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Dundee United 3
League (Premier League)

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Dundee Utd 

League (Premier League)
Wednesday, January 31st, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,724
7:30 PM Kick-off

Claudio Caniggia (45)
Willie Falconer (88)
Hugh Davidson (34)
Craig Easton (46)
Jim Lauchlan (78)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Marco Roccati
22. Chris Coyne
2. Barry Smith
6. Steven Tweed
18. Javier Artero
25. Beto Carranza
12. Shaun McSkimming
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
29. Alessandro Romano
33. Claudio Caniggia
11. Willie Falconer
Paul Gallacher .13
Jamie McCunnie .42
Jason de Vos .5
Danny Griffin .16
Jim Lauchlan .23
Jamie Buchan .24
Charlie Miller .29
Craig Easton .7
Hugh Davidson .26
Jim Hamilton .17
Derek Lilley .10

3. Jamie Langfield
26. Walter Del Rio
8. Ivano Bonetti
28. Marco Russo
16. Michael Yates
Pat Onstad .22
David McCracken .32
Neil Heaney .11
Beto Naveda .9
Steven Thompson .19

Ivano Bonetti for Shaun McSkimming (58)
Marco Russo for Ivano Bonetti (65)
Steven Thompson for Jim Hamilton (79)
Beto Naveda for Derek Lilley (83)

Alessandro Romano (13)
Jim Hamilton (34)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)
Brian McDuffie & Frank Cole (Assistants)
Garry Mitchell (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee United came out top on a night of firsts at Dens Park.

Scotland under-21 cap Hugh Davidson grabbed his FIRST league goal, in the process becoming the FIRST home-bred player to net in the Dundee derby fixture this season. United ended a run of three straight defeats at the hands of their bitter city rivals with their FIRST away win in the SPL since last April to move off the bottom of the table for the FIRST time in five months.

And no one, apart perhaps from the most blinkered of Dark Blues fans, could begrudge them extending their unbeaten start to 2001 as they certainly weren't flattered by the scoreline-whereas Dundee definitely were.

United provided the perfect riposte to Dens boss Ivano Bonetti's pre-match rhetoric turning in a stylish display that a poor Dundee side had no answer to.

And to complete Bonetti's misery het had to hop his way to the dressing room at full-time after an appearance as a second half substitute was aborted after just seven minutes when his recent calf injury developed into a full tear which could side line him for the rest of the season.

"All the stuff their manager came away with before the game really got the boys geed up," revealed Davidson.

"We got in about them right from the start and didn't give them a chance to play and we feel 3-2 flattered them.

"It's great to be off the bottom but we feel this has been coming for a long time." Defender Jim Lauchlan, who grabbed the third goal, predicted that leap-frogging St Mirren who went down 1-0 at Hearts last night-was only the start for the Tangerines.

He revealed how their controversial turn-of-the-year defeat at Easter Road is proving instrumental in the revival in fortunes that 2001 has provided.

"What happened to us at Hibs, on reflection, maybe wasn't a bad thing," he said.

"Although we were all gutted at the time it brought us together, made us realise we were going to get no favours and made us dig in."

Tannadice boss Alex Smith couldn't resist dig at Bonetti's claim-which he resurrected in the lead-up to this re-match-after the stormy first meeting of the clubs this season that United were the dirtiest team he had come across.

"We won convincingly with a performance which from the first minute to the last was almost complete," said Smith.

"Things were said about us earlier in the season which were unjust and unfair but there was no sign of any malice or need to be physical tonight. We proved that we can play-every dog has his day."

Davidson put United ahead after 34 minutes. A fine ball from the hard working Craig Easton released Derek Lilley on the right where Dundee, by virtue of the fact Beto Carranza had failed to track back, were exposed. Lilley delivered an inch-perfect cross beyond the far post for Davidson to rise and direct a header across the diving Marco Roccati and into the opposite corner of the net.

"That's my one for the season," laughed the midfielder whose appearances this term have been sporadic.

"I'm not known for scoring. That's only my second first-team goal ever and oddly enough the other one, which I got in a CIS Cup tie with St Johnstone, was also a header."

