Dundee 1
Airdrieonians 0
League (First Division)

1 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, February 21st, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,239
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steve McCormick (70)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Robbie Raeside
5. Dariusz Adamczuck
6. Jim McInally
7. Lee Maddison
8. Dave Rogers
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand
S Cooper
P. Mackay

12. Steve McCormick
14. Derek Fleming
15. Craig Tully
B. Connolly

Steve McCormick for Jim McInally (60)
Craig Tully for Dave Rogers (80)
Derek Fleming for Iain Anderson (90)
Black for Farrell (46)
McPhee for Smith (46)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Paisley) (Referee)
K. Bisset (Inverness) & B. Murray (Evanton) (Assistants)

Match Report

A goal 20 minutes from time from substitute Steve McCormick saw Dundee strengthen their position at the head of the promotion race.

At the same time, the big striker's goal may have proved a fatal blow to Airdrie's promotion hopes as they now lie 10 points off the pace.

It was always likely to be a tense affair at Dens Park, and that was the way it turned out. The goal was one of the few moments of measured play. It came when defender Robbie Raeside, only restored to the side since Jocky Scott's return as manager just under a fortnight ago, sent a measured pass down the left.

McCormick controlled the ball, perfectly and strode into the penalty area, before beating veteran keeper John Martin with a fine low drive.

That apart, there was plenty of huffing and puffing, but little silky football, as the battle was largely fought in the midfield. In the first half in particular, Airdrie enjoyed a territorial advantage, but without once forcing home keeper Robert Douglas into a save of note.

Dundee, with less ball, did create chances.

In only nine minutes, Eddie Annand fed lain Anderson, who cut inside before seeing Martin make a good save from his low shot.

Then, midway through the half, little James Grady squandered a good chance by shooting weakly at the keeper from the edge of the area. Also, just before the interval, Dave Rogers went close with another effort from the edge of the area.

In the second period, most of the chances fell in the final 25 minutes.

First, Airdrie's Forbes Johnston had a close-range effort blocked and, immediately after Dundee's goal, substitute Brian McPhee missed the best chance when he hit the post with a 10-yard effort.

In the closing, frantic, minutes Paddy Connolly saw a fierce drive blocked by home skipper Barry Smith and Airdrie seemed to realise their chance of taking anything from this one had gone.

Match report written by Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at February 21st, 1998)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 31 - 31 -
Brian Irvine32 311311
Dave Rogers22 311311
Lee Maddison25 212212
Robbie Raeside25 21466
Barry Smith24 311961
Jim McInally34 281393
Dariusz Adamczuck28 29 - 922
Iain Anderson20 31511116
Eddie Annand24 3083510
James Grady26 31143114
Craig Tully (sub)22 12 - 42 -
Derek Fleming (sub)24 20 - 20 -
Steve McCormick (sub)28 9595

League Table (as at February 21st, 1998)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After two games in charge - both against Ross County we have progressed to the quarter final of the Tennents Scottish Cup.

Going to Ibrox will be a great experience for us with not many of the boys having played there. And for a change all the pressure will be on Rangers and not ourselves as it has been most of this season in the chase for promotion.

Playing Rangers will also give us a yardstick of what we hope we will be facing us every week next season in the Premier Division.

But there is still a lot of hard work to be done before that can become a reality.

And if we are to top the table at the end of the season then we must begin to play as we did in the second half against Ross County for the whole ninety minutes and not just half the game.

There is no doubt that we looked very apprehensive in the opening period waiting for something to happen instead of making it happen, but the second half display, on which we won the game, did please me.

Facing Airdrie this afternoon will be another test for us because, they are one of the contenders for promotion, so we will have to be on top of our game.

They have good players and we will have to ensure that we are well organised and not nervy as we were Tuesday.

If we do that and work hard, hopefully, we can take another step towards Premier Division football.