Heart of Midlothian 1
Dundee 3
League (Premier Division)


Hearts 

1 - 3

Dundee


League (Premier Division)
Sunday, November 13th, 1983
Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 12,271
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Gary Mackay (pen.) (64) Tosh McKinlay (18)
Walker McCall (57)
Walker McCall (72)

Team Managers
Alex MacDonald Donald Mackay

Starting Eleven
Henry Smith
Walter Kidd
George Cowie
Sandy Jardine
Roddy McDonald
Stewart McLaren
Donald Park
Gary Mackay
Jimmy Bone
Alex MacDonald
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

Bench
Derek O'Connor
Stuart Gauld
Albert Kidd .12
Colin McGlashan .14

Substitutions
Derek O'Connor for Donald Park (60) None.

Cautions
Walter Kidd
Stewart MacLaren
Lex Richardson

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Hugh Williamson (Renfrew) (Referee)
J. McCulloch (Inverness) & C. Senior (Dunblane) (Assistants)



Match Report


This match has no report.



Squad Statistics (as at November 13th, 1983)


1983-84 All Time
Age
Bobby Geddes (GK)23 10 - 78 -
Jim Smith - 13 - 713
Stewart McKimmie - 19 - 97 -
Bobby Glennie - 1312403
Tosh McKinlay18 181191
Peter Mackie - 15316322
Lex Richardson - 8 - 8 -
Cammy Fraser - 18113419
Iain Ferguson - 18911945
Ray Stephen - 18 - 11322
Walker McCall - 15101510






League Table (as at November 13th, 1983)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


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.