Dundee 2
Aberdeen 2
League (Premier League)

2 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 23rd, 2000
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,093
3:00 PM Kick-off

Beto Carranza 
Juan Sara 

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Marco Roccati
5. Marco De Marchi
6. Steven Tweed
4. Marcello Marrocco
2. Barry Smith
10. Georgi Nemsadze
14. Gavin Rae
25. Beto Carranza
18. Javier Artero
33. Claudio Caniggia
9. Juan Sara

3. Jamie Langfield
22. Chris Coyne
12. Shaun McSkimming
15. Steve Milne
16. Michael Yates

Shaun McSkimming for Javier Artero
Steve Milne for Juan Sara

None. None.

Red Cards
Claudio Caniggia
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Neil Brand & Willie Dishington (Assistants)
John Fleming (Fourth Official)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at December 23rd, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK) - 9 - 9 -
Marcello Marrocco - 19 - 19 -
Steven Tweed28 221724
Marco De Marchi - 16 - 16 -
Barry Smith26 23 - 2021
Beto Carranza - 9292
Gavin Rae23 1811229
Georgi Nemsadze - 221221
Javier Artero25 222313
Juan Sara - 209209
Claudio Caniggia - 105105
Shaun McSkimming (sub)30 10 - 977
Steve Milne (sub)20 113133

League Table (as at December 23rd, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Lapses in concentration have cost us dearly of late.

Coming hard upon the heels of the injury time goal which saw us drop two points against St Johnstone, another last minute counter deprived us of a what would have been a well deserved point against Celtic, the league leaders, in our last home game.

Inevitably, when people saw that we were two down at one stage against Kilmarnock, they must assumed that we were not playing well, but that was far from being the case.

Indeed, we performed every bit as well against Kilmarnock as we had done in the first half against Celtic.

But, once again defensive lapses cost us goals, the only difference being that this time there was plenty of time in which to retrieve the situation.

At the interval last week, there was a great deal of anger in the dressing room that we had been on top, yet found ourselves trailing.

And that annoyance transformed itself into determination not to lose any more points, and despite conceding another goal early in the second half, we carried on working hard which enabled us to collect three very valuable points.

My goal started the fight back and put pressure on Kilmarnock with Beto Caranzza and Javier Artero supplying excellent passes from which Steven Milne got the goals which enabled us to win the game.

Naturally, I was very pleased with the victory, but was equally encouraging was that it was accomplished without the services of Claudio Caniggia, demonstrating that whilst he is an outstanding member of the team, we do have several other players of a high quality as the standard of our performance demonstrated.

Now as we prepare for the demanding festive programme, ensuring there is no repeat of the lapses in concentration has been the main focus in training this week, because if you don't give away silly goals as we have been prone to do of late, the better the results will be.

To kick off the hectic holiday fixture list of four matches in eight days we welcome Aberdeen.

Though they had a bad result last week, there is no way that we will be treating them likely.

If anything, that 6-0 defeat by Celtic will make them even more determined to get a result here.

Already this season, we have suffered at the hands of a side smarting from a defeat because when Hearts beat us, they had just lost heavily to Hibs.

We intend to make sure the same thing doesn't happen again because now is the time to make a big push for the top half of the league placing for which we are aiming.

Our fans are very special to us and we all readily acknowledge the major part they have played in helping the team through the first half of the season and together we can make that happen.

There is no doubt that your backing is in the top six in the country, now the players and I must make sure that team finishes in the top six.

Finally, can I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.