Dunfermline Athletic 2
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


Dunfermline 

2 - 0

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 22nd, 2003
East End Park
Attendance: 5,490
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Stevie Crawford (52)
Stevie Crawford (64)
None.

Team Managers
Jimmy Calderwood Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
20. Derek Stillie
15. Andy McDermott
3. Scott Wilson
6. Scott Thomson
22. David Grondin
7. Barry Nicholson
4. Darren Young
8. Gary Mason
12. Gary Dempsey
9. Stevie Crawford
10. Craig Brewster
Julian Speroni .1
Jonay Hernández .16
David Mackay .3
Lee Mair .19
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .6
Garry Brady .26
Fabian Caballero .7
Nacho Novo .17
Fabrizio Ravanelli
Juan Sara .9

Bench
1. Marco Ruitenbeek
28. Aaron Labonte
31. Billy Mehmet
11. Derek Young
2. Lee Bullen
Jamie Langfield .12
Dougie Cameron .34
Beto Carranza .7
Mark Fotheringham .30
Bobby Linn .33

Substitutions
Lee Bullen for David Grondin (84)
Derek Young for Craig Brewster (84)
Dougie Cameron for Jonay Hernández (39)
Bobby Linn for Barry Smith (76)

Cautions
None. Juan Sara (41)
Fabrizio Ravanelli (63)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)
Gordon Middleton & Steve Pullar (Assistants)
Crawford Allan (Fourth Official)



Match Report


For fifty two minutes at East End Park, Dundee, and their magnificent thousand strong support, managed to forget some of the gloom surrounding the club as the team dominated on the plastic pitch, but then a defensive slip allowed Steve Crawford to put the Pars one up and Dundee's worries came flooding back.

A headed goal 12 minutes later, again from Crawford who has been so often Dundee's nemesis, completed the scoring but it was almost incidental - that first strike had knocked the stuffing out of Dundee and their support, on another, more optimistic day they might have come back, but here it never looked likely.

The final whistle though brought applause for their team from the many Dundee fans who had stayed to the end. Those fans had sung "Dundee till I die" and "Please don't take my Dundee away" with a passion in that first half - they headed home fearful of what lies ahead for the club they love.

The mood was already dark and blue as the team arrived in Fife with the spectre of administration hanging over the club. Dundee arrived without Scotland midfielder Gavin Rae, who suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury during that international hammering by the Netherlands.

Dunfermline boss Jimmy Calderwood recalled Barry Nicholson and David Grondin and they replaced Aaron Labonte and Lee Bullen in the two changes since their own heavy defeat by Celtic.

Dundee came close to opening the scoring when Juan Sara lost his marker at the back post, but saw his header cleared off the line by Scott Wilson.

Ravanelli tested Derek Stillie with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area that was turned wide by the goalkeeper's fingertips. However, the Pars hit back and goalkeeper Julian Speroni did superbly to claw a Barry Nicholson drive off the line after it took a wicked deflection.

The home side appeared to have taken the lead when a Nicholson shot was charged down inside the box and the ball was driven home by Crawford, but the linesman flagged for an infringement.

At the other end, Dundee had what looked like a justifiable claim for at least obstruction when Sara appeared to be blocked by Scott Thomson in the six-yard box.

Gary Dempsey sent in a powerful low drive that could have worried Speroni if it had not been deflected by Barry Smith on to the roof of the Dundee net.

Taking control early in the second half, the Pars opened the scoring after 52 minutes. Darren Young found Crawford unmarked on the edge of the area and the Scotland striker twisted past his marker before driving the ball into the corner of the net from 16 yards. Crawford claimed his second after 64 minutes, meeting Nicholson's free-kick into the box to head home powerfully from 16 yards.

With the Dark Blues' spirit now broken, Young was denied a goal of his own when the ball broke to the midfielder inside the box and Speroni did well to block the shot. By then though, the result was academic as the minds of the Dundee fans turned towards the impending hammer blow of administration.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at November 22nd, 2003)


2003-04 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)24 18 - 85 -
Jonay Hernández24 12 - 491
David Mackay22 16 - 772
Lee Mair22 17 - 511
Barry Smith29 1813283
Lee Wilkie23 1831086
Garry Brady27 15 - 481
Fabian Caballero25 15 - 11325
Nacho Novo24 18136122
Fabrizio Ravanelli34 6363
Juan Sara27 15110635
Dougie Cameron (sub)20 2 - 2 -
Bobby Linn (sub)18 5 - 5 -






League Table (as at November 22nd, 2003)


No league table has been added for this season.