Dundee 1
St Mirren 0
League (Premier Division)


Dundee
1 - 0
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, February 20th, 1985
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,142
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Graham Harvey 
None.

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Alex Miller

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Stewart Forsyth
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. John McCormack
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Stuart Rafferty
8. John Brown
9. Graham Harvey
10. Bobby Connor
11. Ray Stephen
Campbell Money .1
Tommy Wilson .2
David Winnie .3
Jim Rooney .4
Peter Godfrey .5
Steve Clarke .6
Fraser Campbell .7
Frank McAvennie .8
Brian Gallagher .9
Billy Abercromby .10
Gardner Spiers .11

Bench
12. Albert Kidd
14. Lex Richardson
Kenny McDowall .12
Peter Mackie .14

Substitutions
Albert Kidd for Ray Stephen (64)
Lex Richardson for John Brown (70)
Kenny McDowall for Jim Rooney (64)
Peter Mackie for Fraser Campbell (64)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Sinclair (Forfar) (Referee)
G. Milne (Inverurie) & D. Smart (Currie) (Assistants)


Match Report


Newspaper extract from Don John | The Courier .

A simple Graeme Harvey goal gave Dundee another two excellent points in a gruelling struggle at Dens Park last st night. The winner came in the first half, when Dundee were in control, and probably worth more goals.

But, on a far-from-easy pitch, the home side probably felt the effects of Saturday's cup-tie later. They certainly lost the way for much of the second half against a much sprightlier St Mirren side.

Northing can detract from the value of this home victory. It strengthens the Dens challenge for a possible place in Europe next season and surely banishes any lingering relegation threat.

I doubt if many Dens fans realise it-but their team has lost only once in their last 11 league and cup matches.

This is a real success story after all the trials and tribulations earlier in the season.

Dundee's only change from the Ibrox cup-tie was Stewart Forsyth at right-back the injured George McGeachie.

The home side were aggressive in the early stages, and Forsyth played a part in a move which led to Stephen firing in a fine shot. Keeper Money tipped the ball brilliantly over the bar. From the corner kick Brown shot wide.

Playing at a smart pace Dundee kept Saints' defence busy. When Stephen did get through, there were claims he was impeded, though the ref. wasn't impressed.

The well deserved breakthrough goal came in 15 minutes.

Connor started it with a first-time pass. McCormack and Rafferty worked a neat 1-2 on the right and Rafferty's cross was prodded home at the far post by Harvey.

St Mirren had shown little in attack so far, but the goal seemed to rouse them a bit. McAvennie, then Speirs, had off-target shots.

Breaking quickly from defence in the 22nd minute Dundee carved out another opening when Rafferty found Harvey in good position. This time the striker was too hurried and duffed his shot straight to the keeper. But there was a big scare for the home team soon afterwards.

Godfrey, up for a Speris free kick, headed just past the far post. There was plenty of effort and action, much of it in the visitors goalmouth.

One hectic Dundee attack ended with Connor taking a rebound and shooting wide, when a second goal seemed certain. Saints were sorely tried and pinned back, conceding three corner kicks in the space of a minute.

They survived another possible disaster five minutes from half time. Dundee built up a fine flowing move, which ended disappointingly when Rafferty stumbled a little, then shot wide.

St Mirren's only answer to all of this was a header from McAvennie which went past the post.

St Mirren resumed with a more determined approach, though failing to put Geddes in any trouble.

It took a timely intervention by Forsyth to rob McAvennie when the dangerous Paisley striker was poised to shoot home in 54 minutes.

Dundee hadn't raised a threat so far this half, but put things right in 59 minutes with an attack which roused their fans.

McKinlay burst out of defence and put over a crossfield pass to the onrushing McCormack. His chip found Brown, hose fierce first time effort from 12 yards went straight into the keeper's arms. This was a move worthy of a goal.

Brown had another go soon after, but was wide of the mark. A Rafferty effort was deflected for a corner.

With 64 minutes gone Saints threw both subs into the fray, McDowall and Mackie replacing Rooney and Campbell. Dundee brought on Kidd for Stephen.

It was a much more even game this second half, and Dundee's one goal margin was far too close for comfort-especially when the dangerous McAvennie just failed to push in a misscued shot at the post

Richardson became Dundee's second sub in 70 minutes, replacing Brown. The accuracy and bite had disappeared from the home team's play, but they battled on.

It took a dubious off-side decision against Harvey to ruin a promising Dundee move down the right.

With four minutes left, St Mirren could have equalised. Gallagher missed a golden chance by blasting his shot too high from a McAvennie pass.



Squad Statistics (as at February 20th, 1985)


1984-85 All Time
Age
Bobby Geddes (GK)24 9 - 106 -
Tosh McKinlay20 282765
Jim Smith23 1711185
Stewart Forsyth23 11 - 11 -
Bobby Glennie27 29 - 2944
John McCormack29 294294
John Brown - 297297
Stuart Rafferty23 312312
Bobby Connor24 297297
Ray Stephen22 30815934
Graham Harvey22 6262
Lex Richardson (sub)26 181511
Albert Kidd (sub)23 24312113






League Table (as at February 20th, 1985)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Saturday's Cup victory at Ibrox was a great result fornthis club and I'm delighted for the players who worked so hard to earn it and for the fans who were in Glasgow in such large numbers to back us.

The win was well deserved for, although we've played better, I believe that ours was a worthy triumph.

I cannot fault the attitude of the players and as far as the fans are concerned, I must go on record as saying that they too played their part.

All the players were delighted at the kind of backing we got and the size of our support which I would estimate to be in the region of 3500 - 4000 was very much appreciated by everyone at Dens Park.

The victory showed that we are now achieving a much more acceptable level of consistency and the fact that we've only lost once in 10 games is a first class record in anyone's language.

But now that we've attained that level we must concentrate all the harder on not letting it go and by that I mean we must continue to prove to our fans that we are a team worth supporting.

I believe that we've had such good backing from our supporters all season because they've appreciated what is being done to put this club back on the map.

So it's absolutely vital we continue to do the sensible thing, keeping the head under pressure and trying at all times to keep playing football.

Although we're on a good run and are now looking forward to Celtic's visit in the Scottish Cup quarter finals, it's important that we don't get carried away.

By being sensible about the way we play the game we'll continue to convince people that we are going in the right direction.

Tonight's match presents another challenge - and another vital one at that.

A win for us is vital if we're going to get back amongst St. Mirren and Hearts in the League table and from that point of view the game could be described as a four-pointer.

There are vital League games in the offing- tonight's included - and we'll enter these games with confidence and anticipation knowing that we've got another big occasion game in the offing.

The way we're playing just now, we're definitely capable of winning ANY game but by the very nature of the Cup there is always the possibility that you will lose.

So from that point of view, the Celtic tie is ideal as it will give another really big occasion here at Dens with the atmosphere that goes hand in hand with the big crowd.

And any team with ambition - and we certainly have that at Dens - will know that sooner or later the top teams have to be faced. Just like Saturday against Rangers, we'll take on Celtic as underdogs and that's the way we like it.

But I would stress that this game's very much in the future and beforehand we've got vital League points to pick up...starting tonight against St. Mirren.