Rangers 3
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


Rangers 

3 - 0

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 11th, 2004
Ibrox Park
Attendance: 48,114
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Nacho Novo (pen) (3)
Dado Prso (4)
Robert Malcolm (50)
None.

Team Managers
Alex McLeish Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Stefan Klos
2. Fernando Ricksen
15. Zurab Khizanishvili
5. Marvin Andrews
24. Gregory Vignal
12. Robert Malcolm
14. Dragan Mladenovic
31. Hamed Namouchi
7. Shota Arveladze
9. Dado Prso
10. Nacho Novo
Derek Soutar .1
Jonay Hernández .16
Callum MacDonald .17
Stephen McNally .20
Brent Sancho .3
Barry Smith .2
Neil Barrett .14
Garry Brady .12
Steven Robb .18
Fabian Caballero .26
Steve Lovell .9

Bench
44. Lee Robinson
18. Michael Ball
20. Alan Hutton
35. Brian McLean
43. Graeme Watson
8. Alex Rae
37. Steven Smith
Scott Murray
Bobby Mann .5
Glen Atle Larsen .7
Alexandre Cerdeira .19
Neil Jablonski .15
John Sutton .10

Substitutions
Alex Rae for
Steven Smith for
Glen Atle Larsen for Fabian Caballero (68)
Alexandre Cerdeira for Steve Lovell (77)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)



Match Report


A disastrous start left Dundee with a mountain to climb at Ibrox, and although they played reasonably well for the rest of the match, it was always unlikely that they would manage to salvage anything from the game other than a bit of pride.

Jim Duffy made four changes from the side which had lost at Livingston with Stephen McNally, Neil Barrett, Garry Brady and Fabian Caballero introduced to the starting eleven, John Sutton and Bobby Mann dropped to the bench, while lain Anderson sidelined after picking up a knee injury at Almondvale, The final missing player from those who faced Livi was Mark Fotheringham who had taken ill on the eve of the game.

The opening goal came with little over a minute on the clock, but could have arrived earlier with Prso blazing over when he seemed certain to score in 30 seconds.

The very next attack from the home side brought the opener, and it came in controversial circumstances.

A cross from the left fell to Prso, Callum Macdonald got in a tackle, but the ball squirmed to Novo who turned and went down as Hernandez challenged.

There was little reaction from the crowd, or from the assistant referee. even Novo only made a half-hearted appeal.

Even referee Mike McCurry turned away before changing his mind and pointing to the spot.

Nacho Novo netted with a textbook finish for his third goal against his former team-mates.

That was a bad enough, but worse followed just a minute or so later when Novo crossed a wonderful ball. Arveladze challenged aerially for the ball with Sancho and Macdonald, and although the Georgian lost out, the ball fell for Prso lurking outside the back post.

With great skill he evaded Stephen McNally to drill the ball into the near corner from seven yards. At this point, the travelling support was just as shell-shocked as the Dundee team, fearing what might unfold with 87 minutes left. Derek Soutar hadn't had a chance with the two goals, but he comfortably saved Arveladze's thirty-yarder in nine minutes and Dundee began to push forward a little more.

After 17 minutes following a second corner, Dundee should have halved the deficit, Steven Robb curled in a great cross and Brent Sancho met it with a header from three yards out but straight at Klos.

Whilst Dundee had enjoyed a good spell, Rangers appeared happy to sit on their two goal lead.

The home side did up the pace again just past the half hour, and it took a wonderful tackle from Stephen McNally to slide in and clear the danger Prso presented. Two minutes from the interval, some dogged play from Caballero almost cut the arrears.

As Vignal dithered, Caballero robbed the Frenchman and held the ball up and waited for support. It arrived in the shape of Neil Barrett with a darting run into the box and from Fabian's superb pass, the midfielder shot low towards the corner of the goal only to turn away in disgust as Klos finger-tipped the effort round the post. That disgust turned to bafflement as referee McCurry indicated a goal kick to the bemusement of the whole stadium, Dundee had done well to get back into the match, but it was essential that the Blues Dark didn't concede another in the early part of the second period, unfortunately that's exactly what happened.

A corner from the left was cleared as far as Bob Malcolm on the edge of the area, a fine block thwarted his first effort, but the rebound fell kindly and he made no mistake with a rasping shot into the top corner.

That gave the Glasgow giants a lift and they looked the more likely to add to the total for a period. First, Arveladze's fired a shot into the side netting and on seventy minutes McNally cleared a Namouchi header off the line.

Just a minute after Namouchi had been denied at one end, the Ranger came to the rescue as he cleared substitute Larsen's header off his goal-line.

That was as close as the Dees came to pulling a goal back although a ball across the face of the goal evaded 'Alex' and Larsen when a touch would have brought a goal. The Dees trooped off dejectedly at the end but a day which had threatened to be an unmitigated disaster had seen them play some decent football and while still defeated they had salvaged a bit of pride.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at December 11th, 2004)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Derek Soutar (GK)23 19 - 20 -
Jonay Hernández25 141882
Callum MacDonald21 14 - 21 -
Stephen McNally - 12 - 14 -
Brent Sancho27 17 - 42 -
Barry Smith30 20 - 3684
Neil Barrett22 12 - 251
Garry Brady28 171942
Steven Robb22 152443
Fabian Caballero26 9 - 12225
Steve Lovell24 1998130
Glen Atle Larsen (sub) - 111111
Alexandre Cerdeira (sub) - 5 - 5 -






League Table (as at December 11th, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.