Dundee 1
Clydebank (1965) 0
League (First Division)

1 - 0
Clydebank (1965) 

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 18th, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 1,954
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jerry O'Driscoll (58)

Team Managers
John McCormack

Starting Eleven
1. Gary McGlynn
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. Paul Tosh

Iain Anderson for Jerry O'Driscoll
Craig Tully for Tommy McQueen
Paul Tosh for Lee Power

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

K. R. Bisset (Inverness) (Referee)
G. P. Mitchell (Arbroath) & R. F. Shearer (Edinburgh) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee manager John McCormack left Dens Park on Saturday evening, happy his side had wrapped up another valuable three points with a 1-0 win over Clydebank. But his side's performance must have given It some cause for concern.

It must be said that this was one of the Dark Blues' off days, particularly during a first half when the home side conceded a large bulk of the possession to their visitors. After the break, Dundee did up the pace and start to get in behind the Bankies' back four, but, despite creating all the best chances, they failed to kill the game.

Yet again, it was teenage striker Jerry O'Driscoll Dundee had to thank for their win, as he swooped on a slack back pass from Clydebank trialist Dennis Connachan to fire low into the net just before the hour mark.

"I am a happy man with the result, but we did not play anywhere near the standard of last week," said McCormack after the match.

"It hadn't really happened for us in the first half, but after the break we upped it a bit, started to create chances and were unlucky not to get another one," he said.

Certainly, O'Driscoll was out of luck when a header came back off the inside of a post, while Clydebank keeper McFarlane denied him late on with a great save from close range.

Dundee had plenty of youth throughout the side, with O'Driscoll backed up by a midfield that included Hugh Robertson and Gavin Rae, both preferred ahead of Chic Charnley.

McCormack said Charnley had been available, but the decision had been made to go with the youngsters.

They both put in dogged performances, Robertson, especially, showing in flashes that he could offer a lot in Dundee's promotion push.

In goal, young Gary McGlynn had another excellent game, while Craig Tully's second half showing as a sub for the injured Tommy McQueen must make a strong case for his inclusion in next week's cup-tie.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at January 18th, 1997)

1996-97 All Time
Gary McGlynn (GK)19 4 - 4 -
Tommy McQueen32 181461
Robbie Raeside24 304304
David Winnie30 221221
Barry Smith22 29 - 50 -
Gavin Rae19 122182
Hugh Robertson21 2 - 2 -
Dariusz Adamczuk27 261502
Lee Power24 6363
George Shaw27 14412343
Jerry O'Driscoll18 97158
Craig Tully (sub)21 13 - 18 -
Iain Anderson (sub)19 264648
Paul Tosh (sub)23 25712727

League Table (as at January 18th, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

For everyone at Dens, from Moira and Brian Anderson for getting the match against Airdrie on; the players; directors and staff, I was absolutely delighted that my first home game in charge ended in victory.

It was very important to get off to a winning start against one of our promotion rivals and I feel that the total commitment of the players was appreciated by the fans.

There is no doubt that we have players of skill and quality at Dens Park, but if we are to achieve this seasons aims then that must be matched by the right attitude on the park.

That was there for all to see against Airdrie which I am sure was as encouraging for our supporters as it was for me.

I want to make Dens Park a place that teams will be happy to leave with their hampers and nothing else! And although I have fond memories of Clydebank, my first senior club, those sentiments apply equally to them as anyone else.

As far as I am concerned there can be no soft spot for the Bankies as we look to take the three points which will maintain our second spot in the table.

Whilst I have Paul Tosh and Chic Charnley available again, that does not necessarily mean they will automatically go back into the side.

So long as the team does well and collects three points, then the ones in possession will be allowed to get on with it, but I am not denying that the competition for places isn't welcome. It can only be a plus factor in our quest for promotion.