Dundee 2
Hibernian 1
League (Premier Division)

2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 3rd, 1979
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,879
3:00 PM Kick-off

Peter Millar (52)
John Fletcher (57)
Ally MacLeod (pen.) (1)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Eddie Turnbull

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Les Barr
3. Eric Schaedler
4. Peter Millar
5. Bobby Glennie
6. George McGeachie
7. John Fletcher
8. Stewart MacLaren
9. Billy Pirie
10. Eric Sinclair
11. Jimmy Murphy
Jim McArthur .1
Ally Brazil .2
Arthur Duncan .3
Gordon Rae .4
Craig Paterson 5
Jackie McNamara 6
Ralph Callachan .7
Joe Ward .8
Bobby Hutchinson .9
Ally MacLeod .10
Tony Higgins .11

12. Jim Shirra
14. Iain Ferguson
Jim Brown .12
Colin Campbell .14

None. Jim Brown for Bobby Hutchinson
Colin Campbell for Joe Ward

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

A. Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)
H. B. Harrold (Elgin) & C. McBeth (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Fireworks at Dens Park that Guy Fawkes would have been proud of. Both sides had heaps of sparkling moments, but after spluttering along on a slow-burning fuse for most of the first period, it was Dundee who came out on top with a double fire- cracker just after the interval.

And Billy Pirie, playing in his first Premier League game this season, had a hand in both goals. First, winger Murphy swept a high cross to the far post where Pirie headed it back into the path of Peter Millar, who nodded it sweetly into the net.

Then Eric Sinclair worked his way up the bye-line before hitting a low ball into the six-yard box.

Pirie dummied the pass, leaving John Fletcher with the simple task of slotting it home. These goals were deserved on work-rate and effort, if nothing else. The Dens Parkers had thrown every thing bar the Tay Bridge at the Hibs defence.

Things might have been so different, however. Hibs had set the match alight with a first-minute goal when MacLeod was brought down in the penalty-box by McGeachie.

MacLeod himself converted the spot kick. It took Dundee some time to recover from this blow, and all the silky touches were coming from the Easter Road men.

MacLeod, in particular, was controlling midfield, and his promptings should have produced more goals. Higgins had three raging shots blocked by goalkeeper Donaldson, and it was the Dundee 'keeper who was the other main reason for Hibs' lack of goals.

He had several superb stops, culminating in a brilliant point-blank save to thwart Arthur Duncan, clean through in the last minute.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at November 3rd, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK) - 20 - 382 -
Peter Millar28 111271
Bobby Glennie - 21 - 762
George McGeachie20 151363
Les Barr - 18 - 441
Eric Schaedler - 9 - 562
Stewart MacLaren - 162408
Jimmy Murphy - 213405
John Fletcher26 181181
Billy Pirie - 2 - 127100
Eric Sinclair - 21915153

League Table (as at November 3rd, 1979)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our performance at Paisley last week was a big disappointment to me because this was a game from which I had hoped to get something. We scored twice and in the Premier League that should be enough to get at least a point away from home. But our defence let us down badly, losing four goals, three of which could have been avoided.

I was unhappy with the attitude of some of our players, particularly experienced men, who did not fight hard enough to retrieve the position when we were behind St. Mirren. That I must admit is uncharacteristic but it is still disappointing. It is something we cannot accept. Our players must work hard in all circumstances.

The trouble is plain. We are scoring enough goals to keep us in a reasonable position in the league, but our defence is losing too many. That is why I experimented against the New Zealand side in Monday evening's friendly match which took on a new significance.

We have played 11 league games so far so there is no great need for concern. We play 36 games in the competition and if we are in our present position with only 11 games left to play then it will be time to worry. Now is the time to find answers, to put some things right.

This afternoon we play our fourth game in eight days, which is a hefty programme. It is back to league business with Hibs as attractive visitors. The Edinburgh side have not had their troubles seek this season and have made a sticky start, but they will prove worthy opponents, of that you can be sure.

Because success away from home has eluded us so far it is doubly important that we do well at home. Every game is important but it is particularly important we win this one.