Dundee 1
Dundee United 0
League (Premier League)


Dundee
1 - 0
Dundee Utd 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 6th, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,845
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
John Sutton (86)
None.

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
13. Kelvin Jack
4. Tom Hutchinson
2. Barry Smith
17. Callum MacDonald
3. Brent Sancho
20. Stephen McNally
18. Steven Robb
8. Mark Fotheringham
11. Iain Anderson
9. Steve Lovell
26. Fabian Caballero
Paul Jarvie .24
Chris Innes .25
Mark Wilson .2
Paul Ritchie .23
Alan Archibald .5
Derek McInnes .4
Grant Brebner .8
Barry Robson .11
Karim Kerkar .21
Collin Samuel .9
Jason Scotland .20

Bench
1. Derek Soutar
5. Bobby Mann
24. Chris Hegarty
12. Garry Brady
10. John Sutton
7. Glen Atle Larsen
15. Neil Jablonski
Lars Hirschfeld .17
David McCracken .3
Stuart Duff .12
Greg Cameron .36
David Robertson .33
Jim McIntyre .10
James Grady .16

Substitutions
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)

Cautions
Kelvin Jack (7)
Steve Lovell (34)
Grant Brebner (14)
Paul Ritchie (54)
Derek McInnes (83)

Red Cards
None. Chris Innes (55)
Mark Wilson (59)
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Stewart Shearer & Ricky Mooney (Assistants)
Eddie Smith (Fourth Official)





Match Report


John Sutton came off the bench to score a late derby winner and save Dundee's blushes after they had struggled to break down a nine man United side who had battled for all their worth. There were boos as Sutton took the field with the fans wanting Caballero, who'd been closely marked and largely ineffective, to stay on, but the manager's decision was to be vindicated when the substitute scored the winner.

There was a surprise for those arriving at the ground as Derek Soutar was missing from his usual place in goal, Kelvin Jack came in for the keeper who was suffering from a bout of food poisoning.

Fortunately as it was to transpire, he had recovered sufficiently to sit on the subs bench, because his services were soon to be required.

Brent Sancho returned after injury and it was Bobby Mann who dropped to the bench, while lain Anderson was also back in the starting eleven, filling the vacancy created by Jonay Hernandez' Tynecastle red card, Steven Robb stepping back to left back.

United forced a series of free kicks and corners in the opening stages, but failed to create much from their early pressure that was a tale which would continue until the interval.

Grant Brebner was the first player to pick up a derby yellow card after clattering into Calum Macdonald with quarter of an hour gone. Kelvin Jack had to dive to his left to punch away a shot, but that would be United's only effort on target of the entire afternoon, incredible considering the amount of possession they enjoyed in the first forty-five minutes.

In 21 minutes the ball broke kindly for United and with several visiting players waiting to pounce, lain Anderson made a fantastic interception, lashing the ball to safety.

Brent Sancho made a great block from a Robson shot just before the half hour, but moments later the Dees had to replace Kelvin Jack who'd torn a thigh muscle, Soutar deputised, stomach pains and all, but ready to do his job.

Two minutes later came Dundee's first shot of the match, Caballero was hauled down 25-yards out and Anderson tried to curl his free kick around the wall, his effort going a couple of yards wide. Steve Lovell picked up Dundee's first booking for a late challenge on Innes seconds after that Anderson effort.

As half time approached, McInnes blasted in a shot following United's tenth corner of the half, but his effort was just too high and despite a first-half pummelling, Dundee reached the interval level.

Just before the half time whistle Steven Robb limped off, he'd tried to carry on after picking up a knock, but was clearly struggling and Garry Brady replaced him.

Jim Duffy had to change the style after the break and he instructed the team to press United and put the ball over the top to make use of Lovell's pace.

It was a tactic that changed the game almost instantly, straight from the kick-off Macdonald released Anderson with a great lofted ball. The winger raced to the by-line before cutting a pass back for Lovell who slammed in a low shot that was only kept out by Jarvie sticking out a leg to divert it past.

At the other end Robson had a chance with a thirty-yard free kick in 49 minutes, but slipped onto his backside as he made contact with the ball and skied his effort, much to the amusement of the home support.

McNally went on a fine run before feeding Caballero, who cut inside and curled a shot narrowly wide, while Jarvie had to do well to block Fotheringham's angled effort. In 54 minutes United were reduced to ten men and it was all down to Lovell's pace. Caballero slid a ball in behind the United defence and the English striker was off and running until Innes pulled him back.

It was an obvious red card bringing little protest from the United defence, Jarvie had to be at his best to stop United going behind too, as he did brilliantly to keep out Anderson's deflected thunderbolt from the resultant free kick.

Four minutes later the visitors numbers dwindled to nine men and this time there was a major doubt about the decision. A ball over the top was heading for Lovell. but Wilson at full stretch diverted it back to his keeper. It was either a superb headed interception or handball and the South Enclosure linesman saw it as the latter This time there were mass protests from the United ranks, but to no effect.

Now Dundee appeared unlikely to lose, but they failed to make use of the space that was now available everywhere but in United's box. Too often the ball was hit into that area too early, or got bogged down on one side of the pitch when midfield players stood screaming for it in the middle of the park and in acres of space. In fact, United created the next real opportunity, Robson picked up a throw in on the right and went off on a surging crossfield run which took him clear, only for his.effort to go a yard wide of the far post.

Minutes later, Fotheringham seemed to most of the crowd to have scored, but his free kick had been deflected inches wide.

United brought on James Grady for Jason Scotland who had looked lively, but again failed to get the better of the Dundee back four, whilst the prodigal son got a less hostile reception than he had in his first derby for

United back in August. With eleven minutes to go Duffy played his get out of jail free card, introducing Sutton for Caballero. It wasn't a popular decision with some of the home support, who wanted three strikers on the park, but it would prove a winning move.

Dundee were fast coming close to levelling the corner count and Sutton was inches away from connecting as a United boot desperately flayed the ball away as he dived in. Truth be told, the Dark Blues were no more effective with their possession than United had been first half, while United's recast central defence of McCracken and Ritchie were turning in a great display.

The fans were getting frantic as it appeared that United had ground out what would have been a moral victory. The Tangerines had performed bravely and worked their socks off to stay level, but Dundee were about to rip that away from them.

Some patient and neat play, just the kind Duffy had been trying to get through to the players in vain for much of the second half, found Fotheringham in space on the right, he curled in a hanging cross from which Sutton did well to get on target at all from a tight angle at the back post.

To the United fans in The Bob Shankly Stand behind the goal, there seemed no danger as Jarvie went down to gather, only for the ball to squirm through his legs and into the back of the net. It was a cruel moment and how the home support enjoyed it.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at November 6th, 2004)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 2 - 2 -
Callum MacDonald21 11 - 18 -
Barry Smith30 15 - 3634
Tom Hutchinson22 4 - 301
Stephen McNally - 7 - 9 -
Brent Sancho27 13 - 38 -
Mark Fotheringham20 13 - 424
Steven Robb22 122413
Iain Anderson27 13316623
Fabian Caballero26 5 - 11825
Steve Lovell23 1467627
Derek Soutar (sub) (GK)23 14 - 15 -
Garry Brady (sub)28 141912
John Sutton (sub)20 155155






League Table (as at November 6th, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


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.