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League (Premier Division)
|Gary Mackay (pen.) (63)||
Tosh McKinlay (18)
Walker McCall (57)
Walker McCall (72)
1. Henry Smith
2. Walter Kidd
3. George Cowie
4. Sandy Jardine
5. Roddy McDonald
6. Stewart McLaren
7. Donald Park
8. Gary Mackay
9. Jimmy Bone
10. Alex MacDonald
11. John Robertson
Bobby Geddes .1
Stewart McKimmie .2
Tosh McKinlay .3
Cammy Fraser .4
Jim Smith .5
Bobby Glennie .6
Ray Stephen .7
Lex Richardson .8
Iain Ferguson .9
Walker McCall .10
Peter Mackie .11
12. Derek O'Connor
14. Stuart Gauld
Albert Kidd .12
Colin McGlashan .14
|Derek O'Connor for Donald Park (60)||None.|
Stewart MacLaren (29)
Lex Richardson (68)
Hugh Williamson (Renfrew) (Referee)
Dundee kept up their remarkable away form on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Tynecastle Park. This excellent win was their third in a row away from Dens Park.
There's a new confidence about the Dundee team, sparked off I reckon by their overdue victory over Dundee United nine days ago. They were in control at Tynecastle for most of the 90 minutes, showing a composure and accuracy a frantic Hearts team couldn't match.
What pleased Donald Mackay most of all was the way they faced up to their bad breaks yesterday, they had to contend with two very dodgy penalty awards against them.
Hearts missed one in the first half, and scored from one in the second, but even when Dundee's lead was cut to 2-1, and around 12,000 fans were roaring on the home team, the Dens Parkers never flinched.
Young Tosh McKinlay scored his first goal for Dundee Walker McCall got the other two, aided both times by Peter Mackie, who had an excellent game.
Highlight of the first half was McKinlay's goal in the 18th minute.
With Hearts lined up at a free kick expecting a shot from Ferguson or Fraser, Fergie whipped the ball across the penalty area to McKinlay who shot low and accurately into the corner of the net from fully 25 yards.
After an uncertain start this was the tonic Dundee needed. They played it coolly and confidently in contrast to the ragged efforts of Hearts, who had ex-Dens Parker Stewart McLaren booked for persistent fouling in 29 minutes.
The visitors absorbed all home pressure and always looked more dangerous in front of goal. Still it should have been 1-1 at the interval, for Hearts missed a penalty kick in 34 minutes.
Bobby Glennie, chasing John Robertson, appeared to slip and clip his opponent's heels. A pure accident, it seemed to me, but nevertheless a penalty was given.
Robertson himself took the spot kick and held his head in anguish as Bobby Geddes anticipated well and dived to save.
The Dundee keeper had only one other nasty moment early in the first period when a well-struck free kick from Cowie almost got through.
After Mackay had shot wide early in the second half, Dundee hit back in the space of a minute with two headers from Ferguson not far off target, but definite chances.
But the second goal did come along in 57 minutes with a header from McCall. It was perfectly executed from a perfect right-wing cross from Mackie.
Simple tackle Desperate Hearts brought on O'Connor for Park and got a second penalty award in 63 minutes.
This was definitely a soft one with poor Bobby Glennie penalised again, this time for a simple tackle on McLaren. Gary Mackay took the kick and scored to put the home side back in business.
Dundee's composure wavered just a little, and Richardson got himself booked.
All was put right in 72 minutes, though, when Dundee scored their third goal. Again the lively Mackie was the architect with a low cross placed accurately to the far post for McCall to net easily.
Hearts' Kidd was the game's third booking and Dundee, in full control, could have scored twice more before the end as Smith brought off good saves from Fraser and Stephen.
By this time most of the disappointed home fans were homeward. bound while Dundee's travelling support stayed to cheer their heroes off the field.
Match report written by The Courier
|Bobby Geddes (GK)||23||10||-||78||-|
No league table has been added for this season.
The postponement of Tuesday's game against Dundee United means that today's fixture will be the first of 1984 at Dens Park and I am only too pleased to wish everyone here this afternoon a very happy New Year.
The last time I wrote to you was before the St. Johnstone game on December 27 and since then we have also visited Pittodrie when, unfortunately we were on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline.
Needless to say, this is not the sort of start you would wish on yourself when beginning a new job. Looking back to the visit of St. Johnstone, perhaps the biggest disappointment of all was the very bad weather with a gale force wind sweeping from end to end. There was a good turn-out of our fans and they certainly played their part in giving the team every chance.
But unfortunately we were a little apprehensive in our play and playing with the wind was to little advantage, we should perhaps have made more of it When conditions are like this the first goal is always always going to be vital and although we did slightly better after the interval we ended up regretting our failure to put the wind advantage to better use in the opening 45 minutes.
The players are very conscious that our performances here at Dens are vital in the battle to win back the fans and there was real disappointment in that we failed to do better against St. Johnstone.
Having said that, I'm fully aware that people aren't at all interested in what we do all week about training or the general organisation of the way the club is run.
It doesn't matter what I'm saying in the Press or for that matter in the Match Magazine.
THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS AT THE END OF THE DAY IS WHAT THE PLAYERS DO ON THE PARK OVER 90 MINUTES ON THE SATURDAY.
At Pittodrie we got off to a very bad start and were a goal down after only four minutes thanks to an unforced error. When we lost another again from an unforced error - midway through the first half we were always going to be up against it.
I'm afraid we can't afford to give teams like Aberdeen goals of a start and still expect to do something... not for the time being anyway. In welcoming today's visitors, Hearts, to Dens I would repeat that it is vital we get a return from home games and give our fans something to cheer about.
I was heartened by the attitude of the supporters in the game against St. Johnstone but I'm fully aware that we must earn a reputation for giving visiting teams a real hard time of it when they come here to play.
Only by doing this will we win the backing of our supporters - not just the hard core who will always turn out and give us full support- but also the many others whom we must influence to give us backing of the best kind. If they see the team is providing something worthwhile on the park, then I'm sure they will respond.
Hearts have done exceptionally well since they arrived in the Premier League and their superb start has meant that they have been able to relax a little and play positive football.
But still, I will always insist that home games must be won, not just for the points that are at stake, but also for the influence a good home performance can have on the fans.