Dundee 1
Heart of Midlothian 0
League (Premier League)

1 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 31st, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,124
3:00 PM Kick-off

Davie Weir (o.g.) (75)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
Gordon Hunter
5. Brian Irvine
2. Barry Smith
22. Willie Miller
25. Gavin Rae
7. Iain Anderson
21. Shaun McSkimming
11. Jim McInally
16. Willie Falconer
9. Eddie Annand
Gilles Rousset .1
David McPherson .2
David Weir .4
Steven Pressley .18
Gary Locke .12
Grant Murray .21
Stephen Fulton .8
Robert McKinnon .17
Jose Quitongo.15
Gary McSwegan .48
Stephane Adam .9

40. Jamie Langfield
6. Robbie Raeside
15. Brian Grant
30. Graham Bayne
20. Tommy Coyne
Roderick McKenzie .13
Kris O'Neill .31
Vincent Guerin .39
Gary Naysmith. 3
Jim Hamilton .11

Tommy Coyne for Eddie Annand (55)
Robbie Raeside for Gordon Hunter (80)
Gary Naysmith for Robert McKinnon (46)
Vincent Guerin for Grant Murray (82)
Jim Hamilton for Stephane Adam (82)

Willie Falconer
Gavin Rae
Robert McKinnon
Grant Murray

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Michael McCurry (Referee)
Derek Mason & Jim Walker (Assistants)
Kevin Bisset (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Willie Falconer won't forget his last few days in a hurry, after helping spark a Dark Blues Premier League revival.

The former Aberdeen and Celtic star notched a headed winner to capture all three points from Dunfermline last midweek, and followed that up with a major assist that meant Jim Jefferies' Hearts were made to swallow their pride yet again.

Just 15 minutes remained when Falconer contrived the opening for a dramatic winner.

After dispossessing comeback Iman Steven Pressley some 35 yards out, Falconer made a bee-line for Gilles Rousset's goal.

Despite the fact that his attempted finish was charged down by the advancing keeper, the rebound clattered into the inrushing David Weir and into the back of the net.

Needless to say, everyone connected with the hosts was delighted at that, coming as it did after a period in which Hearts had dominated.

The home side were indebted once again. an outstanding defensive performance during that stage, with skipper Barry Smith and his rearguard mates putting up the shutters.

But when a goal failed to result from all their pressure, Dundee grew in confidence.

And it was a different home side who returned after the break.

With Robert Douglas turning in yet another five-star showing in the home goal, the confidence seeped through the side.

And after Falconer and Eddie. Annand had gone close, the goal itself came at a time when the Dens Park outfit were beginning to make their presence felt.

But no sooner had the dramatic own goal been registered than the home side slipped back into a defensive shell once again.

However, keeper Douglas was in no mood to throw away any advantage his side had gained, and produced a magnificent save to deny Weir from 30 yards.

While much of the home side's heroics were reserved for the rear lot, midfielder lain Anderson's performance must have made boss Scott delighted.

Four were booked. Dundee's Falconer and Rae joining Hearts' McKinnon and Murray.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at October 31st, 1998)

1998-99 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)26 13 - 57 -
Brian Irvine33 121562
Gordon Hunter31 2 - 2 -
Willie Miller28 13 - 13 -
Barry Smith24 13 - 1201
Shaun McSkimming28 11 - 423
Iain Anderson21 8 - 13217
Gavin Rae20 9 - 432
Jim McInally34 7 - 583
Willie Falconer32 131131
Eddie Annand25 1155821
Robbie Raeside (sub)26 9 - 676
Tommy Coyne (sub)35 7 - 11760

League Table (as at October 31st, 1998)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.

Manager's Programme Notes

Wednesday night's victory over Dunfermline was a very important and great result for us. Being truthful, to a certain extent we were a bit fortunate to emerge with all three points, especially taking the first half proceedings into account.

During that opening forty-five minutes, Dunfermline did very well and we could consider ourselves somewhat lucky to go in at the interval still on level terms.

Although I have to concede that we didn't have as much of the play in the second half when we had the advantage of the strong wind at our backs as Dunfermline did in the first, we did step our game up and thanks to Willie Falconer's header emerged with all three points.

Before the match, I said to the players that a win would enable us to jump two places in the league and we again battled well, as we have done since our opening few games, to secure a vital result which gives us the psychological boost of escaping from the bottom three. The players are working hard for each other, but we all realise that there is still a lot to be done in the forward areas, however the defence will definitely take heart from keeping a clean sheet against Dunfermline.

Before the Aberdeen game we had a two week break and prior to Wednesday's match we were idle for ten days. As it has transpired, we have started both these games slowly. Consequently next time we have a break of any length, I will have to give serious consideration to arranging a game of some description to keep the momentum going.

No worries on that score this afternoon with the visit of Hearts coming on so closely as it does after Wednesday night.

Last season Hearts ran Celtic and Rangers very close in the title race and won a trophy. They may be going through a lean spell just now, but they haven't become a bad side in such a short space of time.

Consequently, we will have to be at the top of our game and once more ensure that we work very hard for each other to maintain our recent good run of results.

And again, we head into a fixture in the knowledge that victory will hoist us at least one further place up the table, so there is every incentive to gain another three vital points.