Dundee 1
Heart of Midlothian 1
League (Premier League)

1 - 1

League (Premier League)
Sunday, August 27th, 2000
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,779
3:00 PM Kick-off

Fabian Caballero (57)
Colin Cameron (pen.) (86)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Jim Jeffries

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
6. Steven Tweed
20. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
18. Javier Artero
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
19. Patrizio Billio
29. Alessandro Romano
12. Shaun McSkimming
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
Antti Niemi .26
Steven Pressley .2
Gary Naysmith .3
Gary Locke .4
Steve Fulton .8
Colin Cameron .10
Thomas Flogel .14
Lee Makel .16
Gary McSwegan .7
Scott Severin .19
Juanjo Perez .20

3. Jamie Langfield
22. Chris Coyne
8. Ivano Bonetti
16. Michael Yates
11. Willie Falconer
Gilles Rousset .1
Grant Murray .12
Fitzroy Simpson .18
Darren Jackson .11
Kris O'Neil .30

Ivano Bonetti for Giorgi Nemsadze (46)
Michael Yates for Javier Artero (90)
Kris O'Neil for Gary McSwegan (60)
Darren Jackson for Gary Locke (60)
Lee Makel for Grant Murray (76)

Giorgi Nemsadze (36)
Patrizio Billio (77)
Ivano Bonetti (85)
Steven Tweed (86)
Gary McSwegan (36)
Thomas Flogel (55)
Juanjo Perez (74)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Referee)
Joe McDowall & Kevin Toner (Assistants)

Match Report

Hearts manager Jim Jefferies headed back across the Forth last night with a fortuitous point in his pocket and a war of words left behind at Dens Park.

The Jam Tarts secured their draw by virtue of an 86th minute Colin Cameron penalty, awarded against Dundee player/boss Ivano Bonetti for pulling back Juanjo Perez in the area. And Jefferies provoked an angry response from the home camp after claiming it was fitting the Dark Blues had been deprived on victory in the manner they were.

"Justice was done in the way we got the penalty because they were shirt pulling on a few occasions and it was their undoing at the death," he said.

"A number of our players had their shirts pulled and there were other instances when they got away with dives.

"But I'm not complaining about the way Dundee play or making an issue of it. They have brought foreign players in and that's the way they are. They don't like people getting away from them.

Jefferies remarks, predictably, did not sit well with Bonetti, who has already hit out at opposition players and managers questioning the integrity of his foreign legion, or Fabian Caballero, whose fifth goal of the season the spot-kick cancelled out.

"I think he (Jefferies) is looking for a big excuse to disguise the fact his team are in trouble," said the Dens boss, one of four Dundee players and seven overall to be cautioned in the course of the match.

"No way should he be talking like this and it really surprises me that this person can show no respect to the referee who is the judge of these things but maybe he is saying "we drew because they cheated" so he does not have to face the truth.

"Hearts are a big club, with good players and are meant to have the potential to be the third force in Scottish football. But we were much better than them today and I am really angry I made the mistake I did.

"I tried to head the ball wide but instead is spun into his path. I was late to recover and although I did touch him a little he was very crafty."

Caballero was as incensed. "It is difficult to understand what Mr Jefferies is talking about," he said.

"I think he must have been looking at the game as Hearts manager not a neutral. I could speak all day about who had most fouls against them but the fact is only one player (Juanjo) was booked for diving and he was on the Hearts team!"

If anything Caballero felt whistler Kenny Clark had done Dundee few favours.

"It was difficult to play with this referee," he said.

"On one occasion he gave a foul against me when I did not touch the defender and there were other decisions he penalised us with."

Dundee, were decidedly out of sorts in the first half, yet still had the best chance to score-Caballero being put clean through by Georgi Nemsadze only to miscontrol, allowing Antti Niemi to block.

That apart, the nearest. they came to scoring was when Steven Tweed and Juan Sara combined from a free-kick to allow Nemsadze to thunder in a 20-yard drive which Niemi managed to push up and away.

Hearts fared no better in their attempts to find the net, with Gary McSwegan squandering their best chance by shooting straight at Robert Douglas after Tweed miscued a clearance.

And a fine save from Douglas prevented the Dark Blues' all-Scots defence from being breached by a Gary Naysmith thunderbolt.

However, with Bonetti on for the injured Nemsadze it was a different hom performance altogether in the second-half.

Early on, Niemi and Stephen Pressley combined to thwart Sara, but they were helpless to stop Dundee from taking the lead in the 57th minute.

Bonetti fed Caballero on the left and the Argentinian cut inside two defenders before curling the ball past the diving Niemi and into the far corner.

The Jam Tarts' response was a positive one and only a goal-line block from Douglas, which denied Locke, and a poor finish from Colin Cameron preserved the Dark Blues' lead.

Former Verona, Genoa and Napoli midfielder Alessandro Romano (30) playing as a trialist although he signed a one-year contract yesterday-showed there was more to his game than just sitting in front of the back four when he put Caballero away on the right with a cracking pass, which allowed the Argentinian to set up Javier Artero to fire just wide from 16 yards.

Then Sara sprung the offside trap, his indecisive cut-back eventually finding Caballero who blasted over.

Set against that background, it came as a surprise that Hearts managed to snatch the point they did.

And Caballero certainly felt there was little justice in the outcome. "We created quite a few chances in the second half and should have closed thebgame," he groaned.

"With that chance in the first half I should have had two goals not just one. But if I was guaranteed to score one and miss one every game, I wouldn't mind."

Bonetti and Perez were joined in the book by Dundee's Nemsadze, Tweed, Patrizio Billio, and Hearts McSwegan and Thomas Flogel.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at August 27th, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)28 6 - 126 -
Barry Smith26 6 - 1851
Lee Wilkie20 21291
Steven Tweed28 6 - 563
Shaun McSkimming30 3 - 907
Alessandro Romano30 1 - 1 -
Patrizio Billio26 51232
Giorgi Nemsadze28 6 - 6 -
Javier Artero25 51142
Fabian Caballero22 5555
Juan Sara23 6262
Ivano Bonetti (sub) - 3 - 3 -
Michael Yates (sub)20 5 - 111

League Table (as at August 27th, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

On Wednesday evening we advanced to the next round of the CIS insurance Cup by beating Montrose in comfortable enough style with Fabian Caballero's two goals, the highlight of the evening.

Thursday's CIS Insurance Cup draw has handed us a quick return to Paisley where, of course, we floundered last Saturday in what was a disappointing display by a number of our players.

Our experienced men require to dig that little bit deeper when things do not go our way as happened against St Mirren.

Equally frustrating was our failure to put way any of the several chances which we created in the early stages of the match, but that will happen now and again.

Indeed, as we build a side here, inconsistency is something which we will have to live with.

All we can do is persevere until things do come right and that means concentrating when the opposition put you under pressure and defend intelligently until you can change the course of the game. Even in our last home game against Dunfermline which we won, we didn't play particularly well during the first half, but improved markedly after the break.

I was also happy with the way we played at Easter Road before Fabian Caballero was sent off, but after his departure we were up against it because Hibs are a very good side.

That and defeat at Love Street are obviously set backs to our plans, but because we won the first two games does not mean we are the best. team in the league, and conversely, losing our last couple of games does not mean we are the team.

The fact is that we have a lot of good players at the club and we are very capable of winning many more games.

However, I know that will not be easy this afternoon against a Hearts side which hasn't fared as well as they, or most people, would have expected so far this season.

That, however, will only make them all the more determined to notch their first win and means that we will have to work very hard, and be at our best, if we are to make it nine points from our opening five games which would, given all the changes here, make it a very good start to our season indeed.