Dundee 1
Partick Thistle 1
League (First Division)

1 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, April 26th, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,416
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eddie Annand (69)

Team Managers
John McCormack
Murdo MacLeod

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. Eddie Annand
11. Jerry O'Driscoll

12. John Elliot
14. George Shaw
15. Ray Farningham

John Elliot for Jerry O'Driscoll
George Shaw for Kevin Magee

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

A. Freeland (Aberdeen) (Referee)
M. Ritchie (MacDuff) & G. B. Webster (Kennoway) (Assistants)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Gutted Dundee boss John McCormack blasted his Dens duds after they blew their pro motion dream.

And he admitted: "We need a leader."

Raging Cowboy kept his players in the dressing room for a full half hour after they threw their promotion chances in the dying seconds.

Andy Lyons' stoppage time strike handed the Jags a deserved equaliser after Eddie Annand scored his first goal for Dundee.

Despite chants echoing around the ground that Airdrie were losing against Stirling, Dundee lost the lead and will again play First Division foot- ball next season.

Cowboy raged later: "I can't describe how I am feeling. I have had many trials in my short career but I've never felt like I did when that goal went in. If ever a game was won, it was today. IT WAS A DISGRACE.

"How can players who played so well last week, put in a performance which was mediocre, to say the least.

"I feel very disappointed for the fans, because the game was won.

"And now that I know that Airdrie lost I feel worse," he said.

Dundee had taken the lead against the run of play in 69 minutes with hot shot Annand hitting an instinctive strike for his first goal in Dark Blue.

Annand lapped up the celebrations and the home fans sensed promotion was still a reality with news that Airdrie were losing.

But the Maryhill men spoiled the party and McCormack insisted that he needs a Cowboy Mark Two to boost his side.

"What we need on the park is a player like myself who will point the finger and tell people to play for 90 minutes."

Despite Dundee's disappointment at the outcome, Thistle were worthy of a point.

Veteran Dens keeper Billy Thomson, defied advancing years with a variety of athletic saves to deny the Jags in the first half.

And, in 46 minutes, Thistle's Derek McWilliams missed a sitter, which he will have nightmares over for weeks.

Riding tackle after tackle, the for mer Dens defender blasted the ball into the terracing and another chance was gone.

Under-fire Partick boss Murdo MacLeod said: "I thought we created chances, but you really have to take them."

Squad Statistics (as at April 26th, 1997)

1996-97 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)39 32 - 32 -
David Winnie30 291291
Gary McKeown26 241854
Barry Smith23 42 - 63 -
Craig Tully21 24 - 29 -
Kevin Magee26 301301
Hugh Robertson22 161161
Gavin Rae19 202262
Iain Anderson19 4077811
Jerry O'Driscoll19 23102911
Eddie Annand24 3131
John Elliot (sub)16 4 - 4 -
George Shaw (sub)28 27613645

League Table (as at April 26th, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It was good to get back into a winning habit after recent results.

There were many aspects of the win over St Mirren which were particularly pleasing to me and the fact that they were reduced to 10 men for part of the game did not detract from our all round performance.

I had told the players to go out and enjoy the game and they responded well in that we created more scoring chances than we have been doing recently.

To the effect that we thoroughly deserved our 2-0 win. Players like lan Anderson showed a real appetite for the game. Proving that if we can continue with the same spirit through the next three games and get results, then any slip-up from Airdrie will make it an eventful end to the season.

Today we entertain Partick Thistle who have found it hard going in this division after losing their Premier status last year - but they are always tough opponents and I hope we can carry forward the confidence from last Saturday and get the result that we need to pressure Airdrie.