0 - 2
0 - 2
League (Premier Division)
Eamonn Bannon (35)
Paul Sturrock (51)
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Les Barr
3. Danny Cameron
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Stewart McKimmie
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Albert Kidd
11. Peter Mackie
Hamish McAlpine .1
Richard Gough .2
Dave Narey .3
Paul Hegarty .4
Derek Stark .5
John Holt .6
Billy Kirkwood .7
Eamonn Bannon .8
Ralph Milne .9
Paul Sturrock .10
Davie Dodds .11
12. Brian Scrimgeour
14. Ray Stephen
Maurice Malpas .12
John Reilly .14
Ray Stephen for Albert Kidd (68)
Brian Scrimgeour for Les Barr (80)
|John Reilly for Ralph Milne (85)|
Albert Kidd (30)
||Ralph Milne (55)|
D. F. T. Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)
Derby? This one started off more like the Grand National, both sets of players looking distinctly "jumpy" and spills galore.
With fouls coming one a minute, it was fast and furious. In fact, this game never really settled down at all, and even United, once they got in front, couldn't settle into their normal fluent style.
Still, there's no doubt the Tannadice lads deserved their win. First-half they had far more of the play than Dundee and yet the Dark Blues, strangely enough almost scored twice.
In the 21st minute Sinclair couldn't quite catch a Mackie cross, running it over the by line when a goal looked on and five minutes from half time a loopy header by Barr drifted across the goal and bounced just past the far post.
United always looked the likelier to score and made plenty of openings, but most of their shooting was pretty innocuous.
Then, just after a Glennie headed own goal had been disallowed because Milne had pushed him, the same Milne sent over a smashing cross from the right which Bannon neatly headed in right in front of goal.
Six minutes into the second half and United had it all sewn up. Richard Gough headed on a Milne corner and Sturrock twisted to nod home cleverly.
But it was Dundee who came away very strongly and should have scored. Glennie blasted a 25-yarder on to the post and although Ferguson collected the rebound and had time, he pushed it wide.
Then Glennie again hit the wood work, this time with a header, only for Mackie to nod the re bound over the bar
While all this was going on don't think United were exactly idle! They always looked to be in command of the situation, and only complacency, it seemed, could let them down.
Jim McLean obviously thought so from his frequent trips to the touchline!
Two players were booked. Albert Kidd, for a foul on Kirkwood first half and Milne ditto on Kidd in the second. Both players could consider themselves a bit unlucky.
Match report written by The Sunday Post
|Bobby Geddes (GK)||21||27||-||58||-|
|Brian Scrimgeour (sub)||22||12||-||40||5|
|Ray Stephen (sub)||19||23||4||50||12|
No league table has been added for this season.
Today we have another local derby. It is always good to welcome our neighbours from down the road.
On occasions in the past, we seem to have been very good hosts to them at Dens Park but today! hope that, while still being good hosts, we do not add icing to the cake by allowing them to leave with two points.
After a very good result at Firhill last week, today's game has become even more crucial for Dundee Football Club. Hopefully we can widen the gap between ourselves and the clubs below us in the league.
Our first half performance at Firhill was very satisfying in many ways but unfortunately in the second half we crept back into bad old habits which could have cost us dear. Our defence has taken a lot of stick this season and on occasions this has been justified, but on Saturday they more than earned their bonuses with several outstanding performances.
There have been many good games between Dundee and Dundee United over the past 20 years, some offering great entertainment. Some of our supporters won't let me forget I was often involved on the "other side." It is good to see things from both sides and I feel the rivalry between Dundee and Dundee United, although very keen and often intense, remains on the field.
The supporting behaviour of both sets of supporters at these games is another encouraging feature of the derbies, although rivalry on the field is always obvious.
It is important for Dundee in our present position that we get some thing from this derby. Points are very valuable to us.
I would think that by Dundee United's high standards this has been a bit of a disappointing season for them They were in the final of the League Cup and the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup and the U.E.F.A. Cup. Unfortunately, all these things have slipped away and they must concentrate on the league. They will be very keen to get points today to help them on their way to a place in Europe again next season.
A few weeks ago, I criticised some Dens Park supporters for their impatience in our game against Aberdeen. The support we were given in the following game against Hibs was tremendous and helped in no small way to us coming back into the game and gaining a very valuable point.