Heart of Midlothian 2
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


Hearts 

2 - 2

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 4th, 2003
Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 11,348
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Graham Weir (77)
Steven Pressley (81)
Nacho Novo (16)
Gavin Rae (64)

Team Managers
Craig Levein Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Teuvo Moilanen
2. Alan Maybury
4. Steven Pressley
6. Andy Webster
20. Patrick Kisnorbo
8. Phil Stamp
7. Scott Severin
14. Neil MacFarlane
18. Paul Hartley
9. Mark De Vries
17. Dennis Wyness
Julian Speroni .1
Lee Mair .19
Tom Cowan .23
David Mackay .3
Lee Wilkie .6
Barry Smith .2
Garry Brady .26
Gavin Rae .8
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Nacho Novo .17
Fabian Caballero .7

Bench
13. Craig Gordon
5. Kevin McKenna
21. Graham Weir
11. Jean-Louis Valois
19. Stephen Simmons
Jamie Langfield .12
Tom Hutchinson .4
Jonay Hernández .16
Bobby Linn .33
Juan Sara .9

Substitutions
Jean-Louis Valois for Paul Hartley (51)
Graham Weir for Dennis Wyness (61)
Stephen Simmons for Neil MacFarlane (69)
Jonay Hernández for Tom Cowan (70)
Tom Hutchinson for Garry Brady (80)

Cautions
Philip Stamp (33)
Paul Hartley (45)
Scott Severin (45)
Steven Pressley (90)
Tom Cowan (45)
Lee Wilkie (72)
Barry Smith (79)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Tom Murphy & Martin Doran (Assistants)
Craig Mackay (Fourth Official)




Match Report


Dundee blew a superb chance of going third top of the Bank of Scotland Premier league when they let slip a two-goal cushion at Tynecastle in a match which they totally dominated for well over an hour. The corner count just before Hearts first goal was six to one in Dundee's favour and that more than amply reflected the play on a day when Gavin Rae was in rampaging form in front of watching Scotland boss Berti Vogts.

Jim Duffy made a point of telling the press that in his view Gavin was "immense and praised defenders Lee Wilkie, Lee Mair and Tom Cowan who he said were in "magnificent form". Jim had been very confident at 2-0.

"I couldn't see any way back for Hearts, I don't think there was any real threat up to that point, I can't remember Julian Speroni having to make a save. But we made one mistake and that gave Hearts the impetus to get back into it. After that they got the ball forward and got a lot of bodies into the box, forced the comer and scored from it-It was disappointing. In the bigger picture though if you come to Tynecastle and go back up the road with a point you're not going to go off your head at the players."

Tom Cowan who had come in for some rough treatment from Hearts and particularly Phil Stamp told Dundee FC Online "We had a great platform to go on and win at two nil and it's ridiculous that we only ended up with a point."

The loss of two points left the big travelling support with a feeling of defeat but in truth it could have been even worse, de Vries failing to control when sent clear in injury time in a frantic finish which also saw a Wilkie header go inches wide and a Valois pile-driver miss by a similar margin at the other end.

Dundee had grabbed the game from the off and while Hearts managed to turn the first period into a battle the Dark Blues played enough good football to make their mark. They led in 16 minutes when Novo flicked on a Cowan throw in down the left towards Rae on the corner of the penalty area, it appeared that Andy Webster would get their first but he slipped and Novo raced onto his own pass to slide a low shot past Moilanen for his ninth goal of the season. That tally matches his total for the whole of his debut season at Dens and his 'magic' silver boots have hit the target in eight of Dundee's last ten games. nine out of ten according to the little Spaniard who still maintains that he got the final touch on Dundee's goal in the home leg against Perugia.

In 64 minutes Dundee broke at lightning pace to double the lead, Barry Smith put in a great block with the ball falling to Novo on the edge of his own area, he fired a thirty yard pass to Caballero and as the ball bounced the Argentinian got a touch ahead of the hapless Webster to set Rae free on the halfway line. The Scotland man strode on to confidently hit his shot home from 22 yards via the post. Craig Levein had to change something and had soon used his full compliment of substitutes, with the moves paying off as all three were involved in the goal which brought them back into the game.

In 72 minutes Valios strode inside, fed the ball to Simmons and he slid a neat pass to Weir who had ghosted unmarked into the box, the youngster finishing with a cool clip over the advancing Speroni.

Hearts had lacked any quality to that point but as a team they have always been capable of upping the pace at home and they cranked up the tempo in a bid to grab an equaliser. Given the ease with which Dundee had handled anything thrown at them to this point it could be assumed that the Dark Blues would deal with it calmly but they singularly failed to do so, giving the ball away regularly and it was no real surprise when Valois corner from the right with ten minutes to go was met by a driving header from Pressley who had completely lost his marker.

After being under the cash for so long it looked as if Hearts would now run out winners but Dundee did manage to calm things down a little, and apart from those frantic closing seconds there was rarely anything likely to bother either keeper.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at October 4th, 2003)


2003-04 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)24 11 - 78 -
Tom Cowan - 5151
Lee Mair22 11 - 451
Barry Smith29 1113213
Lee Wilkie23 1121015
David Mackay22 9 - 702
Gavin Rae25 11323826
Garry Brady27 9 - 421
Giorgi Nemsadze31 11 - 945
Nacho Novo24 1195418
Fabian Caballero25 8 - 10625
Tom Hutchinson (sub)21 4 - 17 -
Jonay Hernández (sub)24 8 - 451






League Table (as at October 4th, 2003)


No league table has been added for this season.