Dundee Utd 2 - 2 Partick Thistle

League - Premier Division
Saturday, October 16th, 1993, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,750
Referee: Mike Pocock (Aberdeen)
Dundee Utd  Partick Thistle

Goalscorers
Craig Brewster (41)
Scott Crabbe (90)
Callum Milne (43)
Roddy Grant (71)

Team Managers
Ivan Golac
John Lambie

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Alex Cleland
Mark Perry
Brian Welsh
Maurice Malpas
Christian Dailly
Dave Bowman
Andy McLaren
John Clark
Billy McKinlay
Craig Brewster
Craig Nelson
Bobby Law
Callum Milne
Gregg Watson
Willie Jamieson
Alex Taylor
George Shaw
Albert Craig
Roddy Grant
Gerry Britton
Ian Cameron

Substitutes
Guido van de Kamp
Scott Crabbe
Paddy Connolly
Andy Murdoch
Martin Clark
David Byrne

Substitutions
Scott Crabbe for Dave Bowman (46)
Paddy Connolly for Craig Brewster (77)
None.

Bookings
John Clark (12)
Brian Welsh (63)
Scott Crabbe (75)
Roddy Grant (40)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 171 apps -
Alex Cleland 127 apps8 goals
Mark Perry 28 apps1 goal
Brian Welsh 79 apps6 goals
Maurice Malpas 589 apps19 goals
Christian Dailly 67 apps13 goals
Dave Bowman 276 apps9 goals
Andy McLaren 38 apps2 goals
John Clark 325 apps37 goals
Billy McKinlay 206 apps15 goals
Craig Brewster 4 apps1 goal
Scott Crabbe (sub) 39 apps6 goals
Paddy Connolly (sub) 104 apps30 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (19 years 363 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (31 years 82 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 92 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (19 years 363 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (31 years 82 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 157 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Craig Brewster scored his first goal for the Club.

Thistle haven't tasted success at Tannadice in the Premier Division, but they must have felt their moment had arrived in this encounter. They deservedly led 2-1 with just seconds remaining when United pounced to snatch a late equaliser which even Manager Ivan Golac admitted we didn't deserve! Grant Johnson and Freddy van der Hoorn were both omitted from the side which lost to Rangers and with Jim Mclnally suspended, that meant there were recalls for Craig Brewster, Mark Perry and Alex Cleland.

Certainly Thistle featured more prominently in the early stages and were unlucky not to take an eighth minute lead when Craig and then Shaw contrived to miss easy chances with the goal at their apparent mercy. Former United midfielder Alex Taylor then snatched at a cross from Cameron and knocked the ball past the far post from a good position.
It was, therefore, strikingly against the run of play when United took the lead four minutes from the interval. Andy McLaren made a thrust to the bye-line before whipping over a cross from which Craig Brewster headed past Nelson from six yards. That lead lasted a mere three minutes Callum Milne scored his first ever goal in senior football with a neat chip after warding off four challenges.

Partick never aspired to the same heights after the interval, though Jamieson went close when he shot narrowly past. Compared to the opening 45 minutes. goalmouth action was at a premium, but 19 minutes from time, Thistle struck the goal which looked like ending their barren spell against United. Camerons low cross from a corner was flicked in by Roddy Grant to beat Alan Main at his near post. In an effort to salvage something from the game, manager Ivan Golac threw on Paddy Connolly for Craig Brewster and Paddy was to play our get out of jail card in the very last minute! He jinked his way inside before sending in a shot which rebounded off the face of the crossbar and Scott Crabbe proved to be our saviour with a simple tap in.



In view of last Saturday's result it may seem contradictory to say that we created more chances against Rangers than in any other game this season. The difference between the two sides came down to one thing - FINISHING! Whereas Rangers, with more than a little help from us, were clinical in front of goal from half chances, we passed up four great chances. The pleasing aspect of the game was that we dominated the game playing some very good football, and more importantly, created those clear cut chances. But in my long career both as a player and a manager I can never recall being associated with a club who gave away three goals in the way we did last weekend! It was completely unprofessional. After that it would have been an uphill battle against an amateur team, far less against the best team in the country! It certainly showed what a cruel game this can be. We created far more chances than Rangers and without taking anything away from Rangers, I felt we were the better team on the day. Indeed, had Grant Johnson scored with that header in the very early stages of the match the outcome I am sure would have been very different. Certainly there are no complaints from me regarding the effort and attitude of the players as could be seen by the way in which we fought back in the second half, but the lack of professionalism when we lost those goals is my main priority.

We have been working hard to eradicate those defensive failings this week, but I still feel that we can take heart from the game with Rangers. In fact, in our last two games against Kilmarnock and Rangers we played well enough to take full points, but only have one point to show for our efforts. The battle for the League at the quarter way point couldn't be tighter and I am sure the destination of the title will go to the final day of the season. We must learn to be more ruthless and earn respect from the opposition and I know the lads will be anxious to make up for last week's disappointment. Thistle played well against us in the first meeting at Firhill, but if we repeat the quality of our performance against Rangers and eliminate the sloppiness at the back and improve our finishing, then I have no doubts we can repeat our victory over Partick Thistle earlier in the season.

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