Celtic 3
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


Celtic 

3 - 0

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, September 11th, 2004
Celtic Park
Attendance: 56,936
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Henri Camara (22)
John Hartson (37)
Henri Camara (86)
None.

Team Managers
Martin O'Neil Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
22. David Marshall
4. Jackie McNamara
23. Stanislav Varga
6. Bobo Balde
5. Joos Valgaeren
19. Stilian Petrov
18. Neil Lennon
7. Juninho Paulista
8. Alan Thompson
27. Henri Camara
10. John Hartson
Derek Soutar .1
Jonay Hernández .16
Callum MacDonald .17
Bobby Mann .5
Brent Sancho .3
Barry Smith .2
Iain Anderson .11
Neil Barrett .14
Garry Brady .12
Steve Lovell .9
John Sutton .10

Bench
20. Robert Douglas
46. Aiden McGeady
38. Rocco Quinn
49. Scott Cuthbert
3. Momo Sylla
11. Stephen Pearson
16. Ulrik Laursen
Kelvin Jack .13
Mark Fotheringham .8
Chris Hegarty .24
Steven Robb .18
Glen Atle Larsen .7
Bobby Linn .21

Substitutions
Ulrik Laursen for Stanislav Varga (62)
Stephen Pearson for Juninho Paulista (74)
Momo Sylla for John Hartson (75)
Mark Fotheringham for Neil Barrett (66)
Steven Robb for Garry Brady (86)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)



Match Report


Jim Duffy wasn't being too hard on his players after they had been beaten 3-0 at Celtic Park, he said "When you come to a place like this you have to hope your players are at the top of their game and Celtic have an off day Perhaps Celtic were looking towards Tuesday but they are still a quality team and punished us for a few bad moments."

The Hoops took the points thanks to Henri Camara's first goals for the Glasgow club and a strike from their top scorer John Hartson.

Easter Road hero Garry Brady and fit again keeper Derek Soutar were restored to the starting eleven with injury doubt Mark Fotheringham and Kelvin Jack dropping to the bench. Brent Sancho started despite a long and tiring journey back from the Caribbean.

Two strikers and a winger is an unusual line up for a visiting team at Celtic these days and seemed to suggest that Dundee were prepared to have a go, but it's hard to do so against a team of Celtic's quality if you don't retain the ball well, and after a promising start Dundee began to succumb to the close harassment favoured by their hosts, giving the ball away regularly as the first half reached the midway point.

To that point, they had only been seriously troubled once. That came after 14 minutes when Petrov's corner from the left was met with a stooping header from Hartson eight yards out, which seemed net- bound until Brady popped up to head it off the line.

The opener was only delayed, coming seven minutes later when Calum Macdonald tried to be too clever with a pass to Anderson, gifting possession to Thomson. One pass later and trouble as Camara raced away from Sancho. For a moment it looked as if the Trinidad. and Tobago defender was going to pull the Senegalese striker back, but he thought better of it and Camara fired an angled drive across Soutar and into the bottom corner of Celtic the net.

Celtic had the ball in the net again in 31 minutes, but Hartson had pushed a defender, and referee John Underhill correctly chalked off the goal.

Two minutes later and Dundee's first spell of real pressure almost brought reward. They had the Celtic defence all over the place and the home side were happy to scramble the ball away for a corner after Balde had slipped while trying to dispossess Barrett. From Brady's corner kick Macdonald flicked the ball on and Bobby Mann fired in a fine hook volley from 16 yards only to see Hartson block his effort on the line with Marshall beaten.

That was to prove a key moment because the game was pretty much settled three minutes later. Thomson was beginning to receive the ball with regularity and found space to clip in a great cross, which Hartson rammed home from close range despite a valiant saving attempt from Soutar.

At two up, Celtic began to look fluent and threatened to run riot briefly, Dundee had been pretty solid in defence here, but with memories of that awful spell at Easter Road a fortnight previously fresh in the mind there were fears that they could crumble as the pressure was applied. They didn't, although there was a scare right on the break as McNamara, Juninho and Thomson combined to put Camara in again, this time the striker's effort came off the face of the post and rebounded to safety.

A feature of visits to the east end of Glasgow is usually an onslaught from the home team in the opening ten minutes of the second half, but on this occasion they appeared to have their midweek European adventure on their minds and the second period was much more even than had been the case during the latter stages of the first half. A tactical switch by Jim Duffy at the start of the period may have had something to do with it too, he went with three at the back with Jonay Hernandez pushed forward to help a midfield who had been out-numbered earlier on.

Eleven minutes into the half, Celtic had a chance though. Thomson fired in a thirty-yard free kick that deflected to Hartson six-yards out. The Welshman had a swipe but missed the ball. However, it broke to Camara who was denied by Soutar with a fantastic block from point-blank range. The keeper was in action again on the hour mark as he dived to clutch McNamara's angled effort.

Mark Fotheringham replaced Neil Barrett with 69 minutes gone and a minute later, he fed Sutton who evaded Valgaeren's challenge only to be robbed by a great McNamara tackle as he lined up his shot. Quarter of an hour from the end, with a bit of luck might have got Dundee back into the match, lain Anderson picked up the ball wide right and waltzed inside past two challenges before lashing a left foot shot off the face of the bar.

From then on, the match was played out in low-key fashion, although Dundee looked to get forward as much as possible. The points were finally wrapped up for the champions when Camara cut in from the left and fired a low shot past an unsighted Soutar from twenty yards.

Mention must be made of the performance of a player who would no doubt be having a long lie on Sunday morning. Brent Sancho was a stand out for Dundee again, after a week which must have left him shattered. He made vital interceptions and tackles throughout this match.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at September 11th, 2004)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Derek Soutar (GK)23 5 - 6 -
Jonay Hernández25 61802
Callum MacDonald21 6 - 13 -
Bobby Mann30 6 - 6 -
Brent Sancho27 5 - 30 -
Barry Smith30 6 - 3544
Iain Anderson27 6115921
Neil Barrett22 3 - 161
Garry Brady28 61832
Steve Lovell23 656826
John Sutton20 6262
Mark Fotheringham (sub)20 6 - 354
Steven Robb (sub)22 4 - 331






League Table (as at September 11th, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.