'Well Crumble against Dundee

Last updated : 09 August 2003 By Firparkcorner

Certainly, the team suffered from the absence of Adams and Lasley and McFadden’s recovery delayed his appearance for forty minutes but even so our boys never looked like taking anything from the game.

The impression gained at the end of the first half was that Dundee looked like the home team. We had to work hard to get the ball off them and when we appeared uncertain about the next step. Inevitably possession was conceded too easily.

Corrigan had a desperate game at right back (clearly not his best position), Pearson looked uncomfortable and Hammell fired loose passes all afternoon. Not that the others escaped criticism either.

We held on for just over twenty minutes before allowing the visitors the first of two soft goals in the first half.
Marshall came to collect a ball at the edge of his box and elected to attempt a diving smother. The ball bounced from his chest and was duly dispatched into an empty net.

Burns fails to score

Faddy was introduced a few minutes before the break (replacing Craig) and his first action was to shake hands with Mr Underhill as if to suggest that he was going to be a good boy. Needless to say he blotted his copybook later when he ran twenty yards to get involved in a rammy – of course, he was booked for his effort.

On forty two minutes we conceded a silly corner and paid the price. Wilkie got a foot to the flick from Mair’s head and Marshall could only palm the ball into the roof of the net.

We looked more interested as the second half got underway and within three minutes had a lifeline offered to us when Faddy managed to fall in the box. The ref ponted to the spot and up stepped Toastie. And the ball flew high and wide past Speroni’s left hand post. The lifeline was thrown back.

For the next half hour we enjoyed plenty of possession as Dundee shut up shop. Faddy had a couple of hopeful blasts but Speroni was hardly troubled. As the game petered out it became clear that we had accepted our fate. Dundee ran up the park to score the third and the ‘Well support headed for the exits muttering that ‘We’ve seen it all before’.

No doubt the reappearance of Adams, Lasley and a fully fit McFadden will make a difference – let’s hope so!