MORTON versus DUNDEE
Saturday 27 February 2021
by Brendan McEleny
Morton mark their return on home soil tomorrow afternoon as they welcome Dundee to Cappielow Park in the Scottish Championship.
With only 2 points to separate both teams, interim manager Anton McElhone will be hopeful his side have enough in them to get a win on board that would see them push closer to the promotion play-off position and distance themselves from the bottom half of the league.
The ‘Ton will no doubt use last weeks positive performance against league leaders Hearts as a motivator to get maximum points against the The Dee and, if they show the same spirit from their display in the capital, they could well be leapfrogging their opponents come quarter to five tomorrow.
James McPake’s side, much like Morton, still remain in sight of a play-off spot and will be looking to rectify last week’s 3-2 defeat against Queen of the South by coming away from Greenock with all three points.
With that being said it’s sure to be a thrilling 90 minutes at Cappielow as both sides look to get their seasons back on track.
Morton Milestones & Significant Stats
3 – Kalvin Orsi and Cameron Blues are joint top goalscorers for the club this term with 3 goals each
6 – Aidan McAdams has recorded 6 clean sheets so far this term
18 – The ‘Ton have scored 18 goals in all competitions so far this season.
60 – Aidan Nesbitt made his 60th start for Morton last week at Tynecastle.
120 – Gary Oliver is two appearances off of making 120 appearances for the club.
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. He signed for Dundee in 2019 following spells at Cowdenbeath and Ayr United.
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 signed Paul McMullan from rivals Dundee United last month on a pre contract before being loaned out until the end of this season. The 24-year-old spent three months of the 2015/16 season on loan with us here from Celtic at Cappielow, scoring one goal in 11 appearances
The Dark Blues 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
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)
24 Oct 2020: Dundee 1-0 Morton (Scottish Championship)
Last Time Round
Morton were unlucky to leave the city of Dundee without, at least, a point to their name after a spirited performance back in October last year.
The ‘Ton were dealt an early blow after just four minutes when a Marshall cross into a crowded box was volleyed into the net by the on-loan Jonathan Afolabi to make it 1-0 to the home side, the only goal of the game.
Referee: Craig Napier
Assistant 1: Alan Mulvanny
Assistant 2: Colin Drummond
Tomorrow’s game will be available to watch live for £14 on ‘TonTV.
Supporters are asked to purchase in advance where possible to avoid any excessive online traffic before the coverage starts at 2.40pm.
Season ticket holders can view the game using the access codes that have been provided to them via e-mail or post.
Once logged onto the shop website, add the match to your basket and use your pass code in the section that says “apply coupon”.
In accordance with SFA guidelines and under advisement from Scottish Police, we respectfully ask that no supporter attempts to access a view of games from the car park adjacent to the stadium. To do so would put the Club in a hazardous position and may prompt action detrimental to the interests of the club.
Image: David Bell