Dundee 1
Hibernian 0
League (Premier League)

1 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, January 12th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,326
3:00 PM Kick-off

Fan Zhiyi (66)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Franck Sauzée

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
30. Massimo Beghetto
17. Walter Del Rio
2. Barry Smith
31. Fan Zhiyi
18. Javier Artero
25. Gavin Beith
6. Temur Ketsbaia
21. Alessandro Romano
7. Fabian Caballero
15. Steven Milne
Nick Colgan .1
Paul Fenwick .14
Ulrik Laursen .3
Gary Smith .18
Ian Murray .6
Ulises de la Cruz .2
Grant Brebner .8
John O'Neil .11
Frédéric Arpinon .10
Tam McManus .17
Garry O'Connor .27

1. Jamie Langfield
24. David Mackay
14. Beto Garrido
28. Khaled Kemas
9. Juan Sara
Tony Craig .31
Mathias Jack .19
David Zitelli .20
Paco Luna .7
Derek Townsley 12

Khaled Kemas for Steven Milne (63)
Beto Garrido for Fabian Caballero (90)
Paco Luna for Tam McManus (25)
Mathias Jack for John O'Neil (75)
David Zitelli for Ulises de la Cruz (77)

Fan Zhiyi (70)
Massimo Beghetto (86)
Paco Luna (70)
John O'Neil (72)

Red Cards
None. Frédéric Arpinon (67)
Match Officials

David Somers (Referee)
Andy Davies & Robert McKendry (Assistants)
Ian Fricklaton (Fourth Official)

Match Report

After the 48 hours they had endured off the pitch, Ivano Bonetti's Dark Blues lifted the spirit of the fans with a fighting performance to keep the points at Dens.

All talk of problems-concerning the Italian boss were silenced as Bonetti returned to lead his side to their first win since early December.

Pointing the way to victory was Chinese defender Fan, whose winner separated the sides at the close.

Hibs boss Franck Sauzee is still seeking his first win in charge of the Easter Road men, and will again point to the lack of potency up front as the root cause of this reverse.

The capital outfit created sufficient opportunities in the opening half to have wrapped things up, as Dundee struggled to find the pace of the game.

Hibs cause was scarcely aided by the loss of striker Tam McManus after just 23 minutes, following a clash with Massimo Beghetto.

And the Easter Road side was struck an even more severe blow midway through the second period when they lost Freddy Arpinon for a spitting offence on Dundee midfielder Temuri Ketsbaia.

The off-the-ball incident was drawn to the attention of match official David Somers by his fourth official Ian Frickleton.

Earlier in the game, only a series of slack finishes by the Hibs front men maintained Dundee's interest -McManus twice failing to find his target after openings created from the flanks.

Then his fellow-striker Gary O'Connor got in on the act to fail three times, with chances lined up for him by creative play from McManus, then substitute Paco Luna.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at January 12th, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 2 - 2 -
Massimo Beghetto33 11 - 11 -
Walter Del Rio25 23 - 32 -
Barry Smith27 27 - 2481
Fan Zhiyi32 8282
Javier Artero26 12 - 614
Gavin Beith20 1 - 1 -
Temur Ketsbaia33 132132
Alessandro Romano32 18 - 37 -
Fabian Caballero23 2253913
Steven Milne21 254518
Beto Garrido (sub) - 18 - 28 -
Khaled Kemas (sub) - 2121

League Table (as at January 12th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

To say the least, our first two games of the new year have been extremely disappointing, coming on top of what was a frustrating festive period during which we found ourselves kicking our heels because of the weather.

When we did return to action against Falkirk last week, we had more than enough opportunities to win the game.

So much were we on top that I counted three or four clear-cut chances, which really should have been converted. It is no exaggeration to say that we could easily have scored four, five or six goals had we put our chances away, but we managed to convert just one and paid the price when their only shot on goal went in. Having said that I am confident we will win the replay because it wasn't a bad performance from us considering we had been off for 15 days and they will have to push and not just defend when we meet down there. But that should't detract from the fact that we really should have killed off the tie at the first time of asking.

Quite apart from those missed chances I am annoyed that we should have been caught on the counter-attack as we were at the end, which is the risk all teams run when you only hold a single-goal lead.

Equally, I was disappointed to learn of the defensive errors that cost us so dearly against Motherwell in midweek whilst I was back in Italy.

We were determined to take something from that game and whilst we started well enough that counts for nothing if you lose the two very bad goals in the manner we did. There is no doubt that these temporarily drained our confidence, but Juan Sara's goal from the penalty spot did put us back in the game and although we tried hard enough, in the end it was a bad night all round.

Being honest, about the only positive thing we could take out of the game was the performance of Khaled Kemas who looked effective up front when he came off the bench and was rewarded for his efforts by a last minute goal. Unfortunately, that did no more than put a better complexion on an evening that is otherwise best forgotten.

Such a set back only makes victory from this afternoon's meeting with Hibs all the more important. With a bit of luck, Gavin Rae will have recovered from the ankle injury, which kept him out of the two recent games, whilst Fabian Caballero is available again after the suspension that prevented his inclusion against Motherwell. Like us, Hibs have had some disappointing results recently, so both teams will be going all out to record a confidence-boosting win. So far this season, we have come out on top in both meetings and I will be certainly looking for a continuation of that run, though, of course, it will require a much improved performance, particularly defensively, to achieve that.