Dundee Utd 4 - 1 Heart of Midlothian

League - Division One
Saturday, March 20th, 1971, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 4,106
Referee: Jim Callaghan (Glasgow)
Dundee Utd  Heart of Midlothian

Goalscorers
Alan Gordon (44)
Alec Reid (50)
Alec Reid (57)
Kenny Cameron (88)
Donald Ford (86)

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
Bobby Seith

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Doug Smith
Walter Smith
Jim Cameron
Andy Rolland
Jim Henry
Davie Wilson
Alec Reid
Alan Gordon
Morris Stevenson
Kenny Cameron
Jim Cruickshank
David Clunie
Roy Kay
Eddie Thomson
Alan Anderson
Jim Brown
George Fleming
Tommy Veitch
Donald Ford
Wilson Wood
Eric Carruthers

Substitutes
Jackie Copland
Drew Young

Substitutions
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 24 apps -
Doug Smith 458 apps6 goals
Walter Smith 25 apps -
Jim Cameron 144 apps -
Andy Rolland 153 apps12 goals
Jim Henry 62 apps6 goals
Davie Wilson 149 apps26 goals
Alec Reid 107 apps11 goals
Alan Gordon 73 apps29 goals
Morris Stevenson 35 apps3 goals
Kenny Cameron 80 apps50 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jim Henry (22 years 29 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (34 years 19 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 259 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jim Henry (22 years 29 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (34 years 19 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 177 days
Domestic Players:12 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

3 successive defeats having been suffered in the preceding weeks left United with a dlifficult task of halting the slide against in-form Hearts. But as things worked out, the Tannadice men found little in the way of a challenge from the Tynecastle outfit. However, it took almost the entire first half to breach the visitor's defence. Morris Stevenson contrived the opener with a great through ball for Alec Reid to finish in impeccable fashion.

It was the opening spell of the second period which spelt the end for Hearts when firstly Alec Reid repeated his earlier scoring habit after a Jim Henry effort had rebounded from the crossbar. Kenny Cameron got into the scoring act in 57 minutes and although Donald Ford pulled one back, former Tynecastle striker Alan Gordon emphasised United's superiority by having the final say with a goal in the final minute.

After three successive defeats from Dunfermline, Aberdeen and Ayr, we now find ourselves faced with a hard, hard time ahead if a reasonable League place is to be won. With only five goals in the last six games a great deal of the blame for our plight at the present time must rest on the shoulders of the forwards. This fact was clearly underlined in the game at Somerset Park last week.

Without exaggeration, we had nearly all the play yet could not come up with any punch in front of goal. I have every sympathy for the defence as every man played steadily and the loss of one goal away from home is quite acceptable by any standards.

But, without ever looking dangerous, Ayr won the game with that one goal and another two valuable points evaded us.

The unlucky man of the day was lan Scott, back in the side after a spell
in the reserves. lan went for a mid-field ball in the air then followed up after it only to clash with an Ayr man and the result was a broken nose.

This afternoon we welcome Bobby Seith to Tannadice for the first time as
Hearts manager and, with only four home games remaining we find ourselves
desperate to win. In the past the Tynecastle men have always put one across us here and in the last three meetings they have come out with three points.
We simply must improve on our record against them and a repeat of the of the fighting display shown against Kilmarnock last month would do the
trick, I'm sure.

In the coming weeks our programme sees us meet teams at both ends of the table and there's little doubt every team will give us a hard time. But the gap betweeen us and clubs in the top eight could be bridged with some dedication and effort.

As I said earlier the forwards have been right out of touch lately, a fault which can be traced back to the cup game with Aberdeen. In almost every game since, we have more than held our own only to throw away the points because of the lack of killer instinct around goals. The players know full well,
goals only can win games, and from now until the end of the season we must show much more aggression if anything is to be achieved.

However, I do feel more encouragement from the fans could help the players. They are currently going through a sticky spell and whole-hearted support would be a great boost for them.

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