Dundee 0
Partick Thistle 2
League (First Division)

0 - 2

League (First Division)
Saturday, October 19th, 1996
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,303
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. David Moss (9)
David Moss (57)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Billy Thomson
2. Barry Smith
3. Robbie Raeside
4. Ray Farningham
5. Paul Tosh
6. Dariusz Adamczuk
7. Kevin Bain
8. Iain Anderson
9. Tommy McQueen
10. George Shaw
11. Jim Hamilton

Kevin Magee
Gavin Rae
Iain Ferguson

Kevin Magee for Ray Farningham
Iain Ferguson for Jim Hamilton

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

K. Orr (Kilbarchan) (Referee)
K. R. Bisset (Inverness) & K. J. Hadden (Keith) (Assistants)

Match Report

Two-goal hero David Moss admitted that six weeks ago he didn't know where Partick Thistle played.

But it certainly hasn't taken him long to settle in and he is really making his mark with Murdo MacLeod's side.

The 27-year-old has now nabbed four goals and he confessed: "I didn't have a clue that they even played in Glasgow."

Yorkshire lad David was moving to Scotland with his job with an insurance company when Thistle snapped him up on a free transfer.

And David said: "It's the policy to get into the penalty box from mid- field to claim as many goals as possible.

"I've played as a striker before, but I much prefer midfield. I'm always looking to push up and it's working well. David was quick to praise full-back Jered Stirling for the part he played in both goals. In fact the Stirling-Moss combination carved out goals which were almost identical.

David's first, in nine minutes, came when Stirling found him unmarked in the box with a cross which he slotted home easily. His second, in 57 minutes, came when Stirling's cross eluded a static home defence and David bulleted home a close-range header.

David, who almost missed the game with a knee injury, said: "I'm glad now that I was able to play because at 11 o'clock this morning I wasn't so sure. I wasn't happy at the prospect of playing and running the risk of aggravating the injury.

"But the whole team played well, compared to a few weeks ago. Everyone wants the ball, our passing is good and we are really playing together as a team."

Thistle gave the Dens forwards little chance to shine and when they attacked their play was crisp and inventive, with Steve Maskrey a constant threat to the Dark Blues.

A delighted Murdo MacLeod has now seen his team score eight goals in their past two games - and they've kept a clean sheet both times.

"That was our best result of the season," he said. "We came here to take on the league leaders who have been doing well, and we outplayed them.

"Our performances are improving and we have to keep it going."

Dundee boss Jim Duffy made no excuses for his team's second home defeat of the season. "We deserved to lose," he said, without hesitation.

"We've had a lot of praise for our recent performances, but today we were outfought and outplayed."

Duffy did not think the Coca-Cola Cup semi-final clash with Hearts this midweek had anything to do with his side's poor showing.

"If anything the Hearts match should have been able to lift our standard of play."

But Duffy said he would not be wielding the axe. He said that players who had let themselves down. should not automatically be left out of the team.

Thistle's winning margin could have been greater but for a couple of good stops by Billy. Thomson in the home goal and a goal-line clearance by Barry Smith in the 81st minute to stop a Maskrey chip going in.

Match report written by Sunday Mail

Squad Statistics (as at October 19th, 1996)

1996-97 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)38 15 - 15 -
Kevin Bain24 13 - 983
Tommy McQueen32 111391
Robbie Raeside24 163163
Barry Smith22 15 - 36 -
Dariusz Adamczuk26 131372
Iain Anderson19 12 - 504
Ray Farningham35 919510
Jim Hamilton20 1358937
George Shaw27 10411943
Paul Tosh23 14411624
Kevin Magee (sub)25 121121
Iain Ferguson (sub)34 10115959

League Table (as at October 19th, 1996)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The last couple of weeks have seen us extend our unbeaten run in a sound and very professional manner. There was nothing outstanding about our wins over Clydebank and Falkirk which were achieved thanks to a lot of hard work by the players.

In our last home game Clydebank made things difficult for us, but having seemingly established a grip on the game with goals either side of the interval, we gave away a sloppy goal. Fortunately, that has not been typical of the defence this season and after the Bankies rallied, we got ourselves organised again in the last ten minutes to take all three points.

By contrast, we started very well at Falkirk and took an early lead. There is no doubt that the sending off of Chic Charnley changed the course, if not the outcome of the game. For that we have to thank the commitment and organisation of our ten men who repelled everything which Falkirk could throw at them and give us our sixth consecutive win.

Our visitor's have taken a wee while to find their feet in the First Division after losing their Premier place in the play-off's last season.

Last week's 6-0 victory against East Fife - Thistle's biggest win for almost forty years indicates that they will be involved in the promotion race.

Certainly, they will take a lot of confidence from that result and today's game will probably be more open than we might otherwise expect.

Murdo MacLeod's men can be expected to pull out all the stops, and, in turn, will mean that our players will need to repeat the professionalism they have showed over the past few weeks if our run of victories is to stretch to seven.