Motherwell 1
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


Motherwell 

1 - 2

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, April 10th, 1999
Fir Park
Attendance: 5,717
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
John Spencer (2) Willie Falconer (64)
James Grady (73)

Team Managers
Billy Davies Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Andy Goram
4. Jamie McGowan
28. Shaun Teale
15. Tony Thomas
3. Steve McMillan
5. Ged Brannan
10. Mark Gower
30. Pat Nevin
8. Simo Valakari
. Don Goodman
40. John Spencer
Robert Douglas .1
Willie Miller .22
Brian Irvine .5
Lee Maddison .14
Barry Smith .2
Robbie Raeside .6
Hugh Robertson .27
Gavin Rae .25
Steven Boyack .34
Eddie Annand .9
Willie Falconer .16

Bench
19. Michel Doesburg
Stephen Nicholas
27. Phillip Bannister
2. Eddie May
18. Lee McCulloch
Jamie Langfield .40
Steven Tweed .35
Iain Anderson .7
Shaun McSkimming .21
James Grady .10

Substitutions
Michel Doesburg for Pat Nevin (46)
Stephen Nicholas for Mark Gower (82)
Iain Anderson for Willie Miller (55)
James Grady for Hugh Robertson (71)
Shaun McSkimming for Eddie Annand (88)

Cautions
Shaun Teale Steven Boyack
Iain Anderson
Eddie Annand

Red Cards
Tony Thomas None.

Match Officials

Eric Martindale (Referee)
Gordon McBride & Stewart Logan (Assistants)
Graeme Alison (Fourth Official)



Match Report


Three possibly life-saving points found their way to Dens Park courtesy of Motherwell's Tony Thomas. With his side in control and looking comfortable with a 1-0 lead, the defender brought down Maddison with a wild tackle.

His name was already in Mr Martindale's notebook, so the red card was inevitable. And, with that, the whole character of the game was transformed.

Dundee, whose main attacks until then had been of a breakaway nature, began to come forward with a vengeance. A vicious 25-yarder from Rae, punched over by Goram, gave early warning of their second-half intentions.

Then, after Douglas had kept them in the game with a brilliant save from a McMillan drive following a free-kick, they grabbed the equaliser.

Minutes later, the Dundee joy knew no bounds. Two minutes after he appeared as a sub, James Grady hit a superb winner. Annand slipped the ball through a badly stretched 'Well defence and Grady took it on the run before hooking a low drive in off the post

Yet, for Motherwell, it had all looked so good early on. With only two minutes on the clock. Veikari gent John Spencer racing across the 18-yard box. With calm assurance, the striker proceeded to swipe a tremendous shot into the roof of the net.

Alas, they failed to add to that score, with a Spencer drive well held by Douglas and a McMillan drive shaving the outside of the post their best efforts.

With the dismissal of Thomas. however, their hopes evaporated - but their fans must have been disappointed by the quality of their defending even with 10 men. Their best on the day were Goram, Spencer. Valakari and McMillan.

A delighted Dundee always looked as if they were up for the game. Although hard pressed early on, some good running by Falconer caused problems in the Motherwell defence.

He was ably supported by Douglas, Rae and Annand. In a very competitive contest, made more difficult by the blustery conditions, Teale of Motherwell and Boyack and Annand of Dundee were also booked.

Match report written by The Sunday Post



Squad Statistics (as at April 10th, 1999)


1998-99 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)26 31 - 75 -
Barry Smith25 29 - 1361
Lee Maddison26 16 - 452
Brian Irvine - 281722
Willie Miller - 23 - 23 -
Robbie Raeside - 22 - 806
Gavin Rae21 241583
Hugh Robertson24 7 - 251
Steven Boyack22 2 - 2 -
Willie Falconer33 293293
Eddie Annand - 28107526
Shaun McSkimming (sub)28 261574
Iain Anderson (sub) - 23 - 14717
James Grady (sub)28 2226620






League Table (as at April 10th, 1999)


Pld W D L +/- Pts

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