Dundee 2
Motherwell 0
League (Premier Division)

2 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 19th, 1983
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,638
3:00 PM Kick-off

Cammy Fraser (12)
Ray Stephen (16)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Stewart McKimmie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Peter Mackie
8. Lex Richardson
9. Iain Ferguson
10. Walker McCall
11. Ray Stephen
Nicky Walker .1
Andy Dornan .2
Joe Wark .3
Joe Carson .4
Joehannes Edvaldsson .5
Graeme Forbes .6
John Gahagan .7
Gary McAllister .8
Ian Alexander .9
Mike Cormack .10
Andy Harrow .11

12. Albert Kidd
14. Colin McGlashan
Rob Shaw .12
Paul Fryer .14

None. Rob Shaw for Mike Cormack (54)
Paul Fryer for Gary McAllister (85)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Williamson (Renfrew) (Referee)
B. Holgate (Aberdeen) & J. Brown (Glenrothes) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee stick to the team that won at Tynecastle in their bid for a crowd-pleasing home win against Motherwell.

The managerless visitors make one change, Gary McAllister coming in for Paul Fryar.

Ferguson is tripped by Edvaldsson as he is leading the defender in a race for a long ball from Smith. Ferguson's shot from 20 yards crashes into the wall of defenders.

Harrow is offside when McAllister lifts the ball over the Dundee defence.

In Dundee's next move, set up by McKimmie, Ferguson slips as he is set to cross the ball.

The blustery wind is awk- ward, and not of great advan- tage to Dundee, who have it at their backs.

A 20-yard shot by Richard- son is carried over the bar.

Dundee string a host of passes together as they advance from deep in their own half, and a good Mackie cross is headed clear by Carson.

Dundee open with a great goal in 12 minutes. Striker McCall does all the work, and skipper Fraser puts the ball in the net.

McCall runs from his own half into the 'Well penalty- area, brushing aside repeated challenges. The ball runs away from the striker, and FRASER, running alongside, hits it in to the net from 15 yards.

The second goal, in 16 minutes, is even better, and the home fans forget the cold.

Richardson sends a cross- field ball to McKimmie, who beats a man and races to the line. His spot-on, far-post cross is headed into the net by STEPHEN.

This is a brighter and better Dundee than the home fans have seen all season and the two-goal opening burst is the reward of some classy and speedy play.

McCall heads a Fraser cross over the top and in one of the visitors' few moves Cormack shoots high from 25 yards.

Keeper Walker hurls himself high and just manages to hold a cross from Mackie with Stephen again stealing into the far post.

Glennie wins the ball in the centre circle and races to the edge of the penalty area screaming for a return pass.

When it comes his nifty footwork is not good enough to win the ball.

Fraser and Mackie have the Fir Park defenders in a torment of indecision as they weave through and Carson desperately knocks Mackie's cross for a corner.

Another of Mackie's crosses hits a defender and goes past the post by inches. Following the corner, Mackie shoots low past the same post.

Walker is facing a barrage. A shot by Richardson screams past the other post.

A carefully judged lob by Mackie from the corner of the penalty area hits the bar and goes over.

Half-time-Dundee 2, Motherwell 0.

Reflections-Dundee are in complete charge and are giving the home fans top entertainment. Motherwell are lucky to be only two down.

Second half

Glennie steps in as Gahagan uses the wind to breeze down the line. The outcome is a corner and Geddes does well to grab the ball from the head of Forbes.

Motherwell are having their best spell and send on Shaw to replace Cormack.

Dundee are having trouble making allowances for the wind and have not recaptured their first half form.

Mackie intercepts on the halfway line and streaks for the goal. His cross to McCall is returned quickly and Walker grabs the ball from Ferguson at the far post.

Motherwell are using the wind well and Gahagan dives to head a Dornan cross past.

Donald Mackay is out on the track remonstrating with his players. The response is a Fraser cross which spins off a defender and is held by Walker.

Mackie makes a fine run on the left and his cross is headed over the bar by Ferguson. Gahagan is dispossessed by Geddes at the edge of the box.

Fryar goes on for McAllister as Mothewell prepare a late push.

Final-Dundee 2, Motherwell 0.

Summing Up-Dundee were blown off course in the second half. They were shadows of the men who did so well in the first spell, but they defended stubbornly against a 'Well side given a second chance.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at November 19th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)23 11 - 79 -
Stewart McKimmie21 20 - 99 -
Jim Smith22 14 - 723
Tosh McKinlay18 191201
Bobby Glennie26 1412433
Cammy Fraser26 19213620
Lex Richardson25 9 - 9 -
Peter Mackie25 16316622
Walker McCall29 16101610
Iain Ferguson21 19912145
Ray Stephen20 19111523

League Table (as at November 19th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Everyone at Dens is looking forward with keen anticipation to getting into action again this afternoon when Motherwell are the welcome visitors.

Our eagerness stems from last Sunday at Tynecastle when we put in what many have said to be our best performance of the season in beating Hearts 3-1. I'm sure all our supporters in the larger-than-average crowd thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon in Edinburgh.

Certainly we were in control for nearly all of the game apart from a very brief spell just after they had scored from their second penalty of the day to pull the score back to 2-1. Fortunately our lads kept their heads, weathered the storm and got back on top of their opponents to finish worthy winners.

There were many pleasing aspects to last Sunday's game and there were good signs off the park too - for our travelling support in Edinburgh was as good as it has been for some time.

All the players are delighted that they are now starting to give our loyal fans something to shout about and when you consider that Tynecastle was our third away victory in a week then that can't be bad, can it?

Which brings me nicely to our win at Tannadice when I was delighted not only for myself and the players but for our great support, who were able to enjoy a moment of triumph over our neighbours at long last.

As I said in the Press after the game, the win is just the same as any other in that it brings two points to the club, but I know just how much it means to the fans to take something from these derby games and for that reason I was absolutely delighted. And what pleased me also was that the general consensus of opinion is that we deserved to take more out of the game than our opponents and that cannot often be said when talking about games against United.

It was mainly our determination which won through at Tannadice but there was much more than that to our performance last Sunday. Some of the football we played was out of the top drawer and it would be suffice to say that many of our moves brought applause from the sporting home crowd.

But we're not in the business of pleasing other supporters although that would be nice, and I'll be content only when we can apply our determination with the type of skillful soccer we played last weekend.

The other away success was at Muirton in the League Cup and although conditions were far from ideal the result was a good one and it sets us up nicely for a section decider against Aberdeen here at Dens Wednesday week.

But before than we must continue our recent good form and take care of Motherwell this afternoon. Dundee vs Motherwell games in the past were traditionally full of good football and I hope this afternoon proves to be no exception.

The Fir Park club is in a state of change following the departure of Jock Wallace but I'm sure the Steelmen will put that behind them to give us a good hard game today.