1 - 0
1 - 0
League (Premier League)
John Sutton (86)
13. Kelvin Jack
3. Brent Sancho
20. Stephen McNally
4. Tom Hutchinson
2. Barry Smith
17. Callum MacDonald
8. Mark Fotheringham
11. Iain Anderson
18. Steven Robb
9. Steve Lovell
26. Fabian Caballero
1. Derek Soutar
5. Bobby Mann
24. Chris Hegarty
12. Garry Brady
7. Glen Atle Larsen
15. Neil Jablonski
10. John Sutton
Derek Soutar for Kelvin Jack (30)
Garry Brady for Steven Robb (44)
John Sutton for Fabian Caballero (79)
David McCracken for Karim Kerkar (57)
Stuart Duff for Collin Samuel (65)
James Grady for Jason Scotland (77)
Kelvin Jack (7)
Steve Lovell (34)
Grant Brebner (14)
Paul Ritchie (54)
Derek McInnes (83)
Chris Innes (55)
Mark Wilson (59)
Alan Freeland (Referee)
This game will go down I in the record books as one of the most dramatic Dundee derbies of all time. Unfortunately it will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
When the pages of history are examined, reports will reveal Dundee grabbed a late winner against a United side who played for 31 minutes with nine men.
What the records won't reveal is that Dundee were most fortunate to win. They made no headway at all against 11 visitors and not much more against nine. United were desperately unlucky to leave Dens pointless, especially after an aggressive first half display and a backs to-the-wall second half showing.
United paid the ultimate penalty after having Chris Innes and Mark Wilson sent off early in the second half.
However, if you were looking for entertainment and excitement Dens Park was most certainly not the place to be. This was a dire, dismal derby.
The only consolation for the City of Discovery fans is the fact that just one team is relegated from the SPL. On this performance neither deserve to be in the top flight - that's how bad things were!
Both sides came into this encounter on the back of some disappointing performances of late. Due to this, respective managers Jim Duffy and lan McCall made some surprising changes.
United obviously targeted the inexperience of Steve Robb at left back for Dundee by playing Barry Robson at outside right and encouraging Mark Wilson to join him at every opportunity.
Playing towards their own Tannadice ground, United dominated the first half without ever threatening to score. The visitors enjoyed plenty possession but created little.
On the few occasions Dundee did relieve the pressure, they invited United to return it immediately through some shocking passing.
Obviously home boss Duffy gave vent to his feelings at half time as Dundee appeared a transformed side at the beginning of the second half.
Showing much more aggression and passion, they should have scored immediately when Iain Anderson sent Steve Lovell clear but Paul Jarvie blocked the English striker's effort with his legs.
Lovell continued to cause United problems and when Fabian Caballero sent him clear referee Alan Freeland had no option but to red card Chris Innes for bringing him down as the United defender was the last man.
Six minutes later Lovell's new-found penetration forced Mark Wilson to handle just as he was about to enjoy a free run on goal from another Anderson offering.
Again this was a clear cut red card, yet incredibly it produced the opposite effect from that anticipated.
Instead of Dundee finishing off United, the visitors regrouped and rarely looked in trouble despite playing two men short.
However, it was not to be for United. With just three minutes remaining Anderson played a short corner to Mark Fotheringham. From his high cross to the far post substitute John Sutton was afforded a free header which tragically for United young 'keeper Paul Jarvie was allowed to squirm through his legs and creep agonisingly into the net.
In a game best forgotten there were also yellow cards for Jack for handling outside his box, Brebner for bringing down Macdonald, Lovell for a late challenge on Innes, McInnes for tripping Smith and Wilson for a foul on Sancho.
Match report written by Sunday Post
|Kelvin Jack (GK)||-||3||-||3||-|
|Derek Soutar (sub) (GK)||-||14||-||15||-|
|Garry Brady (sub)||-||14||1||91||2|
|John Sutton (sub)||-||15||5||15||5|
No league table has been added for this season.
Given the way things have panned out over the past couple of weeks, it is stating the obvious that we are all very disappointed at losing our last three games.
What makes matters worse was that we headed into the games against Dunfermline, Inverness Caley Thistle and Hearts with great optimism after the manner of our win against Kilmarnock.
Not that it has been all bad. Against Dunfermline, we started very well and finished strongly, but two lapses in concentration meant that we emerged empty-handed from our last home game.
Probably the least said about the defeat by Inverness Caley Thistle, the better.
Suffice to say that it was as poor a performance that I can recall in a long time.
Meanwhile, at Tynecastle last week, the performance was better, but the handicap of playing with ten men in the end told against us.
As we head into this afternoon's derby neither United nor ourselves has achieved what we would have liked in the league this season.
And with both team too near the foot of the table for comfort, that can only add to the inevitable intensity and rivalry that goes in tandem with this fixture,
However, I do feel that if we get back to playing the way that we did in our last two games and combine being more disciplined at the back with sufficient creative quality, then we can achieve another derby day success.