The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
United hosted a visit from Hearts still looking for their first league win of the season after six league outings, but boosted by victory over Motherwell in midweek which had seen United advance into the quarter finals in our defence of the League Cup. However, at the end of ninety minutes minutes, United were still searching for an elusive win and, in fact, only just avoided defeat . Dave Bowman was a promising youngster who had just broken into the Hearts team that season and it was Bobby Moncur's men who took the lead thanks to a goal from Derek O'Connor. And that was how things stood as the game went into injury time. However, Davie Dodds popped up to score a typical goal right at the death to avoid the embarrassment of defeat against a Hearts side that was to be relegated at the end of the season. Failure to secure a victory left United hovering dangerously close to the foot of the table in eighth position with just five points from seven games.
After a gap of three weeks itís back to home Premier League business this afternoon when Bobby Moncur's Hearts are our visitors. As you already know we qualified for the quapter finai stages of the Bells League Cup in midweek ó but one might have thought we had lost, the amount of bad press we took out of the tie in the following days newspapers. For long enough Dundee United have been slated for their failure to find the net, and even the addition of another four against Morherwell in midweek appears to have mattered little to anyone except ourselves at the club. As you know we set our standards high nowadays at Tannadice and I am beginning to suspect that those sent to report games here are now holding those very standards too high. I do not accept the reports which suggested that the First Division side from Fir Park were unlucky to go out of the competition, and say that, despite the fact that I considered their display to be an exceptional one. They came to Tannadice and played exactly the way we expected them to, and in my opinion were given the best possible assistance in their early aims of settling with the temporary absence from our defence of Paul Hegarty. That gave them the clear springboard from which to hoist their challenge, but apart from that early spell of pressure and another prior to their netting during the second half, I honestly felt that we more than dictated the remainder of the 120 minutes' play. As I said earlier today's visitors are the men from Tynecastlc whose form away from home so far this season has outshone their efforts at home. It is up to us to change that pattern with a performance which will gain us our first Premier win of the term.