Dundee United 3
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)

Dundee Utd 

3 - 0


League (Premier League)
Sunday, August 19th, 2012
Dens Park
Attendance: 13,538
12:45 PM Kick-off

Gavin Gunning (14)
Johnny Russell (35)
Johnny Russell (38)

Team Managers
Peter Houston Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Radoslaw Cierzniak
2. Seán Dillon
3. Barry Douglas
12. Keith Watson
5. Gavin Gunning
10. Richie Ryan
6. Willo Flood
15. Michael Gardyne
8. John Rankin
7. Johnny Russell
9. Jon Daly
Robert Douglas .1
Davide Grassi .21
Kyle Benedictus .17
Gary Irvine .2
Matt Lockwood .3
Iain Davidson .6
Nicky Riley .7
Jim McAlister .20
Ryan Conroy .11
Stephen O'Donnell .4
John Baird .10

13. Steve Banks
4. Brian McLean
16. Stuart Armstrong
28. Willie Robertson
14. Mark Millar
23. Dale Hilson
18. Ryan Dow
Alex Baird .36
Declan Gallagher .18
Neil McGregor .5
Graham Webster .16
Mark Stewart .27
Martin Boyle .23
Steven Milne .15

Stuart Armstrong for Michael Gardyne (67)
Brian McLean for Gavin Gunning (79)
Mark Stewart for John Baird (57)
Martin Boyle for Jim McAlister (65)
Graham Webster for Nicky Riley (80)

Michael Gardyne (24)
Radoslaw Cierzniak (73)
Nicky Riley (51)
Kyle Benedictus (64)

Red Cards
Johnny Russell (72) Stephen O'Donnell (72)

Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)
Gordon Middleton & Ross Haswell (Assistants)
Paul Robertson (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee fans have had to wait seven long years for a competitive Dundee derby and they'll have to wait a while longer for one they can truly enjoy. United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners today and ensured that only the Arabs left Tannadice with smiles on their faces.

Gaving Gunning headed United into an early lead, and then a quick double by Jonny Russell before half time sealed the win for the home side.

In a dire second half the only real excitement came from a flash of anger that saw Stephen O'Donnell and Russell red carded, with one or two others possibly lucky to escape punishment.

The surprise in the Dundee line-up was the return of Nicky Riley, replacing Mark Stewart, as Barry Smith opted for a five man midfield. If Dundee took a gamble with Riley's fitness it may have backfired as the winger pulled up with what seemed to be a hamstring problem in the second half.

The re-introduction of Riley, and the extra man in midfield looked promising for Dundee in the early stages. Dundee gave their supporters hope with a fine start. Riley and McAlister were combining impressively on the right and Riley should have given the Dee the lead, but Cierzniak's double save from close range rescued United.

The promise quickly faded when the Dee conceded a soft goal from a free kick on the left. Flood's cross should have caused few problems, but it evaded Douglas and GUNNING nodded into the empty net at the far post.

The second goal will also lead to questions of the Dundee defence. Rankin took Daly's flick and was given far too much time to run unopposed through the midfield. When he was eventually closed down he slipped RUSSELL clear and his shot deflected off Grassi to loop gently over Douglas.

If the first two goals were poorly defended there was no doubt that the third was down to finishing of the highest quality. Dundee were awarded a free kick on the edge of United's penalty area. Baird's shot was charged down by the wall and cleared. RUSSELL picked up the ball on the right wing, raced forward and thrashed a superb rising shot into the roof of the net from 25 yards.

A 3-0 deficit may have been harsh on Dundee on the balance of play. Dundee played some decent football in the first half, trying to pass their way into wide areas to prise open the defence, but United's preference for long balls into the wide areas for Russell, Gardyne and Flood to chase always looked more effective. While both sides were often careless in possession it was United who were able to recover more quickly, and stop a minor mistake turning into a serious problem.

Not surprisingly United's three goal lead ended the match as a serious contest. Dundee kept fighting throughout the second half, but rarely looked like pulling a goal back. Cierzniak saved well from Conroy in Dundee's best move of the half after Irvine and Baird worked the ball well down the right.

United could have added a fourth just after half time following a corner that the Dundee defence conceded needlessly and then defended poorly. Douglas saved well from Daly's far post header, but the episode highlighted a lack of communication and organisation in the Dundee defence that plagued the Dee throughout.

After these early exchanges in the second half the match deteriorated sharply and drifted messily to its conclusion.

20 minutes from the end Stephen O'Donnell tackled Jonny Russell briskly on the half way line. Both players may have taken a flick at each other as they lay on the ground. Any hope that the referee might take a lenient view of the incident was ended as other players, notably Richie Ryan, piled in. Mr Murray pulled out a red card for both O'Donnell and Russell, and booked Cierzniak for his long distance run to join the rumble, though any number of players might have been carded.

Shortly afterwards Nicky Riley pulled up after challenging Dillon. The winger limped sadly off the pitch, and Dundee fans will fear the worst given his injury problems.

After the red card and substitutions Dundee lost their shape and organisation in midfield. United were largely unaffected, having lost a striker in a game that was already won, and were able to coast to the final whistle without having to worry about a comeback.

Martin Boyle was thrown on to play for the last 25 minutes. It was really no more than the chance to gain some experience, and he had little opportunity to make an impact.

If Dundee had played some good football on the ground in the first half, there was little to be seen after half time. United's long balls had been purposeful and effective, but Dundee's attempts to go long in the second half were optimisitic, ineffective and merely reflected a lack of options.

This was another tough lesson for Dundee. Just like last week Dundee failed to score when they were on top, and defended poorly. The reality is that Dundee's lack of time to prepare for an SPL campaign is causing them real problems. There are signs of hope, but these aren't going to turn into good results until the Dee are able to get the basics right first.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 19th, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 4 - 275 -
Gary Irvine27 4 - 832
Kyle Benedictus20 4 - 54 -
Davide Grassi26 2 - 2 -
Matt Lockwood35 4 - 809
Jim McAlister26 3 - 3 -
Nicky Riley26 1 - 679
Iain Davidson28 3 - 3 -
Stephen O'Donnell29 2 - 807
Ryan Conroy25 4 - 4612
John Baird26 4 - 4 -
Graham Webster (sub)20 4 - 8 -
Martin Boyle (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Mark Stewart (sub)24 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 19th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.