The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Who would have believed that it was possible for two sides to produce five consecutive goalless draws. Even a late penalty award for Hearts failed to breach the stalemate of these recent encounters.Actually the way we started didn't give the impression that we were about to get involved in another blankety-blank affair. Billy McKinlay volleyed just over; Paddy Connolly shot wide; as did Mixu Paatelainen, and the same applied to a quick shot on the turn from Kevin Gallacher. But the first shot to actually test Smith came from debutant Paddy Connolly, but the Hearts' keeper was right behind it. Apart from a brief flurry before the interval, Hearts were rarely in the picture and only won their first corner six minutes into the second half. The second period was more evenly con-tested, and the seemingly inevitable goalless draw appeared to have been averted when Maurice Malpas was adjudged to have fouled Iain Ferguson, but Kenny Black's spot kick was well saved by Billy Thomson to maintain a sequence which must be unique at almost any level.