Unbeaten Run Continues at Dens
Report of match Dundee 1 Motherwell 1 played 14th December 2002
The fightback continues as some resolute defending secured us a point at Dens Park. We were slightly the better team in the first half but conceded a lot of possesion in the second and rarely threatened the Dundee goal.
The final score of 1-1 was just about a fair reflection of the game but Dundee will feel they should have scored a second half winner. Dundee made the better start and we did well to clear a scramble in the opening moments. Nacho Novo tormented Stevie Hammell all day and when he skipped past him it took a great save from DuBourdeau to keep us level.
However when we took the lead it came from the right hand side. Ferguson did well and set up McFadden on the penalty spot but his attempt was blocked and fell to Fergie again. Speroni couldn't hold the shot and Dirk Lehmann was ideally placed to tap into the empty net.
Dundee managed to fight back and the number of crosses they were whipping into the box meant we had to be on our toes. Unsurprisingly, when they equalised it came from Novo skinning Hammell. Sara controlled the ball from behind which outwitted our defence and he hit a low volley into the corner.
The first thirty minutes of the second half were a total non event. We were pinned back but Dundee showed no sign of being able to break us down. We had a speculative shot from Ferguson fly wide and DuBourdeau was largely untroubled.
That all changed with fifteen minutes to go and chances appeared at both ends. We could not capitalise on our breakaways but it was Dundee who created the clear cut opportunities. DuBourdeau made two superb saves from Sara and Wilkie headers while Leitch cleared an effort from near the goal line which may or may not have been sneaking inside the post. Pinball was played in our box on more than one occasion and at least one desperate tackle kept Dundee out.
A draw away from home is never a bad result and this keeps our mini run going. Thistle, Livingston and Dundee United all lost and we are now only one point off second bottom. We have another match next week where points are possible - the revival seems to be well under way.
|Competition: Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier Date: Saturday, 14th December 2002 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Dens Park|
|1 - 1||Motherwell
|8||Garry Brady (Milne 76)||6|
|Jonay Santos Hernandez||6|
|Steven Robb (Rae 58)||5|
|Ignacio Javier Gómez Novo||7|
|6||Gavin Rae (Robb 58)||5|
|10||Steven Milne (Brady 76)|
|1||Steve Ferguson (Clarkson 75)||7|
|7||David Clarkson (Ferguson 75)|
|Dundee cards shown|
|73 mins||Lee Wilkie||Unsporting behaviour|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|81 mins||Shaun Fagan||Unsporting behaviour|
|87 mins||Stevie Hammell||Unsporting behaviour|