Dundee 3
Dundee United 0
League (Premier League)


Dundee
3 - 0
Dundee Utd 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, May 6th, 2000
Dens Park
Attendance: 8,581
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Willie Falconer (49)
James Grady (64)
Willie Falconer (74)
None.

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Paul Strurrock

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
3. Lee Maddison
5. Steven Tweed
20. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
7. Steven Boyack
18. Javier Artero
8. Gavin Rae
19. Patrizio Billio
11. Willie Falconer
37. Francisco Luna
Alan Combe .1
Jason de Vos .5
John McQuillan .30
Darren Patterson .17
David Partridge .21
Jan Telesnikov .15
Craig Easton .7
Tassos Venetis .27
David Hannah .4
Alex Mathie .9
Joaquim Ferraz .10

Bench
13. Jamie Langfield
4. Willie Miller
14. Hugh Robertson
10. James Grady
22. Graham Bayne
Paul Gallacher .13
Bernard Pascual .2
Hugh Davidson .26
Stephen McConalogue .25
Steven Thompson .19

Substitutions
James Grady for Francisco Luna (46)
Willie Miller for Steven Tweed (57)
Hugh Robertson for Gavin Rae (84)
Stephen McConalogue for Alex Mathie (54)
Steven Thompson for Tassos Venetis (54)
Bernard Pascual for Craig Easton (54)

Cautions
None. Craig Easton (42)
David Partridge (76)

Red Cards
None. Joaquim Ferraz (44)
Match Officials

Jim McCluskey (Referee)
J. P. McBride & A. Davis (Assistants)
G. H. Simpson (Fourth Official)





Match Report


If Jocky Scott loses his job after Dundee's majestic demolition of United, his successor will have plenty to live up to, and then some!

Despite winning at Ibrox and drawing at Celtic Park, this was easily Dundee's best performance of the season.

Ignore the fact United had Portuguese striker Joaquim Ferraz sent off for head butting Lee Wilkie on half-time, Dundee should have been comfortably ahead by then anyway.

They had missed a penalty and past up numerous openings as they swept United aside. However, with Dundee's dreadful home record in mind, very few of their fans were comfortable until the home side eventually scored the three goals their domination deserved to finally kill off United.

In fairness to the visitors, United manager Paul Sturrock committed all three substitutes just five minutes after Willie Falconer opened the scoring and switched to a brave 3-4-2 formation. This certainly opened the game up, but it was the home side who took advantage.

It can never be said there is nothing at stake in a derby game. However, with no relegation threat this was a splendid open encounter, even if it was one-sided for long spells.

Dundee, who seemed quicker and more determined all afternoon, had a glorious chance to take the lead in the first half when Easton. brought down Boyack in the box. However, Billio shot wide from the spot.

When the far-side linesman spotted Ferraz assaulting Wilkie as United lined up to defend a Boyack free-kick, referee McCluskey administered a red card after a quick conflab.

Four minutes after the break, Dundee deservedly went ahead when the referee allowed good advantage with Easton pulling Boyack's jersey. The ball was played first to Grady, then Artero and from the Spaniard's cross, Willie Falconer powered in a header via the underside of the bar.

Next up came a goal courtesy of some wonderful skill by Gavin Rae, who nutmegged Telesnikov before releasing Boyack. When his cross finally arrived in the box, half-time sub James Grady glanced a stunning header beyond Combe.

Dundee wrapped up a memorable afternoon when Grady returned a Boyack corner to the six-yard box where Falconer was unmarked to head home.

In fairness, United's heads never went down despite being outplayed for long spells. At the end of the day, though, the visitors had no answer to an inspired home side which had superb service from Wilkie, Boyack, Artero, Billio and Rae.

As well as Ferraz's red card, United had Partridge and Easton yellow-carded.

Man of the Match - PATRIZIO BILLIO. The Italian pulled all the strings for Dundee in the midfield.

Match report written by The Sunday Post



Squad Statistics (as at May 6th, 2000)


1999-00 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)28 37 - 118 -
Lee Maddison27 19 - 702
Barry Smith26 35 - 1771
Lee Wilkie20 25 - 25 -
Steven Tweed27 372483
Patrizio Billio26 161161
Gavin Rae22 3841027
Javier Artero25 8181
Steven Boyack23 393475
Francisco Luna28 7373
Willie Falconer34 34166920
Willie Miller (sub)30 14 - 43 -
Hugh Robertson (sub)25 262553
James Grady (sub)29 32710428






League Table (as at May 6th, 2000)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


The last home match against Kilmarnock was particularly disappointing. Our defeat in that came on the back of two excellent results at Parkhead and Pittodrie and yet again we let ourselves and our fans down on home territory.

The problem was that we simply didn't create a sufficient number of goalscoring opportunities, and combined with giving away soft goals made for a very unsatisfactory afternoon.

Our intention at Ibrox the following week, was to try and spoil Rangers party and for the first forty-five minutes, we looked as though we might well do that.

However, a goal, and a dubious one from our point of view, early in the second half, was followed quickly by a second and we eventually ended up losing 3-0.

Perhaps the most ironic thing about the game at Ibrox was that, not only did I think that we played reasonably well, but we probably created. more chances against Rangers in this match than in any of the three previous meetings against the champions, yet, this was the only game in which we failed to score against them!

No matter that the pressure of relegation may be lifted, there is still a lot to play for in the final three games, all of which are at home.

Rest assured, we will be doing out utmost to collect the nine points available so that we can improve, not only on our poor home record, but climb one or two places up the table..

This afternoon we face the team immediately above us in the table - Dundee United.

And this is a fixture in which we have a lot of making up to do, having lost all three previous encounters this season.

Most galling was that in two of those games, we deserved more, but lost out to late winners. So the first priority this afternoon is that we the concentrate for the entire ninety minutes. and ensure there are no slip ups as in the two Tannadice derbies.

And with that fear of relegation now lifted, we should be able to approach this afternoon's derby in a more. relaxed frame of mind than we have gone into some of our home matches.

Certainly, having only won twice in the league all season, we are due to give our fans something to cheer about and with three home games with which to finish the season, that is a target which we will be striving to achieve, starting, hopefully, with this afternoon's derby.