Dundee 2
Hibernian 2
League (Premier League)

2 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, April 17th, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,508
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steve Lovell (38)
Steven Milne (90)
Derek Riordan (45)
Derek Riordan (pen.) (50)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Bobby Williamson

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
19. Lee Mair
16. Jonay Hernández
18. Brent Sancho
3. David Mackay
30. Mark Fotheringham
21. Steven Robb
26. Garry Brady
5. Sebastian Kneissl
25. Steve Lovell
15. Steven Milne
Daniel Andersson .13
Gary Caldwell .26
Mathias Doumbe .14
Colin Murdock .5
Roland Edge .3
Steven Whittaker .15
Alan Reid .22
Kevin Nicol .12
Scott Brown .18
Thomas McManus .7
Derek Riordan .10

22. Derek Soutar
28. Stephen McNally
24. Neil Barrett
34. Dougie Cameron
17. Nacho Novo
Alistair Brown .30
Yannick Zambernardi .4
Steven Fletcher .27
Garry O'Connor .9
Alen Orman .23

Nacho Novo for Sebastian Kneissl (60)
Neil Barrett for Steven Robb (61)
Alen Orman for Roland Edge (54)
Garry O'Connor for Thomas McManus (88)

Mark Fotheringham (52)
Neil Barrett (77)
Steve Lovell (87)
Scott Brown (52)
Steven Whittaker (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)
Jim Lyon & Brian McGarry (Assistants)
Steven Duff (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Just when it looked that Dundee had run out of inspiration against Hibs, Mark Fotheringham came up trumps to enable the Dark Blues to snatch a draw.

The young midfielder dispossessed Hibs Gary O'Conner deep inside the Dundee half and launched a superb lofted through ball for Nacho Novo to run onto. The Spaniard raced to the bye-line and cut the ball back for Steven Milne to net for the fourth game running.

Before that Julian Speroni had saved a Derek Riordan penalty to deny him a six minute hat-trick, and his fifth goal of the season against the Dark Blues. Earlier, the Hibs wonder kid had notched a goal either side of half-time to put the visitors ahead after Steve Lovell had opened the scoring There was a suspicion that Novo might have been offside as he raced after 'Fozzy's' pass and Hibs boss Bobby Williamson was scathing about the linesman Jim Duffy admitted that he wasn't sure about the decision either.

Irrespective of that, the manager maintained that his team should have had the points sewn up in an open and entertaining first half. There was a surprise for the support as the match kicked off with top scorer Nacho Novo warming the bench, Sebastian Kneisst starting on the left of the attack.

The Dark Blues could have been ahead as early as the second minute. Lovell and Kneissl both having shots blocked. Mine was then denied by a superb tackle from Doumbe midway through the half and Kneissi's close range poke in 34 minutes was saved by Andersson.

Hibs too had opportunities, but at that stage nothing as clear cut as Dundee's had been, so it was no real surprise when the Dees went ahead in 38 minutes, Brady sliding the ball through to Lovell and the Englishman raced towards goal before beating Andersson with an angled shot As the interval approached there came a flurry of pressure from Hibs which brought its reward with an equaliser from just about the last kick of the half, Riordan's low twenty-yarder beating Speroni.

That pair went face to face another couple of times early in the second period as a crazy couple of minutes saw the Edinburgh side awarded two penalties. The first apparently was against Brent Sancho for holding Caldwell in 40 minutes and was as soft as the one which had denied Dundee a derby win six days previously but the second was more clear-cut. Riordan ent Speroni the wrong way from that first spot kick, but just over a minute later it was the Argentine who would be a hero and deny the Hibs youngster a hat-trick.

That second award was for Kneiss's trip on McManus, and Speroni's apparent decision not to commit himself early, was rewarded by a fine save diving to his left. After a run of conceding goals from the spot this was more like the Speroni, who had such a fine record of saving penalties until early this season.

Dundee threw on Novo and Barrett just after the hour to try to pull the game back, but they looked less and less composed as the match wore on and it appeared as if Hibs would take full points home until Fotheringham, Novo and Mine's last gasp moment of inspiration, plus a linesman who didn't raise his fing, decreed otherwise.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at April 17th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 42 - 109 -
Brent Sancho27 20 - 20 -
Jonay Hernández25 33 - 701
Lee Mair23 401742
David Mackay22 40 - 1012
Garry Brady27 39 - 721
Steven Robb22 161281
Mark Fotheringham20 274274
Sebastian Kneissl - 9191
Steven Milne23 17611223
Steve Lovell23 2445919
Neil Barrett (sub)22 121121
Nacho Novo (sub)25 40228331

League Table (as at April 17th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Given just how stretched our resources have been recently, the players great credit for their fighting qualities to bring us two tremendous results.

In spells too, we have played some very good football, but most importantly, they have dug in, giving 100% and battling hard for each other.

Victory over Partick Thistle was extremely hard fought, particularly in the second half against a Thistle playing without any pressure on them.

And even although we were two goals up at the interval in last week's derby, I felt that at the end of the match, a draw was a good result given that outside the starting eleven, we only had untried youngsters available to us.

The attitude of the players again delighted me and as any supporter who was at the match will tell you, it was a highly entertaining contest.

Even if we didn't win in the end, as it was the last derby, after two draws and a win, it is nice to be able to say that we have finished the season undefeated by United and that is always very important for the fans.

And as we go into this final game before the split against Hibs, I can ask no more of the players than to show the same resolve which has seen us take four points out of a possible six from the last two matches.