Dundee 1
Hibernian 1
League (Premier League)

1 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 1st, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,032
3:00 PM Kick-off

Nacho Novo (33)
Derek Riordan (81)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Bobby Williamson

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
27. Callum MacDonald
3. David Mackay
19. Lee Mair
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
26. Garry Brady
Craig Burley
33. Bobby Linn
17. Nacho Novo
Fabrizio Ravanelli
Daniel Andersson. 13
Gary Smith. 2
Mathias Doumbe. 14
Colin Murdock .5
Alen Orman .23
Ian Murray .6
Kevin Thomson .19
Stephen Glass .11
Thomas McManus .7
Garry O'Connor .9
Derek Riordan. 10

12. Jamie Langfield
7. Beto Carranza
30. Mark Fotheringham
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
Morten Hyldgaard .1
Alan Reid .22
Stephen Dobbie .17
Scott Brown .18
Steven Whittaker. 15

Juan Sara for Bobby Linn (29)
Fabian Caballero for Fabrizio Ravanelli (79)
Scott Brown for Tam McManus (46)
Stephen Dobbie for Garry O'Connor (69)
Steven Whittaker for Alen Orman (77)

Bobby Linn (21)
Fabrizio Ravanelli (63)
Nacho Novo (81)

Red Cards
Craig Burley (24)
Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Referee)
Martin Cryans & Ricky Mooney (Assistants)
Mike Tumilty (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee and Hibs served up a treat of a game with the Easter Road side one of the most impressive Scottish teams to visit Dens in a long while, and a share of the spoils was about right. Yet, after match, talk wasn't about the fine football and high work rate in evidence, nor was it even about the young Scottish talent on display in both teams Callum Macdonald and Bobby Linn both starting for the Dee. Instead, all the post-match debate centred on the refereeing performance of Kenny Clark, which being kind could be described as a bad day at the office'.

The whistler got Craig Burley's red-card for a reckless challenge on Hibs' Tom McManus about right, but that was one of the few decisions which Dundee fans could agree with and they howled their derision towards the ref at the final whistle.

Particularly given the circumstances which brought the visitors their equaliser.

The sad thing is that it all detracts from what was a smashing match, particularly before Burley's departure between two teams who were playing pacy passing football. Tom McManus was in on goal as early as three minutes, but took a touch too many and was crowded out.

Just a minute later a quick free kick from Craig Burley found Bobby Linn and the youngster went down under a challenge with the home support screaming for a penalty.

Dundee had two opportunities to take the lead just before the twenty minute mark, Callum Macdonald set Novo free down the right, and his cut-back found Linn only for the youngster to be denied by a great challenge for Kouo- Doumbe.

Almost immediately the ball was worked out to Novo again and this time his cross found the head of Ravanelli, only for the Italian to be denied by a marvellous diving stop from Daniel Andersson who tipped the ball onto the post.

Four minutes later, Hibs broke quickly from a Dundee corner and there could be no real arguments that a straight red wasn't warranted for Burley's lunge which felled Tom McManus.

Dundee looked up against it, particularly as Bobby Lin had added a soft yellow card to his livewire start, Jim Duffy decided that with over an hour to go, with a booking hanging over him, it wasn't wise to persist with the youngster.

He was duly replaced by Juan Sara who moved into the central midfield berth.

Incredibly, making light of their man disadvantage. Dundee took the lead in 32 minutes.

Brady took a free-kick quickly. Smith fired a cross to the back post and Ravanelli rose to head it down to Novo who thrashed the ball into the roof of the net from six yards.

Hibs came close to equalising right on the stroke of half time when McManus cross found Murdock 12 yards out. He fired a shot into the ground which was destined for the top corner, until Julian Speroni pulled off a magical cat-like save to claw the ball over the bar.

It was end-to-end at the start of the second period with good saves from Andersson, to deny Brady (having his best game for Dundee) after Ravanelli had played him in sweetly and Speroni to tip Riordan's angled drive round the post.

