Dundee Utd 2 - 2 Motherwell

League - Premier Division
Saturday, September 28th, 1991, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,844
Referee: Les Mottram (Forth)
Mascot: Stewart Ward
Dundee Utd  Motherwell

Goalscorers
Maurice Malpas (pen.) (21)
Gary Bollan (39)
Ian Angus (31)
Jamie Dolan (85)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Tommy McLean

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Freddy van der Hoorn
Gary Bollan
Jim McInally
Billy McKinlay
John Clark
Andy McLaren
Duncan Ferguson
Victor Ferreyra
Billy Thomson
Jim Griffin
Luc Nijholt
Jamie Dolan
John Philliben
Chris McCart
Joe McLeod
Neil Simpson
Nick Cusack
Phil O'Donnell
Ian Angus

Substitutes
Dave Bowman
Mixu Paatelainen
Bobby Russell
Davie Cooper

Substitutions
Dave Bowman for Andy McLaren (53)
Mixu Paatelainen for Victor Ferreyra (67)
Davie Cooper for Ian Angus (63)
Bobby Russell for Nick Cusack (79)

Bookings
Billy McKinlay
Duncan Ferguson (47)
Billy Thomson (20)
Neil Simpson (21)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 94 apps -
Dave Narey 811 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 502 apps16 goals
Freddy van der Hoorn 96 apps5 goals
Gary Bollan 9 apps1 goal
Jim McInally 233 apps11 goals
Billy McKinlay 137 apps5 goals
John Clark 240 apps31 goals
Andy McLaren 8 apps -
Duncan Ferguson 21 apps8 goals
Victor Ferreyra 1 app (debut) -
Dave Bowman (sub) 203 apps7 goals
Mixu Paatelainen (sub) 150 apps40 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Andy McLaren (18 years 119 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (35 years 116 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 88 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Andy McLaren (18 years 119 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (35 years 116 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 137 days
Domestic Players:10 (76.92 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Victor Ferreyra(Signed September 19th, 1991)

Milestones
Gary Bollan scored his first goal for the Club.

Naturally, the main interest centred round the first appearance of Argentinian striker Victor Ferreyra. His introduction to Scottish Football was typical. In the first minute he controlled the ball on his chest, only to be immediately bundled off the ball by a defender. However, it was Duncan Ferguson who was held down by Chris McCart to earn us the first of two penalties during the match. Duncan took the kick himself, but unfortunately screwed his shot well wide of the post. United fans first sight of Victor Ferreyra in real action saw the Argentinian speed past Philliben only to be brought down by Billy Thomson who protested his innocence too strongly to the referee and was booked. This time skipper Maurice Malpas made no mistake from the spot to score his first goal of the season. Motherwell, however, hit us on the break in the 32nd minute when Dolan's through ball split the defence and Ian Angus ran on to shoot low past Alan Main. Their equality was short-lived, however, because we went back into the lead in the 39th minute. John Clark's free-kick was controlled by Ferreyra but he was tackled and the ball broke to Gary Bollan who immediately fired the ball past Billy Thomson for his first goal for the club.

There is no doubt that if the first-half belonged to us, then the visitors dominated the second period. We did have our great chance to seal victory when Duncan Ferguson broke clear only for Billy Thomson to block his shot. However, we couldn't quibble when Motherwell did equalise late on through a Jamie Dolan header from a Cooper cross because the same Motherwell player had blazed a Joe McLeod cross over from close in only minutes earlier. Despite the second half rally, it is still over 15 years since Motherwell last tasted victory at Tannadice.



Generally speaking our form has taken a decided upturn in the past few weeks. We followed up a fine 3-0 win over Dunfermline with draws at Ibrox and Tynecastle, but although the results were the same against two sides of undoubted quality, our performances differed vastly.

We played so well agamst Rangers and deservedly took a point. Indeed, it was as positive a performance at Ibrox that I can recall. Yet within seven days much of that good work was undone at Tynecastle. I would certainly agree that during the first half the driving rain and gale force wind made conditions extremely difficult. However, our second half performance was totally unacceptable.

Unfortunately, the players negative attitude prevails all too often and because of this, we sacrificed a victory which was there to be taken after we had stolen the lead.

It is all very disappointing, but last week's showing at Tynecastle will not be the only reason for any changes in personnel this afternoon. Horses for courses will mean that there definitely will be changes for the visit of
Motherwell who always give us a difficult game.

It also presents us with out first opportunity to try and exact revenge for last season'sScottish Cup final defeat.

Although we have been picking up points of late, we still have a lot to do. If we want to regain a place in Europe, and there are only four places available, we are going to have a real fight on our hands because in the past, our passport to Europe has come from claiming the fourth or fifth spot rather than one of the first three.

A victory this afternoon is therefore essential towards that aim.

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