The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Four goals in 21 minutes ended this match as a contest. Dave Narey with two. Billy Kirkwood and Davie Dodds who completed his hat-trick in the second-half, took the total to six.
It goes without saying that I am delighted at our opening to the season. In any context a run of 16 games without defeat is highly satisfactory. There have, however, been some results which have not pleased me. The draws at Easter Road a month ago, and at Rugby Park last week, were no more than our performances deserved. These kind of results are prejudicial to our League aspirations. Over the past six seasons we have finished in either third or fourth spot, with only 80-81being an exception, but our sights nowadays are set higher than that. Without doubt our front players must shoulder the blame when results haven't been what we would have hoped. Davie Dodds started the season well, Paul Sturrock has played in fits and starts whilst Ralph Milne's form of late has been pleasing. I know I am hard to please but at no time have we had more than one of our strike force playing to his full potential in any match. It is, therefore, high time that we had all three front runners firing on ail cylinders at the same time. In contrast to my moaning I must commend the superb form shown by the back four, that includes Maurice Malpas who has also performed adequately when asked to play in midfield. Therein lies another problem. Do I utilise Dave Narey in midfield this afternoon? Comptieating the issue is the forthcoming UEFA tie in Norway when I must almost certainly field Dave in his normal defensive role combined with the fact that Maurice Malpas is a better back four player. It is vitally important for us to win against Morton especially after that below par performance against Kilmarnock. Hopefully Eamonn Bannon will again be fit as we require him to give us the necessary width which we have lacked during his enforced absence. Good managers are normally gauged by the number of trophies they win, but Benny Rooney, whom I admire greatly, qualifies as one of the top managers in view of his achievements with Morton, where economics have forced him to part with his best players, whilst still retaining their premier placing.