Dundee 1
Motherwell 2
League (Premier League)


Dundee
1 - 2
Motherwell 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 21st, 2004
Fir Park
Attendance: 4,849
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Steve Lovell (78)
Scott McDonald (28)
Scott McDonald (62)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Terry Butchart

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
16. Jonay Hernández
17. Callum MacDonald
5. Bobby Mann
2. Barry Smith
11. Iain Anderson
12. Garry Brady
8. Mark Fotheringham
18. Steven Robb
9. Steve Lovell
10. John Sutton
Gordon Marshall .1
Martyn Corrigan .2
William Kinniburgh .22
Stephen Craigan 5
Steven Hammell .3
Kevin McBride .17
Scott Leitch .8
Phil O'Donnell .10
James Paterson .18
Scott McDonald .7
David Clarkson .21

Bench
13. Kelvin Jack
20. Stephen McNally
14. Neil Barrett
7. Glen Atle Larsen
15. Neil Jablonski
21. Bobby Linn
Barry John Corr. 15
David Cowan .16
David Partridge. 14
Richie Foran .9
Alexander Burns .11
Shaun Fagan .21
Marc Fitzpatrick .24

Substitutions
Stephen McNally for Steven Robb (46)
Neil Jablonski for Garry Brady (70)
Glen Atle Larsen for Mark Fotheringham (80)
Marc Fitzpatrick for James Paterson (73)
Shaun Fagan for Scott McDonald (86)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)
Stewart Shearer & John Bicknell (Assistants)
Eddie Smith (Fourth Official)


Match Report


In normal circumstances a goal of the quality scored by Steve Lovell in this match would be talked about for years, but this defeat was the kind of Dundee performance that needs to be forgotten quickly. Dundee failed to really compete at any stage before Lovell's super 78th minute strike and the visitors could well have been further in front than the two goal lead which they had coasted to with little resistance from the Dark Blues. It was hard to imagine that these were pretty much the same set of players who had turned in a heroic performance at Tannadice six days previously!

In Sancho's absence due to his late return from international duty, Barry Smith moved to the back line alongside Bobby Mann, but the Trinidad man has been in outstanding early season form and his presence was sorely missed. The captain's absence from the midfield was also a problem with Motherwell controlling that area of the park in the first half.

They took just seven minutes to carve out a golden opportunity, Clarkson twisted and turned in the box, and was felled by a mistimed Mann tackle.

It looked a stonewall penalty. and the 'Well hit- man picked himself up and sent Derek Soutar the wrong way from the spot, only send his effort well wide of the target.

Dundee's first real effort came just a minute or SO afterwards, a free kick was knocked short to Anderson, but his 25-yarder dipped just over the bar.

The visitors should have been ahead on 20 minutes as Corrigan curled in a great cross from the right, but Clarkson scalffed his effort from eight- yards just wide of the post.

The opener was only delayed though, and eight minutes later Clarkson played in McDonald and the Australian fired a fine 18- yard shot past Soutar.

Dundee were penned in for most of the remainder of the period and when they broke out to win a corner just a minute before the break, Fotheringham blasted a 25-yarder high into the Bob

Shankly Stand. Half time brought a change of personnel with Stephen McNally replacing Steve Robb and Barry Smith moving into midfield.

Indeed, the skipper had the first effort of the second half, firing a 20-yarder a shade too high.

In 57 minutes, Dundee should have been level. Lovell was working hard with little reward, but he turned on a ball and slid a great little pass to the unmarked John Sutton. He had time to steady before shooting, but was denied by a fine block from veteran Marshall in the Motherwell goal.

It was to be a costly miss, as just five minutes later, Dundee were two behind as McDonald struck again. He played a neat one-two on the edge of the box, giving him loads of space to slide home a cool left footed shot from 16 yards.

Jim Duffy threw on Jablonski for Brady with 73 minutes gone, but there appeared no prospect of the Dark Blues getting back into the match until Steve Lovell conjured up a moment of brilliance, lashing home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box. That came with 12 minutes remaining and lifted both the team and the supporters.

For most of the remaining minutes, Dundee tried to batter an equaliser from this match and they came close when Marshall pulled off a fine stop from Jablonski's angled drive.

Having said that, they also got lucky a couple of times as the ball ricocheted around their own penalty area. Not that Dundee deserved a draw, having the required urgency for only 12 minutes of a match isn't nearly good enough.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at August 21st, 2004)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Derek Soutar (GK)23 3 - 4 -
Jonay Hernández25 3 - 771
Callum MacDonald21 3 - 10 -
Bobby Mann30 3 - 3 -
Barry Smith30 3 - 3514
Iain Anderson27 3 - 15620
Garry Brady27 3 - 801
Mark Fotheringham20 3 - 324
Steven Robb22 3 - 321
Steve Lovell23 326523
John Sutton20 3131
Stephen McNally (sub) - 1 - 3 -
Neil Jablonski (sub)21 3 - 19 -
Glen Atle Larsen (sub) - 1 - 1 -






League Table (as at August 21st, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Two games into the new season and I have to say that I am very pleased with the attitude shown by the players in both games.

Before the season started, I said that we would need a lot of commitment to the jersey and albeit with contrasting results. that has very much been the case.

Although we didn't play particularly well against Hearts in the opening match, everyone worked very hard and we looked well organised.

Unfortunately, we lost the game because of one momentary lapse of concentration.

That was a good base on which to build for last week's derby and at Tannadice last week, we also played very well to secure a victory which is so important to everyone connected with the club..

On the wider scale after all the summer disruption that victory proves to the players that when they apply themselves, they are still more than a match for all the other sides.

This afternoon, we face Motherwell, and the same level of application will be necessary against them, even although they have lost their opening two games I saw them go down at Celtic Park in their first game, but they played very well, and by all accounts, they were a bit unlucky to lose to Hibs last Saturday.

Being pointless will only make them more determined to take something from today's game, so we know that it will again be difficult, but hopefully, the players will once again respond to the challenge accordingly.