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League (Premier League)

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League (Premier League)
Sunday, August 15th, 2004
Tannadice Park
Attendance: 11,118
2:00 PM Kick-off

Alan Archibald (90) Steve Lovell (pen.) (17)
John Sutton (47)

Team Managers
Ian McCall Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Tony Bullock
5. Alan Archibald
25. Chris Innes
2. Mark Wilson
3. David McCracken
4. Derek McInnes
11. Barry Robson
7. Mark Kerr
16. James Grady
10. Jim McIntyre
14. Billy Dodds
Derek Soutar .1
Bobby Mann .5
Barry Smith .2
Brent Sancho .3
Jonay Hernández .16
Callum MacDonald .17
Iain Anderson .11
Garry Brady .12
Steven Robb .18
Steve Lovell .9
John Sutton .10

17. Lars Hirschfeld
12. Stuart Duff
23. Paul Ritchie
28. Stephen O'Donnell
27. Aaron Conway
9. Collin Samuel
20. Jason Scotland
Kelvin Jack .13
Stephen McNally .20
Neil Barrett .14
Mark Fotheringham .8
Glen Atle Larsen .7
Neil Jablonski .15
Bobby Linn .21

Jason Scotland for James Grady (50)
Stuart Duff for Derek McInnes (57)
Collin Samuel for Mark Kerr (69)
Neil Barrett for Steven Robb (64)
Neil Jablonski for Steve Lovell (79)
Mark Fotheringham for Iain Anderson (87)

None. Steven Robb (7)
Steve Lovell (44)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)
Willie Dishington & Ricky Mooney (Assistants)
Calum Murray (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee extended their run without defeat in derby matches to seven games thanks to goals from Steve Lovell and John Sutton. United's injury-time counter to reduce the leeway being little consolation for the Tangerines, who were on the wrong end of the most comfortable win in that spell.

Lovell struck from the penalty spot in 17 minutes, but if truth be told, it was a soft award with Hugh Dallas pointing to the spot after Anderson had tumbled under McCracken's challenge.

Two minutes into the second period and Dundee were on easy street as McCracken blundered and allowed Lovell to strip the ball away from him, the striker fired in a low cross which found fellow Englishman John Sutton who netted expertly at the near post.

Jim Duffy pulled a tactical masterstroke with his one change from the starting line up who had faced Hearts, that was the introduction of lain Anderson, but not in a familiar wide role - 'Ando was deployed in the centre of midfield, a position he'd filled on only one occasion that we can recall in his previous spell at Dens, but here he was by far the most creative player on show.

United had James Grady alongside McIntyre up front, and despite over eager to impress his new fans display from the wee man, it wasn't to be his afternoon at all.

Underneath a brilliant blue sky Dundee, wearing sky blue and dark blue stripes, were shooting towards the 'Shed' end of Tannadice but there was a scare in the first moments of the match as they conceded a comer with only a few seconds on the clock. Wilson whipped the award in right on top of Derek Soutar, but the keeper swatted it away to safety under severe pressure. It was the ideal start to what would be a confident display by the man who's had to wait so long for a first team chance.

Steven Robb picked up the first booking of the match in 7 minutes for a late challenge of Mark Kerr and Grady was lucky not to join him in Mr. Dallas' notebook after a series of dived into challenges.

The early stages saw the two teams trying to find a gap in the opposite defence and the first opportunity came United's way after 12 minutes, a fine deep cross from Robson found Mcintyre, who cut the ball back to Dodds six yards out. His effort was on target, but Soutar reacted superbly to claw the shot away. Two minutes later and lain Anderson showed delightful skill as danced past a couple of challenges, his cross found no takers, but United couldn't clear properly and eventually the ball found it's way to Lovell bursting through on the right, only for the striker to fire his effort high and wide.

Dundee were beginning to worry the home back four though, and with seventeen minutes played they took the lead. Bobby Mann's lofted ball into the area skimmed off a defender's head and arrived at the feet of Anderson, as McCracken challenged, Ando' went down and Hugh Dallas instantly pointed to the penalty spot. It looked a rather soft award but that was of no concern to Steve Lovell. He stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom corner, Bullock got a full hand to the shot and was left frustrated as the ball squirmed past him and into the net.

The crowd settled back and waited for United to turn on the pressure, as is traditional when a team falls behind in the derby, but it failed to materialise to any extent. In fact, it was eight minutes from the break before Soutar was tested again. Dodds laid the ball to Robson 22 yards out and he fired in a fine right foot shot only to see Soutar dive to his left and hold the effort.

The half-time pies went down a treat with the Dundee support, what with the champagne flavoured gravy and all, but Dundee had lost a two goal lead on their last walk across the street after United came out like a train at the start of the second period.

This lead wasn't as emphatic and there was some trepidation amongst the Dark Blue legions as the game resumed. In fact there was nothing to worry about as Dundee doubled their lead within two minutes of resumption. Calum Macdonald was having a good derby debut, despite being up against Barry Robson - United's best player on the day, and the full-back lofted ball for Lovell to chase into the corner in front of the players tunnel. With McCracken getting there first there was no way that Lovell should have been able to do much in this situation, but the striker stripped the ball from the hapless defender and fired in a low cross which John Sutton despatched expertly past Bullock.

Jamsie, Jamsie - What's the score' rang out loud and long from the away sections of the ground, and the former Dens favourite seemed to be shrinking with every moment. Much to the delight of the visiting fans it was he who was replaced just three minutes after that goal as United brought on danger man Jason Scotland. He had turned the last derby and would get a chance to get United back into this one, although in general his good friend Brent Sancho kept him pretty quiet here.

Alongside Sancho, Bobby Mann again confounding those who had suggested he might struggle at SPL level, turning in another rock- solid performance.

That chance for Scotland came just four minutes after his arrival on the scene, McIntyre rose well to nod the ball into the path of the Trinidad and Tobago hit man twelve yards out, he seemed certain to score as he lashed in an unstoppable drive, only to watch in disgust as it rattled the top of the bar on it's way into the jeering Dundee support.

Jim Duffy rang the changes as he made sure of the points, the introduction of Neil Barrett for Steve Robb and Neil Jablonski for Steve Lovell, alongside the immaculate Barry Smith, ensured that Dundee kept any home hopes of a comeback to a minimum, and as time ran out it was Dundee who created a couple of half decent opportunities.

Macdonald broke down the right and played a fine one two with Jablonski before surging into the box and whacking in a low drive which Bullock did well to get down and save. Macdonald was involved again in 85 minutes, his long ball found Sutton breaking clear but the striker rushed his shot and it went well over.

Soutar again distinguished himself as Scotland fired in a drive, and as the play swung back to the other end Sutton spun to clip a 20-yarder inches over.

United pulled one back deep into injury time as Archibald rose to head home Wilson's corner but it was only ever going to be of scant consolation for the home team.

Of the seven game unbeaten run in derbies this was probably the most comfortable victory as United went down meekly.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 15th, 2004)

2004-05 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)23 2 - 3 -
Bobby Mann30 2 - 2 -
Barry Smith30 2 - 3504
Brent Sancho27 2 - 27 -
Jonay Hernández25 2 - 761
Callum MacDonald21 2 - 9 -
Iain Anderson27 2 - 15520
Garry Brady27 2 - 791
Steven Robb22 2 - 311
Steve Lovell23 216422
John Sutton20 2121
Neil Barrett (sub)22 1 - 141
Mark Fotheringham (sub)20 2 - 314
Neil Jablonski (sub)21 2 - 18 -

League Table (as at August 15th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.