Dundee 1
St Johnstone 2
League (Premier League)


Dundee
1 - 2
St Johnstone 

League (Premier League)
Sunday, September 19th, 1999
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,283
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Michael Yates (10)
Nathan Lowndes (80)
Nathan Lowndes (83)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Sandy Clark

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
4. Willie Miller
3. Lee Maddison
5. Steven Tweed
7. Steven Boyack
8. Gavin Rae
12. Shaun McSkimming
25. Michael Yates
11. Willie Falconer
10. James Grady
Alan Main .1
John McQuillan .2
Jim Weir .5
Gary Bollan .15
Danny Griffin .16
John O'Neil .8
Paul Kane .11
Keith O'Halloran .17
Kieran McAnespie .23
Nathan Lowndes .12
Kevin Thomas .32

Bench
13. Jamie Langfield
20. Lee Wilkie
17. Frank van Eijs
18. Robert Matute
9. Eddie Annand
Stevie Robertson .18
Stuart McCluskey .19
John Paul McBride .20
Miguel Simao .7
George O'Boyle .10

Substitutions
Lee Wilkie for Willie Miller (46)
Eddie Annand for James Grady (65)
Robert Matute for Michael Yates (85)
Miguel Simao for Kevin Thomas (62)
George O'Boyle for Kieran McAnespie (68)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tim McCurry (Referee)
S. S. Macaulay & S. A. Logan (Assistants)
I. S. Elmslie (Fourth Official)


Match Report


Dee fans must be coming to dread the last ten minutes of games at Dens Park because, as in the two previous home league games this season, the concession of a late goal was to cost their heroes dearly.

This was probably the worst example yet. Saints should have been tired after their European exertions in Monaco which were exacerbated by delays on the trip home. But trailing by a goal as the game. entered the straight of the final ten minutes, they struck a double-blow to Dens Park hopes of finally registering the first home point of the season.

Nathan Lowndes swooped to strike twice. The equaliser had more than a shade of fortune to it as Simao's mishit shot fell to the former Watford striker's feet, but hefinished neatly with a snap-shot.

There was however, no luck attached to his winner three minutes later. Latching on to O'Halloran's through pass, he cut inside to drive the ball past Robert Douglas and the late, late Dens Park horror show had been repeated.

Manager Jocky Scott pinpointed poor defending in the second half as the side's downfall, not to mention being unhappy with the forward play. And that despite the boost of an early lead. Just ten minutes had gone when Steven Boyack supplied

Michael Yates with the pass from which the youngster sent a curling shot from the right out of the reach of Alan Main.

The match could have swung either way just before and after the break. Only a great save by Robert Dougins as he beat out a Lowndes volley prior to the interval prevented Saints equalising, but against that his opposite number pulled off an equally fine, If not better. one, early in the second half. In fact, Saints boss Sandy Clark described it as "world class."

A Willie Falconer strike was deflected into the path of James Grady who was left one-on-one with Main. His strike lacked neither pace nor direction, but an instinctive save from the one-time Dundee United 'keeper enabled his colleagues to clear the danger.

A goal then, and the continuing nightmare of the last ten minutes might just have been avoided, but it was not to be, again!

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at September 19th, 1999)


1999-00 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)27 8 - 89 -
Lee Maddison26 6 - 572
Willie Miller29 8 - 37 -
Barry Smith25 8 - 1501
Steven Tweed27 8 - 191
Shaun McSkimming29 81696
Gavin Rae21 8 - 723
Steven Boyack23 82164
Willie Falconer33 764210
Michael Yates19 6161
James Grady28 6 - 7821
Lee Wilkie (sub)19 3 - 3 -
Eddie Annand (sub)26 728528
Robert Matute (sub)21 1 - 1 -






League Table (as at September 19th, 1999)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


It seems and is some time since we have played a home game yet the season is less than two months old. And the three outings which we have had over the past month have brought contrasting performances and results.

Against Celtic in our last home match, in one sense we were unfortunate not to take at least a point out of the game, but against that, we contributed our own downfall, slipping up defensively to allow the visitors a late winner.

Although the performance may not have been one of our more positive ones, a lot of pluses emerged from the game.

And we carried that into the match at Fir Park the following week with a good performance in a much more positive vein. the first half, particularly, we played some very good football, making a lot of chances. Being honest, we really should have had the game tied up at the break.

Having to wait until five minutes before the end to score the second that clinched the points, was the only real down-side to the afternoon.

On the face of it last week's result at Tynecastle does not, at first glance, look like a source of encouragement, but it only tells half the story. The result was far worse than our display merited. Only in the last few minutes after Hearts had scored their second, did they dominate the game.

Indeed, prior to that, second goal was against the run of play, because at that stage, it appeared more likely that we would equalise than they extend their lead!

One or two things did disappoint though, especially our lack of penetration and that is something we must address as soon as possible.

After finishing so well last season, we welcome a St Johnstone side which has had a quieter start to the new. campaign. Never-the-less, they remain a potent force.

Our meetings with them last season went very much in their favour with us taking only one of the available twelve points and, hopefully, we can begin to rectify that this afternoon.

Although we have made better start to this term than last, there remains room for improvement and rest assured, we will be working hard in the coming months to achieve just that.

One feature of our opening two home games has been the backing of the fans. I'd like to think that this will continue for the remainder of the season, because we need your help over the months ahead.

That starts this afternoon as we set out against Saints, looking for our first home win of the season.