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Dundee 1
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League (Premier League)
Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 12,446
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Ryan Conroy (pen.) (3)

Team Managers
John McGlynn Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie MacDonald
3. Danny Grainger
4. Ryan McGowan
5. Darren Barr
6. Andy Webster
26. Marius Žali?kas
33. Callum Paterson
10. Mehdi Taouil
18. Arvydas Novikovas
9. John Sutton
37. Dale Carrick
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Lewis Toshney .25
Neil McGregor .5
Matt Lockwood .3
Davide Grassi .21
Iain Davidson .6
Jim McAlister .20
Ryan Conroy .11
Colin Nish .24
John Baird .10

31. Jack Hamilton
19. Dylan McGowan
15. Jason Holt
11. Andy Driver
14. Jamie Walker
8. Scott Robinson
7. Ryan Stevenson
Alex Baird .36
Declan Gallagher .18
Graham Webster .16
Jamie Reid .33
Steven Milne .15
Martin Boyle .23

Ryan Stevenson for John Sutton (46)
Andy Driver for Dale Carrick (66)
Jamie Walker for Darren Barr (77)
Steven Milne for Colin Nish (74)

Marius Zaliukas (3)
Ryan McGowan (56)
Lewis Toshney (27)
Iain Davidson (57)
Colin Nish (68)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
Derek Rose & Graham Chambers (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

A Ryan Conroy penalty goal just three minutes into the game gave Dundee their first SPL win in over seven years, while at the other end a magnificent penalty save from Rab' Douglas made sure the point headed out of the capital on The Dark Blues team bus.

Wearing their new white away kit for the first time in an SPL game the Dark Blues grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck right from the off and they gained reward sixty seconds in when Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas pulled down Colin Nish as the striker tried to tum in the box, referee Craig Thomson having no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot.

Ryan Conroy's not missed from the spot yet and he never looked like this one, cooly slotting it past Jamie MacDonald before racing away to celebrate. Playing 4-5-1 with John Baird wide on the right of the five man midfield and the Dark Blues played some flowing football in the early stages against a home side who looked somewhat shell shocked by that early set back.

Thirteen minutes in a fine move saw McAlister find Nish in space but the striker had drifted marginally offside as he fired a shot just wide.

Five minutes later Hearts had their first pop at goal, midfielder Mehdi Taouil firing) in a rising 25 yearer which Douglas tipped over the bar.

In 21 minutes Dundee came close to doubling their lead as McAlister found Irvine with a fine back heel flick, the captain then picked out Baird who fired just wide from outside the box.

Dundee broke again two minutes later and Baird had another try at goal, which was deflected over the bar for a comer.

Hearts turned on the pressure and in 25 minutes they had a penalty opportunity of their own, youngster Callum Paterson tumbling in the box when challenged by Neil McGregor.

There would be no third score from the spot of the season for former Dee John Sutton though as Rab' Douglas dived full length to his right to pull off a magnificent stop which had the Dundee fans screaming their delight.

Dundee were getting forward whenever possible and looked dangerous on the break but they hadn't managed to test MacDonald again.

Young Paterson on the right for Hearts looked a bright prospect and he cut inside to fire a 25 yarder on target just after the half hour, Douglas again at full stretch to deny the winger.

Seven minutes before the break it was Douglas to the rescue again as he dived low to his left to deny Dale Carrick-Hearts though were being restricted to shots from distance by the Dark Blue rearguard with Davide Grassi in top form at the centre of the back line.

Four minutes after the interval it took Douglas two attempts to gather a firmly hit shot from Arvydas Novikovas.

Hearts rolled forward in numbers after the break and it was backs to the wall stuff for the Dark Blues, Douglas looked almost unbeatable though and on the one occasion when the ball evaded him and hit the target it was Ryan Conroy to the rescue with a header off the goal line midway through the half.

The last half hour saw more pressure but when they got past the Dens back four their finishing was suspect. Paterson heading wide from a great position sat time ran out.

Backed, again, by a magnificent traveling support the Dee stood firm in the face of waves of Hearts attacks and the final whistle saw scenes of joy at the first win.

As that support sang loud and proud, "Dundee are back."

Match report written by Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 2nd, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 7 - 278 -
Lewis Toshney20 2 - 2 -
Gary Irvine27 7 - 862
Davide Grassi26 5 - 5 -
Matt Lockwood35 6 - 829
Neil McGregor27 5 - 361
Jim McAlister26 6 - 6 -
Iain Davidson28 6 - 6 -
Ryan Conroy25 714913
John Baird27 7 - 7 -
Colin Nish31 2 - 2 -
Steven Milne (sub)32 2115642

League Table (as at September 2nd, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.