The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
A tremendous match on a tricky surface and United answered critics of their title ambitions with the best display for some time. Davie Dodds scored 4 minutes from half-time to cancel out Charlie Nicholas' opener.
The disappointment of last Saturday's Cup dismissal at the hands of St Mirren has been felt by everybody at Tannadice. Therefore it is doubly important, as we face Scotland's best side, that we try and repay the magnificent support you have given us this season. Nobody can accuse us of having had it easy this season. Our cup involvement has pitched us against teams like PSV in the U.E.F.A. Cup, Aberdeen and Celtic in the League Cup and an away draw at Love Street can hardly be classified as other than tricky. In fact, only one of our last 10 Scottish cup ties has been played at Tannadice. Whilst I am sure most of you will not agree with me, I would gladly have traded some of our European glory nights this season for progress in last week's cup tie, so highly do I view success in domestic football. I was surprised that the media made such scant reference to the number of fouls conceded by St Mirren. We must have been awarded around 30 free kicks which works out at one every three minutes. That was one of the main reasons we never struck our usual rhythm. The players, unfortunately cannot leave it solely to the referee in such instances. Our front players in particular must be braver, showing greater determination when intimidated. No side is going to stand back and allow us to play, so we must keep playing no matter the fouls and strive to retain our usual fluency instead of losing our confidence when faced with disruptive tactics as has occurred recently. In the final analysis the remedy to our problems lies in our own hands, and the fluency for which we are noted has to be earned. However, another factor in our loss of form of late has been that the front men haven't been receiving the supply from the back and midfield that they are entitled to expect. Today is Celtic's third visit of the season to Tannadice and I am sure everyone who saw the previous two encounters could only compliment Billy McNeill's side on their entertainment value. When facing Celtic you can expect nothing other than a difficult but attractive match and today's meeting should be no exception. I only hope that victory goes to us.