The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
A Derby match with a remarkable change in fortunes. Defender Richard Gough scored twice, his fifth in three games, to put United ahead. Then Ian Ferguson (pen), Albert Kidd and Cammy Fraser put Dundee ahead. However, a three goal burst in the final 10 minutes preserved the League challenge. John Reilly, Paul Hegarty and Davie Dodds were the men who beat Dundee's substitute 'keeper Brian Scrimgeour.
This afternoon we host the fourth meeting of the season and whilst we have emerged victors on the three previous occasions, none has been in as convincing a manner as I would hoped. Dundee certainly have shown a vast improvement this term, particularly defensively, the exception last week's match with St Mirren. Nobody needs to remind the players of the importance of today's match considering that we are the outsiders of the three horse title race. It has been a very difficult season in which to win the title with both Celtic and Aberdeen constantly producing outstanding performances as, indeed, we ourselves have done. Having said that I viewed the Morton match with total disbelief, bearing in mind that we had so much to play for, so it was good bounce back with a fine European performance, even if the defence was caught napping when the Czechs scored. On a quagmire of a pitch we looked the fitter side, making the staleness of the Morton performance even more perplexing. Then again last Saturday, we played well for the last hour after a sluggish start. I feel that we have demanded too much from too few players this season. Whilst still seeking player swaps and new faces, we must rely on our younger players. Unfortunately, the importance of all our fixtures this term has meant it_has been difficult to blood some of our up-and-coming players. One criticism that can be levelled at me, is my reticence to field anything other than my strongest and most reliable eleven. Alex Taylor, John Reilly, John Clark and Dave Beaumont have all suffered on this score, but there comes a time when these players must face challenges at a higher level if they are to progress. Derek Murray is another. He has matured tremendousjy recently, but with Maurice Malpas, and Richard Gough, both_U21 caps, at full back, his progress, like others, has been blocked. One area in which we are lacking is a midfield player of exceptional abilities, Dave Narey has the qualities but not the attitude to fulfil this role repeatedly. So it is even more important than ever we unearth such a player through the ranks. To this end I will give youth a fling as soon as our title hopes mathematically vanish,though to be honest, i would prefer that my current policy doesn't have to alter, and we maintain our title interest right to the last kick of the season.