Dundee 1
Heart of Midlothian 0
League (Premier League)

1 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 30th, 1999
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,018
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Tweed (2)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Jim Jeffries

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
5. Steven Tweed
34. Craig Ireland
17. Frank van Eijs
15. Lee Sharp
7. Steven Boyack
8. Gavin Rae
19. Patrizio Billio
12. Shaun McSkimming
11. Willie Falconer
9. Eddie Annand
1. Gilles Rousset
4. Gary Locke
3. Gary Naysmith
6. Paul Ritchie
2. Steven Pressley
5. Kevin James
8. Steve Fulton
10. Colin Cameron
11. Darren Jackson
7. Gary McSwegan
23. Gary Wales

13. Jamie Langfield
21. Mark Slater
14. Hugh Robertson
23. John Elliot
10. James Grady
13. Roddy McKenzie
20. Juanjo
6. Lee Makel
9. Stephane Adam
27. Scott Severin

James Grady for Lee Sharp (64)
Juanjo for Kevin James (56)
Stephane Adam for Gary Wales (59)
Lee Makel for Darren Jackson (78)

Frank van Eijs
Steven Boyack
Steven Tweed

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

G. P. Mitchell (Referee)
P. B. Crilley & S. A. Logan (Assistants)
M. Ritchie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee at last broke their home duck in the league this season, with a performance that had more to do with grit than anything else.

And, after a dreadful run that had seen the Dark Blues lose all five of their previous Dens Park. fixtures, it was perhaps fitting that centre-half Steven Tweed, so often the target of the boo-boys recently, got the vital goal.

The strike that bust coupons across the land came after only two minutes. Big Tweed found himself in position to fire home from eight yards, following a Craig Ireland knock-down.

The very presence of Ireland was proof of the troubles that have beset Jocky Scott in the last couple of weeks. With no fewer than five men missing through injury or suspension. Ireland had been fixed up on a month's loan from Dunfermline just four hours before kick-off. Despite that late call, the Dundee-born 23-year-old was a star at the heart of the home defence alongside Tweed.

The visitors contributed to their own downfall. After a shaky opening that saw Willie Falconer hit their bar, Jim Jefferies' men went on to dominate in terms of possession.

However, in the first half, they squandered chance after chance to get back into the game. Then, after the break, they just did not create enough.

Chief sinner was Scotland striker Gary McSwegan. So often the star man this term, he missed three gilt-edged chances inside the Dundee penalty area.

He was not alone and Colin Cameron, also normally such a deadly finisher, Steve Fulton and Spaniard Juanjo all squandered chances.

All that combined to make it a bitterly disappointing afternoon in the Tynecastle quest to close the gap on third-placed Dundee United.

If Hearts heads were bowed leaving the pitch, those of the home players were held high.

They have still to reproduce the form that took them to fifth last season, but they did respond to their manager's pre-match call for hard work and put in a real shift.

That, more than anything, will probably give manager Scott cause for optimism as he plans ahead.

Man of the Match - STEVEN TWEED.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at October 30th, 1999)

1999-00 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)27 14 - 95 -
Craig Ireland23 1 - 1 -
Steven Tweed27 141252
Lee Sharp - 71132
Frank van Eijs - 8 - 8 -
Gavin Rae21 141784
Steven Boyack23 143225
Shaun McSkimming29 132747
Patrizio Billio25 1 - 1 -
Eddie Annand - 1329128
Willie Falconer33 13104814
James Grady (sub)28 1118322

League Table (as at October 30th, 1999)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Regrettably there was not too much encouraging news to report in relation to our last two games against Dundee United.

In fact, they are, without doubt, collectively our worst performances of the season. Knowing how much derby games mean, the defeat, and particularly the manner of it was most disappointing.

But our continuing inability to defend has been costing us dearly this season, and that was never more true than at Easter Road last week when it was especially second rate.

This is an aspect of our play which simply must be improved upon and quickly and hence something which wer have been working hard on in training to rectify.

It would be all to easy to trot out the excuse that we have been hit hard by injuries, but you know before the season starts that you are going to encounter both: injuries and we want suspensions, and should therefore be equipped to handle that scenario.

Unfortunately, the injury situation has deteriorated rather than improved recently, and it is very frustrating that almost all our current injuries comprise defenders!

In the circumstances, all we can do is work as hard as we can to bring about an improvement in the quality of our displays and results as a whole.

Today, we meet Hearts who have continued their excellent form at the tail end of last season into the new campaign, having lost only to Celtic and Rangers.

Included in that fine start was our heaviest defeat of the season at Tynecastle, but that was not a true reflection of the play as the 4-0 scoreline exaggerated the difference between the sides.

However, we are still only too well aware of how difficult a job we have ahead of us and how we'll have to improve greatly on last week's performance if we are to get the result this afternoon.

As you will probably be aware, we have been running the rule over several new players with a view to strengthening the squad which has been highlighted by our current injury problems as being too thin on the ground.

And at least I can end on a positive note because on Wednesday, we added central midfielder Patrizio Bilic to the playing staff, and hopefully, there will be more signings to follow.