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Monday, 3 October 2011

One step backwards, two steps forwards

Pittodrie was the venue and Aberdeen, Dundee's great rivals of the era, the opposition of Dundee's first league defeat of the 1961-62 campaign. In many ways it was a disappointing performance not helped by an early first half penalty. In the programme notes for the Hearts game a week later, it was acknowledged that the poor performance of the attackers up front was chiefly to blame for the defeat. In many ways the result was a turning point for the Dark Blues and the changes made for the following week's 2-0 victory over Hearts set in motion the famous line up that would embark upon a formidable set of performances that would eventually bring the championship trophy back to Dens Park.
 It was noted in the Hearts programme that in the corresponding league fixture the previous season,  Gordon Smith played for the opposition. Smith was famously brought in by Shankly with a few other players to add experience to the squad to compliment the talented youths coming through the ranks at Dens. 
 Dundee then travelled to Third Lanark on the 30th September and came away with another victory to banish the Aberdeen performance to distant memory, and begin to make their championship credentials, and intent, known to the rest of the league.

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