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After winning the first leg 4-0, the second leg of this quarter final League Cup tie was almost academic. The Tannadice eleven showed four changes from the one which had lost at Airdrie and whilst it took the recast side a wee while to get going, when they did there was no holding them back.Hamilton in fact missed a good couple of early chances, but on 27 minutes United got the goal to settle them down. Graeme Payne took a pass from Davie Dodds, cut inside and when everyone expected him to pass it he suddenly unleashed a 25 yard left foot shot whicl sailed into the net. United kept up the momentum, going two up nine minutes later when Davie Dodds outjumped everyone to score with a powerful header. With the pressure on Accies defence as constant as the teaming rain, United went even further ahead ten minutes into the second half when Paul Sturrock put the finishing touches to a clever one-two with Payne. John Reilly got the goal he had worked so hard for with ten minutes remaining before Billy Kirkwood scored the most spectacular goal of the night, crashing a 25-yarder past Moffat five minutes from time to complete a 9-0 aggregate victory.
Let's face it, I can't claim that the ten days since I last communicated with you through this column have been uneventful. In fact, we have the extremes of disappointment seemingly short experienced delight and during that spell. The notable part came in our victories over city neighbours Dundee and then last midweek's highly successful UEFA Cup venture to Monaco, when the end result just provided the icing on the cake for what was a memorable trip. And allow me to take this opportunity of thanking everyone who travelled to the Mediterranean to support the side on such a tremendous occasion. Those of you who supported the club's first venture into air charter helped make for my enjoyment of the trip and aided towards a relaxed atmosphere amongst the players ( themselves. However, all good things come to an end and lo and behold Broomfield Park, Ajrdrie, last Saturday provided us all with a ( shattering return to earth. And to think, both defeats suffered in our twelve outings so far have been caused by basic and amateurish errors. I have long claimed that the side has grown up in a thoroughly professional attitude — but such reverses have ^ me wondering if that's the case. The form of players who have formed the backbone of the side in recent years is causing concern and the quicker that we can get them back on top again the better — especially with such a difficult week ahead.