Dundee 1
Raith Rovers 1
League (First Division)


Dundee
1 - 1
Raith Rovers 

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 3rd, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,304
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Iain Anderson 
L. Dair
McCulloch
Twaddle

Team Managers
John McCormack
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Dave Rogers
5. Dariusz Adamczuck
6. Jim McInally
7. Russell Kelly
8. Derek Fleming
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Steve McCormick
van de Kamp
McEwan
Thomson
Kirkwood
Browne
Fotheringham
J. Dair
Millar
Dargo
Wright
Stein

Bench
12. Eddie Annand
14. Lee Maddison
15. John Elliot
None.

Substitutions
Eddie Annand for Steve McCormick (58)
Twaddle for Stein (82)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bobby Tait (East Kilbride) (Referee)
Martin Clark (Edinburgh) & John Giver (Aberdeen) (Assistants)


Match Report


Dundee's home disappointments continued, as two more points were allowed to leave Dens Park.

Few would grudge Jimmy Nicholl's visitors their deserved point after a battle fought in the worst of conditions.

Not that the conditions ruined the fare for the fans. The players served up the best they could, but it was hardly surprising that the wind played its part in both goals.

Rovers got off to the better start and might have been awarded a penalty in the opening minutes after John Millar was sent tumbling by a Brian Irvine challenge. However, the referee waved play on.

Rovers almost took the lead through a Keith Wright header, which went wide of the far post. Then a similar nod from the striker, after an accurate Dargo cross, also missed the target.

But Dundee, too, had their chances and Browne came close to turning an Anderson cross into his own net.

The visitors took the lead when Davie Kirkwood sent a gale- assisted kick into the home danger area. Dundee midfielder Russell Kelly rose with several others and the ball glanced off the top of his head past a startled Douglas.

The Dark Blues hit back just after the break. A well-rehearsed short corner on the left between Anderson and Fleming saw the former curl his cross into the Raith goalmouth, where Guido Van de Kamp could only help the ball into his own net.

That inspired Dundee into attack and Grady twice came close to edging things their way.

However, it was Raith who almost had the final say. Millar forced Douglas into a brilliant fingertip save to deny a volleyed winner in the final minute.

Match report written by Sunday Post



Squad Statistics (as at January 3rd, 1998)


1997-98 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK) - 23 - 23 -
Barry Smith - 231881
Derek Fleming - 14 - 14 -
Brian Irvine - 23 - 23 -
Dave Rogers - 231231
Russell Kelly - 142142
Jim McInally - 221333
Iain Anderson - 23510316
Dariusz Adamczuck - 22 - 852
Steve McCormick28 1 - 1 -
James Grady26 238238
Eddie Annand (sub) - 226278






League Table (as at January 3rd, 1998)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Firstly, I hope everyone had a guid New Year.

Unfortunately, printer's holidays prevent me making comment upon last week's game with Falkirk, but at least we head into this afternoon's fixture against our nearest rivals in the knowledge that we still hold pole position in the table.

As you know, we are still trying to add futher quality to the playing staff, but until we are able to add the right player at the right price, we will have to soldier on.

However, Steven Milne's debut against St. Mirren in the last outing before Christmas was in effect a new face. The striker had earned his chance and if he can put pressure on the experienced player then that can only be a step in the right direction as competition for places is exactly what we will need as we head into the second half of the season.

In terms of attractive football, we couldn't have wished for better first foots than Raith Rovers. It is top of the table clashes such as these in which everyone wants to be

involved.

Raith will undoubtedly be formidable opponents and, like Falkirk last week, will be coming here to close the gap which currently exists between us to ensure another intriguing contest.

Somewhat like ourselves, Raith have struggled a bit at home, but enjoyed good results away from home which will act as a warning to us.

Irrespective of the outcome of this afternoon, however, both clubs know that there is still along way to go before the promotion issue is resolved, but that will in no way detract from either side's efforts in trying to win today.

And that should make for a tremendous. game of football this afternoon.