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Dundee Utd 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 3rd, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,751
3:00 PM Kick-off

Beto Carranza (pen.) (41)
Charlie Miller (11)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
30. Massimo Beghetto
17. Walter Del Rio
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
31. Fan Zhiyi
5. Beto Carranza
14. Beto Garrido
6. Temur Ketsbaia
8. Gavin Rae
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
Paul Gallacher .13
David McCracken .24
Hasney Aljofree .14
Jamie McCunnie .12
Jim Lauchlan .6
Danny Griffin .16
Ronnie O'Brien .2
Jamie Fullarton .10
Charlie Miller .8
Jim Hamilton .17
Jim McIntyre .22

12. Julian Speroni
2. Barry Smith
18. Javier Artero
21. Alessandro Romano
15. Steven Milne
Alan Combe .1
Jim Paterson .11
Craig Easton .7
Derek Lilley .9
Steven Thompson .19

Alessandro Romano for Beto Garrido
Steven Milne for Fabian Caballero
Barry Smith for Steven Milne
Jim Paterson for Jim McIntyre (73)
Craig Easton for Ronnie O'Brien (82)
Steven Thompson for Jim Hamilton (85)

Gavin Rae (2)
Fan Zhiyi (45)
Juan Sara (56)
Fan Zhiyi (63)
Beto Carranza (71)
Danny Griffin (28)
Paul Gallacher (42)
Hasney Aljofree (81)
Jim Lauchlan (90)

Red Cards
Fan Zhiyi (63)
Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)
David Doig & Ricky Smith (Assistants)
Eddie Mack (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Although 200 yards separate the front doors of these great rivals, there is a world of difference in their approach to football these days.

While Dundee displayed Latin flair and temperament, United opted for the good, old-fashioned British virtue of all-out endeavour. At the end of an emotional afternoon, honours were even and, although both sets of fans will claim their heroes should have won, a draw was only fair at the end of the day.

Given that Dundee were forced to play with 10 men for 27 minutes, the home side probably emerged with slightly more credit, especially as United made little attempt to make their extra man count.

Fan Zhiyi was harshly sent off by the totally inconsistent Stuart Dougal.

The captain of China was booked in the first half for a foul on Hamilton. In the second half, from the back row of the Dens Park stand, former Reading man Jim McIntyre looked to have fouled him.

Instead, Dougal interpreted it as a dive and branded his second yellow card. Yet, seconds earlier, Dougal totally overlooked a shocking tackle by David McCracken on Juan Sara. No wonder the home crowd rounded on the ref.

By time-up, he had administered nine yellow cards and one red in what was never any more than a typically-competitive derby.

In fact, it's to the credit of the players they kept their cool when Dougal did his utmost to antagonise them.

After United survived an early scare, when McCunnie nodded a Sara header off the line, the visitors took the lead.

Aljofree found Jim Hamilton in acres of space down the right. Hammy in turn took advantage of Charlie Miller having equal acres to himself and Chas quickly buried the- ball beyond Langfield.

Two minutes later, it was almost two to the visitors when Hamilton dispatched a fine shot on the turn from a McIntyre cross. Fortunately for Dundee, Langfield pulled off a superb save.

Slowly, but surely, Dundee edged their way back into the game and, just before half-time, they were awarded a penalty.

McCracken dallied when he had time to clear, was dispossessed by Steven Milne, and promptly brought down the substitute.

From the spot, Beto Carranza blasted the ball home, but, although this ended the scoring, it certainly did not finish the excitement or the controversy.

Dundee continued with their Continental outlook, but United refused to be drawn in and the visitors kept their shape and never looked like losing.

They possibly should have thrown more men forward when Dundee were down to 10 men, but, nevertheless, almost snatched a dramatic, injury-time winner.

Griffin's free-kick landed at the feet of substitute Steven Thompson, but he blasted over with the goal at his mercy.

Although this was never a classic-derbies rarely are-Dundee had excellent service from Langfield, del Rio, Carranza and Sara.

Fullarton made a huge impact in his first start for United since his horrific injury and he was ably- abetted by Aljofree, Griffin and McIntyre.

Apart from Zhiyi's double-yellow. the other bookings were Carranza for dissent, Rae for a foul on Miller, Sara for confronting Fullarton, Gallagher for dissent, Lauchlan and Aljofree for both bringing down Carranza and Griffin for a foul on Ketsbaia.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at November 3rd, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 17 - 31 -
Massimo Beghetto32 3 - 3 -
Walter Del Rio25 15 - 24 -
Zurab Khizanishvili20 15 - 21 -
Fan Zhiyi31 1 - 1 -
Beto Carranza29 111374
Beto Garrido - 14 - 24 -
Temur Ketsbaia33 3131
Gavin Rae23 17315915
Fabian Caballero23 1453113
Juan Sara25 1254822
Barry Smith (sub)27 17 - 2381
Alessandro Romano (sub)32 15 - 34 -
Steven Milne (sub)21 173437

League Table (as at November 3rd, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Back-to-back wins over Hibs and Motherwell have made it a very good week for us.

At Easter Road, Steven Milne's goal might have come very late in the game and even although we the had a bit of a lucky escape in the very last minute, we deserved our victory after scoring two wonderful goals.

Of course that game against Hibs marked the debut of our two most recent signings - Massimo Beghetto and Temuri Ketsbaia and both have shown up well in their two outings this week.

Ketsbaia is a good guy who not only showed his quality but also that he was prepared to sacrifice himself for the team, defending as well as attacking.

Also he has come here with the same enthusiasm as Claudio Caniggia did which is good to see.

Against Motherwell, I was again pleased with our overall performance. Apart from at corners we never took risks, we created a lot of chances and controlled the game in the way I like to in the second half.

However, it would be nice if we played that way for the whole of the ninety minutes and not just the second half as we did on Tuesday.

However, Six points from those games has set us up nicely for this afternoon's match against Dundee United.

But this is a derby and because of that there can be no favourites. Whichever team applies themselves best on the day will succeed and for that reason, we have been buckling down in training since Tuesday evening as everyone is determined to put on a good show.

And after a testing few weeks when the squad has been a bit depleted, the arrival of Beghetto. Ketsbaia and now the return of Javier Artero mean that we are certainly no longer lacking in quantity, or quality.

And that doesn't even take into account the recent arrival of a very important addition to the squad of Chinese defender Fan Zhiyi.

He arrived after the Motherwell match and has been training with his new colleagues in the build up to this afternoon's derby.

The presence of the Chinese captain at Dens means that a Dundee derby could be on the verge of having its biggest ever audience.

The game may not be shown live on television in China but some three to four hundred million could eventually see it which can only be good for the prestige of the city and its two clubs with hopefully that huge audience able to admire a Dundee victory.