Dundee versus MORTON
Saturday 24 October 2020
Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park
by Brendan McEleny
Morton are on the road for the first time this season as they make the journey east to take on Dundee at the Kilmac Stadium in the Scottish Championship tomorrow afternoon.
The ‘Ton got off to winning ways in the league last weekend following that well-deserved 1-0 victory against Alloa Athletic at Cappielow. Manager David Hopkin will be looking for his team to channel their momentum into Saturday’s encounter and come away with a result.
James McPake’s Dundee head into Saturday’s game on the back of a heavy 6-2 defeat against Hearts at Tynecastle in their opening Championship fixture last Friday night. The Dark Blues boss will be hoping for a much improved performance this time out in his side’s first home league game of the season.
Morton Milestones and Significant Stats
350 – Captain Jim McAlister underlined his credentials as a modern-day Morton legend by making his 350th appearance for the club in last week’s victory over Alloa Athletic.
Dunoon native, Declan McDaid came through the youth ranks at Cappielow and made one first-team appearance before electing to move to Partick Thistle in the summer of 2013.
Paul McGowan came to the ‘Ton on loan from Celtic in the 2006/07 season when Morton became Second Division winners. McGowan was named ‘Player of the Month’ for January in that season and was also chosen for the ‘Team of the Year’ for the division.
Dundee boss James McPake had a brief spell as a player with Morton in 2006, signing on a short-term loan deal from Livingston. During his time with the club he scored 2 goals in 10 appearances.
Head to Head
19 Apr 2014: Morton 1-0 Dundee (First Division)
21 Sep 2019: Morton 1-0 Dundee (Ladbrokes Championship)
1 Nov 2019: Dundee 2-1 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)
1 Feb 2020: Morton 1-1 Dundee (Ladbrokes Championship)
Last Time Round
Despite going down to 10 men after Kyle Jacobs was shown a second yellow card, the ‘Ton put in a solid performance in February as Jim McAlister’s equaliser against his former club was enough to earn the Sinclair Street side a point at Cappielow.
A second start for Kalvin Orsi, fresh from scoring at Tannadice the week before, and a comfortable debut for new signing Sean McGinty saw both men put in great performances in that game. The 1-1 draw also saw David Hopkin’s men remain just four points behind the playoff places in 7th position with their excellent unbeaten league run of 2020 continuing into February.
Referee: Gavin Ross
Assistant one: Graham Chambers
Assistant two: Colin McAlpine
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