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League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 19th, 2005
Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 10,474
3:00 PM Kick-off

Noel Whelan (63) Tam McManus (73)

Team Managers
Jimmy Calderwood Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
20. Ryan Esson
15. Michael Hart
4. Russell Anderson
8. Markus Heikkinen
2. Philip McGuire
3. Kevin McNaughton
22. Jamie Winter
11. Chris Clark
6. Scott Severin
23. Noel Whelan
14. Darren Mackie
Derek Soutar .1
Joel Kitamirike .25
Callum MacDonald .17
Bobby Mann .5
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .6
Neil Barrett .14
Garry Brady .12
Steven Robb .18
Fabian Caballero .26
Tam McManus .16

1. David Preece
9. Steven Craig
18. Scott Muirhead
25. Andrew Considine
16. Scott Morrison
19. John Stewart
21. Richard Foster
Francois Dubourdeau .24
Brent Sancho .3
Aaron Conway .21
Mark Fotheringham .8
Scott Robertson .22
Alexandre Cerdeira .19
John Sutton .10

Richard Foster for Philip McGuire (60)
John Stewart for Jamie Winter (68)
John Sutton for Neil Barrett (73)
Brent Sancho for Fabian Caballero (85)

Kevin McNaughton (79) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)

Match Report

Tam McManus 73rd minute gamble paid off to bring Dundee a valuable share of the points from Pittodrie on an afternoon when good football was at a premium.

Tam sneaked behind the Dons defence to prod home from close range after substitute John Sutton's first touch of the match was a flick on Garry Brady's free kick to give McManus the opportunity.

The former Hibee's strike would have brought cheers from his former fans at East End Park too, as it helped lift Hibs above Aberdeen in the race for a UEFA Cup spot, though was also allied to a moment of dithering from Scotland defender Russell Anderson who could, and should have cleared before the ball rolled invitingly into the past of McManus.

More importantly, it ended Dundee's 468-minute goal drought and also brought to a stop a four-game losing streak.

That goal silenced a noisier than usual Pittodrie crowd who had spent the previous ten minutes celebrating a fantastic goal from Noel Whelan. The veteran Englishman had spent most of the previous six months getting stick from the Granite City faithful who judged that he was over the hill and not up to this standard of football anymore, but goals in the previous two home games had boosted both his confidence and standing with the North East crowd and here he was arguably the best player afield.

His goal was of stunning quality, picking the ball up 27 yards out he looked up and lifted a dipping shot over Soutar, there had appeared no danger, and the keeper wasn't obviously a long way off his line, but Whelan's execution was expert.

Steve Lovell, as expected, missed out on the trip north and Steven Robb came in on the left of midfield as Dundee went with a 4-4-2 formation.

Aberdeen were without young star defender Zander Diamond and they drafted in Markus Heikkinen in central defence.

The match started at a fair pace and Steven Robb showed some of his trademark bursts forward in the early stages; it took a timely challenge from Anderson to deny him on the edge of the box after he had left two defenders in his wake.

Robb was involved again in eight minutes as the first real opportunity of the match came Dundee's way, his cross from the left found Garry Brady and the midfielder cut the ball past a defender before firing in a volley which unfortunately was aimed straight at keeper Esson.

At the other end Derek Soutar had to be alert as Whelan turned and rapped in a twenty-yarder, which the keeper collected comfortably.

Kevin McNaughton's Dundee supporting family would have had spilt loyalty's here, and they were tested as he fired in a dipping shot which beat Soutar and rebounded back off the face of the bar as half time approached.

It was good to see Referee Stuart Dougal back in the Premier League after a brain haemorrhage, and he controlled the game well, his first booking came as the first period came to a conclusion, and it wasn't a difficult decision to make as McManus badly mistimed a challenge on McNaughton and scythed the Dons' wing back to the ground.

Chris Clark had caused Dundee problems in previous meetings but he'd been pretty invisible in this encounter until he fired in a shot from the edge of the box in 55 minutes, Soutar again dealt with it competently.

Eight minutes later though, the keeper was helpless as Whelan produced his moment of magic to put the home side ahead.

The change in the atmosphere inside Pittodrie was instant as the home side's fans prematurely celebrated a win that would keep them in third place.

It was hard to see a way back for Dundee, working hard had kept them level, but there were few moments of inspiration.

The side's record from set-pieces hasn't been impressive in recent years, but Aberdeen keeper Esson almost gave the Dark Blues an opportunity to improve it when he rashly came to try to punch a Brady free kick, Bobby Mann beat him to the ball and headed goalwards only for Dundee laddie Jamie Winter to pop up on the goal line and clear, it was a moment that might not have pleased his Dundee season ticket holder granddad.

With 73 minutes on the clock, Jim Duffy made a substitution that paid immediate dividends. Neil Barrett was withdrawn and John Sutton trotted onto the field and straight into the Aberdeen box to challenge for a Brady free kick from the half way line, the big Englishman won his header. and McManus did the rest.

The scorer would describe the moment afterwards, as 'It seemed to happen in slow motion, all I had to do was pick which side to stick the ball into the net."

Now the Aberdeen fans were silent and in the closing moments Dundee began to look far more likely.

With time running out, Duffy replaced Caballero. with Sancho and the Trinidad and Tobago. international was instrumental in clearing the one real moment of danger as the clock ran down.

Whelan rose at the back post to head back across goal and with several Dons players lurking Sancho cleared the ball with a spectacular overhead kick to ensure the trip north again. brought some reward.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 19th, 2005)

2004-05 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)23 32 - 33 -
Joel Kitamirike - 3 - 3 -
Callum MacDonald21 27 - 34 -
Bobby Mann31 24 - 24 -
Barry Smith31 33 - 3814
Lee Wilkie24 11 - 1306
Neil Barrett23 252383
Garry Brady28 221992
Steven Robb23 273564
Fabian Caballero27 21113426
Tam McManus24 7373
Brent Sancho (sub)28 24 - 49 -
John Sutton (sub)21 307307

League Table (as at March 19th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.