Hibernian 3
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


3 - 0


League (Premier League)
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2001
Easter Road
Attendance: 12,397
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mixu Paatelainen (6)
Paul Fenwick (41)
John O'Neil (69)

Team Managers
Alex McLeish Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Nick Colgan
3. UlrikLaursen
4. Frank Sauzee
7. Stuart Lovell
14. Paul Fenwick
18. Gary Smith
10. Russell Latapy
11. John O'Neil
19. Mathais Jack
9. Mixu Paatelainen
20. David Zitelli
Marco Roccati .1
Barry Smith .2
Walter Del Rio .26
Steven Tweed .6
Gavin Rae .14
Shaun McSkimming .12
Beto Carranza .25
Ivano Bonetti .8
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Claudio Caniggia .33
Juan Sara .9

31. Michael Franks
27. Tam McManus
16. Dirk Lehmann
26. Ian Murray
15. Lyndon Andrews
Jamie Langfield .3
Lee Wilkie .20
Javier Artero .18
Steven Milne .15
Willie Falconer .11

Lyndon Andrews for Russell Latapy (71)
Ian Murray for Mathais Jack (75)
Dirk Lehmann for Mixu Paatelainen (78)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (66)
Jamie Langfield for Marco Roccati (76)

None. Ivano Bonetti (69)
Giorgi Nemsadze (90)
Gavin Rae (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee's difficulties in dealing with the finishing power of Hibs continued at Easter Road yesterday, with Celtic's nearest challengers running out winners by a comfortable margin.

Beaten 5-1 at the venue back in August and 2-1 in the return three months later, the Dark Blues went behind early and were never able to get themselves back into the contest.

"I thought we played quite well overall but paid heavily for not shutting down our opponents," said Dundee player manager Ivano Bonetti.

"Hibs are a very strong side and you can't afford to give them anything at all.

"They only really had three chances yet have scored on each occasion."

With Bonetti himself back from injury, Shaun McSkimming found himself moved back from left midfield to fullback. Lee Wilkie, in favour again following his clear-the-air meeting with the Italian was among the five substitutes named, as was Steven Milne, who had made way for Claudio Caniggia.

Hibs pressed on to the offensive from the start and stunned the visitors by taking sixth-minute lead.

Ulrik Laursen's high cross into the box looked a straight forward one for the Dundee defence to deal with but, when Steven Tweed misjudged its flight in the air, Mixu Paatelainen was left with a free header and made the most of his opportunity.

The Dark Blues responded positively, Caniggia almost conjuring an instant equaliser with a fine effort from the edge of the area that Nick Colgan could only parry back into open play.

Juan Sara, showing good awareness, followed in only to lose his footing on the slippery surface and allow the pursuing Paul Fenwick to clear.

Bonetti then went close with a powerfully hit free kick from 21 yards out which would have surely tested Colgan had it not been deflected behind for a corner kick.

Dundee had dominated the first half with their neat passing football but fell further behind in the 41st minute to a freakish score.

Walter Del Rio's last gasp tackle on John O'Neil conceded a corner on the left.

From Russell Latapy's place kick the ball found its way to David Zitelli who drove a shot in on goal.

Fenwick, standing with his back to goal just a couple of yards out, knew little about it as the ball hit his shin before spinning crazily off towards the bottom corner of the net.

McSkimming tried desperately to scramble it away before it crossed the line but to no avail and Dundee were two down.

If they were disheartened they didn't show it for they looked every bit as impressive in possession on their return after the break.

Caniggia had Colgan scram bling across his box with a glancing header from a Beto Carranza cross while Sara had the near 2000 travelling support on their feet with a clever run that only just failed to beat the offside trap.

As before though they failed to convert their build up play into goals and in the 69th minute were again shown how it should be done when Hibs made it 3-0.

Again they had the help of a deflection, O'Neil's shot from 20 yards came off the legs of Barry Smith on its way to the back of the net leaving keeper Marco Rocatti no chance.

Rocatti had twisted his knee and made way soon after for Scotland under-21 internation alist Jamie Langfield who, though not on the pitch for long, nevertheless managed to impress, pulling out a great save to touch a fierce effort from Hibs' substitute Dirk Leghmann's onto the crossbar.

Referee Mike McCurry made three bookings-Bonetti (foul on O'Neil), Georgi Nemsadze (foul on Andrews) and Gavin Rae (dissent).

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at January 2nd, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 11 - 11 -
Steven Tweed28 241744
Walter Del Rio24 2 - 2 -
Barry Smith26 25 - 2041
Gavin Rae23 20212410
Giorgi Nemsadze28 241241
Ivano Bonetti - 182182
Beto Carranza28 112112
Shaun McSkimming30 12 - 997
Juan Sara24 22102210
Claudio Caniggia33 115115
Jamie Langfield (sub) (GK)21 2 - 7 -
Steven Milne (sub)20 133153

League Table (as at January 2nd, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.