Motherwell 0
Dundee 3
League (Premier League)


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League (Premier League)
Tuesday, December 26th, 2000
Fir Park
Attendance: 6,183
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Juan Sara (4)
Gavin Rae (34)
Juan Sara (69)

Team Managers
Billy Davies Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Andy Goram
2. Martyn Corrigan
4. Benito Kemble
6. Greig Strong
16. Steven Hammell
11. Stephen Nicholas
44. Jamie McClen
43. Scott Leitch
3. Stephen McMillan
7. John Spencer
19. Stuart Elliott
Marco Roccati .1
Walter Del Rio .26
Marcello Marrocco .4
Barry Smith .2
Steven Tweed .6
Beto Carranza .25
Shaun McSkimming .12
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Gavin Rae .14
Steven Milne .15
Juan Sara .9

17. Stephen Woods
20. Dougie Ramsey
23. Ange Queifio
22. Keith Lasley
27. James McFadden
Jamie Langfield .3
David Mackay .24
Javier Artero .18
Ivano Bonetti .8
Willie Falconer .11

Keith Lasley for Jamie McClen (50)
James McFadden for Greig Strong (71)
Ivano Bonetti for Steven Milne (55)
Javier Artero for Beto Carranza (66)
Willie Falconer for Juan Sara (76)

John Spencer (9) Gavin Rae (25)
Marcello Marrocco (40)
Juan Sara (48)
Marcello Marrocco (52)
Steven Tweed (57)
Walter Del Rio (63)

Red Cards
Stephen Nicholas (56) Marcello Marrocco (52)

Match Officials

Douglas McDonald (Referee)
Peter Peace & Robert McKendry (Assistants)
Eddie Mack (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee regained the top six place they feel to be rightfully theirs with a convincing victory at Fir Park.

The Dark Blues, missing Claudio Caniggia, Marco de Marchi and Chris Coyne, also had to contend with freezing fog, icy patches on the pitch and the send ing off of Marcello Marrocco early in the second half.

To their credit they not only their aim of a maximum three points but did so in comfort, surpassing their 2-0 win at the venue at the start of the season.

Juan Sara struck early and late and his double sandwiched a particularly fine single from Gavin Rae.

"I am happy for today my players showed a good standard of concentration," said player manager Ivano Bonetti.

"What with the holidays and everything it would have been too easy for them to get distracted but they did not do that and went out and proved that we are a good team.

"The result particularly pleased me for I feel that Motherwell are a strong side and will continue to be for the rest of the season."

The free-scoring form of both clubs pointed to an entertaining encounter and it got off to a flyer when Dundee took the lead in only the fourth minute.

Beto Carranza was the creator, picking out the clever run of fellow-countryman Sara.

Inexplicably the home defence failed to react at all, allowing the striker to take a couple of steps forward and beat Andy Goram with a finish.

Motherwell at least did respond positively with Stephen McMillan forcing a good stop from Marco Rocatti at his near post.

The Dark Blues defence might have had a makeshift look to it with Barry Smith making a rare appearance in the centre and Walter Del Rio, in for his first start, in the right back position but they coped well and provided the base for Dundee to push forward and add to their lead.

The second goal came in the 34th minute and it was a beauty.

Sara started it off when he dispossessed Benito Kemble and sent Steven Milne chasing down the left touch line.

Milne, a stand-in for the banned Caniggia, had plenty to do but did it in style, bending his left foot round the ball to whip in a wicked out swinger off a cross.

As ever, Rae had strode forward to lend support and he gleefully snatched up his reward-heading powerfully into the top corner of the net.

While Motherwell's players looked stunned, they could have no complaint with the qualify of the goal.

The interval brought no change of personnel but did see one substitution, the white match ball switched for a more visible orange.

Just as it looked as if that was going to be about it, the game came to life, withbreferee Douglas McDonald at the centre of controversy.

In the 52nd minute he dismissed Dundee defender. Marrocco, booked at the end of the first half for a foul on John Spencer, following a challenge on Steelemen's substitute Keith Lasley.

Four minutes later he brandished red again, this time to the home side's Stephen Nicholas after an off-the-ball kick at Steven Tweed seen by a linesman.

Fir Park boss Billy Davis felt there could have been some provocation and Tweed was booked in the aftermath, but felt his player deserved for a rash and

naive challenge and said he would be fined by the club. Well looked most fired up by the orderings off and

Greg Strong could have scored had he not directed a header straight at Rocatti.

In the 69th minute Dundee struck again with the simplest of goals. Rae drove in to draw Goram towards him then cut the ball back to the far post, giving Sara an unattended net to tap into.

Willie Falconer took the Argentinian's place 14 minutes from time. "I did not mind," smiled Sara. "As a striker it is important to score goals but the main thing is that the team win the game.

"I think the cold maybe helped me because it made me want to run as much as possible."

John Spencer (foul on Carranza), Rae (foul on Elliott), Sara (diving) and Del Rio (challenge on Elliott) also all had their names taken.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 10 - 10 -
Walter Del Rio24 1 - 1 -
Marcello Marrocco31 20 - 20 -
Barry Smith26 24 - 2031
Steven Tweed28 231734
Beto Carranza28 102102
Shaun McSkimming30 11 - 987
Giorgi Nemsadze28 231231
Gavin Rae23 19212310
Steven Milne20 123143
Juan Sara24 21102110
Ivano Bonetti (sub) - 172172
Javier Artero (sub)25 232323
Willie Falconer (sub)34 13 - 8420

League Table (as at December 26th, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.