Dundee Utd 5 - 1 Raith Rovers

League Cup - Group Stage - Section 4
Saturday, August 21st, 1982, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,039
Referee: Kenny Hope (Clarkston)
Dundee Utd  Raith Rovers

Goalscorers
Dave Narey (9)
Graeme Payne (12)
Ian Britton (52)
Ralph Milne (65)
Dave Narey (77)
Colin Harris (43)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Gordon Wallace

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Maurice Malpas
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
Ian Britton
Davie Dodds
Graeme Payne
Paul Sturrock
Tommy Walker
Tom Houston
Chris Candlish
Bobby Robinson
Allan Forsyth
Colin More
Ian Steen
Dave Thomson
Ian Ballantyne
Willie Gibson
Colin Harris

Substitutes
Billy Kirkwood
Ralph Milne
Bobby Russell
Donald Urquhart

Substitutions
Ralph Milne for Maurice Malpas (55)
Billy Kirkwood for Ian Britton (77)
Bobby Russell for Willie Gibson (72)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 528 apps3 goals
Maurice Malpas 28 apps1 goal
Derek Stark 158 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 352 apps53 goals
Richard Gough 52 apps2 goals
Iain Phillip 135 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 399 apps28 goals
Ian Britton 3 apps1 goal
Davie Dodds 178 apps68 goals
Graeme Payne 284 apps20 goals
Paul Sturrock 332 apps104 goals
Billy Kirkwood (sub) 224 apps48 goals
Ralph Milne (sub) 110 apps29 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 23 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 221 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 4 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 23 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 221 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 180 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Dave Narey reached 30 goals for the Club.
Dave Narey reached 30 goals for the Club.
Ian Britton scored his first goal for the Club.

A stroll in the rain as Raith are run ragged. Walker lets a Dave Narey 30-yarder through his hands and Graeme Payne blasts in a second from Sturrock's pass.

Raith reply through Harris following a McAlpine slip, but Ian Britton hammers home from close range and Ralph Milne and Dave Narey take the tally to five.

Naturally I am extremely pleased at the good start to the season, nobody could complain with a goal tally of seven for and none against from our two outings. What does concern me, however, is the injury situation. As I write Paul Sturrock is again doubtful after picking up another knock at Brockville. The frequent injuries such as Paul has sustained are definitely hampering his sharpness, Paul's situation is not an isolated incident. No less than 12 of the first team squad have been affected in a similar way and no one will be more pleased than I when the queue outside Andy Dickson's treatment room has disappeared. One decision I have made is never again to attempt to ask the players to attain pre-season fitness by playing matches, as we did this year in Denmark. That exercise may have produced good harmany amongst the squad but only training on the track against the clock produces the necessary fitness to open an arduous season. In matches it is possible for players to cheat a wee bit and despite having played a total of 14 games at all levels as part of our preseason training programme, there is still room for improvement in that area in the staff as a whole. Mind you, the numerous injuries suffered by so many has not exactly helped, the situation. As you will have read in the press, our last ditch efforts to sign an additional striker before the UEFA Cup deadline were thwarted. I am still not totally satisfied that there is enough competition for places here at Tannadice.

Last season I bemoaned this fact and was particularly disappointed about the lack of competition coming from the younger members of the staff. After viewing last Tuesday's Reserve League Cup tie with Dundee, I again feel bound to make the same criticism, though this time my comments are directed more at those who are considered potential first teamers. In an earlier programme I commented that only players can pressure other players and in the acquisition of lan Britton I feel that we have the perfect example. His whole attitude has been highly commendable and I would be more than happy to pick up another couple of players of his calibre, particularly a striker and a left winger, on a free transfer. In conclusion it is good to be able to welcome back Gordon Wallace, Allan Forsyth, lan Ballantyne, Bobby Robinson and lan Steen, all of whom are no strangers to these parts.

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