Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Celtic

League Cup - Semi Final 2nd Leg
Wednesday, November 10th, 1982, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 15,522
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Balfron)
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Goalscorers
Paul Sturrock (51)
Paul Sturrock (65)
Charlie Nicholas (90)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Pat Bonner
Danny McGrain
Graeme Sinclair
Roy Aitken
Tom McAdam
Tommy Burns
Davie Provan
Paul McStay
Frank McGarvey
Murdo McLeod
Charlie Nicholas

Substitutes
Derek Stark
John Reilly
George McCluskey
Mark Reid

Substitutions
None. George McCluskey for Davie Provan (50)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
John Holt
None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 548 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 373 apps54 goals
Richard Gough 72 apps4 goals
John Holt 210 apps16 goals
Maurice Malpas 46 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 420 apps31 goals
Eamonn Bannon 160 apps42 goals
Ralph Milne 128 apps34 goals
Billy Kirkwood 244 apps53 goals
Davie Dodds 199 apps79 goals
Paul Sturrock 348 apps112 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 104 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 302 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 67 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 104 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 302 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 271 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Aitken gets the last touch, but Paul Sturrock the credit for the opener. Paul Sturrock then levels tie, chasing a Narey free-kick to squeeze it past Bonner.

Holt is dismissed after a second caution. Aitken and McStay are booked. Nicholas nicks the winner with a low 18-yard drive from Burns' pass.



It goes without saying that I am extremely disappointed at Saturday's result though not with your support. Once again, your encouragement of the side was magnificent. The result was highly unusual and as you'll appreciate, no one at Tannadice is happy following our heaviest defeat for six years. In fact. we have let the fans down in our outings against Viking and Aberdeen but tonight provides a great chance to repay your support with our tie against Celtic. However if we are to have any chance of success it will require peak performances from every player. For too long this season we have had to tolerate too few players on top form. Even though we managed an unbeaten run of 19 games from the opening of the season, I can't, in all honesty, say our form has been out of the ordinary. Only the 2-0 win in Eindhoven, the 3-1 first leg at Pittodrie and the six-goal romp against Morton can be categorised as exceptional performances. We still have a lot of work to do but it is very difficult to unearth the exceptional players we require to strengthen the squad. Returning to this evening's tie, it is essential we score first but, to be frank, our task is enormous, but the fact that we can even contemplate victory illustrates the strides we have made at the club. Last year we faced a similar situation against Borussia when we knew that an early goal was a must, but this will be a tall order against one of the best sides in Scotland. Eamonn Bannon returned to the side last Saturday but clearly lacked match fitness. Hopefully Paul Sturrock will have received
the all clear to play tonight. However, even his return won't solve all our problems. Earlier in the season Paul's and Ralph Milne's form left us relying heavily on Davie Dodds and he is now in need of a rest. He must play tonight and again on Saturday but perhaps he can be rested against Hibs. I would not have expected to lose by that 5-1 scoreline last Saturday but tonight is different. We must have a go at Celtic. I'd prefer to make an exit in style rather than sit back to steal a couple of goals. Remember in our recent league meeting we wiped out a two-goal deficit in the last 14 minutes. Tonight we have 90 minutes to achieve the same target.

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