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League (Premier League)

Dundee Utd 

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League (Premier League)
Sunday, October 26th, 2003
Tannadice Park
Attendance: 12,767
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jim McIntyre (56) Nacho Novo (pen.) (20)

Team Managers
Iain McCall Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Paul Gallacher
3. Jim Paterson
25. Chris Innes
21. Mark Wilson
19. David McCracken
5. Alan Archibald
4. Derek McInnes
22. Andy McLaren
18. Craig Easton
10. Jim McIntyre
14. Billy Dodds
Julian Speroni .1
David Mackay .3
Lee Wilkie .6
Barry Smith .2
Lee Mair .19
Jonay Hernández .16
Gavin Rae .8
Garry Brady .26
Nacho Novo .17
Fabian Caballero .7
Fabrizio Ravanelli

24. Paul Jarvie
2. Danny Griffin
11. Barry Robson
7. Mark Kerr
16. Owen Coyle
Jamie Langfield .12
Mark Fotheringham .30
Craig Burley
Bobby Linn .33
Juan Sara .9

Owen Coyle for Billy Dodds (74) Craig Burley for Jonay Hernández (51)
Mark Fotheringham for Gavin Rae (70)
Juan Sara for Fabrizio Ravanelli (89)

Andy McLaren (81) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)
Jim Dunne & Stewart Shearer (Assistants)
Ian Fyfe (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Lee Mair made the starting line up but Georgi Nemsadze was missing as Dundee strolled across the road to take on their city rivals in front of the TV cameras. Barry Smith moved back into midfield with Mair taking his usual place at the back.

Dundee started with incredible pace and fine touch and as early as three minutes Gallacher was called into action, diving to his left to fingertip Caballero's thunderous angled drive round the post. Dundee almost totally dominated the first half hour and in nine minutes Ravanelli took liberties with the right side of the United defence before crossing, Novo just failing to get on the end as United scrambled it away for a comer.

It took the home side more than ten minutes to get possession in the attacking third of the field but when they did a Dodds' free header wide from McLaren's cross served notice that alertness at the back was as important as invention further up the park.

Easton dragged Fabrizio Ravanell to the ground thirty yards from goal and the Italian hit-man rose to his feet to curl the free kick narrowly wide of the target.

Dundee's pressure had to tell and it did in nineteen minutes, a delightful chipped ball from Ravanelli set Novo free and as he set himself for a shot he fouled by McCracken. The United player had denied a clear scoring opportunity and was lucky to not be sent off. It looked for a moment as if Ravanelli was indeed going to score on the telly but he handed the ball to top scorer Novo who despatched it low into the net to maintain his 100% record from the penalty spot for the Dark Blues.

United would have been delighted to hear the half time whistle, giving them an opportunity to regroup and they certainly did so to good effect, coming at Dundee from the off as the game resumed after the interval.

There was a debut for Craig Burley in fifty minutes, the midfielder replacing Jonay Hernandez, who had gone off indicating that his part in the day's proceedings was over just seconds after the restart.

Burley took a little while to settle and in that period as Dundee adjusted, to Smith's move to left back and the changes in midfield, United equalised in 56 minutes. It was a simple goal with Paterson's cross from the left finding McIntyre whose header lacked pace, but was perfectly placed to give Speroni no chance.

Two minutes later Dundee were almost ahead again after an astonishing mix up in the United defence. Caballero raced through midfield and fed Ravanelli wide on the right, he crossed and it looked an easy clutch for Gallacher only for Innes to collide with his keeper. The ball spun clear but as Caballero tried to pounce Innes recovered to scramble clear.

McLaren and Archibald tried their luck with efforts from the edge of the box as United kept up the tempo and pushed forward, but Dundee were more dangerous on their breaks upfield, in 69 minutes Caballero fired in a shot which looped off Wilson and Dundee United bounced clear off the crossbar.

A minute later there was a rarity as Gavin Rae went off injured for only the second time in his professional career. the Scotland man had tweaked a hamstring and Dundee had to reorganise again. Mark Fotheringham replaced Rae and fitted into the right side of Dundee's midfield.

With fourteen minutes to go Dundee had a decent shout for a second penalty as Caballero was downed being the meat in an Innes and Wilson sandwich at the end of a forty-yard solo run, and three minutes later Dundee were denied by a fine bit of goalkeeping from Gallacher. Fotheringham wriggled past two defenders wide on the right before sliding a ball inside to Novo, his close range effort brought a great stop from the goalie and as Ravanelli raced to pounce on the loose ball Gallacher knocked it away to safety.

That was to be Dundee's last real chance but the pace didn't drop at any point of the match and it was real and to end stuff in the closing stages. United got a lot of crosses into the box in the second half and not all of them were dealt with well by the Dundee central defence.

While Dundee had given United a football lesson in the first period they hadn't capitalised on their domination and the home sides upping of the tempo after the break had proved once again that when it comes to derbies the side with the most talent doesn't necessarily win.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 26th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 14 - 81 -
Jonay Hernández24 11 - 481
Lee Mair22 13 - 471
Barry Smith29 1413243
Lee Wilkie23 1421045
David Mackay22 12 - 732
Gavin Rae25 14324126
Garry Brady27 11 - 441
Fabian Caballero25 11 - 10925
Nacho Novo24 14115720
Fabrizio Ravanelli34 2 - 2 -
Craig Burley (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Mark Fotheringham (sub)19 3 - 3 -
Juan Sara (sub)27 11110235

League Table (as at October 26th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.