Dundee 2
Motherwell 1
League (Premier League)

2 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, February 12th, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,746
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steve Lovell (45)
Steve Lovell (55)
Scott McDonald (40)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Terry Butchart

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
17. Callum MacDonald
3. Brent Sancho
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
14. Neil Barrett
8. Mark Fotheringham
18. Steven Robb
26. Fabian Caballero
9. Steve Lovell
16. Tam McManus
Gordon Marshall .1
Paul Quinn .19
Stephen Craigan .5
David Partridge .14
Steven Hammell .3
Kevin McBride .17
Phil O'Donnell .10
Scott Leitch .8
James Paterson .18
Scott McDonald .7
Jim Hamilton .16

13. Kelvin Jack
25. Joel Kitamirike
5. Bobby Mann
12. Garry Brady
22. Scott Robertson
7. Glen Atle Larsen
10. John Sutton
Jamie Ewings .25
William Kinniburgh .22
Marc Fitzpatrick .24
Kenny Wright .20
Shaun Fagan .21
David Clarkson .12
Richie Foran .9

None. Richie Foran for James Paterson (70)
David Clarkson for Jim Hamilton (87)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Mackay (Referee)
Brian McDuffie & Frank Cole (Assistants)
Brian Cassidy (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Steve Lovell's double may have won this match for Dundee but it was the first half performance of Derek Soutar which gave the Dark Blues the opportunity to earn the points which took them eight points clear of bottom of the table Livingston.

Motherwell started the match well and had an early chance when Derek Soutar parried McDonald's effort, the rebounding ball to McBride only for Barry Smith to block the follow up effort.

There was controversy at the other end a minute or so later, Neil Barrett chased a McManus cross which was gathered by keeper Marshall, as the keeper edged out from his goal with the ball in his hands, he was shadowed by Barrett and incredibly the veteran aimed a sneaky little kick at the Dens midfielder.

It was a blatant penalty, but an incident completely missed by the officials, though ensured that Marshall got dogs abuse from the home crowd for the rest of a chilly afternoon.

In 16 minutes Dundee came close as McManus strode onto Wilkie's through ball, Marshall being glad to see the striker's lobbed effort drift just wide.

By the half hour though it was evident that Motherwell were very much on top, and on 32 minutes. Soutar had to be in superb form to deny McBride, it seemed certain that the 'Well man would score as he steadied himself in front of goal but Soutar was down brilliantly to tip the effort round the post. Two minutes later, he had to be at his best again pulling off a great double save to deny O'Donnell and Hamilton. Australian Scott

McDonald had scored twice on his previous visit to Dens and when he got a similar opportunity to those spurned by his team-mates, he demonstrated that he was a much deadlier finisher.

An excellent ball from Motherwell captain Scott Leitch found the striker in acres of space after 40 minutes, and this time Soutar could do nothing to keep it out.

It looked grim for Dundee, but they were level deep into first half injury time thanks to a moment of brilliance from Fabian Caballero.

The striker was being pulled back by Craigan as he twisted and turned just outside the box, but managed to clip a wonderful lofted pass to Lovell who had burst into space. The Englishman steadied, and as Marshall advanced, dinked the ball past him and into the net.

It was the one time in the half that Dundee had looked really dangerous, and it gave them half time parity that was barely deserved.

There was a scare for the Dark Blues early in the second half as former Dee Jim Hamilton rose to head the ball past Soutar, but it rebounded off the bar and Callum Macdonald scrambled it away.

In fifty-five minutes, Dundee were ahead, and again it was Caballero who set Lovell up.

The Argentinean lofted a through ball and Lovell did superbly well to get to it ahead of Quinn, shrugging off the Scotland under 21 international's challenge to advance on goal. Marshall got a block on his first effort, and Craigan on his follow up, but the persistence of the Dark Blues' top scorer paid off as he forced the ball home from 12 yards at the third attempt.

Dundee were playing much better now, and Lovell went close to completing his hat-trick on no less than three occasions.

First, he headed just over from another Caballero pass, then from another moment of perseverance as he charged down a Marshall clearance only to send his lob inches over, finally he curled a 20-yarder just wide. Motherwell staged a late flurry of pressure, but with Wilkie immense at the heart of the defence, there was no way through.

They came under intense pressure though, and the Dee were struggling to get the ball out of their penalty are for more than a matter of seconds.

Each time it emerged, it was launched back in, until it arrived at the feet of Caballero five yards outside his own box.

Surrounded by men in claret and amber, he dummied to go one way, and then dragged the ball back the other, before jinking past several visiting players.

By the time he was scythed to the ground he'd wasted valuable seconds and taken the ball some forty or so vital yards, and Dens was on it's feet singing his praises and soon afterwards celebrating an unlikely, but invaluable three points.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at February 12th, 2005)

2004-05 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)23 27 - 28 -
Callum MacDonald21 22 - 29 -
Brent Sancho27 22 - 47 -
Barry Smith30 28 - 3764
Lee Wilkie24 6 - 1256
Neil Barrett23 202333
Mark Fotheringham21 24 - 534
Steven Robb22 233524
Fabian Caballero27 16112926
Steve Lovell24 24128633
Tam McManus23 4242

League Table (as at February 12th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Nothing better illustrates just how fickle football can be than our last three games.

Having hardly kicked a ball against Inverness Caley, we still managed to pick up three points.

Yet, against both Hearts and Dundee United, and particularly in the second periods of those matches, we played as well as at any time in recent weeks, but only ended up drawing both.

Overall though, these two performances were better than of late with the attitude very good.

In our current position, we can't afford to slacken off by even 1% and must keep working as hard as we did in those last two games.

That is particularly pertinent this afternoon given that Motherwell's work ethic is one of their main strengths.

That has helped bring them a top six spot and a place in the final of the CIS Insurance Cup on which I would like to congratulate Terry Butcher and his side and wish them well in next month's final against Rangers.

If we are to achieve three points, then we will require to match the determination and dedication for which our visitors have become renowned.

Getting three points this afternoon would do our cause no harm at all as it would give us a bit more breathing space and the bigger the gap, the greater the confidence it would give us for the hard programme that lies just around the corner.