Dundee 1
Motherwell 0
League (Premier League)

1 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, September 26th, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,655
3:00 PM Kick-off

Brian Irvine 

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Harri Kampman

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
21. Shaun McSkimming
5. Brian Irvine
6. Robbie Raeside
22. Willie Miller
14. Lee Maddison
25. Gavin Rae
4. Dariusz Adamczuck
9. Eddie Annand
16. Willie Falconer
Mikko Kaven .13
Michel Doesburg .19
Jamie McGowan .4
Shaun Teale .28
Rob Matthaei .20
Brian McClair .10
Simo Valakari .8
Stephen McMillan .3
Pat Nevin .30
Derek Adams .39
Owne Coyle .11

40. Jamie Langfield
3. Dave Rogers
7. Iain Anderson
11. Jim McInally
20. Tommy Coyne
Philip Bannister .27
Jered Stirling .22
Ian Ross .7
Lee McCulloch .18
Jan Michels .12

Iain Anderson for Lee Maddison
Tommy Coyne for Eddie Annand
McCulloch for Derek Adams (65)
Ross for Pat Nevin (71)
Michels for Matthaei (82)

None. Owen Coyle
Ian Ross

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Douglas McDonald (Referee)
Jim Dunne & John McElhinney (Assistants)
Ian Elmslie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee won their first home game of the season and, despite the narrow score-line, this was a totally one-sided affair. The Dark Blues really should have scored. three or four.

The mood was set immediately after the kick-off with Dundee creating early chances.

With Adamczuk again in outstanding form in midfield and ex-Motherwell striker Willie Falconer and Eddie Annand looking lively up front, it was no surprise when Dundee went ahead.

The only surprise was that the goal came from Dundee centre-half Brian Irvine, who slammed the ball home from close range after 'Well keeper Kaven had dropped the ball at his feet.

Thereafter, Dundee piled on the pressure, and the home fans howled for a penalty when Adamczuk appeared to be pushed in the box.

Full-back Willie Miller should have done better with a free header at the far post, then Dundee fans held their heads in disbelief when Falconer reacted quickly to a deflected cross and saw his header fly inches wide.

Motherwell's only offering of the half was a deflected McMillan cross which Douglas did well to keep his eye on before diving to save at the feet of the in-rushing Coyle.

The onslaught continued in the second half, with Falconer in outstanding form.

The big striker looked desperate to score against his old club, but saw efforts fly just over and just wide of the woodwork.

'Well upped the pace towards the end of the match, but rarely put Douglas under any real pressure.

Coyle appeared the only visiting striker with his mind fully concentrated, but even he had to watch two half-chances go wide.

In the closing stages, Motherwell again survived strong appeals for a penalty when Miller's shot appeared to strike Ross on the arm.

There were four bookings Raeside and Falconer for Dundee and Coyle and Ross for the visitors.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at September 26th, 1998)

1998-99 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK) - 9 - 53 -
Shaun McSkimming - 7 - 383
Barry Smith - 9 - 1161
Lee Maddison - 6 - 352
Willie Miller - 9 - 9 -
Robbie Raeside - 6 - 646
Brian Irvine - 81522
Gavin Rae - 5 - 392
Dariusz Adamczuck - 931136
Eddie Annand - 735419
Willie Falconer - 9 - 9 -
Iain Anderson (sub) - 4 - 12817
Tommy Coyne (sub) - 5 - 11560

League Table (as at September 26th, 1998)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Unfortunately, printing deadlines preclude any comment on Wednesday's match with Kilmarnock, but I hope that we continued our recent good run of results.

It was great to be involved in a derby game again last week. The atmosphere was terrific and helped pro duce a good exciting game, culminating in our tremendous recovery from two down against Dundee United. I felt it would have been an injustice for the players had they not taken something out of the game, but all credit to them for the manner in which they fought back. And it is that kind of fighting spirit that we will need to show week in and week out if we are to survive in this league.

Football is very much a squad game these days, so it was also very encouraging that we had players coming off the bench and having an impact on the final result, because everyone in the squad has a role to play in the days ahead.

Our fans, too, must take a bow their whole hearted support. Even when we went two goals behind, your backing was unstinting and there is no doubt that the players responded accordingly. Again that is something we will require every week from you to help get us through some games.

We finish a busy week by welcoming Motherwell. In personnel, there is a very different look about the Fir Park side from last season, but they have started the campaign in very impressive fashion, ensuring that we face another very difficult hurdle this afternoon. But provided we show the same appetite and determination as in the last few games, then it will go a long way to help us secure the kind of result we are all hoping for.