Dundee 0
Aberdeen 1
League (Premier Division)

0 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 28th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,663
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Eric Black (67)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Jim McInally
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Rab Shannon
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Colin Hendry
8. Lex Richardson
9. Walker McCall
10. George McGeachie
11. Iain Ferguson
Jim Leighton .1
Stewart McKimmie .2
Doug Rougvie .3
Neil Simpson .4
Neale Cooper .5
Willie Miller .6
Gordon Strachan .7
Eric Black .8
Mark McGhee .9
Billy Stark .10
John Hewitt .11

12. Colin Harris
14. Albert Kidd
Doug Bell .12
Ian Porteous .14

Colin Harris for Colin Hendry (74)
Albert Kidd for Lex Richardson (80)
Doug Bell for Neil Simpson (35)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)
R. Tait (East Kilbride) & A. Wilson (Rosyth) (Assistants)

Match Report

Youngsters Colin Hendry and Rab Shannon come into the Dundee side. Bobby Glennie and Lex Richardson are back after injury.

Neale Cooper and Billy Stark replace Alex McLeish and Dougie Bell in the Aberdeen line up.

Shannon is at right-back with McInally at left-midfield. Straight from the kick-off Leighton just beats McCall to a through ball and comes out of the encounter with a painful right hand.

The Dons keeper is a hero a minute later when McInally kicks a 30-yard right-foot thunderbolt which he dives to push round the post.

McInally is back to clear up a sticky situation after a Hewitt cross causes confusion.

There's more trouble in Geddes' goal area when a Miller cross arrives from the left. The keeper dives and pushes the ball. Glennie sends it narrowly past his own goal.

When Strachan's corner comes over Glennie heads it on to his own bar and over.

Smith heads away another Strachan corner.

A McGhee near post header from a Hewitt corner is touched by Geddes and flies past the post.

Richardson is in an offside position when an Aberdeen player pushes the ball toward his own goal. The linesman's flag goes up and though the referee does not heed it Richardson seems put off.

A great ball from Strachan releases Hewitt whose danger cross is cleared by Glennie.

Simpson steps in to knock the ball back to Leighton as McGeachie steadies to shoot.

When Aberdeen sweep downfield Black heads a Simp- son cross wide.

Aberdeen are within a whisker of scoring when Hewitt hits an overhead kick and McKinlay knocks the ball over.

Leighton makes an acrobatic dive and clutch but fails to stop a Strachan header going for a corner.

A McCall header hits Cooper and goes wide, but Dundee's attacking moves are few as they deploy to meet waves of Aberdeen attacks.

Hendry tries to lob Leighton from the edge of the box and is a couple of feet too high. McCall also has a go and the result is exactly the same.

In 33 minutes Simpson limps off for treatment and while Aberdeen are reduced to ten men Dundee mount more attacks.

After a couple of minutes Bell goes on.

Richardson is brought down just outside the penalty area by Hewitt and McCall's free goes past.

Strachan is fouled on the edge of the Dundee penalty area and Hewitt's lob is head- ed past by Glennie.

Half-time-Dundee 0, Aberdeen 0.

Reflections: An all-action half with most of the action coming from the Dons.

Second half

Aberdeen nearly restart with a sensational goal. Strachan wins the ball and from 20 yards hammers in a shot which crashes against the bar and goes over. A McGeachie cross is deflected for a corner by Rougvie and when Richardson's cross is half-cleared a Shannon shot goes over.

Glennie is hurt in a tackle by McKimmie, but carries on after treatment.

McKinlay hits a left-foot shot which is wide.

A Smith header from a McKinlay corner goes straight to Leighton. Another header by Hendry from a Richardson free lacks power. Leighton makes a good saye from McInally at the feet of Ferguson.

At the other end Black heads a Strachan cross over from six yards. Leighton cannot reach a 20- yard shot from Ferguson and is happy to see the ball go past

The Dons break the deadlock in 67 minutes and it is a gift.

McKinlay mishits a pass- back and as he tries to retrieve the situation Geddes is slow to leave his line. BLACK nips in to knock the ball into the net.

Hendry tries to back-heel Dundee back on to level terms and is unlucky that the ball goes straight to Leighton.

With 16 minutes left Dundee send on Harris and Kidd for Richardson and Hendry. A minute later Ferguson is hurt in a aerial contest with Cooper.

Dundee pressure sets up a shooting chance for McGeachie to send the ball over.

In the last minute Ferguson sends a 25 yard free kick wide.

Final-Dundee 0, Aberdeen 1.

Summing up-Unlucky Dundee. They fought a grim rearguard action and when success was in sight a basic mistake robbed them of a precious point.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at April 28th, 1984)

1983-84 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)23 26 - 94 -
Jim Smith22 401984
George McGeachie25 30 - 1938
Tosh McKinlay19 442452
Rab Shannon18 5 - 5 -
Bobby Glennie26 3422624
Jim McInally20 8181
Lex Richardson25 30 - 30 -
Colin Hendry18 4 - 4 -
Iain Ferguson21 421814354
Walker McCall30 37183718
Albert Kidd (sub)22 3439410
Colin Harris (sub)23 142142

League Table (as at April 28th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After earning three very welcome points in the games against Motherwell and Dundee United our performance against Celtic on Tuesday was extremely disappointing.

In this game we never really started playing at all and apart from that we gifted Celtic two goals and we're just not in the position to do this to any team.

The points we picked up at Tannadice and against Motherwell were won by commitment and determination and that's what we must strive for right to the end of the season.

The fans appreciate that we're not liable to be playing brilliant football in our precarious position but they'll respond in the right fashion if they see that the team is battling for everything.

That is what we did when Motherwell were at Dens and also when we were at Tannadice last Saturday and because we fought and battled we took something from these games.

We have four games left and we must look for some return from each and every one of them. These are all hard games and the same approach must be applied - that is to fight every inch of the way.

As I've said before I'm not used to being in this position and I've no intention of becoming accus tomed to it. I'm not in the business of making excuses and I'll simply repeat that everything at this club is now geared in the short-term to the task of keeping the club in the Premier League. I said earlier that all our remaining games are hard ones and that certainly applies to today's visitors Aberdeen. I was at Pittodrie on Wednesday night and I shared their disappointment at going our of the Cup-Winners' cup.

The Aberdeen players know that they can play a lot. better than they did against Porto and that makes their sense of disappointment even greater.

But they're here on League business and there is no doubt that Aberdeen are going to be Premier League Champions. Their feeling will be that the quicker they can clinch the flag the better, and knowing them, they certainly won't be holding anything back at Dens today.