Dundee 2
Celtic 2
League (Premier League)

2 - 2

League (Premier League)
Sunday, November 28th, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,539
2:00 PM Kick-off

Steve Lovell (35)
Steve Lovell (76)
Henri Camara (53)
John Hartson (62)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Martin O'Neil

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
16. Jonay Hernández
17. Callum MacDonald
5. Bobby Mann
20. Stephen McNally
2. Barry Smith
11. Iain Anderson
8. Mark Fotheringham
18. Steven Robb
19. Alexandre Cerdeira
9. Steve Lovell
Magnus Hedman .21
Joos Valgaeren .5
Bobo Balde .6
Jackie McNamara .4
Stephen Pearson .11
Aiden McGeady .46
Neil Lennon .18
Stilian Petrov. 19
Didier Agathe .17
John Hartson .10
Henri Camara .27

Scott Murray
14. Neil Barrett
12. Garry Brady
7. Glen Atle Larsen
26. Fabian Caballero
15. Neil Jablonski
10. John Sutton
David Marshall. 22
Ulrik Laursen .16
Ross Wallace .33
Paul Lawson .35
Momo Sylla .3
Juninho Paulista .7
Paul Lambert .14

Garry Brady for Alexandre Cerdeira (65)
Neil Barrett for Iain Anderson (90)

Stephen McNally (41)
Henri Camara (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Charlie Richmond (Referee)
Tom Murphy & Gary Sweeney (Assistants)
Iain Brines (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A double from Steve Lovell earned Dundee a battling point against champions Celtic at Dens and lifted the Dark Blues off the foot of the table.

Lovell was arguably denied a hat-trick after referee Charlie Richmond chalked off a wonderful strike in between his two goals, the decision apparently being for high feet.

Dundee's patched up troops, consisting of players just back from injury and illness, showed a battling spirit and played some smashing football.

It is not an exaggeration to say that it was probably their most impressive display of the campaign.

It was certainly the home crowd's best performance of the season, the supporters giving magnificent backing to the players as they fought back from 2-1 down.

Jim Duffy made some brave decisions in his team selection, Steven Robb, lain Anderson and Callum Macdonald hadn't played for weeks through injury, while Steve Lovell was suffering from a virus, but all three lined up to face the Celts, as did Alex Cerdeira who made his first top team start for the Dark Blues.

It was soon apparent that Steven Robb was going to be an important player for Dundee as the match took shape, he caused Agathe problems from the off and made several promising runs down the left in the early stages, but without any end result.

It was from the left that Dundee first threatened though. In four minutes Hernandez whipped in a cross and Celtic were glad to see Hedman make contact with his punch and clear the danger as Fotheringham waited to pounce.

The first half hour of the match was a little disjointed with those runs of Robb being one of the few highlights. Celtic's first opportunity came in ten minutes as Petrov was left with space to shoot from 25 yards, but his effort was woefully off target. There was a real scare for Dundee midway through the half as Pearson's clever pass picked out Camara in space the striker's effort was saved by the legs of keeper Soutar.

Celtic had begun to get some movement and passing going an on the half hour McNamara made a clever run down the left before firing in a cross which Hernandez headed over from four yards out.

Dundee hit back to go in front after 25 minutes, Mark Fotheringham picked out Steve Lovell's run with a great through ball and the Englishman drew Hedman before firing a low angled shot home into the bottom left corner of the net.

Two minutes into the second half, Alex Cerdeira who had been playing on the right of midfield surged inside to fire in a thunderous shot that Hedman was delighted to see it whistle inches over the bar.

The game was very open at this point and Camara raced down the left and crossed only for Barry Smith to hook the ball over the crossbar and into the Bobby Cox Stand to clear the danger.

Mark Fotheringham was beginning to go on surging runs and he came close to doubling the lead in fifty-one minutes when he raced from his own half and fired a shot narrowly wide from 25 yards.

Two minutes later Celtic scored a scrappy equaliser, Soutar superbly blocked Petrov's shot, but the ball fell to Hartson who seemed certain to score. However, he sclaffed his effort off target and must have been grateful when Camara popped up to side-foot home from six yards.

The champions thought they were ahead soon afterwards only for referee Richmond to silence their celebrations as he ruled that Hartson was guilty of an infringement as he netted Petrov's free kick home.

A goal for the visitors was only temporarily delayed though. McGeady showed trickery to get behind the defence and his cross from the left was turned home by Hartson.

Six minutes later it was Dundee's turn to be frustrated by a refereeing decision. Steven Robb's great overhead flick being pulled out of the air by Lovell who despatched a wonderful drive into the roof of the net only to be penalised for 'high feet' as he and Balde challenged. Lovell had caused Celtic's central defence problems all day and with quarter of an hour left, he pulled Dundee level. Garry Brady clipped forward a lofted ball and Balde definitely looked favourite to mop up any danger only for Lovell to nip in a hit a shot which Hedman blocked at point blank range, the ball fell for Lovell again, but from his position it looked impossible to score, the Englishman though netted with an outrageous lob which went in off the far post.

Celtic pushed forward to try to force a winner, but Dundee always looked dangerous on the break.

It's rare than a result against the Old Firm is achieved without a late scare, The Glasgow giants rarely give up a game before the final whistle and Dundee could be grateful to Callum Macdonald who came to the rescue as Camara seemed certain to side foot home Petrov's cross in the last minute, the Dens defender's goal-line clearance making sure that Dundee got a deserved share of the spoils from an exciting afternoon.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 28th, 2004)

2004-05 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)23 17 - 18 -
Jonay Hernández25 121862
Callum MacDonald21 12 - 19 -
Bobby Mann30 16 - 16 -
Stephen McNally - 10 - 12 -
Barry Smith30 18 - 3664
Iain Anderson27 15316823
Mark Fotheringham20 16 - 454
Steven Robb22 132423
Alexandre Cerdeira - 3 - 3 -
Steve Lovell23 1797930
Garry Brady (sub)28 161932
Neil Barrett (sub)22 11 - 241

League Table (as at November 28th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It would be stating the obvious that last week's defeat by Hibs was disappointing. very

A particularly poor defensive performance ultimately cost us the game.

And when it comes to apportioning blame, it is no use pointing the finger at individuals at the back because you have to defend as a team.

Getting it right defensively is absolutely vital You only have to look at our derby win over United.

We didn't play all that well, but because we were sound defensively, it gave us the platform from which we went on to win the game.

Unfortunately, in the last two games, we have failed to deal adequately with balls played into the box and that is what we have been working on in training and hopefully the players will take that on to the park with them.

It isn't, however, just a case of the back four doing their bit, because the midfield and the strikers must play their part when we are defending.

That means everyone must work extremely hard, and if the players do this then the fans will respond.

Not that you didn't get behind us against Hibs last week, because you did your best to get behind the team, which helped us get back in the game at 2-1 before defensive frailties eventually put the game beyond us.

This afternoon, of course, we welcome Celtic and so we'll need all your backing against a side that worked so terrifically hard to earn a draw in Barcelona on Wednesday evening.

Domestically, though, Celtic will be smarting from last weeks defeat by Rangers, but as everyone knows the worst time to meet either of the Old Firm is after they have just suffered a defeat.

However, whilst almost the whole of the league separates the two clubs, they have no more reason to want to win this match than we do!