Dundee 0
Falkirk 1
League (First Division)

0 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, December 27th, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,074
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Moss (38)

Team Managers
John McCormack

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

12. Jerry O'Driscoll
14. Lee Maddison
15. Steve Milne

Jerry O'Driscoll for Eddie Annand (70)
Lee Maddison for Dariusz Adamczuck (70)
Steve Milne for Brian Irvine (81)
Hagen for Crabbe (57)
McGrillen for Keith (85)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Kirkcaldy) (Referee)
John Underhill (Edinburgh) & Roddy Cobb (Edinburgh) (Assistants)

Match Report

First Division leaders Dundee saw their poor home form continue, creating title doubts at Dens Park.

John McCormack's Dark Blues have lost as many as they have won on their own patch - three out of 10.

Showing few of the qualities which have seen them go clear in the First Division title race, the home side fell well short of expectations.

Faced by a Bairns outfit which showed willingness to battle for every ball, Dundee appeared to think things would eventually come their way.

However, Falkirk had other thoughts and closed the gap between them and the 'Dee, thanks to a David Moss strike.

Before that, the home side had inspired goalkeeper Robert Douglas to thank for a handful of outstanding stops, denying the eager Bairns attack. But he had no chance with the goal when it came.

Moss drove his effort through a pack of players after a goalmouth scramble.

Surprisingly, Falkirk looked as though they were prepared to hold on to that lead during a second half dominated by the hosts.

Despite a lot of pressure, Dundee failed to contrive the quality of chances needed to carve out an equaliser.

Match report written by Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at December 27th, 1997)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 22 - 22 -
Dave Rogers - 221221
Craig Tully21 6 - 36 -
Russell Kelly - 132132
Barry Smith23 221871
Derek Fleming - 13 - 13 -
Brian Irvine - 22 - 22 -
Iain Anderson - 22410215
Dariusz Adamczuck - 21 - 842
James Grady26 228228
Eddie Annand - 216268
Lee Maddison (sub)25 151151
Jerry O'Driscoll (sub) - 1524514
Steve Milne (sub)17 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at December 27th, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The fixture list over the holiday period couldn't have given us two more attreative matches than the games against our two closest rivals for the promotion race. Despite being held at home by Stirling Albion, results elsewhere meant we didn't lose any ground. Certainly we created enough chances to have won that game and if that is the case, I will not be critical and accept my share of the responsibility, because teams with million pound players in their team will have days like that. So long as the chances are created, I'll be happy.

As usual, however, the players responded to that hiccup in the perfect way by coming back from Paisley last week with an excellent result. The overall standard was very good too and it keeps the likes of Falkirk and Raith Rovers whom we face in our next two games at a distance. Falkirk may have blown a bit hot and cold this season, but Alex Totten has a good squad of players at his disposal. The pressure is very much on them to win and try and close the gap on us, but if we can take the full points, which I am sure we can with your backing and the players fully applying themselves, we have a great opportunity of extending our lead over one of our closest rivals.

Finally, I trust that you all had a very Merry Christmas and would like to wish you a' the best for 1998.