Report: 'Well 4 Dundee 2

Last updated : 19 May 2002 By Firparkcorner
The contrast in the interviews given by Eric Black before and after the game indicate the critical nature of this evening's encounter. Before he was crisp and defensive with his answers and after he flowed with enthusiasm and relief.

There were four changes from the previous game. Leitch returned, Pearon, Elliott and Ready also found themselves pulling on the black and white away strip for the start.

Before the kick off the small crowd was treated to the first meeting of the 'Well huddle. All eleven players stand in a tight circle, heads bowed and arms loose, not linked (like some other team does). Given the result ninety minutes later, nobody minded!

From the first whistle it was clear that the attitude from the home side was positive. We pressed when they had the ball and looked confident and aggressive when we had possession.

In less than ten minutes a star was born. McFadden, after a breakaway run, had a shot from an unlikely angle. The ball bounced just in front of Langfield and found the net at his bear post. One up.

Fifteen minutes later Soloy gathered the ball deep after a corner clearance, moved forward and swept the ball into the box where Ready volleyed sweetly into the net. Dundee looked beaten.

But they were thrown a lifeline when Kenny Clark judged Woods to have pulled down Sara. He converted the spot kick and the visitors took heart.

We held them off and began to make more chances in the second half. Elliott and McFadden worked tirelessly up front and the back three defended stoutly when needed.

We got the third when a long range free kick from the touchline found Strong. His knockdown landed at Karl Ready's feet and an instant later it was in front of Stuart Elliott who slammed it home from around fourteen yards. Game over.

We kept moving forward and so did they. Woods had a fine double save and Strong had a goal saving clearance on the line.

Then came McFadden's second goal. A stunner.

Running into the box from a wide position in front of the East Stand, he beat a couple of defenders and sent a glorious curling chip into the net. The crowd rose to him and we were four-one up.

They got one back on ninety minutes and the points were secured. Overall it was a fine performance and if we can approach this level of competence on anything like a regular basis then we must surely move up the table.

Bring on United on Saturday