Dundee 0
Partick Thistle 0
League (First Division)

0 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, November 1st, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,560
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
John McCormack

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Dave Rogers
5. Dariusz Adamczuck
6. Jim McInally
7. John McGlashan
8. Derek Fleming
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand

12. Jerry O'Driscoll
14. John Elliot
15. Russell Kelly
Gareth Evans

Russell Kelly for John McGlashan (46)
Jerry O'Driscoll for Eddie Annand (62)
John Elliot for Iain Anderson (74)
Gareth Evans for Morgan (13)
Watson for Boyle (64)
Martin for Henderson (88)

James Grady
Gareth Evans

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ian Elmslie (Portlethen) (Referee)
Garry Mitchell (Arbroath) & Paul Watson (Fochabers) (Assistants)

Match Report

John McCormack's Dark Blues were toppled off their leader's perch by a sterling performance of battling qualities from their visitors.

The much-troubled Jags proved to have the type of cutting edge which denied the Dark Blues' attempts to consolidate their top spot.

It may not have been pretty to watch, but I bet Firhill boss John McVeigh was far from unhappy at the qualities shown by those under him.

To be blunt, Partick out-thought their hosts for much of the time. This contest was far from the most entertaining seen at Dens in recent years.

and especially this season, which has seen Dundee dominate many matches. The midfield divisions conspired to nullify each other, and the quality players in both sides discovered the man marking jobs on them to be carried out to perfection.

That left little in the way of chance making, with neither keeper troubled more than once throughout the 90 minutes.

Visitor Andy Stewart would admit to: being fortunate to be right in line of an Iain Anderson special as early as the 14th minute, while home man Robert Douglas did a bit more to gain his credit marks.

His brilliant 47th-minute parry of a net bound Willie McDonald 15-yarder was one of the few highlights in an otherwise uninspiring afternoon.

But, disappointingly, with good players on each side, the action all but stopped there, to the bitter disappointment of a home support which has been used to getting better from their favourites this season.

Chances are that boss McCormack, may be running out of patience with his "loyalty" selections.

There were two bookings. Home man James Grady for a late challenge on keeper Stewart, and visiting substitute Gareth Evans for a late foul on Dave Rogers.

Squad Statistics (as at November 1st, 1997)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK) - 14 - 14 -
Dave Rogers - 141141
Derek Fleming - 6 - 6 -
Brian Irvine - 14 - 14 -
Barry Smith - 141791
John McGlashan - 5 - 5 -
Dariusz Adamczuck - 14 - 772
Jim McInally - 14 - 252
Iain Anderson - 1439414
Eddie Annand - 145197
James Grady26 142142
Russell Kelly (sub) - 5151
Jerry O'Driscoll (sub) - 1024014
John Elliot (sub)17 112162

League Table (as at November 1st, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Results over the past three games have probably been slightly better than performances, although given that we have beaten both Airdrie and Stirling and drawn with Falkirk, there can be few overall complaints.

Whilst we may have played patchily in the past couple of games that was less true in our last home games against Airdrie when I felt we were worthy winners.

At Forthbank, we began well enough and created several chances in the opening 25 minutes, only to fall behind. However, in the second half we played very well and battled back brilliantly to snatch an important victory.

Recently the strikers have gone off the boil a bit so it was good to see goals coming from elsewhere with lain Anderson getting the equaliser and Barry 'Mr. Consistency' Smith popping up with his first goal for the club to head the winner. He along with the rest of the defence have been very solid this season with only seven goals lost in the ten league games so far.

Given how both sides fancy their promotion prospects, last week's visit to Brockville was played more like a cup tie than a league game. Goalmouth action was at a premium. Once again we went behind, but all credit to the lads, and particularly, John Elliot for grabbing the important equaliser.

As we know from their draw with Hamilton last week, Partick Thistle will present a tough test this afternoon. John McVeigh, typically, is working hard to re-shape his squad and they'll have given a further boost by coming off the bottom of the league last week. However, collecting three points remains a must for us so that we can maintain the two point lead we hold over our nearest rivals.