1 - 3
1 - 3
League (Premier Division)
Iain Ferguson (9)
Ralph Milne (7)
Paul Sturrock (66)
Paul Sturrock (71)
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Les Barr
3. Danny Cameron
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Iain MacDonald
7. Peter Mackie
8. Davie Bell
9. Iain Ferguson
10. George McGeachie
11. Jimmy Murphy
Hamish McAlpine .1
Derek Murray .2
Richard Gough .3
Dave Narey .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Derek Stark .6
Eamonn Bannon .7
Ralph Milne .8
Billy Kirkwood .9
Davie Dodds .10
Paul Sturrock .11
12. Brian Scrimgeour
14. Jim Smith
Iain Phillip .12
Maurice Malpas .14
Brian Scrimgeour for Cammy Fraser (80)
||Iain Phillip for Derek Murray|
T. Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)
United's penchant for the big occasion sprang to life once more. Never could it have given them greater satisfaction than here at the home of their greatest rivals.
Following a breathtaking start. Dundee managed to subdue United for an hour. Their safety tactics looked like gaining a hard-won if hardly honourable point.
Fortunately for the good of the game, United decided to become amber gamblers. They tossed caution aside and played on their strong point, speed.
Once they evaded Dundee's radar trap in midfield there was only one winner. United's speed of thought and action was too much for the game home side.
Bell and McGeachie, who had worked like Trojans in the opening 60 minutes, simply ran out of steam trying to subdue Bannon and company.
As a result Sturrock, previously kept quiet by Glennie, ran riot with belated quality service.
In the end Dundee were lucky to escape so lightly. Paul Sturrock, who emerged as the outstanding player, could have finished with four goals instead of two. He had a couple of super efforts late on which just slipped past.
While one must be thankful for United's late efforts to turn this into a memorable match, the earlier stalemate can't be overlooked. Nor can the performance of referee Tommy Muirhead who appeared more intent on stopping anything constructive instead of allowing the advantage rule.
United went ahead after Gough found Sturrock with a well fudged through ball to escape Dundee's, offside trap. Paul kept his head when others, would have tried to score from a difficult angle. Instead he cut the ball back for Ralph Milne to sweep It Into Dundee's net.
Dundee didn't take time to feel sorry for themselves. After Danny Cameron crashed a tremendous effort off the bar, they equalised.
Bell beat Bannon on the byline and crossed to the near post. For the first and only time lain Ferguson éscaped United's defence to head in. After this great start, the game was dragged into the depths. Dundee seemed too intent on containing United.
The visitors, for their part, didn't seem able to scale the heights again. United's recent difficult programme obviously left them sluggish. However, they kept plugging away and, in the end, it all came right for them.
Paul Sturrock, certain to lead Scotland's attack in Lisbon on Wednesday, indicated why Jock Stein has such faith in him. With United stepping on the gas, Sturrock suddenly struck and Dundee were sunk
Stark and Gough started a fine move on the right, Milne crossed and Sturrock beat everyone to the ball to score a thrilling goal. Five minutes later Sturrock tied the game up. Bannon swung over a right-wing free-kick, the quicksilver striker was unmarked and easily headed home.
It was a tough, towsy game as you would expect for such an occasion. There were fouls galore, but only two bookings, Gough for a wild lunge on Cameron and Glennie for a similar offence on Sturrock.
I've said it before and I'll say it agairt Dundee could still escape the drop, but they must be more positive than they were here Their best players were Cameron, MacDonald, Mackie. Bell and McGeachie, Cameron in particular was outstanding,kKeeping Milne quieter than any left-back has done all season.
United, potentially the best team in Scotland, looked rather jaded to begin with, but they regained their appetite and had excellent service from Stark, Hegarty, Narey, Bannon and Sturrock.
Match report written by The Sunday Post
|Bobby Geddes (GK)||21||16||-||47||-|
|Brian Scrimgeour (sub)||22||7||-||35||5|
No league table has been added for this season.
Today we have pleasure in welcoming our neighbours from across the road to Dens Park for the first time this season, reaching the League Cup final and returning some good results in Europe, but their league form to say the least has been a little inconsistent. I am sure they will be determined to try to rectify that this afternoon and get into their stride for their very difficult programme ahead.
It made a pleasing change last week to come back from Firhill with two points, but it must be said that on several occasions this season we have played better football and get nothing. On Saturday our discipline and teamwork were much improved. It is very difficult to get points away from home in the Premier League and anything we can get away from Dens Park is very welcome.
Some supporters seem to think we have a magic wand behind the scenes at Dens Park and that everything can suddenly in a short period be come better. This is not the case in football as anyone who has been in the game for a long time can tell you. It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of effort from everyone to attain the type of success that this club was used to, for example the winning of the league championship.
That team took two years to build and time is needed to re build a championship side at Dens Park. Although it is not always noticeable from our results I can assure the loyal supporters of the Dee that everything is being done by the club to try to maintan our Premier League status. What better way to continue that attempt than by getting a result today against our local rivals. Derby games are always that little bit different because there is a tremendous amount at stake. I don't think the players have to be told what is at stake today.