Partick Thistle 1
Dundee 2
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League (Premier League)
Saturday, January 17th, 2004
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 4,690
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Rowson (31) Nacho Novo (85)
Barry Smith (89)

Team Managers
Derek Whyte Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
2. David William Lilley
5. Grant Murray
32. Adrian Madaschi
6. Kenny Milne
3. Ian Ross
18. Derek Fleming
7. Jamie Mitchell
10. David Rowson
16. James Grady
27. Andy Thomson
Julian Speroni .1
Jonay Hernández .16
David Mackay .3
Lee Mair .19
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .6
Garry Brady .26
Mark Fotheringham .30
Steven Robb .21
Duncan McLean
Nacho Novo .17

22. Steven Pinkowski
21. Andy Gibson
8. Stephane Bonnes
14. John Paul McBride
15. Eddie Forrest
Derek Soutar .22
Callum MacDonald .27
Dougie Cameron .34
Neil Jablonski .24
Steven Milne .15

John Paul McBride for Derek Fleming (69)
Stephane Bonnes for Andy Thomson (72)
Eddie Forrest for David William Lilley (87)
Steven Milne for Duncan McLean (56)
Neil Jablonski for Steven Robb (87)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike Ritchie (Referee)

Match Report

The finest goal Barry Smith will ever score won Dundee a welcome three points at Firhill. Barry's thumping strike came just two minutes from time and only three minutes after Nacho Novo had silenced the boo boys in the Jackie Husband stand with a disputed equaliser.

Thistle had every right to feel aggrieved, though more for what seemed a blatant penalty that was rejected when Grady was downed minutes before Nacho's strike, rather than for their claim that Milne was offside in the build up to the goal. Dundee started with the same eleven who had drawn at Pittodrie in the cup as they took on Partick Thistle at Firhill in a match that the Glasgow side had tried to turn into a grudge match.

Jim Duffy and his men had won the battle of minds in the build up by refusing to get drawn into all the nonsense and the first half was as far from a relegation battle as could be imagined.

In fact, that period was so dull that the only highlight was David Rowson's excellent strike on the half hour to give the home side the interval lead. Wilkie headed away a comer from the left well enough but the ball fell for the former Aberdeen man 25 yards out and he took a touch before lashing a dipping shot past Speroni.

Dundee should have had someone pressuring Rowson as he got his shot away but that was the only defensive error from either side in a half which bordered on boredom.

In the home goal Jamie Langfield dealt easily with a few crosses and dived low to his right to palm Steven Robb's low free kick around the post, while at the other end Speroni, the goal apart, had even less to do. Jim Duffy obviously lifted the players a bit at half time as Dundee upped the pace at the start of the second period.

Fifteen minutes in, Novo ran at the defence and opened up some space on the left for Hernandez to cross, the ball fell to Robb and the youngster's shot had power, but Langfield was well positioned and saved. Dundee were pressing and substitute Milne fed Mackay who fired an angled drive just wide.

Former Dundee favourite James Grady was looking Thistle's best player and he cut inside in 73 minutes and fired in a shot which Speroni tipped over as the Dees tempo dropped, allowing the home team back into the match. Thistle won a succession of corners and Speroni pulled of a series of saves though only Milne's header which he tipped over seriously troubled him.

With eight minutes to go Grady picked up a pass just inside the box and spun inside only to go down under Smith's challenge, it looked a stonewall penalty but referee Mike Ritchie waved play on. Incredibly, few amongst the home players and support made much of a protest, but they would be in a rage soon afterwards as Dundee drew level.

With five minutes left Mark Fotheringham twisted and turned in midfield as he looked for a team- mate in space, Lee Wilkie provided that option and he picked up Fozzy's pass and rampaged forward before sliding a fine ball to Milne, the striker controlled and slid a perfect pass square to Novo who lashed the ball home from six yards.

The Thistle players surrounded the linesman to protest that Milne had been offside when Wilkie had hit the through ball, but their protests were waved away as the Dundee support behind that goal cranked up the volume in celebration.

Up to that point, Dundee had rarely looked like scoring, but as the home side's confidence collapsed the Dees stormed forward in waves. That new found ambition was rewarded when Brady picked out Hernandez on the left and the Venezuelan international curled in a testing cross which Langfield could only punch under pressure. His contact was good enough, but it fell perfectly for Barry Smith thirty yards from goal and the Dens skipper thumped an unstoppable drive back past his former colleague.

It was a cruel moment from the Thistle debutant keeper, as he had previously dealt well with everything thrown.

The Dundee support were now dancing and singing as they celebrated victory, the awful nature of the early stages of this match forgotten, and they set off back to Tayside ready to party long and loud at the evening's Jump the Q concert in aid of Dee4Life.

In contrast the Thistle support slunk away convinced that they had been robbed.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at January 17th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 27 - 94 -
Jonay Hernández24 21 - 581
David Mackay22 25 - 862
Lee Mair23 251592
Barry Smith29 2723374
Lee Wilkie23 2731176
Garry Brady27 24 - 571
Mark Fotheringham20 132132
Steven Robb21 3 - 15 -
Duncan McLean20 6161
Nacho Novo24 27167025
Neil Jablonski (sub)20 4 - 6 -
Steven Milne (sub)23 2 - 9717

League Table (as at January 17th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.