Dundee 0
Greenock Morton 0
League (Premier Division)

0 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 27th, 1985
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,454
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Willie McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. John McCormack
5. Bobby Glennie
6. John Brown
7. Stuart Rafferty
9. Lex Richardson
9. Colin Hendry
10. Bobby Connor
11. Ray Stephen
Murray McDermott .1
Jim Wilson .2
Jim Holmes .3
Alex O'Hara .4
John Boag .5
Jim Duffy .6
Ian Clinging .7
Dom Sullivan .8
Jim Gillespie .9
Bobby Thomson .10
Tommy Turner .11

12. John Waddell
14. Albert Kidd
Danny Docherty .12
Ian Alexander .14

Albert Kidd for Colin Hendry (64)
John Waddell for Bobby Connor (70)
Danny Docherty for Jim Wilson (54)
Ian Alexander for Jim Duffy (68)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. T. McVicar (Carluke) (Referee)
G. Simpson (Aberdeen) & A. Harper (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from Don John | The Courier .

Frustration filled the air at Dens Park on Saturday, as Dundee took a big stumble on the path to Europe. A 0-0 draw against relegated Morton just isn't good enough. Judging by the time Archie Knox spent in the home dressing-room at the end, he must have hammered home this fact to his players.

Instead of being level pegging with St Mirren this morning, Dundee are now a point adrift of the Paisley club, with two games left.

The Dens Parkers' remaining fixtures are against Celtic and Dundee United and any repeat of Saturday's form must spell the end of the European dream.

It was the attitude, as much as the application, against Morton that disappointed Archie.

"Our worst display of the season," he said, and refused to make any excuse for the troublesome wind that affected play, or jingling nerves during this crucial spell for the club.

"We have everything to play for," he pointed out. "If the response on the field today is the extent of some players' ambition, it certainly isn't mine.

"In football you get out of a game what you put into it-and that effort wasn't enough in this match."

In my view Dundee suffered badly from the lack of inspiration from players who have proved they can provide these touches-like the Connors, the Browns, the Raffertys. No one on Saturday stamped any authority, or class, on the play.

And the Dens side continues to suffer from the lack of a goal-getter. They always looked like scoring-but didn't.

The day started promisingly enough with a positive and unlucky ten minutes from Dundee.

They should have had a penalty when Stephen was tripped from behind. They were desperately unfortunate when a Brown free-kick hit the bar with keeper McDermott nowhere.

It all looked so easy, so predictable. But Dundee started to put their passes all over the place, though constantly on attack, helped by wind and slope.

Amazingly, though, McDermott didn't have to make one serious save in that first period.

He had only to stand and watch when big Colin Hendry missed a snip from eight yards, scooping the ball high. One goal then could have led to more.

To be fair, Morton's Sullivan missed a carbon copy chance from the same spot in the second half. But mostly the visitors were content to foil and frustrate and probably found it a lot easier than they expected. They had only to wait until Dundee gave the ball away.

Of course, all isn't lost, though it will now take a slip by St Mirren to let Dundee in. I've no doubt the Dens players will play much better at Parkhead this week.

Demanding full points from both Celts and Dundee United is a tall order-yet that order has to be given!

Saturday was a let-down to themselves and their fans. Dundee failed to find the right form at the right time.

They "blew" it on Saturday, and it's hard to fathom when the same players have coped with much better teams, and much more pressure, than they faced from Morton!

Footnote-This was only the second time this season in 37 league and cup games that Morton kept the opposition from scoring!

Squad Statistics (as at April 27th, 1985)

1984-85 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)24 19 - 116 -
Bobby Glennie27 35 - 3004
John McCormack30 407407
Tosh McKinlay20 393876
George McGeachie26 4112379
John Brown - 40104010
Lex Richardson26 261591
Stuart Rafferty24 424424
Bobby Connor24 398398
Ray Stephen22 411017036
Colin Hendry19 4 - 8 -
John Waddell (sub)19 3 - 3 -
Albert Kidd (sub)23 27312413

League Table (as at April 27th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Today's match represents another test of our immediate ambition to qualify for next season's UEFA Cup.

Victory against Morton keeps us on course to claim a place in the draw but anything less than that will virtually end our season.

That's what today's game is all about we know what has to be done - and all we are concerned about is getting full points this afternoon.

With only three games left, our destiny as far as European competition is concerned is in our own hands. And as I've said all along, if you are to be doing anything worthwhile at all in this game, you must be looking to win your home games.

We welcome Morton to Dens at the end of what has been a fairly satisfactory week for us.

Our victory against Hearts last Saturday had the effect of thrusting us right back into the race for Europe and there was also some satisfaction to be taken from our performance although it was patchy at times.

Then we had that 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt here on Monday night with a side showing some changes from the Saturday.

It is always difficult to judge things in games that are billed as friendlies but I believe it would be fair to say there was some good things in our showing and other aspects that were not so good. But Europe for real would be a completely different proposition and the players here would dearly love to have a shot at it.

As I've said we have the opportunity to make each and every game to the season's end a meaningful one but that is only on condition that we win today.

Morton will be treated with every respect and there is no way they they will be underestimated.

We must simply look on this as another game with two vital points at stake. It's the last of our run of three in a row at Dens Park and the players are very keen to make it three wins.