Dundee 4
Greenock Morton 1
League (Premier Division)

4 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 28th, 1981
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,598
3:00 PM Kick-off

Davie Bell (2)
Peter Mackie (11)
Eric Sinclair (64)
Iain Ferguson (67)
Roddy Hutchison (40)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Blair
2. Les Barr
3. Chic McLelland
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. George McGeachie
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Davie Bell
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Peter Mackie
11. Danny Cameron
Roy Baines .1
David Hayes .2
Jim Holmes .3
Drew Busby .4
Joe McLaughlin .5
Neil Orr .6
John McNeil .7
Daniel Docherty .8
Bernie Slaven .9
Roddy Hutchison .10
Robert Houston .11

12. Ray Stephen
14. Albert Kidd
John Marr .12
Edward McNab .14

Albert Kidd for Cammy Fraser (62)
Ray Stephen for George McGeachie (75)
Edward McNab for Bernie Slaven (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
Ray Stephen (87)
Match Officials

B. Robertson (East Kilbride) (Referee)
R. G. Robertson (Edinburgh) & R. G. Cheyne (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

The out-of-form Bobby Geddes has been dropped for the visit of Morton. Allan Blair replaces him in goal.

Striker Eric Sinclair also wins his place back, with Murphy out. George McGeachie takes over from lain MacDonald.

Dundee make a sensa tional start with a spectacu lar goal after just 80 seconds.

The Dens Parkers win a corner on the right and from Baines' punch DAVIE BELL lobs a 16-yard header over the 'keeper to make it 1-0.

Dundee are on the attack again and in three minutes Ferguson comes close with a long-range effort.

Two minutes later it's McGeachie who narrowly misses with a header off a Fraser cross.

The Dens Park faithful go wild in 11 minutes when the Dark Blues get another.

A long clearance from defence falls at the feet of MACKIE who sidesteps Holmes before crashing an 18-yard shot past the 'keeper to give the home side a dream start.

Morton almost pull one back four minutes later when Hutchison stabs a McNeil centre just past Blair's left hand post. It's Dundee, however, who are looking the more dangerous side and a Fraser cross-cum-shot flashes across the goalmouth with no one at hand to take advantage.

In 22 minutes Barr has to look lively to break down a dangerous Morton move.

The skilful John McNeil is causing problems for the Dens defence as Morton try to fight their way back into the match.

With 29 minutes gone, Morton win a free kick mid way into Dundee's half of the park, but Hayes' long centre is easily mopped up by Barr. Seconds later, Blair is forced to rush from his goal mouth to snatch the ball from the feet of the speedy McNeil.

On the half-hour, Barr earns himself groans of disappointment when he wastes a cross ball after some fine work by Bell. Dundee are unlucky not to go further ahead a minute later.

Mackie beats Holmes on the wing before sending a low, curling ball into the box, which Ferguson just fails to connect with.

With eight minutes of the first half remaining, McLaughlin has a 30-yard effort at goal, which lacks the pace to trouble confident Blair.

The Greenock side are playing some skilfull football in midfield and their perseverence finally pays off after 40 minutes, when they cut the deficit.

McLaughlin lobs the ball over the Dundee defence and HUTCHISON beats the off side trap to sidefoot the ball past a helpless Blair.

Dundee are looking unsettled near half-time.

Half-time Dundee 2, Morton 1.

Reflections - The home side appear to have let Morton off the hook after their fine start. Their two early goals gave them an ideal opportunity to seal the outcome of the match but Morton's goal just before half-time means that there is still much to fight for in the second half.


Soon after the restart, Docherty sends in an accurate cross to McNeil. The winger's control lets him down, however, and he only has time to poke a weak shot at Blair.

Dundee win a corner a minute later but Morton's McLaughlin is first to Ferguson's cross and clears the danger.

In 52 minutes Danny Docherty finds time to steady himself for a shot off a McNeil pass. But his drive from 20 yards is well wide.

Minutes later a Ferguson cross from the right finds Sinclair 10 yards out. A timely tackle by Holmes, however, puts the centre off and Baines steps in to finish the move.

Donald McKay sends Albert Kidd on in place of Cammy Fraser. The substitution proves the right decision when Kidd gets involved in Dundee's third goal, after 64 minutes.

The sub fires a low shot at Baines who can only parry the ball into the crowded goalmouth. In the melee that follows, Eric SINCLAIR out jumps the Morton defence to head home from six yards.

It's one-way traffic now, and this remarkable Dundee side amazingly get their fourth three minutes later.

And what a beautiful goal it is!

FERGUSON embarks on a solo run from midfield and sprints past two defenders before unleasing a searing 25-yard drive in off the post, with Baines rooted to his goal line.

In 73 minutes Slaven just mistimes a McLaughlin punt from defence to give Blair an easy save. The Dundee 'keeper wins the applause of the crowd minutes later, however, when he pulls off a fine reflex save from a fierce McLaughlin shot.

Both teams make substitutions in 75 minutes, Stephen replacing McGeachie for Dundee and McNab coming on for Slaven. Mackie almost had yet another for the Dens Parkers when he turned sharply just inside the 18-yard box to blast narrowly over the bar. It's almost a procession now for Dundee and Sinclair shows why he's rated so highly when he sends an 18-yardh header inches over.

With only minutes re maining Stephen is severely punished for an off-the-ball incident when he is shown the red card by Referee Robertson, after consultation with his linesman.

On the stroke of full time Blair denies a last-ditch effort by Orr when he stops the midfielder's 12-yard effort.

Final-Dundee 4, Morton 1.

Summing Up - Dundee were forced to work very hard for their victory, which is surely one of their most convincing of the season.

The match had a great many healthy signs from Dundee's point of view, but was marred by that controversial sending-off near the end. Manager Donald Mackay looked furious at the referee's decision.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at November 28th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Alan Blair (GK)30 3 - 17 -
Les Barr29 15 - 1181
Chic McLelland27 3 - 3 -
Bobby Glennie24 19 - 1692
George McGeachie22 1711126
Danny Cameron28 152152
Peter Mackie23 1448111
Davie Bell - 181181
Cammy Fraser24 151528
Iain Ferguson19 1694115
Eric Sinclair27 13223582
Ray Stephen (sub)18 1223910
Albert Kidd (sub)20 15 - 15 -

League Table (as at November 28th, 1981)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It is always easy to write a page when things are going well but to say things are going badly at present is putting it mildly. After the good result at Firhill our last two results have been more than disappointing

We are giving away goals very very easily and if this was because of good play by our opponents we would have to admit they were better than we are. But the majority of these goals have been given away through mistakes by ourselves. No player ever goes on the field to make mistakes but unfortunately when a team is struggling and fighting for survival as we are players sometimes tend to try too hard and make the most elementary mistakes.

Confidence is a very important thing in football and once that starts to go a little everyone in a team is frightened to do things which come naturally to them in case they make an error, We must try to overcome this fear which exists in the team at the moment.

I get a lot of mail from our supporters telling me what is wrong with the team and I am always very grateful for any observations, but I am sure the vast majority of y know, as we know, what is wrong and needs to be rectified. Ther is no easy answer but we will continue to try to get away from our present position.

Today's game with Morton is a vital one for both clubs and Morton have proved already at Dens Park this season in the League Cup that they are a very difficult team to beat. They are a very hard-working side who operate very well as a unit. They never do favours for anyone and it is a great credit to my former team mate Benny Rooney that they have done so well in the Premier League these past seasons.

To-day we must send them back to Greenock empty handed. We thank you for your continued support and I am confident the tide will soon turn.