We got a point at Tannadice despite fielding a weakened team because of injury. Eric and Terry will be well pleased at taking something from a game which was hardly a footballing classic.
It did not take many minutes of the first half for it to be apparent that we were in trouble. The midfield, lacking the bite of Lasley and Leitch, struggled to get hold of the ball and as a result a poor United team were able to maintain most of the possession. They rarely looked like scoring though and it was through a bit of good fortune that the Arabs moved ahead after half an hour.
A cross found the head of Lilley who flicked it three of four yards on to Easton, who's instinctive nod left Brown with no chance.
We had a couple of half chances, both from Elliott (who would have scored if he had attempted the pass into the gaping net with his right rather than his left foot) and a clear penalty claim denied for handball.
We don't know if Butcher attacked the dressing room door at half time but we managed a quick equaliser after the break.
Eddie Forrest sent over a good cross to Elliott. He made a good attempt with the head and the goalie parried the ball away - but KELLY was there to pounce on the loose ball at the post.
Mark Brown made several crucial contributions to the game. One fine save in the first half and a couple of beauties in the second (one from an almost point blank header) kept the game level.
Elliott was our best player. He was everywhere! Almost every 'Well chance flowed through him and he must have impressed Black and Butcher with his efforts.
Any point gained at Tannadice is valued and this first game under the new management team will nave cheered Messers Nevin and Boyle, who watched the game from the stand.