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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.