Dundee 0
Heart of Midlothian 1
Scottish Cup (4th Round Replay)

0 - 1

Scottish Cup (4th Round Replay)
Wednesday, March 7th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,155
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Robert Tomaschek (72)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
1. Marco Roccati
22. Chris Coyne
5. Marco De Marchi
4. Marcello Marrocco
2. Barry Smith
6. Steven Tweed
18. Javier Artero
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
14. Gavin Rae
33. Claudio Caniggia
9. Juan Sara
Anti Niemi .26
Stephen Pressley .2
Austin McCann .3
Colin Cameron .10
Thomas Flogel .14
Lee Makel .16
Gordon Durie .17
Scott Severin .19
Robert Tomaschek .21
Steven Boyack .22
Andy Kirk .24

3. Jamie Langfield
26. Walter Del Rio
25. Beto Carranza
28. Marco Russo
11. Willie Falconer
Roddy McKenzie .13
Grant Murray .12
Kieran McAnespie .25
Robbie Neilson .29
Juanjo .20

Beto Carranza for Marcello Marrocco (75)
Juanjo for Scott Severin (46)
Robbie Neilson for Steven Boyack (60)

Marcello Marrocco

Red Cards
Marco De Marchi
Match Officials

High Dallas (Referee)
Jim McBride & Stuart Macaulay (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee will parade new signings, highly rated Georgian international defender Zura Khizanishvili (19) and Ausltralian midfielder Mark Robertson (23), at lunchtime today after the pair agreed three-year deals with the club.

But that event will be overshadowed by an announcement from Dens concerning the future plans for the club of manager Ivano Bonetti-plans which look certain not to involve Marco de Marchi, who appears to have played his last game for the Dens Park outfit. The new boys were to have been introduced to the crowd prior to last night's Tennents Scottish Cup replay but that plan was KO'd by superstitious Bonetti.

As a player with Atalanta and Grimsby, Bonetti had seen new arrivals unveiled in similar circumstances and the matches that followed ending in defeat, so he vetoed the idea.

His concern was unfounded, however, for 10-man Dundee crashed out of the competition in any case, losing this fourth round replay to a 72nd minute Robert Tomaschek goal.

British passport holder Robertson arrives at Dens following spells with Burn ley and Swindon while the capture of Khizanishvili, a close pal of Georgi Nem sadze, is being regarded at Dens as some thing of a coup given he was valued by his last club Lokomotiv Tiblisi at £5million.

Khizanishvili's pedigree-he has won 10 full caps already-is such that it is understood a clause has been written into the contract, the sealing of which is sub ject to the granting of a work permit, allowing him the right to move on after 18 months should Dundee receive a particular seven figure offer for his services.

However long Khizanishvili is with the club, it is highly unlikely he'll line up alongside de Marchi even though the Italian still has two years left on his contract. The Dark Blues were forced to play most of the match short-handed after de Marchi got himself sent off after 34 minutes for an act of unpardonable folly which undoubtedly played a major part in the outcome of the game.

De Marchi became the 12th Dundee player to be red-carded this season on the say so of linesman Stuart Macaulay for aiming a kick at Lee Makel-as referee John Underhill was in the course of booking Makel for a shocking challenge on Gavin Rae!

Underhill failed to spot the misdemeanour, which amounted to retaliation for Makel stepping on de Marchi's foot, but the eagle-eyed Macaulay did not and if the former Vitesse Arnhem man's days at Dens weren't numbered before, they are now.

"I have seen the incident on TV and the referee was right," seethed Bonetti. "It was a stupid thing for such an experienced player to do.

"All the hard work we had done on the training ground in preparation for the game was left counting for nothing and I am very, very angry.

"Marco will be fined for sure but let me sleep on this before I say any more.

"What happens on the pitch does not lie. And what I saw tonight tells me there is something wrong within my group-I must do something about that.

"Someone is going to pay."

That someone will be De Marchi, although Bonetti indicated others may follow him out the door as, with a view to next season, he "turns the page" as he put it.

The timing of the dismissal could not have been worse, for having given best to Hearts for much of the opening period, Dundee had begun to assert themselves, going close to netting twice in the space of as many minutes just before.

First a fantastic Claudio Caniggia run from inside his own half was polished off with a terrific cross, Barry Smith's knock down of which demanded the attention of both Antti Niemi and Scott Severin, the former parrying the ball before the latter hoofed it to safety.

