Aberdeen 2
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


Aberdeen 

2 - 2

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 20th, 2003
Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 10,354
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Russell Anderson (42)
Lee Wilkie (o.g.) (59)
Tom Hutchinson (45)
Nacho Novo (52)

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. David Preece
15. Kevin Rutkiewicz
5. Russell Anderson
24. Scott Morrison
29. Markus Heikkinen
27. Zander Diamond
8. Steve Tosh
14. Chris Clark
7. Leigh Hinds
18. Richard Foster
9. Scott Booth
Julian Speroni .1
Jonay Hernández .16
Tom Hutchinson .4
David Mackay .3
Lee Mair .19
Brent Sancho .18
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .6
Garry Brady .26
Mark Fotheringham .30
Nacho Novo .17

Bench
23. Ryan Esson
22. Scott Muirhead
11. Darren Mackie
19. David Zdrilic
10. Paul Sheerin
John McCafferty .35
Callum MacDonald .27
Dougie Cameron .34
Bobby Linn .33
Duncan McLean

Substitutions
Paul Sheerin for Zander Diamond (44)
Darren Mackie for Ricky Foster (67)
David Zdrilic for Leigh Hinds (73)
Bobby Linn for Lee Mair (73)

Cautions
Zander Diamond (10) Mark Fotheringham (53)
Brent Sancho (71)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)




Match Report


Dundee and Aberdeen defied horrendous weather to serve up a fine match at Pittodrie. With rain lashing down on the back of an ice-cold wind, it was hard work for the players. On the balance of play in a match in which fortune swung both ways that result was about right and there were no complaints from either manager afterwards.

Aberdeen had taken the lead with an Anderson header finishing off a fine free kick from home youngster Scott Morrison three minutes before the break but Dundee struck back straight away to level just before the interval. Lee Mair's free kick being missed by the whole defence before Tom Hutchinson swept home his first goal for Dundee. The second half again saw two goals in double quick time, with Dundee going ahead only to be pegged back.

Given their record of recent years it was something of an event when Dundee completed a double of set piece goals in the same match, Wilkie flicking on Mackay's ball into the box and Novo reacting quickly to fire a left foot shot high into the net. Dundee were ahead for only six minutes though and it was a poor
goal to lose defensively. Aberdeen won possession thirty yards out despite several Dundee players having the opportunity to clear their lines as Hinds raced into the right of the box, the Dens defence were struggling to cover. His shot from fifteen yards was well struck, but any chance Speroni had disappeared as Wilkie threw a despairing boot in the way and got enough contact to turn the striker's effort past the keeper.

Julian was unfortunate to be beaten there, but he'd done more than his fair share in keeping Dundee in the match in the first period, pulling off fine saves from Anderson, Clark and Anderson again. Nacho Novo was paired with Mark Fotheringham up front and the two combined to provide Dave Mackay with Dundee's best chance of the opening period, the ex Celtic player laying a lovely ball into the path of the full back only for his shot to sail over the bar. Preece too was called into action twice saving well from Novo.

Substitute Paul Sheerin came closest in the latter stages for the Dons but it was Dundee who ended the match attacking although they couldn't capitalise on a series of late comers-three Dundee goals from set pieces in the same match would have been too much to hope for.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at December 20th, 2003)


2003-04 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)24 23 - 90 -
Jonay Hernández24 17 - 541
Tom Hutchinson21 81211
David Mackay22 21 - 822
Lee Mair23 221562
Brent Sancho26 7 - 7 -
Barry Smith29 2313333
Lee Wilkie23 2331136
Garry Brady27 20 - 531
Mark Fotheringham19 9292
Nacho Novo24 23156624
Bobby Linn (sub)18 101101






League Table (as at December 20th, 2003)


No league table has been added for this season.