Dundee 0
Dundee United 3
League (Premier League)

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Dundee Utd 

League (Premier League)
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,419
12:45 PM Kick-off

None. Keith Watson (17)
Jon Daly (pen.) (71)
Willo Flood (88)

Team Managers
Barry Smith
Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Gary Irvine
17. Kyle Benedictus
3. Matt Lockwood
18. Declan Gallagher
7. Nicky Riley
8. Kevin McBride
6. Iain Davidson
20. Jim McAlister
15. Steven Milne
10. John Baird
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Brian McLean .4
Barry Douglas .3
Keith Watson .12
Gavin Gunning .5
John Rankin .8
Rudi Skácel .51
Willo Flood .6
Stuart Armstrong .16
Jon Daly .9
Johnny Russell .7

36. Alex Baird
25. Lewis Toshney
5. Neil McGregor
11. Ryan Conroy
33. Jamie Reid
40. Kevin Buchan
23. Martin Boyle
Steve Banks .13
Paddy Barrett .29
Mark Millar .14
Richie Ryan .10
Michael Gardyne .15
Ryan Dow .18
Miloš Lacný .20

Martin Boyle for Steven Milne (79)
Richie Ryan for Rudi Skácel (75)
Michael Gardyne for Johnny Russell (90)

Iain Davidson (85)
Barry Douglas (20)
Rudi Skácel (55)
Brian McLean (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Willie Conquer & Alan Mulvanny (Assistants)
John McKendrick (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee went down 3-0 to Dundee United in the big derby at Dens today. The score might have been the same as in the first derby at Tannadice in August, but it was a very different game and the scoreline was cruel on the Dee.

United took a first half lead through Keith Watson then tied up the game with goals in the last quarter from a Jon Daly penalty and Willo Flood.

Dundee's only change from last week was the return of Nicky Riley in place of Ryan Conroy.

United won the toss and chose to make Dundee cope with the problem of the low sun shining through the gap between the South Enclosure and the Bobby Cox Stand.

Riley was involved constantly in the early stages, threatening the United defence on the right while Jim McAlister was looking equally dangerous on the left.

A fine move down the right by Milne and Riley nearly opened up United's defence. A flurry of early Dee corners were dealt with rather nervously by United. Cierzniak came a long way for one, but punched the ball only as far as Riley, just outside the penalty area. The Dundee midfielder sent his header looping back over the keeper, but also over the bar.

Disappointingly for Dundee fans the game started to pan out in a similar fashion to the August derby. Dundee might have had the better start but it was United who took the lead with a poorly defended set piece goal.

After looking surprisingly ineffective United scored with the second of two corners in quick succession. Flood's corner to the near post caught out the Dee defence as the ball came flying out of the low sun. WATSON stooped to glance his header into the net.

Dundee were never as dominant again as they were in the first 15 minutes. However, they were still playing well and Riley in particular was causing Barry Douglas problems. United were having to put extra men on the Dee winger, which was creating room for others.

Steven Milne should have equalised midway through the half, but volleyed over after McAlister had teed up Irvine's cross.

United might have extended their lead midway through the half. First Rab Douglas did very well to turn Watson's ferocious 25 yarder over the bar. In the follow up to the corner Russell headed Barry Douglas's cross narrowly past the post.

At half time United were slightly fortunate to be ahead on the balance of play. However, the team from down the road came out fired up at the start of the second half and threw themselves at the Dark Blues. Armstrong forced a good save from Douglas with his shot from the edge of the area, and Russell hit the outside of the post from the same position after a poor clearance by Gallagher.

In between those two escapes at the Dundee end United had a huge let off in their own penalty area. Baird's pass inside to Milne seemed to be stopped by Brian McLean's arm. Referee Willie Collum looked to the stand side for help from his assistant, who was shielding his eyes from the sun and United got the benefit of the doubt.

Dundee fought their way back into the game and Milne should have made more of a good break down the left, but his cross was poor. He them combined superbly with Riley to break down the right, but the promising attack was stopped by a crude challenge by McLean to stop Baird running clear.

Matt Lockwood took the free kick from 30 yards, and Cierzniak had to stretch to tip the ball over the bar.

The tension seemed to be getting to both sides. Play was flying from end to end, but mostly in a scrappy style. Opportunities to break out of defence were wasted by poor passing by both teams.

20 minutes from time Dundee had the chance to break upfield, but McBride's pass was blocked and rebounded to let Armstrong run into the penalty area from the left wing. He got his cross in for Daly to shoot. Douglas saved, but to the dismay of the home side Mr Collum was pointing to the penalty spot. Unnoticed by most of the crowd Gary Irvine had caught Armstrong with his challenge after he'd passed the ball.

DALY took the penalty and scored comfortably to give United a decisive lead. Till then Dundee had looked fully capable of equalising, but the second goal took the game out of the Dee's reach.

Dundee kept on fighting and chasing the game, but with a two goal cushion United relaxed and started to look more dangerous. It was still harsh on the Dark Blues when Willo FLOOD scored a rather flattering third with a shot from 18 yards that took a big deflection to beat Douglas.

That was the game over, though Cierzniak had to be alert to keep out Kevin McBride's 25 yard rocket.

This game was totally different from the derby in August, which was over as a contest by half time. The scoreline might have been the same, but this was a much tougher afternoon for United. The Tangerines might have got the breaks at key moments, but they won because they handled the difficult spells of the game better.

United made fewer mistakes, and in particular they dealt more capably with the awful low sun shining into the Bobby Cox goalmouth, which caused real problems for Dundee when the ball came in from the United left in the first half. The Dark Blues didn't help themselves with far too many poorly delivered corners, often failing to get past the first defender.

After the first 20 minutes United looked the more dangerous side because of the ability of their forwards to turn potential opportunities into real chances. Time and again Dundee built promising attacks that didn't end up in a shooting chance.

It was a lot better than last time, but that's scant consolation to the disappointed Dark Blues.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at December 9th, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 19 - 290 -
Gary Irvine27 19 - 982
Declan Gallagher21 9 - 9 -
Matt Lockwood36 1619210
Kyle Benedictus21 161661
Nicky Riley26 1117710
Jim McAlister27 18 - 18 -
Iain Davidson28 18 - 18 -
Kevin McBride31 101211
John Baird27 18 - 18 -
Steven Milne32 12316644
Martin Boyle (sub)19 9 - 9 -

League Table (as at December 9th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our last outing here at Dens was very pleasing to say the least and I feel the scoreline against a very talented and on-form Hibernian team was a fair one.

The manner in which we approached the game and the goals we scored were excellent, and I feel a product of all the hard work that's been happening on the training ground.

Against St Mirren I felt we were unlucky to lose having played well for spells in the game, but it's always hard in this league going away from home and trying to get a result, and the sending off played its part in the final result I'm sure. The positive from that however was the way we bounced back quickly the following week.

Livingston has always been a tricky place to go and get a result. They are a club with a history of bringing through good young players, and games there have historically always been tight.

I was therefore pleased with the professional manner in which we went about our business. Getting the early goal was important and even after we got the second shortly after, I thought we were lively on the attack and always looked solid in defence.

That is something we will look to build on again today. We know it will be a fantastic atmosphere, but it's important we remain focussed and try and do the right things, and not let the occasion cloud our judgement. The players, to their credit, have shown how hard they have worked over the last few games to adapt to the pace of the SPL, and this afternoon is another challenge which I feel they are ready for.

I was fortunate enough to play in many Dundee Derbies, and I know how important it is to the fans and everyone connected with the club. What you will see from my players, as always, is 100% commitment and hunger to get a result.

Enjoy the game.