Heart of Midlothian 3
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


Hearts 

3 - 0

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 30th, 2004
Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 10,172
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Kevin McKenna (34)
Paul Hartley (81)
Dennis Wyness (90)
None.

Team Managers
Peter Houston Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Gordon
12. Robbie Neilson
4. Steven Pressley
6. Andy Webster
2. Alan Maybury
10. Paul Hartley
3. Patrick Kisnorbo
14. Jamie McAllister
19. Joe Hamill
5. Kevin McKenna
15. Ramon Pereira
Derek Soutar .1
Callum MacDonald .17
Tom Hutchinson .4
Bobby Mann .5
Jonay Hernández .16
Barry Smith .2
Stephen McNally .20
Mark Fotheringham .8
Steven Robb .18
Steve Lovell .9
Fabian Caballero .26

Bench
13. Teuvo Moilanen
21. Christophe Berra
22. Michael Stewart
11. Neil MacFarlane
7. Dennis Wyness
18. Neil Janczyk
17. Graham Weir
Kelvin Jack .13
Garry Brady .12
Chris Hegarty .24
Glen Atle Larsen .7
John Sutton .10
Neil Jablonski .15

Substitutions
Graham Weir for Patrick Kisnorbo (79)
Neil Janczyk for Joe Hamill (79)
Dennis Wyness for Ramon Pereira (83)
Glen Atle Larsen for Fabian Caballero (66)
John Sutton for Steven Robb (75)

Cautions
Robbie Neilson (2)
Alan Maybury (20)
Fabian Caballero (15)
Bobby Mann (20)
Barry Smith (54)

Red Cards
None. Jonay Hernández (26)

Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)



Match Report


A harsh, but technically correct decision by referee Craig Thomson gave Dundee a mountain to climb at Tynecastle. He sent Jonay Hernandez off after 25 minutes for fouling Kevin McKenna.

It was harsh because Jonay had to make the tackle if he hadn't he wouldn't have been doing his job- but correct because if it was indeed a foul then he did deny a clear goalscoring opportunity in conceding a penalty.

That Steven Pressley missed his fourth spot kick in five attempts this season, rattling his attempt off the bar, was incidental in the end as Hearts wore down the remaining ten men.

The final score was hard on the Dees though, as they'd worked hard to contain Hearts, only for a couple of late goals to give the appearance of an easy afternoon's work for the manager-less Jambos.

The support had shouted for changes in the line up after the midweek display at Pittodrie and Jim Duffy obliged.

Five players came in Jonay Hernandez, Calum Macdonald, Mark Fotheringham, Tom Hutchinson and Fabian Caballero. Out went Glen Larsen, John Sutton, Garry Brady, Neil Barrett and Brent Sancho, although the latter pair were enforced ones through injury. In addition, Steven Robb was pushed into midfield with Hernandez returning to left back, Calum Macdonald started in an unfamiliar position on the right of a midfield four.

Starting well, Dundee had the ball in the net in nine minutes, Steve Lovell rolling his effort home from Macdonald's cross, but the offside flag was up.

Hearts threatened for the first time four minutes later when Neilson's cross found Pereira 12 yards out, but his attempted scissor kick was high and presented no danger.

Fabian Caballero picked up a yellow card for an off the ball incident in fifteen minutes after the linesman had called the referee across to point out something. The striker didn't appear subdued by the caution though, and came close moments later after a great run and pass from McNally had set him free, However, Gordon was out quickly to make an outstanding block and keep the score-line blank.

Dundee again got in behind the Hearts defence three minutes after Caballero's effort and this time the Argentinean turned provider, freeing Lovell only for the Scotland keeper to repeat his heroics and deny the Englishman.

Hearts hadn't really threatened up to this point, but in 25 minutes the game swung dramatically in their favour.

Pereira slid a through ball to McKenna and Hernandez had to dive in to tackle, and as the Canadian tumbled Mr Thomson pointed to the spot and brandished a straight red card at Hernandez.

Pressley' only success from the spot this season had come on the opening day at Dens, but he failed to repeat the trick slapping his attempt off the face of the bar. It was a let off for Dundee, but with ten men they would struggle to contain the home side from that moment onwards.

Two minutes after the penalty miss they struck the bar again, McKenna's header from Hartley's cross crashing off the woodwork.

A goal looked increasingly likely and roared on by the now awakened home support, Hearts piled forward, Pereira went on a mazy run that took him clear in 32 minutes, but missed badly when an opener appeared certain.

A goal was delayed by only a couple of minutes however, Pereira was again involved as he played a ball in for McKenna who had lost Steven Robb at the back post, and the central defender turned striker clipped his shot home despite Soutar getting a hand to it.

Dundee came close to pulling one back just before the break as Webster backed away from the advancing Caballero allowing him a shot from 25-yards that went just wide. The Dees tried to chase the game at the start of the second half and Caballero found Fotheringham on the right, he cut inside and shot but it was a simple save for Gordon.

A Dundee player hit the woodwork ten minutes into the second period, but it was at the wrong end, Hartley's inviting cross looked likely to be netted by the inrushing McKenna until Tom Hutchinson flayed it skywards and off the top of his own crossbar.

Barry Smith was next to pick up a yellow card in 57 minutes, when he downed Pereira. Five minutes later, Hearts had another good opportunity when Neilson found space to fire in a shot, but was denied by Soutar who also saved his follow up effort.

It took a 'tackle of the season' from Calum Macdonald to deny Pereira as the Spaniard looked to pull the trigger in front of goal.

John Sutton replaced Steven Robb in sixty five minutes but the pattern of play wasn't changing, Harley firing a raking shot just wide in 70 minutes.

Caballero had worked hard throughout, but it was obvious that he was struggling by now and Glen Larsen came on to replace him with quarter of an hour to go.

Unfortunately, when goals came. It was at the other end!

Breaking quickly after 83 minutes, substitute Weir found Paul Hartley wide on the right and with everyone anticipating a cutback to the inrushing McKenna, he fired a low angled shot that deceived Soutar and nestled in the bottom corner of the net. Deep into injury-time, Janczyk's pass found subbie Wyness who rattled home a 20 yarder with almost the last kick of the match.

It was a cruel end to a match in which Dundee had matched Hearts until the sending off.

Having hung on grimly to a 1-0 deficit for so long to give themselves a chance going into the later stages of the contest, it was disappointing to lose those two late goals. In midweek, the players were rightly condemned for losing a match through being outfought, that wasn't the case here. On this occasion they lost to a better team and worked as hard as anyone could expect.

That attitude was epitomised by Caballero, always Dundee's most dangerous player. He had to be kept on the field for as long as possible, and was as they say breathing out of his backside by the time he was replaced, but he still chased and challenged for the ball even when obviously out on his feet, his team-mates all put in a shift too.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at October 30th, 2004)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Derek Soutar (GK)23 13 - 14 -
Bobby Mann30 14 - 14 -
Tom Hutchinson22 3 - 291
Callum MacDonald21 10 - 17 -
Stephen McNally - 6 - 8 -
Barry Smith30 14 - 3624
Jonay Hernández25 91832
Steven Robb22 112403
Mark Fotheringham20 12 - 414
Fabian Caballero26 4 - 11725
Steve Lovell23 1367527
Glen Atle Larsen (sub) - 9191
John Sutton (sub)20 144144






League Table (as at October 30th, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.