Dundee Utd 2 - 0 St Mirren

League - Premier Division
Saturday, November 15th, 1980, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,024
Referee: F McKenzie (Wishaw)
Mascot: Stephen Clark
Dundee Utd  St Mirren

Goalscorers
Davie Dodds (37)
Paul Sturrock (83)
None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jim Clunie

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Ian Gibson
Eamonn Bannon
Willie Pettigrew
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Billy Thomson
John Young
Alex Beckett
Lex Richardson
John McCormack
Jackie Copland
Jimmy Bone
Jeff Curran
Doug Somner
Peter Weir
Billy Abercromby

Substitutes
Billy Kirkwood
Graeme Payne
John McEachran
Mark Fulton

Substitutions
Graeme Payne for Willie Pettigrew
John McEachran for Jimmy Bone

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 436 apps3 goals
Iain Phillip 69 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 310 apps21 goals
John Holt 120 apps11 goals
Paul Hegarty 265 apps46 goals
Frank Kopel 360 apps13 goals
Ian Gibson 5 apps -
Eamonn Bannon 55 apps9 goals
Willie Pettigrew 64 apps26 goals
Davie Dodds 92 apps27 goals
Paul Sturrock 246 apps66 goals
Graeme Payne (sub) 254 apps17 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Davie Dodds (22 years 59 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 307 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 8 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Davie Dodds (22 years 59 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 307 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 231 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Frustration was the name of the game in the first half of this clash as United still chased their first home league win of the season. United made most of the running without really threatening. However, five minutes from half-time the game finally came to life when, out-of the-blue, United scored. A throw-in from John Holt on the right was headed back across goal by Paul Hegarty and Willie Pettigrew blasted in a snap-shot which Billy Thomson blocked. With the keeper lying prostrate on the ground Davie Dodds managed to force the ball home from close range.

He almost repeated his feat on the stroke of half-time after Billy Thomson made a desperate save from a brilliant shot from Eamonn Bannon, but this time Davie slid the ball past. After the interval Billy Thomson made fine saves from Frank Kopel and Paul Sturrock on three occasions, but it was fourth time lucky for Paul Sturrock seven minutes from the end when the United striker latched on to a Paul Hegarty clearance and thumped the ball into the comer of the net to secure that elusive home victory.

I am sure all Dundee United fans will share my disappointment with Wednesdays draw against Celtic, when after dominating our opponent? In the home leg of a Cup-tie, we failed to finish it off again. In my opinion the 1-1 score-line was a ridiculous reflection on the play and there was no doubt that we should have had one foot firmly in the final door by now. After starting the game so well and capping our early play with a goal midway through the opening half, it was even more galling to watch as we failed to net that vital second, that would have provided a favourable Parkhead cushion.

It was with that in mind that my selection for Wednesday was based with five attacking players fielded, the front three plus support men Billy Kirkwood and Eammon Bannon. It is with no disrespect to Eammon that I say he was, perhaps the most unlikely of the quintet to find the target, which in itself must lay the blame firmly at the feet of the strikers. However well Paul Sturrock, Dave Dodds and Willie Pettigrew played, and Pettigrew was in my opinion at his best this season so far, their job is to score the goals, and it was only in that area that they fell down.

If there is one consolstion in the result, it is that we have no alternative but to attack Celtic next week. Today we welcome St Mirren and Jim Clunie, who recently made a statement that we had too many artistics and not enough labourers’ and in so saying completely summed up our situation. However, we have made strides forward since then and my hope for today is that our improvement continues, and their problem stays with them long enough to help us to a victory that will banish some of your League Cup disappointment.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 14 11 3 0 33 9 24 25
2. Rangers 14 8 6 0 33 10 23 22
3. Celtic 14 9 2 3 30 16 14 20
4. Partick Thistle 14 6 3 5 13 17 -4 15
5. UNITED 14 4 6 4 16 16 0 14
6. Airdrie 14 4 6 4 15 19 -4 14
7. St Mirren 14 3 4 7 19 20 -1 10
8. Morton 14 2 5 7 14 26 -12 9
9. Hearts 14 2 3 9 11 24 -13 7
10. Kilmarnock 14 1 2 11 7 34 -27 4
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