Dundee 0
Motherwell 1
League (Premier League)

0 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 20th, 1999
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,340
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Lee McCulloch (45)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Billy Davies

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
34. Craig Ireland
2. Barry Smith
5. Steven Tweed
17. Frank van Eijs
19. Patrizio Billio
7. Steven Boyack
12. Shaun McSkimming
8. Gavin Rae
9. Eddie Annand
11. Willie Falconer
Stephen Woods .17
Michel Doesburg. 2
Ben Kemble .40
Shaun Teale .5
Stephen McMillan .3
Pat Nevin .13
Simo Valakari .8
Ged Brannan .5
Kevin Twaddle .28
John Spencer .7
Lee McCulloch .9

13. Jamie Langfield
21. Mark Slater
35. Nicky Banger
22. Graham Bayne
10. James Grady
Trialist (GK)
Jamie McGowan .4
Stephen Nicholas .11
Paul Harvey .21
DerekTownsley .27

Nicky Banger for Willie Falconer
James Grady for Frank van Eijs
Derek Townsley for Pat Nevin (63)
Paul Harvey for Kevin Twaddle (78)
Stephen Nicholas for John Spencer (88)

Barry Smith
Steven Boyack

Red Cards
Nicky Banger (81)
Match Officials

M. A. Clark (Referee)
J. Love & B. W. McDuffie (Assistants)
I. S. Elmslie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Motherwell striker Lee McCulloch was surely in the mind of Scotland boss Craig Brown last week when he pointed to our younger. element as the way to success.

McCulloch's undoubted talent at finding the net has already made him the scourge of Premier League defences, and judging by his progress this season his future appears brighter than ever.

It was no secret that Hearts, Leeds United and Spurs were more than interested spectators in recent weeks, and they were joined by the likes of Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Portsmouth yesterday.

And they cannot but have been impressed with the former under-21 marksman as he helped his Fir Parkers' winning sequence in the Premier League stretch to four games.

McCulloch was a constant thorn in the home defence with his physique, strength and pace producing problems from minute one to Jocky Scott's team.

And the 21-year-old's reward for his afternoon graft arrived during injury time at the interval when he settled the contest.

A corner from the right was deflected into the path of McCulloch and he required no further encouragement to power in a perfect finish from around

the penalty spot. The second half saw a similar story of McCulloch's danger, twice rounding home keeper Robert Douglas only to fail to find his target.

Dundee, who had matched the visitors early on, were dealt a body blow close to half-time. Top scorer Willie Falconer, who had earlier suffered a head knock, was led off suffering from concussion being replaced by new signing Nicky Banger.

And the afternoon proved less than kind to the home debut man, Banger being red-carded for a late off-the-ball incident with Well's Michael Doezburg.

During that first-half spell, Douglas excelled with a great save from a Spencer 18-yarder, but the second half plaudits were earned at the other end.

Steve Woods pulled off a magnificent diving save to deny substitute Banger before finger-tipping away a net-bound 25-yarder from Patrizio Billio. In the end the points went west and deservedly so in terms of possession.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at November 20th, 1999)

1999-00 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)27 16 - 97 -
Craig Ireland23 3 - 3 -
Barry Smith25 13 - 1551
Steven Tweed27 161272
Frank van Eijs28 10 - 10 -
Patrizio Billio25 3 - 3 -
Steven Boyack23 163245
Shaun McSkimming29 152767
Gavin Rae21 161804
Eddie Annand26 1539329
Willie Falconer33 15105014
Nicky Banger (sub)27 1 - 1 -
James Grady (sub)28 1318522

League Table (as at November 20th, 1999)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After our entertaining friendly against Greek side Aris last week, it is back to the serious business of trying to collect league points this afternoon.

And having won our last two games, we are obviously looking to make it a hat-trick of SPL wins after victories over Hearts and St Johnstone.

Whilst both of these were excellent results, I am the first to concede that we have played more attractively this season. More importantly though, we did get back to working very hard against both Hearts and St Johnstone and making it difficult for our opponents to overcome us.

No matter what else happens, that is something we must continue to do for the rest of the season.

And that is very much the case as we take on Motherwell this afternoon.

The Fir Park side are on a good run of late having chalked up impressive wins away to Dundee United and Celtic before making it a hat-trick of wins within the space of a week by beating St Johnstone at home. Then two weeks ago, they held Hearts to a draw at Tynecastle, which indicates that we are in for a very difficult game this afternoon.

However, we also go into this match. with the confidence gained from our recent victories which should make. for a very entertaining game.

Over the last few weeks, we have, as you know, acquired three new faces.

Craig Ireland, who made his debut in our last home match, is on loan from Dunfermline, whilst Patritzio Billio and Nicky Banger are on contract which I think demonstrates our ambition and shows that we are not content to stand still.

This trio of additions to the squad, I believe, will not only strength the squad in the short term, but will in time improve the team and the quality of our play in the longer period.

For the moment though, the priority is getting maximum points this afternoon's encounter with Motherwell.

Hope you enjoy the game.