Dundee 1
Hibernian 4
League (Premier League)

1 - 4

League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,274
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steve Lovell (62)
Guillaume Beuzelin (17)
Derek Riordan (43)
Alen Orman (72)
Dean Shiels (88)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Tony Mowbray

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
16. Jonay Hernández
5. Bobby Mann
20. Stephen McNally
3. Brent Sancho
2. Barry Smith
12. Garry Brady
8. Mark Fotheringham
26. Fabian Caballero
15. Neil Jablonski
9. Steve Lovell
Simon Brown .1
Alen Orman .23
Gary Smith .2
Ian Murray .6
Steven Whittaker .15
Stephen Glass .11
Craig Rocastle .26
Guillaume Beuzelin .14
David Murphy .3
Sam Morrow .20
Derek Riordan .10

Scott Murray
24. Chris Hegarty
27. Andrew Reilly
19. Alexandre Cerdeira
10. John Sutton
Alistair Brown .30
Mark Venus .27
Jay Shields .24
Jamie McCluskey .28
Stephen Dobbie .17
Garry O'Connor .9
Dean Shiels .22

Alexandre Cerdeira for Brent Sancho (21)
John Sutton for Fabian Caballero (71)
Andrew Reilly for Neil Jablonski (72)
Dean Shiels for Stephen Glass (61)
Garry O'Connor for Sam Morrow (70)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Toner (Referee)
Martin Cryans & Neil Brand (Assistants)
Alan Freeland (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Hibs departed from Dens with a very comfortable three points after their impressive young side had made the Dark Blues suffer for their lack of creativity and yet more frailties. defensive

The final score didn't really flatter the Edinburgh side that threatened whenever they broke up field and looked a far more complete team than in other recent meetings between the clubs.

Dundee, on the other hand, once again looked bereft of confidence and struggled to create, their players snatched at shots while two of the visitors' goals showed a composure not seen from the Dark Blues strikers this season.

Brent Sancho and Jonay Hernandez were both in the starting eleven after their long trips back from international duty and they needed to be, just five subs on the bench and two of them with little or no first team experience showed how stretched are the resources at Jim Duffy's disposal at the moment.

Jim Duffy wasn't making excuses when he faced the press post match "There can be no excuses for that performance.

There were a lot of young players in both sides and the simple fact is Hibs were better than us.

"We only played for about half-an- hour, and it was only then that we looked like we were capable of passing the ball properly.

"We have had a lot of problems with injury and, of course, it was a blow to lose Tom Hutchinson and Brent Sancho. But the players who were not playing didn't lose this game it was the - guys on the park. "I want to see some of the more experienced players take bigger responsibility, but I am not including Barry Smith in that because he was excellent. He moved back in defence to cover when Brent went off and did really well. Hibs deserved to win the game, no one here can dispute that. They were very sharp and their passing was intricate. They were clinical in front of goal and, as a defensive unit, we were poor."

Hibs started the better, but on the quarter hour Mark Fotheringham came close with a free kick from 30-yards which dipped just over. Dundee should have been encouraged by their first look at goal but instead they found themselves behind just a minute later, David Murphy whipped in a cross and from fully 16 yards, Beuzelin netted with a fine header. It was a goal out of the blue, but at that stage if anyone deserved to be ahead it was Tony Mowbray's side.

Brent Sancho had taken a knock and had to be substituted soon after the goal, Brazilian Alex Cerdeira replacing him and a reshuffle seeing Barry Smith move into the back line.

Dundee pressed, but chances were few and far between, though on the half hour mark Fotheringham fed Lovell who picked out Caballero and the Argentinean fired a low drive narrowly wide.

Five minutes later they came even closer, Fotheringham was again involved sliding a through ball which saw Lovell racing free, his angled shot beat Brown but agonisingly came back off the inside of the post with Cerdeira just unable to make contact with the rebound as it whizzed past him.

A minute later the Brazilian had a go himself, cutting inside from the left, he showed good skill before sending in a dinked shot with the outside of his boot which curled just over. Hibs had been pressed back but when they hit on the break in 43 minutes it was to prove decisive, Orman slid a pass to Riordan who had more than enough space to steady and curl home his seventh goal in six starts against Dundee.

It was harsh on Dundee to go in two down and they tried again to get back into the game as the second half got underway, six minutes in a great Caballero run ended with him being downed 30 yards out but although Fotheringham's shot hit the target it couldn't trouble the keeper unduly.

Dundee pulled one back in 62 minutes as Mann mopped up at the back and fed Jablonski, he clipped a ball over the top and Lovell had plenty of time to pick his spot and net.

Three minutes later Hibs could have been two ahead again as Riordan fired a free kick off the bar. In 67 minutes Dundee's best chance of an equaliser appeared, Lovell fed Caballero on the edge of the box but the striker pulled his shot wide of the target when he should have made the keeper work at least.

With quarter of an hour left Hibs did go back to 3-1 as Shields curled in a cross and Orman fired an unstoppable header past Soutar and with five minutes to go they rubbed in their superiority when they had three players running at the Dundee defence, Shield showed maturity beyond his years as he coolly looked up and curled a perfect shot home to complete the scoring.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 20th, 2004)

2004-05 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)23 16 - 17 -
Jonay Hernández25 111852
Bobby Mann30 15 - 15 -
Stephen McNally - 9 - 11 -
Brent Sancho27 15 - 40 -
Barry Smith30 17 - 3654
Garry Brady28 151922
Mark Fotheringham20 15 - 444
Fabian Caballero26 7 - 12025
Neil Jablonski21 6 - 22 -
Steve Lovell23 1677828
Andrew Reilly (sub) - 2 - 2 -
John Sutton (sub)20 175175
Alexandre Cerdeira (sub) - 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at November 20th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The contrasting results of our last two games against Dundee United and Motherwell have pretty well summed up the story of our season.

Beating our biggest rivals is always a great result, but it has to be said that it was achieved without us playing anything like as well as we would have liked.

Not that the match was nearly as one-sided as many people made out.

True, United put us under a lot of pressure in the first half. However, having restricted their danger to set- pieces, we also defended those very well.

After the interval, we looked the more likely side, though we only sneaked John Sutton's late winner having really failed to capitalise on playing against nine men. No matter how you win a derby though, it is always very welcome.

And it was a good springboard for last week's trip to Motherwell, although we knew that we would have to improve on our showing against United.

Whilst a 3-0 defeat might give the impression that we were soundly beaten, the reality was very different. To start with the outcome was heavily influenced by two incidents.

First was losing a scrappy goal just before the break and them conceding a second which television evidence established didn't cross the line.

Some may say that this was a case of the breaks evening themselves out with us being involved in two controversial decisions by assistant referees, given the second United sending off last week.

However, in my book, two wrong decisions don't make it right and whilst the loss of that second goal at Fir Park knocked the stuffing out of us, the final scoreline was harsh.

We have a chance to get back on track against Hibs this afternoon, and under Tony Mowbray, Hibs have shown some superb form this season.

You only have to recall our meeting with them at Easter Road when we dramatically came back from 4-1 down to draw.

There is no doubt that we'll have to show the same concentration at the back as we did against Dundee United to prevent a repeat of what happened in our last meeting.

Having said that we always pose the threat of scoring on the break and hopefully, which combined with better defending, we can take the three points.