Dundee 2
Airdrieonians (1878) 1
League (First Division)

2 - 1
Airdrie (1878) 

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 11th, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,469
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jerry O'Driscoll 
Lee Power 
Ken Eadie (73)

Team Managers
John McCormack

Starting Eleven
1. Billy Thomson
2. Barry Smith
3. Robbie Raeside
4. David Winnie
5. Tommy McQueen
6. George Shaw
7. Dariusz Adamczuk
8. Gavin Rae
9. Hugh Robertson
10. Lee Power
11. Jerry O'Driscoll

12. Iain Anderson
14. Craig Tully
15. Gary McGlynn

Iain Anderson for Jerry O'Driscoll
Craig Tully for Robbie Raeside

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Aberdeen) (Referee)
D. B. Doig (Tranent) & D. Main (Bonny Bridge) (Assistants)

Match Report

Match winner Lee Power notched a last-gasp goal to give Dundee victory against Airdrie then admitted: "I should have scored another."

Power helped set up the opener for Jerry O'Driscoll in the first half to put Dundee in the driving seat before netting himself.

And he almost added a second with the last kick of the ball - but was denied by keeper John Martin.

Power said: "I had a nightmare in the first half hour but after I hit that 40-yard pass for the goal my game just changed.

"It was a brilliant first goal. For a young lad like him to finish like that was superb."

The goals gave new boss John McCormack his first win since Jim Duffy left for Hibs. And Power admitted: "I was disappointed when Duffy went because he was the one who got me to the club.

"But Cowboy is different class and I am more happy for him than anyone that we've won today.

"He was a bag of nerves before this game but we are 100 per cent behind him and I was delighted for the gaffer that he's got his first win."

The Diamonds fought back with a late strike from sub hitman Ken Eadie, but it proved too little too late.

Jubilant McCormack said: "I thought the team played well and there's no-one more delighted than me especially after my last game when we lost 7-2 at St Johnstone.

"But I'm not going to dwell on that, this just gives us the opportunity to come and show that last week was a one-off.

"The players have proved today that anyone coming to Dens Park will not get away with a nice easy game.

"It's good for me to get this win and more so because I've been more subdued than most assistants.

"A lot of people used to ask who Jim's assistant was.

"We got two tremendous goals, from Jerry O'Driscoll and Lee Power, and now have competition for places.

"But as far as I am concerned the players who get the jerseys can keep can keep them if they prove themselves."

He meant that literally as Dundee turned out in strips where dye had run on the sleeves, making them light blue instead of their traditional dark.

And McCormack laughed: "We are waiting on new strips which should be here by next Saturday.

"If they don't arrive I'll owe everyone a drink. We're still waiting on the badges coming to complete them."

Airdrie manager Alex MacDonald refused to blame lack of match practice for his frozen-out Diamonds' display.

He said: "I don't know if that's got much to do with it but we have not been on a park for the past two weeks, even to train.

"I'm obviously disappointed at the defeat because I thought we'd done enough to get back in the game.

"Obviously the first goal was going to be a major factor in this game and unfortunately they got it."

Eadie's 73 minutes strike gave Diamonds hope and they pushed forward in a late rally to try to salvage a point.

But striker Brian McPhee blew a great chance in the closing minutes when he hesitated in front of goal and failed to connect with a cross.

MacDonald added: "Maybe this lay-off with the weather has affected him because he's not looked as sharp and as eager as he usually looks."

Match report written by Sunday Mail

Squad Statistics (as at January 11th, 1997)

1996-97 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)38 25 - 25 -
Barry Smith22 28 - 49 -
Tommy McQueen32 171451
David Winnie30 211211
Robbie Raeside24 294294
Gavin Rae19 112172
Hugh Robertson21 1 - 1 -
Dariusz Adamczuk27 251492
Jerry O'Driscoll18 86147
Lee Power24 5353
George Shaw27 13412243
Craig Tully (sub)21 12 - 17 -
Iain Anderson (sub)19 254638

League Table (as at January 11th, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Until about 4 o'clock on New Years Day, some 60 minutes into my first game as manger, I thought this was a great job. Less than three quarters of an hour later I would gladly have sneaked out of McDiarmid Park rather than face the board, the press, and worst of all, Paul Sturrock, after that 7-2 defeat. I confess to being disappointed concerning a for of the aspects of our second half performance against St Johnstone, but it is my aim as manager to always look for the positive aspects. And there is no doubt that the game was in the balance at the interval, but the loss in rapid succession of goals carly in the second half saw us lose our way. None-the less, I was pleased that we showed some character to come back and peg a goal back through Jerry O'Driscoll who deserved to be on the scoresheet.

In some ways our Boxing Day visit to Firhill drew curious parallels. We looked in command in the opening period and the arrival of the interval was the worst thing that could have happened. In the end we were more than happy to come away with a point.

Our last home match against East Fife was much more pleasing with the goals being well spread about. Gerry O'Driscoll and Lee Power both hit a couple which was good to see. I am only too well aware of how hard an act it will be to follow in Jim Duffy's footsteps, but I can assure you all, that and the players will continue to work very hard for Dundee Football Club. If the fans see total commitment to the cause on the park then you will back us all the way.

At this early stage of my managerial career, am glad to be able to report the arrival of two new players who will give us the added quality needed in our quest for Premier Division football. George Shaw has returned to the club and apart from always being amongst the goals, he has a superb attitude which rubs off on others.

I was also very happy to secure the services of Under-21 internationalist High Robertson from Aberdeen this week. Despite his youth. he has a lot of experience and will be a decided asset with his ability on the left flank.

Airdrie provide a stiff hurdle this afternoon, but hopefully, we can get the 1997 off to a winning start at Dens Park. Finally, a Happy New Year to you all.