Dundee 0
Motherwell 1
League (Premier League)

0 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 8th, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,374
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Steven Craig (52)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Terry Butchart

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
3. David Mackay
19. Lee Mair
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
26. Garry Brady
34. Dougie Cameron
33. Bobby Linn
17. Nacho Novo
Fabrizio Ravanelli
9. Juan Sara
Gordon Marshall .1
Martyn Corrigan .2
Stephen Craigan .5
Steven Hammell .3
Stephen Pearson .6
David Partridge .14
Keith Lasley .4
Scott Leitch .8
Steven Craig .17
Derek Adams .7
David Clarkson .18

12. Jamie Langfield
27. Callum MacDonald
18. Brent Sancho
30. Mark Fotheringham
7. Fabian Caballero
Barry John Corr .15
Paul Quinn .19
Kevin McDonald .20
Alex Burns .11
Kenny Wright .26

Fabian Caballero for Bobby Linn (46)
Alex Burns for David Clarkson (71)
Kenny Wright for Keith Lasley (89)

None. Keith Lasley (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Iain Brines (Referee)
David Doig & Francis Andrews (Assistants)
Scott MacDonald (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Jim Duffy refused to blame a catalogue of injuries for Dundee's first domestic defeat to a non Old Firm side since August but it was a makeshift Dark Blues who took on resurgent Motherwell at Dens. Dougie Cameron came in for his debut competitive appearance in the first team and Bobby Linn retained his place after his curtailed run against Hibs in the previous match while Juan Sara started this match where he'd finished the Hibs game, in central midfield.

The match was watched by some distinguished guests, Championship team members, Bobby Seith, Alan Cousin, Bobby Waddell, Bobby Wishart and lan Ure were in the crowd after helping launch the book of their glory years. Blackburn boss Graeme Souness was in attendance too having made the trip north to run the eye over Well midfielder Stephen Pearson.

And it was the highly- talented youngster in claret and amber who caused Dundee early problems with several dangerous runs down the left while Linn for the Dees was looking lively on the left of Dundee's attack. Neither side could take advantage of a succession of early crosses which begged to be attacked and the game settled into a scrappy encounter as the first halfnprogressed.

Barry Smith's early twenty-five yarder, wide of the target, was pretty much all there was to get excited about although there was no lack of effort. Even at this stage Motherwell looked more likely with a neater touch to their passes on the slick surface.

On the half- hour mark, however, it was Dundee who should have gone ahead. Brady's free kick from the right saw Ravanelli make a great run to lose his marker, but from seven-yards out, he powered his header over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Virus victim Fabian Caballero had started on the bench again, but he was introduced at the interval, replacing young Linn as Dundee tried to add more structure to their attacks. The Argentinian seemed eager enough, but it was to be a striker at the other end who broke the deadlock seven minutes after the break.

Corrigan found Clarkson in space on the right and he slipped a low pass infield for Steven Craig to slide the ball across Speroni and in off the post.

Dundee tried to retaliate and Novo would surely have got a penalty almost immediately if he'd gone down under Marshall's challenge, but the striker stayed upright and was crowded out.

Motherwell were holding out comfortably despite having lost much of their fluency after taking the lead. However, they still looked lively on the break and on a couple of occasions only their final pass let them down.

Ravanelli had been neat and tidy in the first forty-five, but lack of service appeared to breed frustration for the forwards, and even the 'White Feather' was affected, his usual deft touches deserting him at vital moments. He did have an effort on target midway through the half but that failed to seriously trouble the keeper.

With time running out Dundee were awarded a free kick 25 yards out and Ravanelli struck it with pace, only for it to deflect wide off the wall.

The visitors ran out time to record their fourth away win of the season, a result greeted with delight by their small, but noisy band of fans. Their team has vastly improved since being hammered by Duffy's Dees on opening day and fully deserved the points they won against a Dundee side who were careless with their passing too often here.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 8th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 17 - 84 -
David Mackay22 15 - 762
Lee Mair22 16 - 501
Barry Smith29 1713273
Lee Wilkie23 1731076
Garry Brady27 14 - 471
Dougie Cameron20 1 - 1 -
Bobby Linn18 4 - 4 -
Nacho Novo24 17136022
Fabrizio Ravanelli34 5353
Juan Sara27 14110535
Fabian Caballero (sub)25 14 - 11225

League Table (as at November 8th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

To say the least, last Saturday's game with Hibs was a very frustrating one and in more ways than one.

Having been reduced to ten men after the ordering off of Craig Burley, I was absolutely delighted, as I think the fans were too, at the commitment shown by the players.

Their attitude was first class and in addition to taking the lead, we had three or four more chances with their keeper having a very good game.

So after all that it was all the more disappointing to find ourselves pegged back because of that twice-taken free-kick.

However, had we been offered a point after 25 minutes having just gone down to ten men, I suspect that we would have settled for it.

But the way we played was first class, and I felt our efforts deserved more than a draw.

And really, it is a case of asking for more of the same from the players against Motherwell this afternoon.

Quite patently they are the most improved side in the SPL. From finishing bottom last season, they are sitting just one point off fourth place and with a game in hand over us.

Their young team appear to have learned a lot from their experiences and as they showed in the recent game against Rangers and in winning at Pittodrie last week, they are really up for it, which means that we are facing another very difficult game.

And with none of the players who were absent last week likely to be available again this week, plus Craig Burley suspended and Fabian Caballero suffering from a virus and Beto Carranza injured in training, we could even be worse off.

Consequently, the attitude of the players which isn't in question, will have to be the same as it was last week if we are to overcome Terry Butcher's very hard-working side.