Dundee 2
Hibernian 1
League (Premier League)

2 - 1

League (Premier League)
Friday, August 23rd, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,411
3:00 PM Kick-off

Fabian Caballero (79)
Steve Lovell (90)
Garry O'Connor (10)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Bobby Williamson

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
16. Jonay Hernández
3. David Mackay
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
14. Gavin Beith
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
8. Gavin Rae
7. Fabian Caballero
20. Barry Forbes
9. Juan Sara
Nick Colgan .1
Paul Fenwick .5
Yannick Zambernardi .4
Gary Smith .3
Derek Townsley .12
Mathias Jack .19
Grant Brebner .8
Ian Murray .15
Mixu Paatelainen .14
Tam McManus .7
Garry O'Connor .17

1. Jamie Langfield
19. Lee Mair
24. Neil Jablonski
25. Steve Lovell
15. Steven Milne
Tony Craig .30
Matthias Kouo-Doumbé .21
Jarkko Wiss .16
Frédéric Daquin .24
Kevin Nicol .13

Neil Jablonski for Gavin Beith (8)
Steve Lovell for Barry Forbes (61)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (61)
Frédéric Daquin for Tam McManus (81)
Jarkko Wiss for Derek Townsley (84)

Barry Forbes (31)
Derek Townsley (68)
Yannick Zambernardi (39)
Garry O'Connor (62)
Nick Colgan (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)
Andrew Seymour & Ricky Mooney (Assistants)
Craig Thomson (Fourth Official)

Match Report

All too often in recent seasons, the concession of a last minute goal has proved disastrous for the Dark Blues, so it is very pleasant to report that for once the boot was on the other foot.

And making debutante Steve Lovell's last-ditch winner all the sweeter was that it brought the first maximum return from an SPL contest this season.

Having said that, for a long time, this looked as though it would result in three points for the visitors.

Hibs ability to take a stranglehold on the early proceedings was aided by the unfortunate accidental clash of heads with Hibs' newcomer Zambernardi that lead to midfielder Gavin Beith having to be stretchered off. His replacement was Neil Jablonski who was making his debut and within four minutes Jim Duffy's side found themselves trailing.

Finnish striker Mixu Paatelainen was the architect for Hibs opener when he knocked down a Grant Brebner cross into the path of Garry O'Connor who rifled it home from eight yards.

Only Speroni at full stretch kept out a McManus drive five minutes into the second half, but as time wore on Dundee came more and more into the game culminating in an equaliser eleven minutes from the end.

There may have been a fair measure of good fortune surrounding it's circumstances, but for all that it was no less welcome. French defender Yannick Zambermardi's attempted clearance from inside the six-yard box under pressure from Fabian Caballero rebounded straight off the Argentinian and hurtled its way past a bemused Colgan.

Hibs were now totally on the back foot and were to pay the price for their failure to put the game beyond Dundee's reach earlier by conceding a last minute goal.

Georgi Nemsadze's corner was only partially cleared by the Easter Road rearguard and the ball fell to the feet of Steve Lovell who lashed the ball past Colgan from 12-yards to make it a debut to remember.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 23rd, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 4 - 25 -
Jonay Hernández23 4 - 4 -
David Mackay21 4 - 221
Barry Smith28 4 - 2711
Lee Wilkie22 4 - 521
Gavin Beith20 1 - 6 -
Giorgi Nemsadze30 4 - 563
Gavin Rae24 4 - 18818
Fabian Caballero24 426018
Barry Forbes - 2 - 8 -
Juan Sara25 4 - 7430
Neil Jablonski (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Steve Lovell (sub)21 1111
Steven Milne (sub)22 3 - 6511

League Table (as at August 23rd, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Results may be of paramount importance in football, but I don't think that anyone who has seen our three games this season would disagree that, we haven't had the results that our play merited.

There is no doubt that in our first home game of the season that we played very well, and particularly so in the second half.

The most galling thing being that we created plenty of chances, but unfortunately were only able to take one of them which meant that we drew a match that we deserved to win.

Certainly the players showed a great attitude and the team spirit was second to none.

Even although going to Ibrox is always a very difficult assignment, we created a few good chances and it was only when Rangers scored their second goal that they put the game beyond us.

It has to be said that last Saturday's defeat by Dunfermline was a very disappointing one. At times we played some excellent football and had one or two harsh decisions against us.

Unfortunately, whilst we did well offensively, we didn't do as well defensively which ultimately cost us the three points.

Therefore whilst there are aspects where we must improve, I don't see any reason for any despondency, particularly at such an early stage of the season.

Having said that it would be nice to get three points under our belt.

But as we welcome Hibs this afternoon, they will no doubt harbour similar sentiments given that they have had as equally as disappointing a start to the campaign as we have.

All of which means that you will have two teams going out on the park equally intent on securing their first win of the season, which augurs well for a very exciting game.