Dundee 1
Heart of Midlothian 1
League (Premier League)


Dundee
1 - 1
Hearts 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 24th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,219
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
David Mackay (80)
Andy Webster (30)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
30. Massimo Beghetto
24. David Mackay
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
2. Barry Smith
6. Temur Ketsbaia
5. Beto Carranza
14. Beto Garrido
8. Gavin Rae
9. Juan Sara
7. Fabian Caballero
Antti Niemi .26
Stéphane Mahé .3
Alan Maybury .2
Steven Pressley .4
Kevin McKenna .5
Andy Webster .23
Thomas Flögel .7
Tommi Grönlund .10
Steve Fulton .16
Ricardo Fuller .11
Stéphane Adam .9

Bench
12. Julian Speroni
18. Javier Artero
11. Mark Robertson
15. Steven Milne
26. Barry Forbes
Roddy McKenzie .13
Ryan Davidson .29
Austin McCann .18
Andy Kirk .14
Gary Wales .15

Substitutions
Mark Robertson for Massimo Beghetto (16)
Javier Artero for Beto Garrido (45)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (78)
Gary Wales for Stéphane Adam (72)
Gary Wales for Steve Fulton (77)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)
Francis Andrews & Jim Lyon (Assistants)
David Somers (Fourth Official)



Match Report


After 16 games Dundee can at last claim to have scored from a corner. True to form, however, the set piece with which they came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with Hearts was an off-the-cuff affair.

With 11 minutes remain- ing and the Dark Blues staring down the barrel of another home defeat, Mark Robertson's attempt to score from a Beto Carranza corner was deflected to safety at the expense of a second flag kick.

Eager to keep the pressure on and save time Robertson, with designated taker Carranza the width of the park away, gathered the ball and sprinted to take it. And his back post delivery found Dave Mackay steaming in to bullet home a point-blank header.

"At that time in the game it was all about keeping the ball in play and having won the corner in the first place and with Beto not being in a position to take it quickly I took it upon myself to do the needful," said the Australian midfielder, who will miss out on any chance of going to the World Cup finals after his country lost 3-0 (3-1 on aggregate) to Uruguay in their play-off in Montevideo yesterday.

"I looked up and saw the majority of our players were towards the back post so I just knocked it in there and Dave did the rest."

The result left Dundee still without a victory over the Jam Tarts in nine attempts under Ivano Bonetti but so awful were they in the first half this had to be considered a point gained.

"I thought we did well enough after half-time to deserve the goal and the draw," said Robertson.

"But everyone of us would have to hold our hands up and admit the first-half was dismal. We came back out after the interval knowing we needed to be better-and we were. The change of formation helped but the most important thing was there was a bit of fighting spirit there to go with the decent football we play. However, we have got to start producing it for the full 90 minutes Far too often-like today and against Celtic and Livingston-we have played good stuff in one half but not the other."

Robertson had started out on the bench but an injury to Massimo Beghetto led to his being introduced to after only quarter-of-an-hour.

A more telling change came at the break when Javier Artero replaced the crocked Beto Garrido.

It wasn't so much the difference Artero himself made. Rather it was the fact Bonetti, in putting the Spaniard on, switched to 3-4-3 with Carranza handed a free role which provided the means by which Dundee were able to press Hearts back. But without the improve attitude which emerged that possibly still wouldn't have been enough to stave off defeat.

Bonetti talked about his side showing "more heart than normal" during the second 45 and no player epitomised the transformation better than Temuri Ketsbaia.

The Georgian was, up until the break, generally anonymous, jogging through the game, laying balls off but never moving into a position to offer a return option and rarely being available as an outlet for team-mates seeking a passing target. You could see why Wolves were prepared to move him on for a fraction of the fee they had paid for him.

Second half, though, henwas a different proposition altogether, showing the kind of form which left you in no doubt why the Moulineux club had been persuaded to shell out a seven-figure sum for his services in the first place.

Still it was hard to understand why Ketsbia was named man-of-the-match by the sponsors when young Mackay, in marking his home debut with a first goal for the club, was an outstanding alternative, selection.

The visitors had taken the lead after 30 minutes when poor defensive organisation allowed former Arbroath centre-back Andy Webster to nod home an Alan) Maybury cross. And that advantage was one Hearts fully deserved, so much the better side were they.

They might have snatched a winner at the death when a fantastic run by Fuller set substitute Gary Wales up to crack a shot off the base of Jamie Langfield's left-hand upright but boss Craig Levein was reasonably satisfied.

"Four or five weeks ago we'd have lost this sort of game," he opined.

"We had a stranglehold on it in the first half and might have had the match won by then but their playing Carranza off the front caused us a few problems in the second half."

Levein praised Webster. "He is looking more and more composed as each week passes and I've got high hopes for him."

Match report written by The Courier



Squad Statistics (as at November 24th, 2001)


2001-02 All Time
Age
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 20 - 34 -
Barry Smith27 20 - 2411
Zurab Khizanishvili20 18 - 24 -
David Mackay20 4141
Massimo Beghetto33 6 - 6 -
Gavin Rae23 20316215
Beto Garrido - 15 - 25 -
Beto Carranza29 141404
Temur Ketsbaia33 6161
Fabian Caballero23 1653313
Juan Sara25 1555122
Javier Artero (sub)26 5 - 544
Mark Robertson (sub)24 13 - 18 -
Steven Milne (sub)21 203467






League Table (as at November 24th, 2001)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Although we have at times continued to play the good football which I always want to see, after drawing our last home match against United, with our squad stretched to the limit, we have lost out to Hearts and Livingston

The derby came at the end of a busy week and the result was good because we lost such an early goal, and played for almost 30 minutes with ten men.

Fan Zhiyi, our new signing from China, was certainly unlucky to be sent off.

I thought his first tackle should have just been a free-kick. I spoke to him about the second one, and he just tried to jump and avoid the knock. He wasn't looking for a free-kick, but the referee thought otherwise and sent him off.

But because of his commitments back home, Fan would have been unable to play at Tynecastle anyway.

And against Hearts in Edinburgh, I felt that we should have really killed the game off when we made several chances, only for them to score with their first real chance of the second period.

The problem is that with so many injuries, I could only afford to play one up front.

And unfortunately, whilst we did play some good football against Livingston last week, we did not show the right mentality in the second half and we need to work harder.

Unfortunately, our injury problems continue this afternoon as we face Hearts for the second time in a fortnight.

In addition to Walter del Rio who is suspended, Alessandro Romano, Beto Naveda and Beto Garrido are all out, whilst of course we are still without Giorgi and Marcello who will be sidelined until after New Year.

On the plus side, it is looking increasingly more hopeful that Fabian will be fit for the visit of Hearts, whilst we were still awaiting word on whether Fan would make it back from China in time for this afternoon's game.

At the very worst, he will be available next week and we have him and as many players available as possible, giving us real competition for places in view of the very heavy schedule of fixtures coming up over the next couple of months.

But for the moment, and despite our problems, we must concentrate on getting three points this afternoon and maintain our decent home form against a Hearts team whom we have too often found a real stumbling block since I arrived at Dens Park.