Dundee 1
Aberdeen 2
League (Premier League)

1 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 19th, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,340
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gavin Rae (18)
Winters (45)
Winters (83)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Paul Hegarty

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
5. Brian Irvine
2. Barry Smith
22. Willie Miller
35. Steven Tweed
4. Dariusz Adamczuck
11. Jim McInally
25. Gavin Rae
21. Shaun McSkimming
16. Willie Falconer
9. Eddie Annand
Jim Leighton .1
Mark Perry .2
John Inglis .5
Derek Whyte 3
Andy Dow .12
Nigel Pepper .4
Illian Kiriakov .11
Jamie Buchan .16
David Rowson .17
Robbie Winters .26
Eoin Jess .8

40. Jamie Langfield
3. Dave Rogers
15. Brian Grant
7. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
Derek Stillie .13
Ricky Gillies .18
Michael Hart .22
Iain Good .28
Mike Newell .9

Iain Anderson for Jim McInally (71)

Dariusz Adamczuck

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Michael McCurry (Referee)
Stuart Logan & Neil Brand (Assistants)
Tom Brown (Fourth Official)

Match Report

It's the fixture every Dundee fan dreads. While Aberdeen's fortunes have fluctuated since the inception of the Premier League, a visit to Dens Park has inevitably brought success.

Yesterday's brace from Robbie Winters gave the Dons their 18th Premier win at Dens Park in 28 attempts. Adding further insult to the home support was the identity of the goal-scorer although the barracking that Winters received throughout is unlikely to spoil his Christmas.

While a draw would have been a result few could have argued with the striking instinct of Winters is exactly what Aberdeen require to shake themselves free from the action at the wrong end of the League table.

In doubling his goal tally, since swapping with Billy Dodds, Winters demonstrated that his goal-scoring instinct remains despite the traumas that have attached themselves to his career in recent months.

Black-balled at Tannadice and branded an expensive misfit for Alex Miller, Winters put all that baggage behind him as he ran on to Mark Perry's pass before powering his low shot behind Robert Douglas - the authentic stamp of a quality striker.

For Dundee, the three fixtures before the January close down, against Celtic, Hearts and Dundee United are sure to have a major bearing on their season's prospects.

Having hauled themselves off the foot - after three straight defeats - the pull of gravity is again calling on Jocky Scott's team. The necessity to regain the art of collecting points isn't lost on the Dundee manager who said: "If there's anything that this week has taught us, is that it's not about how well you play it's about getting results. Against Motherwell and Aberdeen our first-half performances have possibly been the best football that we've played in some time."

Last week's win for Aberdeen over Hearts was greeted by many as the predictable reaction to a change in management but the follow up result and the manner in which it was achieved was always going to be important.

Effectively on trial as caretaker manager, Paul Hegarty hasn't been shy about putting his name forward to take over on a permanent basis. Gaining the support of the dressing room can sometimes count against a caretaker's prospects but the Aberdeen players added some substance to their rhetoric by presenting Hegarty with a second successive win the first time this season in which Aberdeen have come from behind to win the points.

"We showed a lot of character and resilience in the second half but we have to do that for 90 minutes- not 45," said Hegarty.

"I wear my heart on my sleeve, but the players have to do it on the park, they showed what hard graft and determination can achieve"

Shaun McSkimming had already posted notice of his threat with two tempting crosses from the left during the early stages but it was from the other side of the park that Dundee opened the scoring in 18 minutes.

McSkimming's near-post corner was punched back to the former Motherwell midfielder by Jim Leighton with the ball swiftly returned into the box for Gavin Rae to head home at the back post.

Dundee attempted to capitalise on Rae's goal with Willie Falconer and Eddie Annand stretching the visiting defence but gradually Aberdeen clawed their way back into the game, showing an appetite not always apparent during the closing weeks of Alex Miller's doomed tenure.

A pacy cross swung in from David Rowson almost found Winters at the front post in the 38th minute, but Barry Smith intervened at the expense of a corner before the Dundee United striker equalised during first-half injury time.

Another former Tannadice employee, Perry, advanced in to the Dundee half before. passing diagonally towards Winters. It may have required. a deflection to reach him but Winters' aim was accurate as he swept a low left-foot shot across Robert Douglas into the net at the far post.

Neither side had carved out a worthwhile second-half opportunity before Dundee man- ager Scott decided to gamble by replacing Jim Mclnally's industry with the unpredictable lain Anderson with 20 minutes remaining.

Shortly after his arrival Anderson managed to float a cross in towards Annand but despite managing to get in between Derek Whyte and John Inglis he failed to make any contact with the ball as Hegarty screamed 'advice' from the touchline.

Eight minutes from time, Hegarty was again in animated fashion but this time with delighted as Winters ensured a winning return to the ground where Hegarty collected the major honour of his playing career when Dundee United won the league there.

Squad Statistics (as at December 19th, 1998)

1998-99 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)26 18 - 62 -
Willie Miller - 18 - 18 -
Barry Smith24 17 - 1241
Brian Irvine - 181622
Steven Tweed26 1 - 1 -
Jim McInally - 12 - 633
Dariusz Adamczuck - 1651208
Shaun McSkimming28 17 - 483
Gavin Rae21 141483
Willie Falconer32 181181
Eddie Annand - 1676323
Iain Anderson (sub) - 14 - 13817

League Table (as at December 19th, 1998)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.

Manager's Programme Notes

It seems, and indeed is, a long time since we last played here at Dens Park, over a month having elapsed since our last home fixture.

It has been a spell which has brought contrasting performances and results. The last home match against Kilmarnock was a good game against a very good side which brought us a deserved draw.

From that we went one step better with a great win against United in the Tannadice derby thanks to James Grady's fantastic goal.

Not only was the goal a brilliant one, but the performance as a whole was very pleasing.

Unfortunately, due to Rangers presence in the League Cup Final and the tragic death of the young Motherwell player our winter shut down was brought forward with two idle Saturdays.

Unfortunately, when we returned to action at Perth in was in contrasting circumstances after the euphoria of the derby success.

Our display against St Johnstone must rank as the poorest of the season so far in terms of creativity and in the attacking areas.

On the plus side we again battled our way to another draw. And picking up points when we have not been at our best has been an important factor in our quest for continued SPL status.

Apart from accumulating important points over the last three games, another boost has been the fact that none of the teams below us managed to overtake us during our period of inactivity. Although things have been going well so far, we only too aware that we cannot afford to relax.

A lot of hard work and great team spirit has taken us to the position where we stand at the moment and that must continue, especially over the difficult festive programme.

That starts this afternoon against Aberdeen who showed last week, that even although by their high standards are having a poor season, they are still very much a force to be reckoned with.

Finally as this is the last programme before Christmas, can I take this opportunity of wishing all our fans, a very Merry Christmas.