The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
After a 14 hour marathon trip to Wroclaw, the United camp was then hit by a flu virus during their first training session ahead of this game. With Derek Addison also pulling a muscle in that same training session, and Iain Phillip already out with a toe infection, Jim McLean recalled 32 year-old player/coach Walter Smith to the starting line-up for the first time in over a year. Dave Narey recovered from his hip injury in time to play. Willie Pettigrew remained on the bench due to the virus, with youngster Davie Dodds keeping his place in the starting eleven.The Poles started strongly, and Pawlowski shot into the net from 12 yards, but he was ruled offside. The visitors quickly recovered, and only a desperate goal-line clearance by Matys stopped Paul Sturrock scoring after five minutes. Seconds later, Slask went close when Szarek shot over from the edge of the area. In the 13th minute Frank Kopel sent in a cross from the left, and Davie Dodds rose unchallenged to head brilliantly home from 18 yards out, but United's celebrations were cut short when the referee disallowed the goal for a mystery infringement. Twelve minutes later, and Dodds had the ball in the net again, chipping home after chasing a Narey through ball, but again the referee thwarted the striker with an offside decision. The Poles nearly scored before the break, when Nocko latched on to a Heagrty pass back, but McAlpine made a daring stop.In the second half United continued to dominate and within five minutes they had two penalty claims turned down. First Dodds was bundled over after a Narey pass had left him a chance, and then Bannon was clearly fouled by defender Garlowski, but on both occasions United's claims were in vain. United's professional and controlled performance provides them with the perfect base from which to launch a home leg victory in two weeks time.