Dundee Utd 3 - 2 Partick Thistle

League - Premier Division
Saturday, May 2nd, 1981, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 4,124
Referee: Bill Anderson (East Kilbride)
Dundee Utd  Partick Thistle

Goalscorers
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (44)
Davie Dodds (53)
Davie Dodds (84)
Alex O'Hara (31)
Alex O'Hara (74)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Peter Cormack

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Derek Stark
Frank Kopel
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Alan Rough
Frank Welsh
Brian Whittaker
Jackie Campbell
Andy Anderson
Jamie Doyle
Donald Park
Ian McDonald
Tony Higgins
Kenny Watson
Alex O'Hara

Substitutes
Richard Gough
Willie Pettigrew
George Clark
John Lapsley

Substitutions
Richard Gough for John Holt
None.

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 465 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 336 apps22 goals
Iain Phillip 96 apps1 goal
John Holt 143 apps11 goals
Derek Stark 118 apps3 goals
Frank Kopel 388 apps13 goals
Billy Kirkwood 168 apps40 goals
Eamonn Bannon 84 apps17 goals
Ralph Milne 51 apps13 goals
Davie Dodds 116 apps44 goals
Paul Sturrock 274 apps78 goals
Richard Gough (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 359 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 110 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 74 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Richard Gough (19 years 32 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 110 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 335 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A lacklustre Dundee United, perhaps with an eye on the following week’s Scottish Cup final against Rangers, finished their 1980/81 league season with a 3-2 win against a stuffy and spirited Partick Thistle.

United paid for their lackadaisical start to the game in the 31st minute when Donald Park was allowed to run through the centre of the United team without any challenge from a United player, eventually laying the ball off to Alex O’Hara who finished well past Hamish McAlpine. The goal seemed to wake United up, although it took a penalty for them to get back into the game. A minute before half time, Paul Sturrock was fouled in the box by Andy Anderson and Eamonn Bannon coolly converted the penalty to send United in at the break on level terms.

United then took the lead early in the second half. A fantastic team move, with Ian Philip, Ralph Milne, Frank Kopel and Paul Sturrock all involved was finished by a superb headed goal from Davie Dodds. However, after taking the lead United appeared to take their foot off the gas again and they allowed Thistle to net a late equaliser. The United defence stood and watched as Alex O’Hara had one shot which was blocked, but he managed to drill home at the second attempt. United did manage to get the winning goal almost straight from the ensuing kick-off. A pass from Eamonn Bannon was buried by Davie Dodds, who scored his second goal of the game and ensured that Dundee United would end their league campaign with a win.

As this afternoon's visit of Partick Thistle to Tannadice heralds the final league outing of the current season I would like to take this opportunity of passing on my sincere thanks to you our loyal support for the backing accorded the side since last August. But while so saying I must admit to bitter disappointment yet again at the lack of numbers at our midweek league game here against Airdrie. It really upsets me that the players should be shunned in such a fashion, especially after what they have managed to achieve for the club so far this term. The modern player as I have repeatedly passed on to you in recent years, thrives on atmosphere and in my opinion it is only that kind of atmosphere which stretches them to the limit of their potential.

As far as the midweek game against Airdrie was concerned I admit to having to make one of my most difficult decisions in management — only a matter of an hour prior to kick-off time! It of course concerned young Derek Murray, who along with Richard Gough starred in last weekend's draw with Aberdeen. I make no apologies for describing his absence in midweek as a "disgrace" considering that I had little hesitation in naming him as the best player afield against the Dons. However, as you may well have guessed, our preparations for next Saturday's Scottish Cup final date tipped the balance against his inclusion as I was desperately keen to get as many of the side liable to play in action together again. Today we face Thistle in yet another step towards Hampden when I will be seeking a repeating the winning form shown last midweek.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 36 26 4 6 84 37 47 56
2. Aberdeen 36 19 11 6 61 26 35 49
3. Rangers 36 16 12 8 60 32 28 44
4. St Mirren 36 18 8 10 56 47 9 44
5. UNITED 36 17 9 10 66 42 24 43
6. Partick Thistle 36 10 10 16 32 48 -16 30
7. Airdrie 36 10 9 17 36 55 -19 29
8. Morton 36 10 8 18 36 58 -22 28
9. Kilmarnock 36 5 9 22 23 65 -42 19
10. Hearts 36 6 6 24 27 71 -44 18
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