As the match entered first-half stoppage time, however, Dundee returned to parity as Carranza made up for the part he had played in their going behind. He supplied Javier Artero with the ball on the wing from where he delivered a low centre to the near post for Claudio Caniggia to steal in between Jason de Vos and Jim Lauchlan and bundle home.

Though the equaliser was a brave finish to a decent move, the Dark Blues were fortunate to go in at the break on level terms as United had been on top for the bulk of the half.

Davidson might have scored earlier but, having been released by Charlie Miller, he shot straight at Roccati and a curling shot from Jim Hamilton, after De Vos teed him up from a Miller corner, only just cleared the bar.

But with the second period barely a minute old, United edged back in front as a Jamie Buchan through ball found Easton steaming into the area and he fired high past Roccati for his fourth goal of the campaign-which makes him the Tangerines' leading scorer.

Artero had a chance to level when he burst through on United keeper Paul Gallacher but he sliced a right-foot shot high and wide of the mark and Caniggia finished off a one-two with Carranza with a glancing header that Gallacher did well to grasp as Dundee struggled to find a way back into the game again.

But United were by no means on the back foot. They might well have scored when Steven Tweed was taken out of the play by a Miller through pass that Roccati raced from his goal to take off the toes of Hamilton.

With 78 minutes gone the visitors wrapped up the victory through Lauchlan who couldn't miss when the ball broke back to him off Lilley after the striker failed to control Hamilton's knock down of a Miller corner.

Two minutes from time Willie Falconer pulled one back for Dundee when he finished off a terrific cross from Caniggia with a looping header but that served only to give the impression that this match was a closer affair than had actually been the case.

"We have been unfortunate recently with injuries but that had nothing to do with this result," said Dens number two Dario Bonetti.

"We lost because we played badly and had the wrong mental attitude and lacked ideas."

Referee Willie Young, who kept a tight grip on the game, booked just two players-Dundee's Alessandro Romano for challenging his refusal to yellow card Miller for diving after the United midfielder went down in the area under a Tweed tackle, and Hamilton for reacting angrily after being stood on accidentally by Caniggia.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at January 31st, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 13 - 13 -
Chris Coyne22 8 - 8 -
Barry Smith26 27 - 2061
Steven Tweed28 261764
Javier Artero25 252343
Beto Carranza28 132132
Shaun McSkimming30 14 - 1017
Giorgi Nemsadze28 261261
Alessandro Romano31 12 - 12 -
Claudio Caniggia34 136136
Willie Falconer34 1518621
Ivano Bonetti (sub) - 192192
Marco Russo (sub) - 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at January 31st, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After the cup match against Falkirk, this evening we return to the quest for league points which will hopefully lead to us maintaining out top six placing.

Our return to action following the winter break saw us play well enough against Falkirk in the Scottish Cup without finding the net.

Having said that I am of the opinion that had we scored in the first half then we would have gone on to win the game quite comfortably.

But whilst our overall play was quite good, the fact is that we didn't score and as a result failed to win the game. Therefore we can't be completely happy.

As everybody acknowledges, we do have a lot of skill in our side with the likes of Carranza and, of course, Claudio Caniggia who picked up the Man of the Match Award and who are both crowd pleasers, but at the end of the day, it is not just a case of entertaining but about winning as well!

However, we are still very much in the competition, but could have done without the replay for it means that we now have a lot of games coming up in a short space of time. And the first of three games in eight days starts with this evening's derby which is a very important one for both clubs, and not merely because of the city pride which is so obviously at stake.

We are currently lying in sixth place. but with Dunfermline, St Johnstone and Motherwell breathing down our necks, it is vitally important that we collect three points from this evening's clash because there is little room for error and we only have ten games left before the league splits.

Some of our fans may point to our two wins over United this season and think that we will automatically win tonight's game because Dundee. United are at the foot of the table.

As far as I am concerned, however, those wins are history.

And in any event, in neither of those games were the three points easily achieved and United showed that they are a strong side.

Current form counts for very little in derby matches and they are notoriously difficult to win, but we are determined to give our fans the victory they deserve and further boost our top six prospects.