Dundee United 0
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)

Dundee Utd 

0 - 0


League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 31st, 2002
Tannadice Park
Attendance: 12,402
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Alex Smith Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Paul Gallacher
3. Warren Cummings
5. Kevin McGowne
4. Danny Griffin
15. Stuart Duff
6. Jim Lauchlan
8. Charlie Miller
7. Craig Easton
10. Jim McIntyre
21. Arnar Gunnlaugsson
19. Steven Thompson
Julian Speroni .12
Lee Wilkie .6
Barry Smith .2
David Mackay .3
Jonay Hernández .16
Tom Hutchinson .23
Gavin Rae .8
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Steve Lovell .25
Fabian Caballero .7
Nacho Novo .17

13. Paul Jarvie
27. Mark Wilson
11. Jim Paterson
23. David Winters
12. Allan Smart
Jamie Langfield .1
Lee Mair .19
Juan Sara .9
Neil Jablonski .24
Steven Milne .15

Allan Smart for Arnar Gunnlaugsson (66)
Jim Paterson for Jim McIntyre (72)
David Winters for Charlie Miller (83)
Juan Sara for Steve Lovell (59)
Lee Mair for Tom Hutchinson (71)

Jim Lauchlan (27)
Craig Easton (50)
Nacho Novo (40)
Lee Mair (76)

Red Cards
Allan Smart (90) None.

Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Stewart Shearer & Gordon Middleton (Assistants)
Kevin Toner (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee took a point from the first derby of the season with defender Lee Wilkie turning in an awesome performance to press his case for inclusion by Berti Vogts for his first competitive game for Scotland after playing out of his skin against United.

The match was marred by a awful tackle by United's Alan Smart, who marked his first derby with a red card after putting in a career threatening challenge on Jonay Hernandez. Mercifully the Venezuelan was unhurt.

To Dundee's credit this was the only one of many heavy tackles that anyone in Dark Blue (at least on the pitch) complained about, proving that Jim Duffy has adding a harder core to the team.

The difference in Fabian Caballero this season is incredible, not just in fitness and work rate but also in that he is just getting up and getting on with it even after being continually scythed down.

For the first time in a long while Dundee matched United in work-rate and although they lacked a cutting edge, they can be well pleased with the way they performed.

Amongst those most deserving of praise is Barry Smith who did a man-marking job on United's midfielder Charlie Miller. Their danger man still showed flashes of the skills which did so much damage to Dundee last season, but Barry can be proud of keeping him pretty quiet overall.

In a game of few chances Dundee's had two real scoring opportunities. After 24 minutes, Nacho cut inside after being set free by Giorgi's wonderful pass to hit an angled drive, which was well saved by Gallacher, while Novo was also heavily involved in the moment which should have brought a winner after 55 minutes.

His lung-bursting run from defence appeared to be going nowhere until he threaded a gorgeous little through ball to Lovell, big Steve had timed his run to perfection but failed to realise he had time and in his hurry sclaffed the shot into the keeper's arms.

Julian Speroni on the other hand was rarely troubled apart from agilely tipping over a lovely curling free-kick from Danny Griffin.

New boy Tom Hutchinson made his debut and performed well before going down with cramp after 71 minutes. He looks as if he'll fit in nicely alongside the ever improving Wilkie.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 31st, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 5 - 26 -
Barry Smith28 5 - 2721
Lee Wilkie22 5 - 531
Tom Hutchinson20 1 - 1 -
Jonay Hernández23 5 - 5 -
David Mackay21 5 - 231
Giorgi Nemsadze30 5 - 573
Gavin Rae24 5 - 18918
Fabian Caballero24 526118
Steve Lovell21 2121
Nacho Novo23 4242
Lee Mair (sub)21 4 - 4 -
Juan Sara (sub)25 5 - 7530

League Table (as at August 31st, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.