Dundee 1
Partick Thistle 0
League (Premier League)

1 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 18th, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,500
3:00 PM Kick-off

Nacho Novo (53)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Gerard Collins

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
16. Jonay Hernández
3. David Mackay
6. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
8. Gavin Rae
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
26. Garry Brady
Fabrizio Ravanelli
17. Nacho Novo
7. Fabian Caballero
Kenny Arthur .12
Grant Murray .5
Jean Yves Anis .28
Derek Whyte .4
Kenny Milne .6
Jamie Mitchell .7
David Rowson .10
Derek Fleming .18
Andy Ross .17
Gerry Britton .9
James Grady .16

12. Jamie Langfield
23. Tom Cowan
30. Mark Fotheringham
33. Bobby Linn
9. Juan Sara
Jakup Mikkelsen .1
Andy Thomson .27
John Gemmell .19
Richard Waddell .23
Stuart Taylor .11

Juan Sara for Fabrizio Ravanelli (80)
Bobby Linn for Fabian Caballero (85)
Tom Cowan for Gavin Rae (90)
Richard Waddell for Derek Fleming (66)
Stuart Taylor for David Rowson (76)
John Gemmell for James Grady (80)

Nacho Novo (55)
Fabrizio Ravanelli (66)
Kenny Milne (10)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)
Gordon McBride & Willie Dishington (Assistants)
Mike Ritchie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Fabrizio Ravanelli looked well short of full match fitness as he made his debut for Dundee, but showed enough quality for the Dundee support to know that he'll be a top quality signing for the Dark Blues. His perfectly weighted pass gave Nacho Novo his tenth goal of the campaign and that single strike was enough to earn the points against the league's basement club.

Thistle huffed and puffed late on but apart from one chance denied by a fantastic block by Barry Smith late on they rarely threatened, and Dundee held on comfortably to move up the table to third spot.

By that point Ravanelli had departed to be replaced by Juan Sara and there was a third Dundee debut of the week (Duncan McLean having got a brief run in Italy) when Bobby Linn was blooded for Caballero five minutes from the end.

It was Novo's day again though, as it has been so often this season, and the striker could have had at least a hat trick, Arthur denying him with a close range block from Ravanelli's headed knock down just before half time and the Spaniard dinking another couple of chances just wide.

Barry Smith's return to a central defensive role, due to Lee Mair's absence after picking up a midweek knock, reminded everyone of how calm Barry can be in that position. His reading of the game was excellent throughout and made that vital late block.

Much of his time was taken up with marshalling returning hero James Grady and the 'wee man' will have been disappointed with his subdued performance.

The Thistle man's strike partner Gerry Britton got pelters from the Dens public at times during this match, but was far more productive than Grady on this occasion, Britton's a player who, although now a veteran, looks a far better player than during his time in Dark Blue.

Smith's move back allowed Garry Brady to return to the midfield and he was the pick of the centre trio, winning the sponsors man of the match and turning in a hard working performance which caught the eye with his clever use of the ball.

Alongside him, Georgi Nemsadze only performed in fits and starts but made a contribution in an unexpected way getting in a flurry of fine tackles and clearances as Thistle tried in vain for a late equaliser.

Ravanelli came close on a couple of occasions, notably with a flashing header just wide during the first half, but also picked up a yellow card after clattering Grant Murray. The Italian lasted till ten minutes from time before being substituted.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 18th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 13 - 80 -
Jonay Hernández24 10 - 471
Barry Smith29 1313233
Lee Wilkie23 1321035
David Mackay22 11 - 722
Garry Brady27 10 - 431
Giorgi Nemsadze31 13 - 965
Gavin Rae25 13324026
Fabrizio Ravanelli34 1 - 1 -
Fabian Caballero25 10 - 10825
Nacho Novo24 13105619
Tom Cowan (sub) - 6161
Bobby Linn (sub)18 1 - 1 -
Juan Sara (sub)27 10110135

League Table (as at October 18th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Inevitably, our tie with Perugia has dominated everyone's thoughts this week.

And although it may have seemed an impossible task after losing at home to the Italians after Wednesday evening's second leg. I can only feel that it was a case of an opportunity lost because I did not think Perugia were at their best.

Unfortunately, neither were we. During the first half, we played as poorly as a team as we have done in a very, very, long time.

We seemed to lack energy and the quality of our passing was poor. In fact, all aspects needed to win a match against a top class side were absent.

Whilst we improved in the second half, and had a 20-minute spell when we created chances and put then under a bit of pressure, 20 minutes out of 90 is just not enough.

Rightly, the players have had a lot of plaudits recently, but they have to accept criticism on Wednesday because I feel they could have done more.

As I have already said, I was terribly disappointed for our huge travelling support because they were simply superb and deserved a better show from us.

They thrived on us being back in Europe and although that adventure is over for this season, it has certainly whetted the appetite for more such excursions in the future. And to achieve that means that we

must do well domestically.

After a couple of very demanding away games at Ibrox and Tynecastle where our performances were very good, the plain truth is that football is all about winning and we only have one point to show from these two games.

Having said that we were unfortunate to have at least a couple more points to show for our efforts.

And whilst I was very pleased with the attitude of the players and the way they played, we must ensure that there aren't too many more hard luck stories.

Partick Thistle, our visitors this afternoon, have also had no small measure of misfortune as far as results this term are concerned, leaving them still seeking their first SPL win of the season.

Throw in that two of their players- Gerry Britton and James Grady- given their Dens Park connection. have the added incentive of trying to put one over their former club this afternoon, means that we are facing very dangerous opponents.

So our priority must be to ensure that they don't achieve that first win against us and get rid of any European hangover in the best possible way by claiming the three points!