Dundee Utd 1 - 2 St Johnstone

League - Premier Division
Saturday, October 19th, 1991, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,202
Referee: Willie Young (Clarkston)
Mascot: Jordan Fairweather
Dundee Utd  St Johnstone

Hamish French (10)
Mark Treanor (pen)(78)
Paul Wright (85)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Totten

Starting Eleven
Guido van de Kamp
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Freddy van der Hoorn
John Clark
Mixu Paatelainen
Andy McLaren
Billy McKinlay
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
Hamish French
Lindsay Hamilton
Mark Treanor
Don McVicar
Gary McGinnis
John Inglis
John Davies
Steve Maskrey
Tommy Turner
Paul Wright
Ian Redford
Harry Curran

Christian Dailly
Michael O'Neill
Doug Barron
Roddy Grant

Michael O'Neill for Hamish French (88)
Christian Dailly for Andy McLaren (88)
Roddy Grant for Ian Redford (73)

Dave Narey (73)
Jim McInally (78)
Andy McLaren (85)

Red Cards
Dave Narey (78)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Guido van de Kamp (GK) 8 apps -
Dave Narey 815 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 506 apps16 goals
Freddy van der Hoorn 100 apps5 goals
John Clark 242 apps31 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 153 apps41 goals
Andy McLaren 9 apps -
Billy McKinlay 141 apps5 goals
Jim McInally 237 apps11 goals
Dave Bowman 207 apps7 goals
Hamish French 97 apps17 goals
Christian Dailly (sub) 30 apps7 goals
Michael O'Neill (sub) 52 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Andy McLaren (18 years 140 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (35 years 137 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 335 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (18 years 0 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (35 years 137 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 318 days
Domestic Players:9 (69.23 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Freddy van der Hoorn played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

For this Tayside derby, both sides were forced into making several changes. Saints lost the services of Cherry, Baltacha and Moore due to injury, whilst Duncan Ferguson was a flu-victim and out of the reckoning in our ranks and Hamish French replaced him. John Clark had recovered from the knee injury which had kept him out of the side for the past two League games and he replaced Alex Cleland in defence. Andy McLaren and Mixu Paatelainen were recalled to the attack with Michael O'Neill relegated to the subs bench and Gary Bollan dropping out. So in total there were four changes from the side which had gone down heavily at Parkhead. Saints made full use of the wind advantage they elected to have in the first half with Lindsay Hamilton twice launching punts into the heart of the United penalty area, but Guido Van De Kamp dealt with both very competently. The game sprung into life in the tenth minute when Hamish French set off on a mazy run past 3 or 4 Saints defenders before he prodded the ball home with his left foot from just inside the box. Immediately afterwards we would have scored again but for the timely (or untimely from our stance) intervention of Harry Curran. Again Hamish French was involved. He cut in from the right and switched the ball to the unmarked Billy McKinlay, who rounded Hamilton, only to see his shot saved on the line by his former Tannadice colleague.

For the rest of the half play was largely confined to the congested midfield area. Though Saints finished the first half much better than they started it they were very lucky not to go in at half-time trailing by two goals, because John Clark hit the post with a header from a McLaren comer on the stroke of the interval.

Saints certainly had more possession in the second half, but rarely threatened. Up until the later stages, Guido Van De Kamp's only enforced activity was to clear from Paul Wright with his feet and dive at the feet of Harry Curran. The whole character of the match changed with 13 minutes left. Dave Narey was adjudged to have deliberately handled a cross. A penalty was given. Dave was ordered off for a second bookable offence. Saints grabbed the life-line; Mark Treanor scored from the spot and we lost our composure to allow Saints to grab a winner five minutes from time when Paul Wright headed home.

I am sure that events at Parkhead seven days ago, spoilt last Saturday night for anyone with United leanings.

Frankly, our performance when Celtic were in possession was pathetic and the players might as well have been sitting in the front row of the stand for all the effort they put in when trying to win back the ball!

We conceded only eight fouls in the match and whilst I, in no way condone rough play, that figure is indicative of our frailties in the area of ball-winning against Celtic.

Indeed, it is a long time since I can recall so many bad performances in one game. When you field so many young players as we have been doing this season, you expect inconsistency, but that is not really the root cause of our problem, because lapses in form seem to be afflicting almost all the players at different times.

Injuries certainly haven't helped us this season. Last weekend everyone was talking about Rangers injury problems, but we weren't far behind them with Rojas, Ferreyra, John Clark, Welsh, Muller, Jackson and John O'Neil all unavailable.
Infact with so many injuries this season, nobody could say they haven't had a first team chance with 23 players already having been at of the season gone.

In the case of Gary Bollan I have kept him in the side for too long and probably shouldn't have brought him back against Airdrie, but it must be remembered that he is still only 18.

In the first half at Parkhead and in some cases longer than that, the contribution by some players was nothing short of woeful. Normally, you'd expect to be in a position to bring in players from the reserves, but our injury
predicament has precluded such action.

What we badly need is for a clean bill of health for the casualties and then a lengthy injury-free run.

Today we have an attractive local derby against St. Johnstone. They are always difficult opponents and last season they took three points from their two visits here. So a United victory is overdue, especially if we are to atone for last week's poor performance against Celtic.

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