Dunfermline Athletic
League (Premier League)


League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 30th, 2000
Dens Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

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Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven


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Red Cards
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Match Officials

Tim Brown (Referee)
David Doig & Stuart Macaulay (Assistants)
Colin Hardie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at December 30th, 2000)

2000-01 All Time

League Table (as at December 30th, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

As we come to the final game of the year, it is an appropriate time to sit back and reflect on events since Dario and I arrived here last summer to begin our great Dens Park adventure.

Certainly, I don't think anyone could deny that progress has been made. Right from day one, it was Dario's and my aim to ensure that the fans were entertained.

And we certainly got off to a great start, going to the top of the league after the first two games.

Whilst that was nice, it would have been somewhat over optimistic to expect that to be maintained.

Having said that, I doubt if anyone could complain about the standard of football) we have played, even if there has been a

few ups and downs on the way. But as things begin to settle, progress has undoubtedly been made.

Certainly in the last four or five weeks, the fans have seen the team starting to play consistently well and if we maintain that form over the next six months, I am sure that we will achieve the initial goal of a top six finish.

And whilst that may be our immediate aim, we only see that as a stepping stone to establishing Dundee Football Club in the top three.

By bringing quality players like Claudio Caniggia and Beto Carranza to Dens Park, everyone can see that this is no idle threat, though even with their outstanding presence, it still takes time for the team to settle.

But we are improving week in and week out and with Fabian Caballero due to be fit shortly after the re-start following the winter break, exciting times lie ahead.

Last Saturday's game perhaps summarised our season so far.

When we scored it came from good outfield play and that's what people want to watch. On the other hand, we made mistakes and that is what we require to work on.

Apart from the very soft penalty award, the reason we didn't win the game was down to the chances we missed, but as long as we are creating them, I will not complain.

After the important match at Fir Park on Tuesday against a Motherwell side neck and neck with us in competition for a top six place, this afternoon we again meet at side who are aiming to finish in the top half.

In the first meeting of the season, which was my first home game in charge, we were comfortable 3-0 winners, but in the return we were very disappointing in going down 1-0 to them at East End Park.

Certainly as the competition for places in the top six hots up, we cannot afford a repeat of that, particularly against one our main rivals, making victory essential this afternoon.

Finally, I would like to send greetings to all our fans, I trust you all had an enjoyable Christmas and that we can. look forward to a happy and successful New Year.