Dundee 4
Partick Thistle 1
League (Premier League)

4 - 1

League (Premier League)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,363
7:45 PM Kick-off

Garry Brady (38)
Juan Sara (51)
Steve Lovell (67)
Steve Lovell (75)
Gerry Britton (70)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
John Lambie

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
19. Lee Mair
16. Jonay Hernández
6. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
3. David Mackay
26. Garry Brady
25. Steve Lovell
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
17. Nacho Novo
Kenny Arthur .12
Alan Archibald .3
Daniele Chiarini .35
Stephen Craigan .4
David Lilley .17
Scott Paterson .5
Derek Whyte .20
Alex Burns .11
Jamie Mitchell .7
Martin Hardie .10
Gerry Britton .19

1. Jamie Langfield
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
8. Gavin Rae
20. Barry Forbes
15. Steven Milne
Kevin Budinauckas .1
Andrew Gibson .21
Jamie Buchan .16
Scott McLean .9
Ricky Waddell .23

Gavin Rae for Juan Sara (73)
Steven Milne for Fabian Caballero (82)
Barry Forbes for Nacho Novo (87)
Jamie Buchan for Derek Whyte (43)
Scott McLean for Jamie Mitchell (68)
Andy Gibson for Martin Hardie (80)

Garry Brady (22)
David Mackay (68)
Derek Whyte (38)
Stephen Craigan (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)
Wilson Irvine & Robert Johnston (Assistants)
Brian Winter (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee headed up the table to fifth place after an emphatic victory over Partick Thistle the first over the Maryhill club since the days of John Robertson and 'The Fans from Hell'.

Goals from Garry Brady, Juan Sara and a brace from Steve Lovell gave the Dark Blues the three points that ease them above Killie and Hearts.

One of Jim Duffy's signings, Tom Hutchinson, missed out on this match after picking up a knock at the weekend but it was another of this season's new boys, Garry Brady, who set Dundee on their way.

He opened the scoring with a clever free kick in 38 minutes. Derek Whyte brought down Barry Smith and Brady lined up to cross the set piece into the crowded area, but he spotted keeper Kenny Arthur had moved across and left a gap, which he exploited with a well-placed shot.

In truth Dundee should have been ahead well before this with Novo hitting the bar from 16 yards and also being denied by a fine Arthur save, but they had to settle for the one goal margin at the interval.

Dundee went two up in 51minutes and it followed another free kick, Fabian Caballero's low effort being back-heeled home by Juan Sara, who had impressed in a midfield role. Midway through the half Dundee went three up following a fine off the cuff free kick, Brady and Hernandez had a touch each and Caballero shaped to shoot but was closed down and instead fed the overlapping Hernandez, who's shot was palmed by Arthur but headed home by Lovell.

Thistle pulled one back four minutes later Craigen's free getting the slightest of touches from Britton on it's way past Speroni, but Dundee weren't to be denied fifth place on goal difference and Lovell got on the end of Mackay's fine cut back in 75 minutes to complete the scoring.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at December 4th, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 20 - 41 -
David Mackay21 20 - 381
Barry Smith28 19 - 2861
Lee Wilkie22 19 - 671
Jonay Hernández23 201201
Lee Mair21 9 - 9 -
Garry Brady26 101101
Juan Sara26 1938933
Fabian Caballero24 1957521
Steve Lovell21 148148
Nacho Novo23 185185
Gavin Rae (sub)25 19320321
Barry Forbes (sub) - 3 - 9 -
Steven Milne (sub)22 10 - 7211

League Table (as at December 4th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

There is no better tonic for the fans than a derby win and if in the end, it was rather less comfortable a victory than it should have been, I am still not going to complain, because at the end of the day, three points are three points no matter how they are earned.

Indeed, in my opinion it was great entertainment and for us there was an end product.

For 75 minutes I thought we were exhilarating, absolutely superb.

The last couple of minutes may have been a bit tense, but I don't think anyone could argue that we deserved the victory.

The way that out front three against any back three and pretty much for the whole game we were able to use the space and pace we possess.

Credit to United for the way they came back at us, derbies are about winning and so I was happy as I am sure you were.

Against Livingston last Saturday, I wasn't quite so pleased with the first half, but we improved after the break.

It wasn't so much that we started with a sloppy attitude, rather were a little bit on the lethargic side.

And because we came out of the blocks very slowly and they scored a fantastic goal to give them a lift, they were ahead of us in then first half.

However, in the second half, we rolled up our sleeves and upped the tempo and over the piece. I felt that we deserved to get a goal and that a draw was a fair result.

After taking four points out of a possible six, tonight we face a Partick Thistle side who have very definitely caused us problems this season.

What team I field is very much preoccupying my thoughts after our two visits to Firhill this term.

Although we got a draw in the first meeting, we didn't play well and I took that on board for the CIS Insurance Cup tie, making several changes to take into account they way they play.

Being truthful, neither combination was a complete success because we failed to win either game and, of course, tumbled out of the CIS Cup the last time we clashed.

Hence the reason that I am giving a great deal of thought to tonight's team.

In addition, John Lambie's side are on fire at the moment, and as well as being a very difficult side to beat have started to score goals with five in their last two outings which have brought them wins over Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

But said that, we haven't been doing too badly ourselves and should be going into this game nothing other than confident, considering the way we've been performing.