Dundee 2
St Mirren 0
League (First Division)


Dundee
2 - 0
St Mirren 

League (First Division)
Saturday, April 19th, 1997
Dens Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Iain Anderson (4)
Gary McKeown (68)
None.

Team Managers
John McCormack
Tony Fitzpatrick

Starting Eleven
1. Billy Thomson
2. Gavin Rae
3. Barry Smith
4. David Winnie
5. Craig Tully
6. Iain Anderson
7. Gary McKeown
8. Hugh Robertson
9. Kevin Magee
10. George Shaw
11. Jerry O'Driscoll
Unknown.

Bench
12. Ray Farningham
14. John Elliot
15. Graham Bayne
None.

Substitutions
Ray Farningham for Hugh Robertson
John Elliot for George Shaw
Graham Bayne for Jerry O'Driscoll
None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. Mark Yardley (28)
Match Officials

G. H. Simpson (Peterhead) (Referee)
A. Hunter (Glenrothes) & I. S. Elmslie (Aberdeen) (Assistants)


Match Report


Dundee dynamo Iain Anderson saluted team-mate Hugh Robertson for overcoming tragedy to help keep Dundee's slim play-off hopes on track.

Robertson played just a day after attending the funeral of his brother Gavin, who died following a clash of heads in an amateur football match.

And in-form Dens winger Anderson, who rifled home his seventh of the season in only four minutes to help Dundee to their first win in six games, praised his pal's courage.

He said: "I think that was Hugh's best performance of the season.

"Considering all the things that he's been through this week, I thought he was IMMENSE."

Anderson was also in red-hot form, torturing St Mirren's defence all day. On his goal, he said: "Craig Tully played the ball and I got a good touch before just hammering it home.

With play-off place favourites Airdrie only managing a draw at Morton, he added:

"Hopefully we can win our last three games, and pray Airdrie slip up again."

But after Anderson's opener, St Mirren's slim hopes of a play-off place were rocked again when Mark Yardley was sent off for elbowing Barry Smith off the ball in the 28th minute. Referee Simpson flashed the red card after consulting hist linesman.

Sinning Saints collected three more bookings before ex Arsenal star Gary McKeown volleyed Dundee's second in 65 minutes.

Gutted Saints gaffer Tony Fitzpatrick said:

"The sending off really knackered us. We had to win today, but we won't give up."

Dundee boss John McCormack also refuses to give up the chase for the play-offs.

He said: "We are maybe unfortunate that it is a bit late.

"We know Airdrie must lose their last three games for us to have a chance, but we'll keep pushing."

Match report written by The Daily Record



Squad Statistics (as at April 19th, 1997)


1996-97 All Time
Age
Billy Thomson (GK) - 31 - 31 -
David Winnie30 281281
Barry Smith - 41 - 62 -
Craig Tully - 23 - 28 -
Gary McKeown - 231844
Kevin Magee - 291291
Hugh Robertson - 151151
Iain Anderson - 3977711
Gavin Rae - 192252
George Shaw - 26613545
Jerry O'Driscoll - 22102811
Ray Farningham (sub) - 1319910
John Elliot (sub)16 3 - 3 -
Graham Bayne (sub) - 1 - 1 -






League Table (as at April 19th, 1997)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


I can assure you that I am as disappointed as all our supporters at the way our last two games have gone. The defeats by first Falkirk and then Airdrie mean that it is now very difficult for us to secure a play-off place. Even if we win our remaining four games. Airdrie will have to slip up badly for us to snatch second place.

However, it is still important that we finish with as many points as possible just in case Alex MacDonald's men falter. In any event, after five games without a win, we really must get back to winning ways.

It is hard to analyse just what has gone wrong in the past couple of weeks. Certainly, we failed to show the right qualities. Whether that was down to the pressure that has been on us in the past two games or events off the park, I don't know. I for one will be glad when ownership of the club has been settled.

Whilst I can deal with the problems affecting the players, events off the park are beyond my control and the sooner these are finalised the better for everyone concerned. With the addition of Eddie Annand to the squad, plus a couple of close season signings that I hope to make, we are building for the future.

For the moment though, our concentration will be focused on trying to beat St Mirren who are in a similar position to ourselves. Victory being essential for either side to continue to harbour promotion hopes.

What I want to see is us getting back to playing attractive and winning football again, starting this afternoon!