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League (Premier League)
Fabian Caballero (54)
||Joe Hamill (60)|
1. Derek Soutar
2. Barry Smith
20. Stephen McNally
17. Callum MacDonald
6. Lee Wilkie
18. Steven Robb
8. Mark Fotheringham
14. Neil Barrett
16. Tam McManus
10. John Sutton
26. Fabian Caballero
Craig Gordon .1
Robbie Neilson .12
Andy Webster .7
Steven Pressley .4
Jamie McAllister .14
Neil MacFarlane .11
Phil Stamp .8
Paul Hartley .10
Lee Miller .9
Dennis Wyness .7
Ramon Pereira .15
13. Kelvin Jack
5. Bobby Mann
22. Scott Robertson
23. Neil Clark
19. Alexandre Cerdeira
7. Glen Atle Larsen
Teuvo Moilanen .13
Kevin McKenna .5
Christophe Berra .21
Michael Stewart .22
Joe Hamill .19
Graham Weir .17
Stephen Simmons .16
Scott Robertson for Tam McManus (76)
Joe Hamill for Ramon Pereira (59)
Graham Weir for Dennis Wyness (62)
Stephen Simmons for Neil MacFarlane (71)
Phil Stamp (72)
Jamie McAllister (73)
Lee Miller (90)
Willie Young (Referee)
Fabian Caballero's first goal since May 2003 had the home support briefly dreaming of a second successive win. but those thoughts lasted only six minutes before substitute Joe Hamill made an instant impact to earn Hearts a deserved share of the spoils.
It was the same starting eleven for Dundee after the win over Caley Thistle, new boy Joel Kitamirike was on the bench, while Steve Lovell was again absent as he served the last game of his suspension.
Defences were on top for most of this entertaining draw, with the central defensive pairings of Wilkie and Macdonald for Dundee and Webster and Pressley for the visitors in fine form, scoring opportunities were few and far between.
Hearts started the better, and had a lot of first half possession.
Their first chance came in five minutes when Wyness evaded Wilkie's challenge and raced towards goal only to fire his effort over the bar.
Hearts continued to press forward, but apart from having to deal expertly with a lot of crosses Derek Soutar wasn't exactly troubled.
Midway through the half Dundee created what was the best chance of the half, Neil Barrett challenged McAllister as the full back tried to clear and won the ball cleanly.
The Englishman raced down the right and fired in a low cross that Tam McManus lashed inches wide of the target.
It was an opportunity missed for the striker who was getting dogs abuse from the visiting support.
Fabian Caballero had half chances too. trying to bend a Wilkie knockdown past Craig Gordon and being denied by a last ditch tackle as he tried to tee up an effort deep inside the Hearts box.
As the half closed Hearts were back on top with Dundee struggling to get forward at all.
The interval sorted that out though and the second half started with the Dark Blues pushing forward.
Caballero was getting much more involved and he came close to scoring in 52 minutes with a vicious drive which looped off McAllister and just over the bar with Gordon struggling to get back into position to save.
From the resulting corner Dundee took the lead, Hearts failed to clear the set piece properly and the ball eventually fell to McManus who launched a powerful effort on target, again McAllister blocked the ball which spun across goal from where Caballero steadied himself and placed home the deftest of headers past Gordon's despairing dive.
Dundee now oozed confidence, and Steven Robb came close to doubling the lead in 57 minutes, racing from his own half and leaving a trail of Hearts players in his wake before smashing a rocket shot inches over. It was a moment when the whole home support were on their feet ready to acclaim a goal of season contender.
Three minutes later Hearts were level, John Robertson withdrew recent Dundee signing target Ramon Pereira, who had shown some nice touches, but rarely threatened, and introduced Joe Hamill with immediate impact.
The winger's first involvement saw him carry the ball down the left before feeding the overlapping McAllister, his cross found the head of on loan striker Lee Miller who nodded the ball down into the six yard box from where Hamill, who had continued his run, slid it home.
With 21 minutes left, Dundee should have been ahead again, Fotheringham's curled corner found the head of Wilkie to set up John Sutton seven yards out and the striker smashed his shot through a crowded six-yard box, but had got too much elevation on the effort and it cleared the bar much to the relief of Gordon and his defenders.
Caballero really looked in the mood and won a string of free-kicks as Hearts tried everything to stop him.
Both sides tried to push forward as time ran out but chances were rare, the best perhaps again falling to Sutton when he got on the end of McNally's deep cross but could only head wide of the target.
Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme
|Derek Soutar (GK)||23||25||-||26||-|
|Scott Robertson (sub)||-||3||-||3||-|
No league table has been added for this season.
As I mentioned in last week's programme, taking three points from the Inverness Caley game was vital.
We achieved just that, though it has to be conceded, it was only after a bit of a struggle.
In fact for the first twenty minutes, we looked a bit nervy with the result that Inverness were in control at that stage.
However, Derek Soutar pulled off two or three very good saves to keep us in the game before Steven Robb gave us the lead.
After that we were more relaxed and Tom McManus capped an excellent debut by scoring a crucial second very early in the second half.
John Sutton's penalty ensured that we secured a much-needed victory.
Despite that, a repeat of that result is again a must, but against a top quality side like Hearts that is going to be very difficult.
Under new manager John Robertson they have changed their system a bit and, of course, have lost important players like Maybury and de Vries.
However, with the likes of Craig Gordon, Steven Pressley and Andy Webster, they are still very strong defensively and with plenty of other top- performers in their ranks, mean they will be very hard to beat.
As ever, I would ask the supporters to get behind the team who will hopefully carry their second half form of last week into the full ninety minutes this afternoon, because that level of performance will be required if we are to post back-to-back home wins.
Finally, before last week's match a presentation was made to our masseur Jack Cashley, who it has been my privilege and pleasure to know and work with for many, many years.
I would like to take this opportunity of adding my own personal thanks for the tremendous hard work and support he has shown me over the years.
He is undoubtedly one of the most genuine people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with and a true supporter of Dundee Football Club.
In addition to being a colleague, I regard Jack as a very good friend.
Unfortunately, after a recent operation to have a heart pacemaker fitted, the medics have advised him to take a step back from his duties.
So whilst I look still very much forward to seeing him around Dens, it will be in a very much more relaxed capacity.