Then Caniggia, put clean through by Juan Sara, was denied by a Niemi block which saw the ball rebound to Rae whose header from the edge of the area was knocked off the line by Thomas Flogel.

Hearts were denied early in the second half by a Marco Roccati tip over of a Tomaschek drive and might have punished hesistancy on the part of Roccati who should have dealt with a Gordon Durie pass but allowed Gary Kirk to get a touch which, to his relief, directed the ball wide.

In between those incidents however, Niemi had to rush from his box to clear a Caniggia attempt to latch onto a fine through ball from Nemsadze.

With an hour gone former Dark Blues midfielder Steven Boyack, whose every touch had been greeted by booing, was replaced by Robbie Neilson.

That substitution paid decisive dividends for the Jam Tarts for 12 minutes later Neilson crossed from the right for the unmarked Tomaschek to beat a suspect Roccati at his near post with a downward header from 10 yards.

Hearts might have secured a more comfortable winning margin for in the latter stages a curling effort from Flogel wasn't far away from counting. Roccati had to produce a fine stop to thwart Juanjo and Makel almost caught out the keeper from 30 yards.

They were very nearly taken to extra time however for in pursuit of an equaliser, Nemsadze almost sneaked a curling right foot free-kick, from an unlikely angle, under the crossbar and from the Beto Carranza corner that Niemi conceded in denying the Georgian, Chris Coyne powered in a header which landed on the roof of the net.

Marcello Marrocco and Juanjo were both yellow carded for a flare up.

"I have got to be happy at the way things turned out and pleased at the way my players kept going right to the end, commented Tynecastle boss Craig Levein.

"We were labouring a bit against Dundee's 10 men who I must say worked exceptionally hard, that's why I made the substitution. Sometimes these things work for you."

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at March 7th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 20 - 20 -
Chris Coyne22 15 - 15 -
Marco De Marchi - 19 - 19 -
Marcello Marrocco31 24 - 24 -
Barry Smith27 34 - 2131
Steven Tweed28 321824
Javier Artero25 323414
Giorgi Nemsadze28 321321
Gavin Rae23 28313211
Claudio Caniggia34 207207
Juan Sara24 28142814
Beto Carranza (sub)28 182182

League Table (as at March 7th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

As any of the large number of Dundee fans who travelled to Tynecastle saw, there was very little to choose between the two teams in the first meeting and I think that a draw was, in all probability, a fair reflection on proceedings.

Things looked to be going our way when Marco Roccati made a great penalty save because it was midway through the first half and it stopped them scoring to get back into it.

After started very well, we had a chance to score a second after Juan Sara's opener.

Having said that, we expected Hearts to come back at us, and obviously, they took many risks in the second half, and several of our players were not 100% fit and I have to say thank you to them and to the rest of my players.

Steven Tweed, Marcello Marrocco and Alberto Carranza were particularly badly affected. Chris Coyne had been ill and a couple of the others like Claudio also had knocks, but they battled so bravely to get us a draw and we worked very hard in what was an exciting game.

And that is the background to this evening's replay.

Since then we have, of course, lost at home to Dunfermline and Rangers with the defeat by the Ibrox side particularly disappointing given the two penalties we missed.

However, it did prove that we have the quality in our ranks match the best. In fact, I would say, with the exception of the Dunfermline game, I have been happy with our performances of late. The difference last Saturday at Perth was that we took our chances.

At the interval when we found ourselves trailing, I told the players to show more aggression and they responded, producing some lovely football. Gavin Rae, who scored such a wonderful goal worked very hard and was a tremendous influence on his colleagues, but it was a good team effort with Artero doing very well for us up front.

We have always believed in our ability and that win over St Johnstone ensures qualifying for a place in the top six remains a distinct possibiltiy. For the moment, however, all our thoughts are trained on the Scottish Cup.

Fortunately, we are in better shape injury-wise that before the first meeting. Whilst we are without both Beto Carranza and Garrido, it does. look as though Marcello Marrocco will be able to return to help offset their absence.

It should be wonderful for the fans in Dundee to see this cup replay and I have no doubt they will create a great atmosphere.

After drawing at Tynecastle, provided, that we play to our potential, we have an excellent chance to make the progress that everyone connected. with the club wants to see.