Dundee 1
Motherwell 0
League (Premier League)

1 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, February 6th, 1999
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,187
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Tweed 

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Billy Davies

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
5. Brian Irvine
3. Dave Rogers
19. Lee Sharp
35. Steven Tweed
4. Dariusz Adamczuk
7. Iain Anderson
27. Hugh Robertson
18. Gavin Strachan
20. Tommy Coyne
10. James Grady
Andy Goram.29
Jamie McGowan .4
Shaun Teale .28
Stephen Craiga .21
Michael Doesburg .19
Pat Nevin .30
Ged Brannan .5
Simo Valakari .8
Derek Adams .35
Owen Coyle .11
Lee McCulloch .18

40. Jamie Langfield
14. Lee Maddison
2. Barry Smith
25. Gavin Rae
9. Eddie Annand
Stevie Woods .1
Douglas Ramsay .23
Hervé Bacquea .
Rob Matthaei .20
David Doherty .35

Barry Smith for Steven Tweed (46)
Gavin Rae for Hugh Robertson (48)
Eddie Annand for Tommy Coyne (83)
Bacquea for Lee McCulloch (62)
Ramsay for Pat Nevin (69)

Brian Irvine

Red Cards
Brian Irvine (87)
Match Officials

Ian Fyfe (Referee)
Wilson Irvine & Derek Mason (Assistants)
David Somers (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee had so many players off ill with the flu that they wanted this match cancelled. But the 14 fit men they did manage to get on the park battled magnificently to grab a win.

Perhaps feeling they had a point to prove, Dundee started at a furious pace and got their noses in front.

Anderson won a corner, and, from it, played in a great cross on to the head of Steven Tweed.

The big defender left Andy Goram grasping thin air, with a powerful downward header.

Dundee might have been expected in the circumstances to have spent the next 88 minutes stoutly defending their slender advantage. But, instead, they took the game to the visitors.

The Dark Blues also had two penalty claims waved away by referee Fyfe, although, in neither instance, did the official appear to be at great fault.

At the other end, Douglas was a spectator for most of the first half, with only a Coyle free-kick that came back off the bar to worry him.

"Well came out for the second half obviously determined to up the pace, but found the Dundee defence standing firm throughout.

Douglas did have to make one great block at close range from Coyle, but, in all honesty, it wasn't the busiest of afternoons for the big keeper.

Dundee, in fact, remained the more dangerous side, hitting Motherwell on the break at speed. Both Anderson and Adamczuk were unlucky to see efforts fail to count.

The only black mark on the day for Dundee was the dismissal of Brian Irvine with three minutes to go.

He had earlier been booked for a needless handball, and paid the price when he then caught Adams in the face with a high boot.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at February 6th, 1999)

1998-99 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)26 25 - 69 -
Brian Irvine33 241682
Dave Rogers23 9 - 491
Lee Sharp23 6161
Steven Tweed26 8181
Dariusz Adamczuk29 2351278
Iain Anderson21 19 - 14317
Hugh Robertson23 5 - 231
Gavin Strachan20 3 - 3 -
Tommy Coyne36 12 - 12260
James Grady27 1716119
Barry Smith (sub)24 24 - 1311
Gavin Rae (sub)21 191533
Eddie Annand (sub)25 2286924

League Table (as at February 6th, 1999)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our two league games since the resumption after the winter break couldn't have brought more contrasting fortunes in two very difficult fixtures against the leading clubs.

In our last home game against table-topping Rangers you had our team assembled at a cost of £280,000 against a squad costing £30 million and frankly the gulf in quality was there for all to see. That doesn't make defeat any easier to take and I was particularly disappointed that we didn't, at the very least, compete.

Thankfully, the lads were very much more like their oldselves at second placed Kilmarnock last Saturday.

We played better and defended better and when we were in possession, were more composed.

Unfortunately, we didn't take any of our chances and we created quite a few, but it was a much more encouraging performance.

As we know there are no easy games in this league and this afternoon, we face a rejuvenated Motherwell side.

Billy Davies had taken over since they were here last and the change of manager plus the addition of two or three players has injected a lot of confidence into their play which has been reflected in some very good results of late.

This is a crucial period as we approach the final third of the season. Results are very important and your support on the run-in is equally vital.