Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Werder Bremen

UEFA Cup - 3rd Round 1st Leg
Wednesday, November 24th, 1982, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 10,827
Referee: Heinz Fahnler (Austria)
Dundee Utd  Werder Bremen

Goalscorers
Ralph Milne (15)
Dave Narey (82)
Norbert Meier (65)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Otto Rehhagel

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Richard Gough
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Ralph Milne
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Dieter Burdenski
Karl-Heinz Kamp
Jonny Otten
Rigobert Gruber
Klaus Fitchel
Benno Mohlmann
Wolfgang Sidka
Norbert Siegmann
Rudi Voller
Jasuhiko Okudera
Norbert Meier

Substitutes
John Gardiner
John Holt
Alex Taylor
Ian Gibson
John Reilly
Klaus Funk
Martin Haskamp
Uwe Bracht
Michael Bohnke
Thomas Schaaf

Substitutions
John Holt for Derek Stark (45)
John Reilly for Eamonn Bannon (71)
Uwe Bracht for Norbert Meier (75)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 551 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 376 apps54 goals
Derek Stark 180 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 75 apps5 goals
Maurice Malpas 49 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 423 apps32 goals
Ralph Milne 131 apps37 goals
Eamonn Bannon 163 apps43 goals
Billy Kirkwood 247 apps53 goals
Davie Dodds 202 apps81 goals
Paul Sturrock 351 apps112 goals
John Holt (sub) 211 apps16 goals
John Reilly (sub) 22 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 118 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 316 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 14 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 118 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 316 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 220 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

United struck the first blow in the 1st leg of their UEFA Cup 3rd round tie with German contenders Werder Bremen. Otto Rehhagel's men were "under the cosh" for most of the game. A reward eventually came for United after a quarter hour when Ralph Milne flicked an Eamonn Bannon cross high into the net.

At the other end in the second half, a Rudi Voller shot came off Paul Hegarty and Norbert Meier slammed home the equaliser and a dreaded away goal. During a furious final 25 minutes, Dave Narey put United back in the lead with only eight minutes left, chipping in from 25 yards before Ralph Milne smashed one off the post, as the score remained 2-1.



Tonight is yet another big occasion for everyone at Tannadice. Some may say possibly even more vital alter our exit from the League Cup. I don't necessarily subscribe to that viewpoint. On our day, we are good enough to have reached that final but ordinary performances have crept in from time to time to sabotage our quest for honours. In normal circumstances a 3-0 victory, whether achieved home or away, would be highly acceptable, but last Saturdays performance was a big disappointment. Over 90 minutes we created many chances which we failed to convert, whilst the fact the defence recorded a shut-out was almost entirely due to Hibs failings up front. I had anticipated a more awkward match than in our last two outings against the Old Firm with Hibs adopting a 4-4-2 formation in an attempt to frustrate our efforts. However, too many of our players failed to display the right attitude and consequently our performance suffered against the Easter Road side. As you will have read in the Press, I made public the fact that I fined ouite a few of the players, even although I dislike giving publicity to such matters. There were several reasons for my actions. First, I felt it best to let you, the fans, know that the attitude adopted by some of the players will not be tolerated. I still believe they are the best I have here but it would be less embarrassing to me if I could leave some of them out rather than fine them. Unfortunately, the importance of every game dictates that I must field my strongest eleven every week Some experienced managers for whom I have great respect, considerit more important to blood young players, results being of secondary importance. That is a point of view I agree with to an extent, but the overriding factor must be to win every match. The attendance at the Hibs match was some 2,000 more than we had expected and I am acutely conscious of the fact that you did not get value for money, especially with so many leisure pursuits to attract the public's money. The recent publicity surrounding the financial plight of several clubs makes it absolutely clear to me that nothing but the best will do in every minute of every game. It is common knowledge of my belief that we are short of a couple of players if we are to satisfy the public in every match. Let that therefore, be a warning to the current first team occupants that I'll be lookiing to John Clark, Jimmy Page John Reilly and Alex Taylor to replace them in the future instead of my imposition of any financial penalties. As I have requested on previous European occasions, patience must be the order of the day. Werder Bremen will prove exceptionally difficult opposition with very adaptable players. If our players display the same attitude as in the recent games with the Old Firm and given the run of the ball we have reason to hope to make further progress in this competition but a repeat of the 90 minutes against Hibs will certainly not good enough.

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