Dundee 1
Dunfermline Athletic 2
League (Premier League)

1 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,456
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Anderson (52)
Scott Thomson (35)
Derek Young (48)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
David Hay

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
2. Barry Smith
5. Bobby Mann
3. Brent Sancho
20. Stephen McNally
14. Neil Barrett
18. Steven Robb
12. Garry Brady
11. Iain Anderson
10. John Sutton
9. Steve Lovell
Derek Stillie. 1
Greg Shields .2
Scott Wilson .3
Andrius Skerla .5
Scott Thomson .6
Gary Mason .8
Barry Nicholson .7
Thomas Butler .16
Simon Donnelly .14
Derek Young .11
Craig Brewster .10

13. Kelvin Jack
17. Callum MacDonald
16. Jonay Hern√°ndez
8. Mark Fotheringham
19. Alexandre Cerdeira
7. Glen Atle Larsen
26. Fabian Caballero
Jamie Langfield .20
Richie Byrne .15
Aaron Labonte .19
Stephen Bradley .
Andy Tod .18
Darren Young .4
Billy Mehmet .21

Fabian Caballero for Garry Brady (70)
Alexandre Cerdeira for John Sutton (82)
Glen Atle Larsen for Steve Lovell (84)
Billy Mehmet for Thomas Butler (61)
Andy Tod for Craig Brewster (73)
Darren Young for Simon Donnelly (90)

None. Scott Wilson (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)
Jim Lyon & Lawrence Kerrigan (Assistants)
Jamie Downie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dunfermline left Dens with their first away goals and points of the season and Dundee had nobody but themselves to blame after failing to take advantage of a massive amount of possession.

The Fifers defended valiantly and took, their chances when they arose, although the first goal saw evidence of some shocking marking, Butler's corner from the right being netted via a bullet header from the totally unmarked Scott Thomson.

It's fair to say that the unfortunate defender who had been allocated that player at set pieces would have been reminded of it once or twice last week by Jim Duffy who was not amused post match.

The Pars' second goal came on the breakaway; Derek Young stabbing home from Nicholson's cut back, but by then the visitors had started to show a bit of self-belief.

Yet before the first goal, they had been bereft of ideas and confidence and looked a really poor side.

That Dunfermline held onto the lead after Dundee had pulled one back quickly says a lot for their character and guts, lain Anderson's had netted with a back header from Robb's cross and Dundee fair battered their back line late on.

Jim Duffy had gone along with the popular view that you shouldn't change a winning team and the dark Blues lined up as they had in the fine win over Kilmarnock the previous week.

In turn, that meant the bench was a much stronger than usual and featured Fabian Caballero and 'Alexandre' as well as Venezuelan international Jonay Hernandez.

It appeared to be a wise selection in the early part of the match as Dundee started well and applied real pressure to the shaky looking Dunfermline back line.

The 'Dee should have been ahead in seven minutes as Steven Robb sent in the first of a series of fine crosses, but Neil Barrett powered a header just over the bar when he should have at least called the keeper into action. After the Dark Blues totally monopolised possession in the first twenty minutes. Dunfermline began to break out occasionally and in 35 minutes they punished Dundee for not capitalising whilst they were on top.

Barry Nicholson burst into the right hand side of the box and Derek Soutar did well to claw his attempted lob over the bar for a corner. Butler took the set piece and found Scott Thomson completely unmarked; he rammed in a power header from ten yards to put the visitors a goal up - totally against the run of play.

Dundee hit back and two minutes later Barrett again should have done better in front of goal, this time he met Anderson's free kick from the right but sclaffed his shot from six yards straight at Stillie.

Half-time came with a certain disbelief that Dundee were behind, but Davie Hay obviously did a bit of confidence building during the break as the Pars came out with a lot more purpose in the early stages of the second half.

For the first time they looked as if they might compete on something like an even footing and life was made a lot easier for them in 48 minutes when a neat move down the right found Nicholson in space to cut the ball back to Derek Young who stabbed his effort past Soutar to double the lead.

Once again, Dundee hit back and this time they got their reward.

Stephen McNally drove inside from the right to slide a fine pass out to Robb on the left. He fired in an early cross and lain Anderson back headed it across Stillie and into the net. Three minutes later they should have been level, Robb went down the left and curled in a great cross, Sutton rose and headed goalwards but failed to get enough power allowing Stillie to palm it round the post.

There was another scoring opportunity just after the hour and this time Sutton was the provider, he cut in from the right and played in a great cross for Lovell but the striker failed to make contact when a goal seemed certain, moments later Lovell had another opportunity when he climbed to head McNally's fine cross from the right just wide.

Jim Duffy shuffled the cards with twenty minutes to go, but as Caballero waited to take the field Dunfermline nearly caught Dundee's defence out again, substitute Mehmet had a great opportunity from Brewster's knockdown, but fired his shot straight at Soutar.

Moments later the moment that fans had waited for arrived as Fabian Caballero replaced Garry Brady and the Argentinean was soon involved running at the defence before feeding the ball to McNally but the move broke down.

'Fab Cab' looked eager though and he was joined by new boy 'Alexandre' with ten minutes. remaining, the Brazilian replaced Sutton and within a minute of taking the field had a penalty claim as he went over on the left of the box, Stuart Dougal appeared to get the decision right though as he waved play on.

Glen Larsen was next to come off the bench and by now Mann and Sancho were also pretty much playing as strikers for the closing minutes. Mann came closest to an equaliser when Thomson headed his late effort off the line, but it was to be a day when a couple of moments of lost concentration and poor striking displays from the starters let down all the good work in between.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 23rd, 2004)

2004-05 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)23 11 - 12 -
Barry Smith30 12 - 3604
Stephen McNally - 4 - 6 -
Brent Sancho27 11 - 36 -
Bobby Mann30 12 - 12 -
Steven Robb22 92383
Neil Barrett22 9 - 221
Iain Anderson27 12316523
Garry Brady28 121892
John Sutton20 124124
Steve Lovell23 1157326
Alexandre Cerdeira (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Glen Atle Larsen (sub) - 7171
Fabian Caballero (sub)26 2 - 11525

League Table (as at October 23rd, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Not only was it good that we picked up our first home win of the season last week against Kilmarnock, but also the manner of it was also very pleasing.

Apart from the opening few minutes of the game, it was as good as the players and this team has played with a lot of outstanding individual displays, which in turn produced performance. an excellent team

At the end of the day, you have to be happy to pick up three important points against a difficult side to beat.

Hand in hand with that victory comes an immediate increase in expectations, but it has to be remembered that this side is still gelling and it will take time.

There is no doubt that the game against Dunfermline this afternoon will be equally demanding as last week's one with Kilmarnock.

Therefore, we must maintain the work ethic we showed and if we can play with the same belief as last week and be creative, then we can make it back-to-back home wins.

However, as we know all too well, there is no such thing as an easy game in this league.

Dunfermline may not have made the: start to the season they would have hoped after such a successful one last term, but as we have found in the past, and particularly here at Dens they are difficult to play against.

So all I can ask of our players is more of the same as we served up against Kilmarnock.