Dundee 1
Heart of Midlothian 0 (AET)
League Cup (Quarter Final)

1 - 0

League Cup (Quarter Final)
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,130
7:45 PM Kick-off

Bobby Linn (107)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
3. David Mackay
16. Jonay Hernández
19. Lee Mair
6. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
26. Garry Brady
8. Gavin Rae
30. Mark Fotheringham
17. Nacho Novo
25. Steve Lovell
Craig Gordon .13
Robbie Neilson .16
Andy Webster .6
Patrick Kisnorbo .20
Alan Maybury .2
Neil MacFarlane .14
Phil Stamp .8
Paul Hartley .18
Andy Kirk .10
Mark De Vries .9
Dennis Wyness .17

35. John McCafferty
4. Tom Hutchinson
18. Brent Sancho
34. Dougie Cameron
33. Bobby Linn
Teuvo Moilanen .1
Gary Wales .15
Scott Severin .7
Kevin McKenna .5
Jean-Louis Valois .8

Bobby Linn for Steve Lovell (72)
Brent Sancho for Gavin Rae (84)
Scott Severin for Dennis Wyness (60)
Kevin McKenna for Mark De Vries (69)
Jean-Louis Valois for Phil Stamp (81)

Mark Fotheringham (111)
Nacho Novo (113)
Paul Hartley (100)
Andy Webster (114)
Patrick Kisnorbo (117)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)
Ian Cunningham & Brian McDuffie (Assistants)
Kevin Toner (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Teenager Bobby Linn fired the extra time winner for Dundee in the CIS Insurance Cup quarter final at Dens. His 107th minute strike came after Nacho Novo had run onto a Mark Fotheringham through ball and scrambled the ball past Craig Gordon in the Hearts goal.

Nacho's effort came back off the post only for subbie Linn to slam the ball home. Local lad Linn had the ball in the net again shortly afterwards only for ref Willie Young to rule it out for offside. Novo again hit the post later on but the 7130 crowd were ecstatic at the final whistle as Jim Duffy celebrated with his players.

Linn's first goal for the Club and the money the semi-final appearance will bring, did a little to lighten the gloom, since spiralling into administration last week.

Gavin Rae in the starting line up for Tom Hutchinson was the only change in personnel as Jim Duffy switched from the 3-5-2 formation at Livingston to a 4- 4-2 system.

Well on top in the early stages, Mark Fotheringham was first to test Hearts keeper Craig Gordon after 10 minutes when he blasted an angled shot from 10-yards straight at the stopper. Hereabouts, it was mainly one-way traffic and in the 18th minute Garry Brady latched onto a cleared corner by Mark de Vries, but his low drive whistled inches past Gordon's right hand post.

Two minutes later at the other end, Hearts had their first effort on goal when a Phil Stamp pile-driver from 25 yards was well held by Julian Speroni at head height. On the half-hour mark, following a fine cross from the left by Brady. Steve Lovell came close to reaching a David Mackay header inside the six-yard box, but the alert Gordon was quickly out to smother.

A minute before the break, Speroni had to be lively to tip over a Paul Hartley shot. which arrowed towards the roof of the net. Seconds later, Gordon pulled off a great save from Novo after he was left with only the keeper to beat.

The visitors appeared to have adopted a more positive approach after the break and in the 48th minute Stamp came close with a clever chip shot from 30 yards, which went just wide. Moments later, De Vries thundered a

right-foot shot off the chest of Speroni. Dundee came close when Mackay's left foot shot from the edge of the box went just past Gordon's left hand post and, just at the death, Hearts substitute Kevin McKenna nearly broke the deadlock with a header, but Speroni sprung to palm the ball over the bar. In the first period of extra time, gaps inevitably opened up at both ends as tiredness began to tell.

Fotheringham's 30-yard free-kick was accurate, but barely troubled Gordon and seconds later at the other end, Hartley's curled shot from 25-yards went inches past Speroni's right hand post.

Two minutes into the second period of extra time, Bobby Linn struck. Nacho Novo ran on to Mark Fotheringham's clever through ball, cut inside a defender to toe-poke the ball off the post and from the rebound, substitute Linn knocked the ball into the vacant net.

Hearts went all out for the equaliser and following a desperate scramble, Jonay Hernandez cleared a Kisnorbo header off the line.

Novo hit the post again in the dying seconds of the game and with Craig Gordon up for a corner, had an empty goal at his mercy, albeit it was seventy yards from goal when the final whistle) went and the celebrations began!

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at December 3rd, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 20 - 87 -
Barry Smith29 2013303
Lee Wilkie23 2031106
Lee Mair22 19 - 531
Jonay Hernández24 14 - 511
David Mackay22 18 - 792
Mark Fotheringham19 6161
Gavin Rae26 16324326
Garry Brady27 17 - 501
Nacho Novo24 20136322
Steve Lovell22 1114616
Brent Sancho (sub)26 5 - 5 -
Bobby Linn (sub)18 7171

League Table (as at December 3rd, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Whilst not wishing to labour on about the very sad events at the Club over the past week or so, these has been a very trying and traumatic time for everyone connected with the club, whether it be players. officials, staff or supporters.

No matter the gravity of the situation, however, we have all got do our best to put these events to the back of our mind and get on with the job in hand which is playing football matches.

So it was good to get back to playing football at Livingston last Saturday.

I think psychologically it was very important to get something out of the game. We played very well and were unfortunate to be behind, but I thought it was going to be one of those days and when you are down, you are down.

But fortunately we managed to get a little break in front of goal and I was delighted for Mark. I thought he was excellent, thoroughly deserved his goal and I think the least we deserved was a point.

Now we have this evening's CIS Cup quarter-final tie to look forward against a Hearts side that despite their last two results can rightly claim to be the third force in Scottish football.

Having said that, as we have shown already when we drew 2-2 at Tynecastle, we can match them.

And despite all that has happened since then, if the players continue to display the same kind of attitude tonight as they did against Livingston at the weekend, then we are more than capable of progressing to the last four.

Whilst it is obviously very important financially that as many Dundee fans as possible turn out tonight, with a place in the semi- final of a major competition at stake, this is a big game and from my point of view it is even more important that you come out in large numbers and give us the vocal backing that we need.

We've got a loyal support, as was seen by the numbers who travelled to Livingston, and I am sure that given the importance of this tie, they'll back the players to the hilt.