Motherwell 0
Dundee 3
League (Premier League)


0 - 3


League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 9th, 2003
Fir Park
Attendance: 6,812
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Gavin Rae (23)
Lee Wilkie (43)
Barry Smith (84)

Team Managers
Terry Butchart Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Gordon Marshall
2. Martyn Corrigan
5. Stephen Craigan
3. Steven Hammell
6. Stephen Pearson
14. David Partridge
8. Scott Leitch
20. Kevin McDonald
17. Steven Craig
11. Alex Burns
18. David Clarkson
Julian Speroni .1
Jonay Hernández .16
David Mackay .3
Lee Mair .19
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .6
Garry Brady .26
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Gavin Rae .8
Steve Lovell .25
Nacho Novo .17

15. Barry John Corr
19. Paul Quinn
22. William Kinniburgh
26. Kenny Wright
10. James McFadden
Derek Soutar .22
Tom Hutchinson .4
Beto Carranza .7
Fabian Caballero .7
Neil Jablonski .24

James McFadden for Steven Craig (41) Beto Carranza for Giorgi Nemsadze (82)
Fabian Caballero for Steve Lovell (88)
Neil Jablonski for Gavin Rae (88)

James McFadden (57) Jonay Hernández (50)
Steve Lovell (57)
Giorgi Nemsadze (65)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
David Doig & Brian McGarry (Assistants)
Crawford Allan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Barry Smith made sure that he celebrated his goal at Fir Park in fine style after sealing Dundee's opening day win, but although the large and noisy visiting support joined him in acclaiming a comfortable win for the Dark Blues, their loudest celebration of the day was reserved for a couple of minutes later when news of dreams being shattered elsewhere filtered into the away stand.

Here they were treated to a display of the benefits of pre-season work in a hot climate as Dundee bossed the game against a Motherwell side who's support will hope this was a blip on the radar, although on the evidence of Dundee's win the 'Well fans might find that the current sunshine is as good as it gets-it they lose James McFadden before the transfer window shuts they may have a long cold winter ahead.

Jim Duffy could afford to exclude new boys Brent Sancho and Tom Cowan from those stripped for this game and even leave pre- season sensation Beto Carranza and star man Fabian Caballero on the bench. Duffy went with a 4-3-1-2 formation with Gavin Rae in the space in between midfield and attack.

Twelve minutes elapsed before either side had an attempt on goal, and when it came Craig's effort was high, wide, and not so handsome.

Motherwell were trying to press though, and in 19 minutes Georgi lost possession to Scott Leich and the veteran, who was probably the home sides best on the day. hit in a vicious cross which Speroni did well to hold at a stretch.

Dundee hadn't really threatened, but Nacho Novo and Steve Lovell were always keen to chase lost causes and the former did so as Lovell flicked on a long ball from Mair in 23 minutes. Marshall slid out to gather, but appeared to think that his momentum would carry him outside the area and released the ball. Gavin Rae was most alert and took a touch before sliding the ball into the empty net from 22 yards.

Motherwell fans acclaimed James McFadden as their saviour in 40 minutes as he replaced the injured Craig, but two minutes later Dundee were on easy street as Lovell chased another lost cause to force a corner. Brady's kick was flicked on by Mair and Wilkie, at full stretch, stabbed it home to make the half time Bovril taste like champagne (Time honoured description - Copyright The Sporting Post)

It was inevitable that Butcher's boys would try to hit back after the interval and they did, earning a penalty four minutes into the second period. Hammell clipped a long ball to the right wing where Hernandez misjudged the flight and allowed McFadden a clear run inside the box, the Venezuelan tried to get away with a tug on 'The Golden Child's' jersey, but it was spotted by the excellent John Underhill and he pointed to the spot.

McFadden had the ball in his hands, but with a record of nil from two attempts at beating Speroni from the spot, he handed it to Burns, who did indeed beat the keeper, but only because his effort was high and wide.

There was no obligation for Dundee to force the issue and contented themselves to hitting on the break. The young 'Well player, who Jim Duffy had said would love to have in his team gained a lot of fouls, but lacked sufficient support with some of his team mates who seemed to think that getting their heads down and running through the middle at the Dundee defence would bring them rewards. It didn't, not with Barry Smith, Lee Wilkie, and Lee Mair looking in top notch form.

The icing on Dundee's cake came in 84 minutes as Nacho Novo picked up a long ball and ran at the last defender before flicking a perfect ball to the inrushing Barry Smith who finished with a delightful clip over the keeper. For a good two thousand of Dundee's support it was the first time that they had seen Barry score a goal in the flesh, and he didn't let them down with his celebration, rushing to the crowd and kissing his away top.

By this stage Dundee had taken Georgi. and a minute after Smith's goal, Steve Lovell got the same treatment being replaced by Caballero who got a magnificent welcome from the Dark Blue legions.

The final whistle went with Dundee fans excited about what lies ahead, three years ago we wrote after a win at Fir Park on opening day that the season ahead would be fun - This too looks like a campaign to savour, but possibly with greater tangible reward.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 9th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 1 - 68 -
Jonay Hernández24 1 - 381
David Mackay22 1 - 622
Lee Mair22 1 - 351
Barry Smith29 113113
Lee Wilkie23 11914
Garry Brady26 1 - 341
Giorgi Nemsadze31 1 - 845
Gavin Rae25 1122824
Steve Lovell22 1 - 3615
Nacho Novo24 1 - 449
Beto Carranza (sub)31 1 - 634
Fabian Caballero (sub)25 1 - 9925
Neil Jablonski (sub)20 1 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 9th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.