Dundee 0
Kilmarnock 0
League Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)

0 - 0

League Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)
Wednesday, September 3rd, 1980
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,388
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Dave Sneddon

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Stewart MacLaren
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Jim Shirra
7. Jocky Scott
8. Ian Fleming
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Peter Mackie
11. John Fletcher
Alan McCulloch .1
Stuart McLean .2
Alan Robertson .3
George Maxwell .4
Paul Clarke .5
Derrick McDicken .6
Bobby Street .7
Ian Gibson .8
John Bourke .9
Alistair Mauchlen .10
Jim Mcbride .11

12. Jimmy Murphy
14. Les Barr
Kenny Armstrong .12
Gordon Cramond .14

Les Barr for George McGeachie (46)
Jimmy Murphy for Ian Fleming (75)

None. Derrick McDicken (71)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. A. Murdoch (Bothwell) (Referee)
R. A. Bisset (Inverurie) & D. F. Bell (Edinburgh) (Assistants)

Match Report

A 0-0 cup tie hardly sounds exciting. In fact this was one of the liveliest games at Dens Park in a long time.

The no-goal result is also an injustice to a Dundee team who had their Premier opponents on the rack for most of the 90 minutes.

Their work-rate was always tremendous, their football often good. Only the goals they de served eluded them through faulty, over anxious finishing though they got few breaks in front of goal.

Despite this hard luck story Killie will now be favourites to clinch this League Cup tie in the second leg in three weeks time. But much better league days must lie ahead for the Dens Parkers if they can maintain the form of last night.

Dundee were almost ahead in three minutes. Mackie shot from 20 yards, the ball deflected off a defender, and on to the Killie bar with keeper McCul loch caught off his line.

Schaedler's shot soon after, following a short free-kick, also had McCulloch worried.

This was an encouraging start for the home side but they were a wee bit anxious, and Mackie blazed another shot well wide from an acute angle.

Killie didn't raise any threat until the 15th minute, when Geddes had to push a weak shot from McBride round the post.

It was a clear cut chance for the Killie winger.

Dundee were busy, bustling and worrying to the big Killie defence. McCulloch went full stretch to save from Fletcher after an incisive move down the left.

In 21 minutes there was another let-off for the visitors as Fleming crossed and a header. from Fletcher just failed to beat the keeper.

At the other end, after a defensive slip, Bourke tapped the ball towards the empty net so weakly that Geddes was able to run back and clear before it crossed the line. There was plenty of incident in this cup-tie.

It continued that way, Dundee building up their moves well and doing most of the attacking. though Killie were always dangerous on the break.

Just before half-time there were near things at both ends. Sinclair got clean through for Dundee only to shoot against the keeper and immediately after Street missed a golden chance to put Killie in front.

Barr came on at half time for McGeachie, who took a knock in the first half.

Jocky Scott, a driving force for Dundee, set up a fine early chance after a strong run down the middle. His final pass was ruined when three teammates got all tangled up.

Scott again started a move which ended with Shirra shooting wide from good position.

It was non-stop Dundee effort and pressure with only the vital finishing touch absent. Clarke cleared off the line following a Scott corner.

Schaedler burst through, Mackie took his pass, and shot hurriedly over the bar. He did the same soon after. Dundee badly needed a cool head in the penalty box.

But consternation for home fans in 70 minutes when MacLaren pulled down Maxwell in the box. Then jubilation as the referee decided no penalty.

A minute later McDicken was booked for a foul on Barr.

Murphy became Dundee's second sub, replacing Fleming as the home side continued to hammer away.

Yet Kelly should have scored in the final minute. McBride failed to take advantage of the chance when Geddes became stranded out of his goal. The visitors' winger shot wide.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at September 3rd, 1980)

1980-81 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)20 6 - 7 -
Bobby Glennie22 6 - 1072
Stewart MacLaren27 616510
George McGeachie21 6 - 633
Erich Schaedler21 6 - 832
Ian Fleming27 6 - 223
Jim Shirra30 6 - 10815
Peter Mackie22 6 - 292
John Fletcher27 43284
Eric Sinclair26 4118059
Jocky Scott32 3 - 431154
Les Barr (sub)27 5 - 701
Jimmy Murphy (sub)23 6 - 676

League Table (as at September 3rd, 1980)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

At least we have scored our first goals of the season-five without reply in the two legs of our Bell's League Cup tie against Arbroath and that takes a bit of pressure off us after our earlier difficulties in opening our account. The goals came in time to set us up for our third round home game against Kilmarnock, a Premier League side, this evening.

The effort put in by most of our players has been very good but unfortunately it was often channelled along the wrong lines. I feel we must concentrate on putting other teams under pressure when they have the ball and this was more evident at Arbroath.

I have been quoted as saying Dundee are a "soft touch." This is partly true. We do allow opposing teams to play football because we want to play and not to "hoof it up the park." Quotes from another manager published the same day explained very well the reason be hind not kicking the ball up the park. I feel we must try to build up from the back, even if this does seem frustrating to some of our supporters.

There is a time when the good old fashioned boot up the park can be useful but there is also the time when we must concentrate on building up, not only to keep possession but to try to score goals, which we were not doing in our early games.

I want my players to compete a little more. By that I certainly don't mean they should go out and kick people but I feel we must get more involved in the game when the opposition have the ball.

This is something we are working very hard on and we hope to see further improvement this evening.

The question of new players coming to Dens Park is still a very touchy subject with the fans. I can assure our followers every effort is being made to strengthen the team so that we can be good enough to win promotion and to stay in the Premier League once that has been achieved.