Dundee 1
Motherwell 2
League (Premier League)

1 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 21st, 2000
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,344
3:00 PM Kick-off

Claudio Caniggia (22)
Stephen Elliot (1)
Stephen Elliot (5)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Billy Davies

Starting Eleven
3. Jamie Langfield
20. Lee Wilkie
4. Marcello Marrocco
5. Marco De Marchi
2. Barry Smith
19. Patrizio Billio
8. Ivano Bonetti
18. Javier Artero
29. Alessandro Romano
9. Juan Sara
33. Claudio Caniggia
Stephen Woods .17
Martyn Corrigan .2
Ange Oueiflo .23
Greg Strong .6
Steven Hammell .16
Derek Adams .12
Ged Brannan .5
Stephen McMillan .3
Stuart Elliot .19
Lee McCulloch .9
John Spencer .7

40. Michael Hankinson
22. Chris Coyne
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
25. Beto Carranza
15. Steven Milne
John Connelly .25
John Davies .8
Don Goodman .10
Derek Townsley .18
Stephen Nicholas .11

Giorgi Nemsadze for Patrizio Billio (61)
Beto Carranza for Javier Artero (76)
Derek Townsley for Derek Adams (56)
Don Goodman for Lee McCulloch (62)
Stephen Nicholas for John Spencer (84)

Ivano Bonetti (69)
Beto Carranza (90)
Lee McCulloch (55)
Greg Strong (59)
Stephen McMillan (81)
Ged Brannan (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Fleming (Referee)
Stuart Logan & Gordon McBride (Assistants)
Craig Thomson (Fourth Official)

Match Report

The fans flocked to Dens to see Argentine superstar Claudio Caniggia put on a show, but, although he did, it was not enough to prevent Dundee losing their unbeaten home record.

The 33-year-old capped his home debut with a sensational goal and showed brilliance in flashes.

However, by the time he got going, the game was already lost.

That was because Motherwell were determined from the start to show they were not going to be just bit-part players.

Billy Davies' team made a lightning start and, before many of the home crowd had settled after applauding Caniggia on to the park, they were ahead. Straight from kick-off, 'Well moved up the right and capitalised on slackness in the home defence. Derek Adams got the ball across and Stuart Elliott was at the back post to lethally head past keeper Jamie Langfield.

It was a nightmare start for the young goalie as he attempted to persuade boss Ivano Bonetti that he was the man to take over from new Celtic stopper Rab Douglas.

And, with just five minutes gone, young Langfield was having to pick the ball out of his net again. Once again, Adams provided the ammunition and, once again, it was Elliott who provided the finish with another superbly executed header.

Dundee were stunned and their fans silent. Before he had hardly touched the ball, Caniggia's home debut had been ruined.

He, however, had other ideas and, in exhilarating fashion, set about trying to save the game. He showed that the lightning pace that made him famous was still there and, in the 22nd minute, he also demonstrated what a class finisher he is. Accepting a pass from Patrizio Billio, the Argentinian turned his marker and then, from 25 yards, beat visiting keeper Stevie Woods with an exquisite chip.

Dundee were back in the game and, from then until the final whistle, enjoyed the lion's share of possession. Caniggia was always a danger and was twice denied by brilliant saves from Woods.

Early in the second half, he also set up fellow Argentinian Juan Sara for a great chance, but the big striker missed badly. In the closing moments, Dundee saw Allessandro Romano denied by another fine Woods stop.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at October 21st, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)20 1 - 6 -
Barry Smith26 14 - 1931
Marco De Marchi - 8 - 8 -
Marcello Marrocco31 10 - 10 -
Lee Wilkie20 81351
Alessandro Romano31 8 - 8 -
Javier Artero25 131222
Ivano Bonetti - 101101
Patrizio Billio26 91272
Juan Sara24 136136
Claudio Caniggia33 2222
Giorgi Nemsadze (sub)28 14 - 14 -
Beto Carranza (sub)28 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at October 21st, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Today there will be a big Dundee support to welcome Claudio Caniggia on his home debut.

There is no doubt that in our last home game we missed the likes of a quality striker in the absence of Fabian Caballero and Claudio Caniggia by scoring the goal that he did at Aberdeen last week, has already shown what an asset he can be to the club.

Against Kilmarnock, we had to be satisfied with a point, but we all know that in an attacking sense, we have to do better.

Technically and tactically, it wasn't game a bad game, but though play flowed, attacking efforts, by both sides, were at something of a premium.

At Pittodrie seven days ago, it was a very different story following the arrival of Claudio.

It had always been planned that he would only play half the game and, unfortunately because of Gavin Rae's sending off, he had to play a lone striker's role for most of that time.

But he did what was expected of him and scored a very good goal.

And, indeed, it was an excellent afternoon all round with the team playing in a very disciplined fashion, whilst for me personally, I had the satisfaction of scoring my first goal for the club which was a very important one.

Equally, the whole side demonstrated that it is gelling and becoming more consistent in terms of performance, which can only be good for us as we look towards achieving our aim of a top six placing.

Last week's win was a massive boost in that direction as wel opened up a bit of a gap on Aberdeen who are just below us seventh place.

Hence, this afternoon's match against Motherwell is very important.

If we are to remain in the top half of the league, this is the kind of game which we must win, and wel will certainly be approaching the match in a very positive frame of mind with securing all maximum points our only objective.