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)
John Holt (56)
||Tosh McKinlay (79)|
Kenny Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)
Recording the first win over your city rivals in over four years would normally be the only story in town, but as has so often been the case for Dundee in this period of tangerine dominance, it was United that continued to command the headlines and the chat in the city’s pubs when it emerged that Rangers wanted Jim McLean to become their new manager. McLean spent Sunday afternoon having discussions with the Ibrox board, with no decision forthcoming, and it was impossible not to conclude that this sudden uncertainty impacted the United side in Saturday’s derby. After such a complete performance on Wednesday night against Standard Liege, when observers were suggesting that lifting the European Cup was a real possibility, it jarred the senses to see a United team offer up such a stuttering performance. McLean brought Derek Johnstone back into the side for the injured Derek Stark, pushing Billy Kirkwood back into his more traditional midfield role.
United tried to force the pace of the early exchanges, but they struggled to impose themselves and lacked the creative spark to open up the Dundee defence and the visitors started to dominate. Their pressure told in the 18th minute when Stewart McKimmie, winning a battle for the ball with Davie Dodds, fed Peter Mackie who, through on goal, rounded Hamish McAlpine to slot the ball home. Ralph Milne and Dodds had half chances before the break and Johnstone nearly brought United level in the early part of the second half, but his overhead kick went wide before he was withdrawn for John Reilly, but the truth was, United looked unlikely to find a way past the Dundee backline that was being superbly marshalled by Bobby Glennie.
This was United’s first reversal to Dundee since 20th October 1979 when they also lost 1-0, but fans were less concerned about bragging rights than the thought that the man who won them their first major trophies and has made the team a genuine force in Europe may take on the task of restoring the ailing Glasgow side. McLean offered no comment after his Sunday conversations. Now, United fans can only sit and wait, whilst you would not be surprised if Dundee’s fans were hoping for an unlikely double of a derby win and a United suddenly shorn of their managerial genius. For that, they may not mind the focus being on United for a little bit longer.
Match report written by Stewart Todd
|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."