St Mirren 2
Dundee 1
League (Premier League)

St Mirren 

2 - 1


League (Premier League)
Saturday, February 3rd, 2001
Love Street
Attendance: 4,197
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Rudden (40)
Moussa Dagnogo (84)
Juan Sara (25)

Team Managers
Tom Hendrie Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
17. Ludovic Roy
18. Sergei Baltacha
4. Tommy Turner
7. Scott Walker
14. Paul Rudden
2. Iain Nicolson
19. Scott McKenzie
12. Gary Bowman
3. Chris Kerr
21. Jose Quitongo
11. Mark Yardley
Marco Roccati .1
Chris Coyne .22
Barry Smith .2
Steven Tweed .6
Javier Artero .18
Beto Carranza .25
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Gavin Rae .14
Alessandro Romano .29
Claudio Caniggia .33
Juan Sara .9

40. Joe Nellis
29. Keiran Gallagher
5. Moussa Dagnogo
10. Ricky Gillies
7. Hugh Murray
Jamie Langfield .3
Walter Del Rio .26
Marco Russo .28
Willie Falconer .11
Steven Milne .15

Hugh Murray for Paul Rudden (59)
Ricky Gillies for Scott McKenzie (59)
Moussa Dagnogo for Jose Quitongo (79)
Marco Russo for Beto Carranza
Steven Milne for Marco Russo

None. Juan Sara (25)
Giorgi Nemsadze (35)
Juan Sara (35)
Claudio Caniggia (67)
Steven Tweed (89)

Red Cards
None. Juan Sara (35)

Match Officials

D. Somers (Referee)

Match Report

Although he was on the field for only 35 minutes, Dundee's Argentine striker Juan Sara was, without a doubt, the biggest influence on the final outcome. Scorer of an absolute gem of a goal, he was then promptly booked for his exuberant celebrations.

Alas, he failed to heed the warning and, 10 minutes later, in a joust with Turner, he flicked the ball away with his hand. This left referee Somers with no option but to produce another yellow and then a red card for possibly a technically correct but totally bizarre ordering-off.

At that moment, the tide turned, ultimately resulting in a fighting victory for Tom Hendrie's side their first in 13 league games.

But back to that goal. Having missed a golden chance earlier when he shot wide from eight yards, Sara soon redeemed himself.

A sweeping move down the right ended with a Beto Carranza cross. Sara, with his back to goal, showed outstanding control as he sent the ball into the corner of the net.

With his departure, however, Saints, who had been mainly under pressure and rarely troubled Roccati's goal, came surging back into the game. Nicholson saw his shot from eight yards deflected on to the post and behind by Roccati. Kerr curled the resultant corner deep into the box, where Paul Rudden, amazingly unmarked, headed a fine equaliser.

Deep into the second half, Saints made the Dens side pay the price.

A ferocious drive from over 20 yards by Chris Kerr was parried onto the bar by Roccati, with The Buddies' French trialist Moussa Dagnogo only four minutes on the field first there to slide home the loose ball.

Great was the joy among the Paisley faithful as they celebrated their first win since October. Heroes in a fighting comeback were Turner, Nicholson and Baltacha.

For Dundee, the uphill battle for 55 minutes with 10 men proved too much. For all that, their skilful play from midfield, with Artero and Carranza outstanding, was a treat to watch,

As well as the bookings for Sara, Carranza and Tweed were also yellow carded.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at February 3rd, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 14 - 14 -
Chris Coyne22 9 - 9 -
Barry Smith26 28 - 2071
Steven Tweed28 271774
Javier Artero25 262353
Beto Carranza28 142142
Giorgi Nemsadze28 271271
Gavin Rae23 22212610
Alessandro Romano31 13 - 13 -
Claudio Caniggia34 146146
Juan Sara24 23112311
Marco Russo (sub) - 2 - 2 -
Steven Milne (sub)20 153173

League Table (as at February 3rd, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.