Heart of Midlothian 3
Dundee 1
League (Premier League)


3 - 1


League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 27th, 2004
Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 10,491
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Hartley (52)
Steven Pressley (pen.) (59)
Joe Hamill (67)
Steven Milne (8)

Team Managers
Craig Levein Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
13. Craig Gordon
16. Robbie Neilson
4. Steven Pressley
20. Patrick Kisnorbo
2. Alan Maybury
5. Kevin McKenna
8. Phil Stamp
14. Neil MacFarlane
18. Paul Hartley
26. Joe Hamill
17. Dennis Wyness
Julian Speroni .1
David Mackay .3
Lee Mair .19
Brent Sancho .18
Garry Brady .26
Dougie Cameron .34
Mark Fotheringham .30
Steven Robb .21
Steve Lovell .25
Steven Milne .15
Nacho Novo .17

1. Teuvo Moilanen
35. Christophe Berra
21. Graham Weir
22. Neil Janczyk
9. Mark De Vries
Derek Soutar .22
Stephen McNally .28
Chris Hegarty .31
Sebastian Kneissl .5
Neil Jablonski .24

Neil Janczyk for Neil MacFarlane (71)
Mark De Vries for Phil Stamp (79)
Graham Weir for Paul Hartley (87
Sebastian Kneissl for Steve Lovell (74)
Neil Jablonski for Nacho Novo (81)
Chris Hegarty for Mark Fotheringham (88)

Robbie Neilson (29) Nacho Novo (21)
Dougie Cameron (48)
Steve Lovell (70)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)

Match Report

Despite leading at the break, Dundee's awful recent run of results away from home continued with a 3-1 defeat at Tynecastle.

Since drawing 1-1 at Easter Road at the end of January, the Dark Blues have lost on the road to Motherwell, Kilmarnock, Rangers and Hearts, more worryingly sixteen goals have been conceded in that run with eleven of the opposition strikes coming in the second half of those matches.

The youngsters are showing naivety at vital moments and whilst the defence played much better than they had in previous away losses, they were still powerless to stop Hearts fighting back from that goal down, and never looked likely to get back into it after the home side had forced their way in front.

Jim Duffy had few opinions in picking his starting eleven, but it was no surprise to see Garry Brady restored to the starting eleven, Steven Milne and Steve Lovell too were back in the side as was young Dougie Cameron who took the place of Jonay Hernandez, away on World Cup duty in Uruguay. Youngsters Steven McNally and Chris Hegarty were amongst the substitutes.

Dundee's first threat came from the left boot of Cameron as he overlapped and hit in a testing cross which the highly rated Craig Gordon did well to gather at the second attempt with five minutes on the clock. Two minutes later though, Dundee were ahead. Robb dispossessed Kisnorbo and fed Lovell who slid a lovely through ball for Milne to race clear and finish calmly with a shot from just inside the box.

The Dundee fans behind that goal celebrated and then settled back for a chorus of 'Say no to Tannadice". They were nearly singing the team's praises again on the quarter hour mark as Steven Robb lofted a ball to the back post, but Milne's first touch took the ball wider than was ideal and he shot wide.

Dundee were looking comfortable, limiting Hearts to long range efforts and again came close to doubling their lead as Lovell burst onto a Fotheringham pass, rounded the keeper and tried a cut- ack to Novo from an acute angle, only for the defence to scramble the bail away. When Speroni tipped McKenna's looping header over the bar, it was the first time the Dundee keeper had been seriously troubled.

Sloppiness at the start of the second period cost Dundee dearly when Hearts levelled seven minutes after the resumption.

Neilson's cross found McKenna's head and his knock-down found Hartley in space, and perhaps offside, but the former Hibee rammed an angled drive past Speroni, with Dave Mackay's despairing attempt at a goal line clearance only helping the ball further into the net.

Seven minutes after equalising they were shouting again, this time for a penalty as Fotheringham ran into the back of McKenna and Mr Dallas obliged with a soft award. 'Fozzy' and the big Canadian had a bit of a discussion before Pressley sent Speroni the wrong way from the spot.

That was pretty much game over as Jim Duffy's men ran out of ideas, but Hearts scored a third when Wyness laid the ball into the path of Joe Hamill and the young full back netted with a low shot.

Frustration was beginning to set in and Steve Lovell was rightly booked for going in late and hard on Pressley. After another Lovell challenge, it was no surprise when Jim Dutty replaced him with Kneissl soon afterwards. Dundee have, and will, play worse than they did here and get a result.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 27th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 39 - 106 -
David Mackay22 37 - 982
Lee Mair23 371712
Brent Sancho27 17 - 17 -
Garry Brady27 36 - 691
Dougie Cameron21 6 - 6 -
Mark Fotheringham20 244244
Steven Robb22 131251
Steve Lovell23 2125617
Steven Milne23 14310920
Nacho Novo25 38218130
Chris Hegarty (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Sebastian Kneissl (sub) - 7171
Neil Jablonski (sub)21 9 - 11 -

League Table (as at March 27th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.