Dundee 1
Heart of Midlothian 0
League (Premier League)


Dundee
1 - 0
Hearts 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,344
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Matt Lockwood (22)
None.

Team Managers
Barry Smith
John McGlynn

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
17. Kyle Benedictus
3. Matt Lockwood
18. Declan Gallagher
2. Gary Irvine
8. Kevin McBride
7. Nicky Riley
6. Iain Davidson
20. Jim McAlister
24. Colin Nish
15. Steven Milne
Jamie MacDonald .1
Danny Grainger .3
Ryan McGowan .4
Darren Barr .5
Andy Webster .6
Marius Žali?kas .26
Callum Paterson .33
Scott Robinson .8
Mehdi Taouil .10
Arvydas Novikovas .18
John Sutton .9

Bench
36. Alex Baird
25. Lewis Toshney
5. Neil McGregor
11. Ryan Conroy
16. Graham Webster
23. Martin Boyle
10. John Baird
Peter Enckelman .21
Dylan McGowan .19
Kevin McHattie .29
Jason Holt .15
Andy Driver .11
Jamie Walker .14
Gordon Smith .12

Substitutions
John Baird for Colin Nish (68)
Ryan Conroy for Steven Milne (83)
Andy Driver for Scott Robinson (55)
Gordon Smith for John Sutton (68)
Jamie Walker for Arvydas Novikovas (72)

Cautions
Declan Gallagher (30)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Andy Tait & John McCrossan (Assistants)
Gary Hilland (Fourth Official)


Photography by David Young

Match Report


Barry Smith returned to a 4-4-2 formation as Dundee looked to end a run of defeats which had reached number six the previous week at Pittodrie.

Steven Milne came back into the starting line up alongside Colin Nish up front, with Matt Lockwood also coming in from the start in place of Brian Easton who left the field against Aberdeen due to an early injury. In defence, Declan Gallagher got his first taste of first team action at Dens, lining up alongside Kyle Benedictus for the second week running.

Dundee's only league win had come against Hearts, so despite the run. of defeats there was a confidence that points could be put on the board.

This was evident early on as Dundee started on the front foot. Within two minutes, Nicky Riley had fired Dundee's first shot of the afternoon in, although it didn't trouble Jamie MacDonald in the Hearts goal but it was a signal of intent from The Dark Blues.

Hearts eased their way into the match and despite having a good spell of possession the first person to trouble the home goal was defender Benedictus. The defender let the ball run back to Rab Douglas but didn't have time to get out of the way of the clearance. Douglas smashed the ball off the back of his team mate and both watched on as the ball thankfully for them flew out for a corner.

After 22 minutes Dundee found a breakthrough when Gary Irvine was fouled right on the edge of the box. The players claimed for a penalty > but referee Steven McLean awarded a free kick right on the edge of the area. Matt Lockwood stepped up and beautifully curled the ball round the wall and into the back of the net.

The Edinburgh side's first chance to get level came when Medhi Taouil's shot from 30 yards was saved by Douglas, but almost fell to Callum Paterson in the box. The Hearts striker was beaten to it by Gallagher who turned it behind.

Hearts had a series of free kicks from wide positions but didn't trouble Dundee and right before the break Colin Nish had a huge chance to double to score.

Lockwood's clearance was headed on by Riley and after Milne cleverly dummied, Nish ran in undetected; one on one he took his time and rounded MacDonald, but Marius Zaliukas got back to block the shot.

After the break, Hearts were the first to put pressure on. Ex-Dee John Sutton turned a cross just over at the front post. Dundee's first chance again fell to Nish. This time Hearts failed the clear and the ball arrived at the feet of Nish 12 yards out, but MacDonald turned his shot away.

Riley was helping the team massively as the match went on, taking pressure off and giving a constant attacking threat.

At one stage he picked the ball up in the right back position and after navigating past various defenders laid it wide to Nish from the edge of the box. The striker lifted the ball to the back post but there was no one in a dark blue shirt waiting.

John Baird replaced Nish to give some fresh legs to the attack and almost straight away he had a big chance. A ball up the left ran right into him and with a clear shot on goal his effort was blocked by MacDonald and hit the side netting. From the corner, Gallagher raced into space but could only turn the ball wide.

Hearts made all three changes as they went in search of an equaliser and even shifted Zaliukas up front for the final few minutes.

It wasn't to come though and the final whistle was greeted with a huge roar from the home support. Dundee didn't just stop the run of defeats, they put three points on the board and recorded a much needed home win.

Match report written by Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at November 3rd, 2012)


2012-13 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)40 14 - 285 -
Gary Irvine27 14 - 932
Declan Gallagher21 4 - 4 -
Matt Lockwood36 1218810
Kyle Benedictus20 11 - 61 -
Jim McAlister27 13 - 13 -
Iain Davidson28 13 - 13 -
Nicky Riley26 7 - 739
Kevin McBride31 5 - 16 -
Steven Milne32 7116142
Colin Nish31 9292
Ryan Conroy (sub)25 1425614
John Baird (sub)27 13 - 13 -






League Table (as at November 3rd, 2012)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Although we are still looking for a victory since I last wrote my programme notes, it's a big part of my job to take the positives from performances, and I think there have been plenty of things that we can build on.

I did not think that the scoreline was a fair reflection on the game against Inverness. We were on the front foot after scoring a good goal and pulling it back to 2-1, but again the fine margins of the SPL went against us and whilst we had a couple of good chances, Terry Butcher's men were more clinical in front of goal.

Last week at Pittodrie, I felt we defended well for the majority of the game against a good Aberdeen side and it was particularly pleasing to see how our two young centre halves coped.

We also played some good football going forward, creating a few chances and were very unfortunate to have a goal chalked off-I think replays showed that it perhaps should have stood.

We cannot hide the fact that we have had a horrific run of injuries basically going back to the first games of the season. There is nothing we can do in regards to our bad luck in this instance, but it does give the players coming an opportunity to show they should stay in the starting XI, and that's exactly what I'll be asking them to prove to me. I still absolutely have 100% belief in this group of players. have never had any doubt to call their commitment or determination into question and know they share the frustration at the way results have went recently, but more importantly there is a real desire in the dressing room to put things right.

We face another tough challenge against a good Hearts side today, and we know John McGlynn's men will be keen to take the points today just as we did at Tynecastle early last month. We showed that day that in this league you have to defend well and take your chances to win games, and that's exactly what we'll aspire to do this afternoon. It's something that I'm sure is achievable and that we are capable of doing, that's for sure.

Enjoy the game.