Heart of Midlothian 2
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


Hearts 

2 - 0

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Sunday, May 20th, 2001
Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 13,554
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Stephane Adam (52)
Colin Cameron (70)
None.

Team Managers
Craig Levein Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
26 Antti Niemi
3. Austin McCann
4. Kevin McKenna
23. Andy Webster
29. Robbie Neilson
19. Scott Severin
21. Robert Tomaschek
22. Steven Boyack
10. Colin Cameron
24. Andy Kirk
9. Stephane Adam
Jamie Langfield .3
Lee Wilkie .20
Chris Coyne .22
Barry Smith .2
Walter Del Rio .26
Beto Carranza .25
Alessandro Romano .29
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Beto Garrido .36
Mark Robertson .23
Fabian Caballero .7

Bench
12. Grant Murray
18. Steve Fulton
15. Gary Wales
13. Roddy McKenzie
37. Stephen Simmons
Derek Soutar
Gavin Rae .14
Umberto Fatello
Juan Sara .9
Steven Milne .15

Substitutions
Gary Wales for Andy Kirk (62)
Steve Fulton for Steven Boyack (64)
Grant Murray for Andy Webster (85)
Juan Sara for Mark Robertson (50)
Steven Milne for Beto Carranza (74)
Gavin Rae for Alessandro Romano (77)

Cautions
None. Beto Carranza (73)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Referee)



Match Report


With Dundee's players failing to oblige, it was left to the fans to supply a suitably colourful finale to one of the club's most entertaining seasons in recent memory.

dSecond-half goals from Stephane Adam and Colin Cameron consigned the Dark Blues to a defeat all too predictable for anyone who had watched them fail to win any of the pair's five previous league and cup encounters over the 2000/01 campaign.

Nevertheless, the memory of the good times experienced over the past 10 months, coupled with amusement at the home support's brief misapprehension that Celtic, not Kilmarnock, had scored at Rugby Park, led to a remarkable impromptu celebration.

For nearly a quarter of an hour, the 2500-strong support continuously chanted as one a display that was acknowledged by the players, many of whom ran across to them at full time to fling their jerseys into the crowd.

"They were great today, as they have been all season," said Dundee player-manager Ivano Bonetti.

"We have lost here and deserved to lose but the base is there to work with next season. There will be good times ahead, I am sure of it."

With Killie beating the champions, the victory still saw Hearts miss out on fourth place and with it a UEFA Cup place. Celtic's makeshift side, with out nine first-team regulars including Henrik Larsson, prompted much bad feeling, with goalscorer Adam complaining it had shown a complete lack of respect.

Had things turned out differ ently, Killie could have had no complaint with Dundee for their side was a very familiar one. With Zura Khizanishvili suspended and Gavin Rae dropped down to the substitutes bench, there were starts for Lee Wilkie and Beto Garrido but other than that it was business as usual.

Hearts, who included former Dark Blue Steven Boyack in their 11, attempted to stamp their authority on the game from the off but were initially frustrated, with the visitors quick to go on the offensive.

Austin McCann was forced to head away a dangerous curling free kick from Georgi Nemsadze, while keeper Antti Niemi was a relieved man to see Alessandro Romano's driven shot from the edge of the box fly over his crossbar.

With Cameron industrious in the middle of the park, they edged their way into the game and nearly grabbed an early lead when Kevin McKenna got on to the end of a Boyack corner but headed just wide.

They went even closer on the half hour when a scrambled move involving Robbie Neilson and Andy Kirk conjured up a glorious chance for Adam at the back post. The French striker had the whole of the goal to aim at but somehow contrived to send his shot straight into the legs of Wilkie.

Beto Carranza, so effective in the victory at Celtic Park, had his moments again, notably a fine run finished off with a low drive that didn't miss by much.

Dundee's other Beto, Garrido, also pushed for ward when the chance allowed and linked up nicely with Mark Robertson to send Romano in behind the Hearts defence. The angle was against the Italian, though, and he hammered the ball deep into the Gorgie stand.

The Dark Blues were made to pay for their failure to turn their pressure into something more tangible when Hearts took the lead in 52 minutes.

Boyack's corner from the left was nodded down and goal wards by McKenna and Adam pounced to make amends for his earlier miss.

The breakthrough had been preceded by an attacking gambit from Bonetti. He switched from a 4-5-1 forma tion to 4-4-2 by replacing mid fielder Mark Roberston with striker Juan Sara, though the alteration could not fairly be counted as a factor as the goal was no more than a simple set piece score.

Dundee, though, were at least a little culpable for the loss of the decisive second goal in the 70th minute.

Wilkie played the ball across the front of his goal to Barry Smith who hesitated just long enough to allow Cameron to steal in and dispossess him.

From there the ball found its way to Adam, who slung in a deep cross to the back post. McKenna headed it on to Neilson, who in turn nodded into the path of Cameron and the Scotland internationalist smashed a stunning 20-yard volley into the net.

Dundee substitute Steven Milne came close to grabbing a consolation for his side in the final few minutes when he ghosted in at the backpost to prod a Smith cross goalwards only to see Niemi clear with his foot at the last second.

Carranza (handball) was the only booking made by referee John Rowbotham.

Match report written by The Courier



Squad Statistics (as at May 20th, 2001)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 9 - 14 -
Lee Wilkie21 111381
Walter Del Rio24 9 - 9 -
Barry Smith27 42 - 2211
Chris Coyne22 24 - 24 -
Giorgi Nemsadze29 412412
Alessandro Romano31 19 - 19 -
Beto Carranza28 263263
Mark Robertson24 5 - 5 -
Beto Garrido - 10 - 10 -
Fabian Caballero23 178178
Gavin Rae (sub)23 38414212
Juan Sara (sub)24 36173617
Steven Milne (sub)21 244264






League Table (as at May 20th, 2001)


No league table has been added for this season.