Dundee 1
Aberdeen 1
League (Premier League)

1 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 13th, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,839
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mark Fotheringham (8)
Leigh Hinds (61)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Steve Paterson

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
19. Lee Mair
16. Jonay Hernández
3. David Mackay
18. Brent Sancho
26. Garry Brady
21. Steven Robb
30. Mark Fotheringham
24. Neil Barrett
15. Steven Milne
17. Nacho Novo
David Preece .1
Kevin McNaughton .17
Philip McGuire .6
Scott Morrison .24
Markus Heikkinen .29
Alexander Diamond .27
Chris Clark .14
Paul Sheerin .10
Leigh Hinds .7
Scott Muirhead .22
David Zdrilic .19

22. Derek Soutar
5. Sebastian Kneissl
34. Dougie Cameron
33. Bobby Linn
24. Neil Jablonski
Ryan Esson .24
Richard Foster .18
Brian Prunty .21
John Stewart .32
Michael Hart .2

Bobby Linn for Garry Brady (66)
Dougie Cameron for Jonay Hernández (73)
Brian Prunty for David Zdrilic (72)
Michael Hart for Philip McGuire (76)
John Stewart for Scott Muirhead (83)

None. Philip McGuire (63)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)
Ricky Mooney & George Drummond (Assistants)
Mike Tumilty (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Aberdeen headed back up the A90 with a share of the spoils, fighting back after Mark Fotheringham's superb free kick had given the Dark Blues an early lead.

The Dons dominated from before the break until midway through the second half as Dundee's passing deserted them, and it came as some relief when after equalising Aberdeen appeared to be struck with the same malaise, leading to the closing stages being almost bereft of quality.

One moment of magic from Nacho Novo in the dying seconds was the exception to that rule, he spun off his marker and fired in a drive which was brilliantly saved by Preece, to earn the visitors the point they fully deserved.

Jonay Hernandez was back in the starting line up, replacing the injured Calum Macdonald, while Nell Barrett took Barry Smith's place in a four-man midfield, Steven Robb too came in after the defeat at Kilmarnock replacing Steve Lovell who missed out with a nerve problem. The final change from the Rugby Park game was Brent Sancho's replacement of Tom Hutchinson.

Dundee started brightly and it was no surprise when they took the lead in eight minutes, but the way it happened was a rare event for the Dens side.

Goals direct from free kicks have been few and far between in recent seasons, but after Nacho Novo had been fouled by Chris Clark, Fozzy' curled a great set piece into the postage stamp corner from 25 yards.

The Dark Blues pressed forward to try to double the advantage, but increasingly as time went on it was the visitors who looked dangerous. Young Scott Muirhead on the left wing was proving a handful and much of the Dons good play went through him.

Four minutes from the interval, Aberdeen came within inches of levelling as Zdrilic spun onto a through ball and fired a shot off the inside of the post.

They came close again right on the break when Fotheringham knocked Diamond's effort off the line, and then Speroni pulled off a great save from Zdrilic's follow up shot. The pattern continued after the

break with Aberdeen dominating play, but in the early stages of the half they looked less likely to level, although Sancho did well to block a netbound Morrison effort.

The Trinidad and Tobago international was celebrating his 27th birthday and turning in a performance which restored faith in the Dundee back line.

With Dundee losing possession far too easily though, it always was on the cards that they would lose the lead too, and the equaliser arrived just after the hour.

Julian Speroni dived at the feet of Chris Clark and momentarily it looked as if the keeper had grabbed the ball, but the Dons midfielder emerged from the challenge in possession and rolled the ball into the path of Hinds who netted from six yards.

Aberdeen had been impressive during the period either side of half time, but now that they were level their performance too became sloppy, and the last half hour of the match saw some awful passing from both sides.

Neither side looked likely to snatch a winner until that late effort from Novo, who'd had a quiet game until then, he's been the hero so often for the Dees this season but it wasn't to be here.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 13th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 36 - 103 -
Brent Sancho27 14 - 14 -
David Mackay22 34 - 952
Jonay Hernández25 29 - 661
Lee Mair23 341682
Neil Barrett22 7171
Mark Fotheringham20 214214
Steven Robb22 101221
Garry Brady27 33 - 661
Nacho Novo24 35217830
Steven Milne23 11210619
Dougie Cameron (sub)21 4 - 4 -
Bobby Linn (sub)18 131131

League Table (as at March 13th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It is probably fair to say that our last two games against Livingston and Kilmarnock have pretty well told the story of our season.

The last home game against Livingston saw us give a good performance to earn all three points.

We were very solid defensively as a team and just deserved to shade it and I was delighted that Steven Milne was on target to score what was a very good winner.

In addition to picking up the points, it was also very important that we kept a clean sheet.

However, seven days later, we went from Dr Jekyll to Mr Hyde against Kilmarnock.

Going forward, I didn't have too many complaints. In addition to scoring two good goals, we also hit the post and had two or three more excellent chances.

Unfortunately, defensively we were all over the place.

True things weren't helped by the injuries to Barry Smith and Calum Macdonald, both of whom had to come off.

In addition, Kilmarnock, from being a goal behind, went 2-1 up and grew in confidence from that.

But it was all very frustrating for me as a manager how we lost our shape and, in the end couldn't deny that Killie fully deserved to win.

So during the last two weeks, we have been working hard on getting the type of performance that will make it hard for opponents, as we did against Livingston, but singularly failed to do at Rugby Park.

If the recent sequence of a good game followed by a bad one continues, then we are due to give a good performance against Aberdeen, though given the difficult matches ahead, we'll need to do that on a consistent basis.

That starts with the visit of Aberdeen this afternoon who have shown steady improvement over the past two months, both in the league and still having an interest in the Scottish Cup after beating us here at Dens in a first round replay.

All that means this will be an extremely difficult match, but affords us another opportunity of collecting three very vital home points.