Dundee 1
St Johnstone 1
League (Premier League)

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St Johnstone 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, September 8th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,050
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Milne (3)
Darren Jackson (pen. 71)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Sandy Clark

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
4. Marcello Marrocco
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
2. Barry Smith
17. Walter Del Rio
8. Gavin Rae
14. Beto Garrido
21. Alessandro Romano
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
15. Steven Milne
7. Fabian Caballero
Alan Main .1
Grant Murray
James Weir .5
Darren Dods .2
Benito Kemble .6
Nick Dasovic .4
John Paul McBride .10
Willie Falconer .16
Darren Jackson .25
Tommy Lovenkrands .7
Keigan Parker .18

40. Paul Mathers
6. Chris Coyne
11. Mark Robertson
20. Umberto Fatello
9. Juan Sara
Kevin Cuthbert .21
Stuart McCluskey .3
Rachid Djebaili .24
Peter MacDonald .27
Paddy Connolly .14

Mark Robertson for Alessandro Romano (78)
Juan Sara for Beto Garrido (82)
Stuart McCluskey for James Weir (46)
Peter MacDonald for Keigan Parker (55)
Rachid Djebaili for Benito Kemble (80)

None. Peter MacDonald (83)
Darren Dods (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)
Alan Cunningham & Robert McKendry (Assistants)
George Thomson (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Careless Dundee dropped two points at Dens Park yesterday in a Tayside derby against St Johnstone which they controlled for long spells.

Ivano Bonetti's Dark Blues, raced into the lead after three minutes and totally dominated the first half-hour.

Even when Saints rallied and managed to get forward a bit, Dundee still looked the likelier side. But they failed to kill off their local rivals and paid the price in the second half.

Long before that, things could hardly have looked brighter for the Dens men, who had the ball in the back of the net twice in the first three minutes.

They thought they had taken the lead when Rae beat Main from the edge of the area with just two minutes gone.

Rightly, that one was chalked off for offside. But it took Dundee only a further 60 seconds to beat Main again. Caballero did well on the left and, when he crossed, Milne netted from close in.

Caballero, Rae and Milne all had further attempts to get a second. But, just after the half-hour mark, there was a warning that one goal might not be enough against the plucky Perth men.

It came when Nick Dasovic unleashed a thunderous 30-yarder which crashed off the underside of the bar and came out. That gave Saints heart and, shortly after, Darren Jackson shot just wide from outside the area.

As the game moved into the second half, however, Dundee appeared to be in control again and Milne almost got his second with a drive that flashed wide.

To their credit, the Perth men kept battling and they got their reward for not giving up with 19 minutes left. Substitute Peter McDonald got into the Dundee area. When he was brought down by Dark Blues skipper Barry Smith, referee Willie Young immediately pointed to the spot. It looked a slightly soft decision, but, in the whistler's defence, there were few Dundee protests as Jackson picked up the ball, placed it on the spot and then calmly sent the keeper the wrong way.

Dundee then threw everything forward in a bid to get the winner. But it was the visitors who squandered the best opportunity for three points. That came in injury time when a surging Lovenkrands run ended with a pass that left McDonald clear. He sliced his shot, though, and the ball flew wide.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at September 8th, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 8 - 22 -
Barry Smith27 8 - 2291
Zurab Khizanishvili19 6 - 12 -
Marcello Marrocco32 7 - 36 -
Walter Del Rio25 7 - 16 -
Giorgi Nemsadze29 61473
Alessandro Romano31 8 - 27 -
Beto Garrido - 6 - 16 -
Gavin Rae23 8115013
Fabian Caballero23 722410
Steven Milne21 81345
Mark Robertson (sub)24 5 - 10 -
Juan Sara (sub)24 844421

League Table (as at September 8th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The combination of two away games plus a break for World Cup qualifiers means that some four weeks have elapsed since our last home game with Livingston.

Unfortunately, that match also brought us a last win because difficult trips to Tynecastle and Ibrox both ended in defeat.

Against Hearts, it really was a case of shooting ourselves in the foot with some suicidal defending costing us three goals in a

disastrous five minutes spell. Even although we did look more like the part in the second half and got a goal back late on, it was far too little and far too late to have any impact on the final outcome.

Irrespective who you are playing in this league, you can't afford to give your opponents three goals of a start as we did at Tynecastle and still expect to take something from the game.

The circumstances of our Ibrox defeat were somewhat different. Firstly Rangers opened the scoring with a great goal from Michael Mols, and it was our failure to convert the chances that we created that led to our demise. Certainly I had no complaints about the quality of our football.

Indeed, when speaking to Claudio Caniggia afterwards, he was saying that Rangers could hardly believe what was going on, so well were we passing the ball about.

Unfortunately, we conceded an avoidable second goal, but the dismissal of Neil McCann with around twenty minutes left gave us a possible lifeline.

However, any chance we had of punishing ten-man Rangers was almost instantly destroyed when Beto Carranza let his teammates down by almost immediately getting

himself sent off.

All in all, despite these setbacks, am reasonably happy with the way things are going and feel that there is no danger of a repeat of tossing away the points we did last season by losing silly and costly late goals. The visit of St Johnstone last season was very much a case in


Our new central defensive partnership of Zura Khizanishvili and Walter del Rio is doing very well and one with which I am greatly encouraged.

Again we are playing some very good football and providing full value to the paying customer, but I am aware that we must improve in the consistency department.

And so far, that is one thing that we have shown at home by winning both games so far.

Whatever else we do, we must continue in that vein at Dens Park against St Johnstone this afternoon.

And so focused are we in this direction that I can assure you that as we prepare for Saints' visit, we will be disregarding their current league and approach the game in exactly the same manner as for the meeting with Celtic in a week's time.