating the atmosphere to help us reach the quarter finals of the European Cup, and I doubt if there is a prouder manager in the whole of Scotland at the moment. Such was the quality of the players' performance even I treated myself to a wee smile. With around twenty minutes to go I turned to Wattie Smith in the dugout and told him I fancied our chances. As usual he hadn't heard me, for five minutes later he turned to me and said, "How many goats do they need to score before we lose?" Seriously though, the display against Standard rivalled even that of our memorable victory over Borussia. I hope the remainder of the players won't take offence if I single out one player — Ralph Milne. His form on Wednesday proved what I believe he is capable of, I only wish he too realised his potential. I think tactically we may be able to help him, but at the end of the day the heights he can achieve in the game rests in his own hands. If we had Ralph Milne, Eamonn Bannon and Paul Sturrock all on song at the same time, I think we would have to make all the matches at Tannadice allticket.
However, I really must temper my praise for the players in case any of them reading this faint. Ahead of us today is another important job as we face Dundee. On Wednesday afternoon, my son Gary asked, "If you can only beat one team. Standard or Dundee, which one would you choose?" We both agreed on Standard Liege. That, however, is not to underestimate the importance we place on today's match in making that midweek assessment. Retention of the League Championship is still our number one priority. We welcome Dundee for the first Tannadice derby of the season, and a repeat of Wednesday night's performance is essential if we are to collect both points this afternoon. An unfortunate printing error in this column in Wednesday night's programme distorted my statement regarding John Greig's departure from Ibrox and should have read. "Nobody faced the end with more dignity than John Greig."