On the hour, and with Dundee down to nine men, with Wilkie off receiving treatment, O'Connor broke free, but dragged his shot across goal and wide when a goal looked on the cards. Five minutes later, Novo and Ravanelli combined brilliantly with the latter sliding a perfect pass to the unmarked Barry Smith, the Dens captain picked his spot only for Andersson to pull off another stunning stop.

In 68 minutes, there was a howler from the ref who booked Ravanelli for a perfectly timed and cleanly executed tackle. It might have discouraged another player from putting in any more challenges, but The White Feather' continued to be an extra defender at times as well as working his socks off up front.

With ten minutes to go, and with Hibs finding acres of space, Riordan burst down the left and crossed for Dobbie seven yards out. A goal seemed certain, but the striker toe-poked it past the post. It was a major let-off and the support began to believe that their heroes might hang onto all three points. Ravanelli had recently departed having run himself into the ground, his replacement was Caballero.

It wasn't to be though as Mr Clark penalised Lee Mair for a tackle on Glass 22 yards out, it was a poor decision, but what was to follow only compounded the error. The impressive Riordan took the free kick quickly to try to catch out Speroni who was concentrating on organizing the defensive wall, it was a clever effort. but the keeper dived to smother it only for the referee to call the action back. The referee had decided to give the young Hibee another go at it, and this time the player got it just perfect curling a fine shot off the post and into the net.

Hibs were now the more likely winners, but Dundee continued to break at every opportunity, and with two minutes to go, a Mair through ball set Nacho Novo in on goal, as he steadied to shoot a hand in his back knocked him off balance and although he stayed on his feet the opportunity had gone. The referee was a long way from the play, but the South enclosure linesman must have had a clear view of the offence, it certainly looked a penalty from the main stand side.

The home fans were getting ready to growl at Clark as he made his exit, but his send off would have been a hundred times worse if lan Murray hadn't missed Hibs second sitter of the half in injury time. Rising to meet a cross six yards out, he directed his header over the bar.

In the end a draw was about fair, both teams served up a match which was a credit to the Scottish game, if only the same could have been said of the man who appeared to want to be the star of the show-Mr Clark.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 1st, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 16 - 83 -
Callum MacDonald20 2 - 2 -
David Mackay22 14 - 752
Lee Mair22 15 - 491
Barry Smith29 1613263
Lee Wilkie23 1631066
Garry Brady27 13 - 461
Craig Burley - 3 - 3 -
Bobby Linn18 3 - 3 -
Nacho Novo24 16135922
Fabrizio Ravanelli34 4343
Juan Sara (sub)27 13110435
Fabian Caballero (sub)25 13 - 11125

League Table (as at November 1st, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It's been a testing but memorable week for us.

Like many of you, I was disappointed to leave Tannadice on Sunday with only a point when we could and should have sealed a victory by half-time.

The loss of Jonay Hernandez and Gavin Rae were key moments in the game for us, but as a team we have to learn to build on and protect a lead, no matter how tough the circumstances.

Both sides served up attacking, determined football and, for the neutral, the derby was I'm sure an enjoyable experience.

Midweek saw us travel to meet Clyde in the CIS Cup. We expected a tough game, and we got one. Alan Kernaghan's side showed why they're such a highly rated and entertaining outfit and made us work all the way for the victory.

I know that difficulties on the road that night meant the size of our travelling support was smaller than usual, but those who braved the cold and the cones will have left Broadwood with some special memories of Fabrizio Ravanelli's second half contribution from the bench.

His hat-trick was the first by a Dundee player since Juan Sara netted three against United at Dens 3 years ago.

Today we welcome Bobby Williamson's Hibs side fresh from victories over Kilmarnock and Queen of the South and no doubt looking to secure three wins on the trot.

I can't promise you another hat-trick, but I can promise you a hard fought, attacking display and an absolute determination from the players not to let our chances slip.