Dundee 0
Greenock Morton 1
League (First Division)

0 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, November 22nd, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,489
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Warren Hawke (73)

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. Russell Kelly
8. Lee Maddison
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand
J. Anderson
Warren Hawke
McPherson (Cormack 88)

12. Jerry O'Driscoll
14. Derek Fleming
15. Graham Bayne

Jerry O'Driscoll for Eddie Annand (46)
Derek Fleming for Russell Kelly (46)
Graham Bayne for Lee Maddison (81)
Blair for Blaikie (80)
Cormack for McPherson (88)
McGraw for Mahood (89)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim Herald (Newton Means) (Referee)
Gordon Simpson (Westhill) & Scott Robertson (Westhill) (Assistants)

Match Report

The man with the scoring touch, Warren Hawke, swooped to make a telling impression on Dundee's promotion push.

The home side had squandered a handful of chances in the early stages, and paid the penalty by allowing Billy Stark's visitors to grab the points late in the game.

Although Hawke was the match winner, Morton will again thank experienced keeper Dave Wylie for his contribution.

Wylie foiled the home attack time and again during an opening burst which would have floored most sides.

But, with the keeper and his defenders in defiant moods, the Dark Blues were denied the confidence booster they deserved at that stage.

Eddie Annand's inability to grab even one of the three opportunities which fell his way, was punished by his being replaced by Gerry O'Driscoll.

But even the youngster's introduction failed to inspire any spark in the home attack, and the home side duly suffered the consequences when Hawke swooped for his winner.

Gray lined up McPherson on the left and when the winger's cross reached the far post, Hawke was waiting to nod the perfect finish home from four yards.

In a grandstand finale, Fleming forced another superb save from Wylie with a blistering 20 yarder. Four players were booked home man Brian Irvine along with Craig McPherson, Alan Blakie and Derek Collins.

Crowd-3489. Dundee Douglas: Smith, Maddison (Bayne 81), Adamczuk, Irvine, Rogers, Anderson, Kelly (Fleming 45), Annand (O'Driscoll 45), Grady, Melnally.

Match report written by Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at November 22nd, 1997)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 17 - 17 -
Lee Maddison25 111111
Dave Rogers - 171171
Russell Kelly - 8282
Barry Smith23 171821
Brian Irvine - 17 - 17 -
Dariusz Adamczuck - 17 - 802
Jim McInally - 171283
Iain Anderson - 1739714
Eddie Annand - 176228
James Grady26 174174
Derek Fleming (sub) - 8 - 8 -
Jerry O'Driscoll (sub) - 1224214
Graham Bayne (sub)18 1 - 3 -

League Table (as at November 22nd, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Prior to last week's match with Ayr United, I stated that I wanted to see an improvement in our form at Dens Park.

Well by half-time the players had well and truly responded to my message. It was certainly a very pleasing forty- five minutes in which we established a four goal match-winning lead. It would be nit-picking to criticise our second half performance, but in addition to us tailing off in the second half, Ayr did tighten up.

But like all our supporters, I am sure that everyone connected with the club would have gladly settled for a 4-0 victory before the game!

Good, too, to see James Grady grab a couple and Eddie Annand get on the score-sheet again to end his seven match goal famine. Hopefully, after their lean spells. the pair can build on that to the benefit of everyone else. That victory, of course, put us back at the top of the table and if we want to stay there as we decidedly do, it is no good achieving the kind of result we did against Ayr and failing to follow it up with another home victory this afternoon against Morton this afternoon.

Billy Stark has made a few changes since taking over at Cappielow, but to me it is how we approach the game today which is important and I can assure that the players are under no illusions that we have a lot of hard, hard work to do if we are to end the season as champions. Whilst we are still actively looking to add extra quality to our playing staff, finances are limited, and in any event, I believe that we have sufficient resources amongst the present staff to achieve our ambitions. The players we have now proved that we can get to the top. Now I want them to go out and ensure that we stay there!