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League (Premier League)
Saturday, April 24th, 2004
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,727
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Steve Lovell (71)

Team Managers
Derek Whyte Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
28. Jean Yves Anis
32. Adrian Madaschi
30. Daniele Chiarini
24. Willie Howie
18. Derek Fleming
14. John Paul McBride
10. David Rowson
29. Billy Gibson
9. Gerry Britton
16. James Grady
Julian Speroni .1
Lee Mair .19
Brent Sancho .18
David Mackay .3
Jonay Hernández .16
Garry Brady .26
Dougie Cameron .34
Neil Barrett .24
Nacho Novo .17
Steve Lovell .25
Steven Milne .15

Bench
12. Kenny Arthur
33. Tommy English
8. Stephane Bonnes
17. Andy Ross
2. Adam Strachan
Derek Soutar .22
Stephen McNally .28
Mark Fotheringham .30
Chris Hegarty .31
Neil Jablonski .24

Substitutions
Stephane Bonnes for Gerry Britton (70)
Andy Ross for John Paul McBride (70)
Adam Strachan for Jean Yves Anis (78)
Mark Fotheringham for Dougie Cameron (62)
Neil Jablonski for Neil Barrett (73)
Stephen McNally for Steven Milne (80)

Cautions
Gerry Britton (44) Lee Mair (27)
Jonay Hernández (57)
Steve Lovell (75)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ian Fyfe (Referee)




Match Report


Sebastian Kneissl's name featured prominently at Firhill despite the German striker calling off from the squad on the morning of the match with a calf injury.

Bizarrely two of his jerseys had been packed for Firhill, while that of Steve Lovell and youngster Steve McNally, a regular on the bench in recent weeks, hadn't. "We had two Sebastian Kneissls," said Jim Duffy afterwards.

"It wasn't that we couldn't afford enough shirts. The kitman thought Steve Lovell was suspended and didn't put his jerseys in, he'll check the squad with me before packing the kit in future."

Finding there's no jersey for you shortly before kick off might not be an ideal preparation, but Steve Lovell's so laid back off the field that he probably didn't notice that someone had taken a shirt to the Thistle club shop to get a 2 in front of the 5 of Seb's jersey, and it certainly wasn't an impediment to notching the 71st minute winner.

On a fiery surface, Dundee started brightly and should have been ahead after seven minutes when Barrett fed Novo and the Spaniard picked out Milne in front of a gaping goal, but Daniele Chiarini did well to dive in and deny the striker.

It took a while for Thistle to threaten, but midway through the half they had a good opportunity only for Grady and Howie to get in each other's way and make Speroni's save from a half hit shot easier than it should have been. Grady was buzzing around and causing problems for the Dundee defence, he's always been a favourite of the Dundee fans and they chanted his name after one effort had missed the target, rumours of a move for the diminutive striker back to the city of Discovery and Tannadice might test that affection in the future though.

Grady was involved in the first booking of the afternoon after 27 minutes, but he was not the recipient of a yellow card, instead it went to Lee Mair who mistimed a tackle on the striker and then grabbed Grady's ankle, leaving referee lan Fyfe no option.

The game had little nastiness though, indeed it could have done with a bit of an edge, because it was very much end of season stuff on offer for the tiny crowd.

Just after the half hour there was some excitement as a fine move down the right involving Novo and Barrett ended with a ball laid into the path of Dougie Cameron twenty-yards out, but though the youngster struck his shot well enough, it was inches wide.

Thistle's best effort came five minutes before the break and inevitably it came from Grady, his looping header was destined for the top corner, but Speroni did well to tip it over for a corner. Jonay Hernandez became the second Dundee player cautioned in 57 minutes, for bringing down Grady twenty-five yards from goal after a spell in which both teams gave the ball away on a regular basis. The tree kick was in a dangerous position, but former Dee Derek Fleming curled his effort high into the empty terrace behind the goal.

It was time for a change, and Jim Dutty sent on Mark Fotheringham for Cameron to add a bit of finesse just after the hour mark.

By then, Dundee were comfortably in control. but it was hard to see where a goal was coming from. As ever, Nacho Novo was eager and in bouncy form, but all his best work was happening out wide.

It was obvious that something special was needed, and it came from Kneissl, oops sorry Lovell. A high ball down the middle saw Novo go up to challenge, while he was never going to win it, he provided sufficient distraction and the bal broke to Lovell twenty-five yards from goal, and he turned and surged into the box. Luck was with the Englishman because the ball broke away and then back into his path, and suddenly he was clear of the defence. Langfield advanced to close him down, but Steve slid the ball coolly into the corner of the net.

Jim Dutty sent on Jablonski for Barrett and debutant Steve McNally for Milne to tighten up the team and make sure the match would end with three points heading back to Tayside, It was good to hear Barrett's reception from the small band of travelling fans as he left the field, they chanted the Portsmouth player's name as his Dundee career came to an end.

In between the substitutions, Steve Lovell was harshly booked for diving, although he was already due to miss the visit to Hibs and the home game against Kilmarnock through suspension, and with goals in the last three games, he'll be missed.

So too will Thistle if Clyde win the First Division. Their only hope of avoiding the drop is if Inverness Caley Thistle should overtake the current leaders of that league, therefore ruling out promotion and relegation. All this season's matches between the Dark Blues and the Jags have been tight affairs, but this was the seventh straight victory for Jim Duffy over his hometown club.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at April 24th, 2004)


2003-04 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)24 43 - 110 -
Lee Mair23 411752
Jonay Hernández25 34 - 711
David Mackay22 41 - 1022
Brent Sancho27 21 - 21 -
Garry Brady27 40 - 731
Neil Barrett22 131131
Dougie Cameron21 8 - 8 -
Nacho Novo25 41228431
Steven Milne23 18611323
Steve Lovell23 2556020
Stephen McNally (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Mark Fotheringham (sub)20 284284
Neil Jablonski (sub)21 10 - 12 -






League Table (as at April 24th, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.