Dundee 3
Dundee United 1
League (Premiership)

3 - 1
Dundee Utd 

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
Dens Park
Attendance: 10,510
7:45 PM Kick-off

Greg Stewart (14)
James McPake (23)
Paul Heffernan (68)
Nadir Çiftçi (pen.) (16)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
12. Scott Bain
19. Paul McGinn
4. Thomas Konrad
3. Willie Dyer
5. James McPake
10. Kevin Thomson
48. Stephen McGinn
20. Jim McAlister
18. Paul McGowan
49. Paul Heffernan
15. Greg Stewart
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Ryan McGowan .16
Seán Dillon .2
Paul Dixon .3
Jaros?aw Fojut .5
Aidan Connolly .22
John Rankin .8
Calum Butcher .20
Chris Erskine .17
Nadir Çiftçi .7
Henri Anier .30

1. Kyle Letheren
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
6. Iain Davidson
47. Alex Harris
11. Simon Ferry
33. Craig Wighton
16. David Clarkson
Michal Szromnik .26
John Souttar .4
Blair Spittal .24
Charlie Telfer .21
Paul Paton .6
Mario Bilate .19
Robbie Muirhead .10

Iain Davidson for Jim McAlister (74)
Alex Harris for Greg Stewart (84)
David Clarkson for Paul Heffernan (86)
Blair Spittal for Henri Anier (46)
Mario Bilate for Aidan Connolly (67)
Robbie Muirhead for Calum Butcher (75)

Paul McGinn (8)
Kevin Thomson (16)
Willie Dyer (38)
Nadir Çiftçi (17)
Calum Butcher (65)
Mario Bilate (72)
John Rankin (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)
Alasdair Ross & Graeme Stewart (Assistants)
Crawford Allan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee moved into the top six of the Premiership tonight in the most pleasing way possible; a 3-1 derby win over United at Dens. Greg Stewart gave the Dee an early lead, only for Nadir Ciftci to grab a quick equaliser from the penalty spot. James McPake soon put Dundee back in front and Paul Heffernan sealed the win with the killer third midway through the second half.

Dundee made two changes from the side that drew in Inverness on Saturday. Paul Heffernan and Jim McAlister came in for David Clarkson and Simon Ferry who moved to the bench.

This was a classic, blood and thunder derby, with both sides ripping into each other right from the start. Jim McAlister had the first shot drilling a 25 yarder straight at Cierzniak after a fast move through the middle.

The Dark Blues took the lead after 14 minutes thanks to an awful goalkeeping blunder. Greg STEWART spun on the edge of the penalty area and whipped a shot straight at Cierzniak, who allowed it to slip through his legs and over the line.

As on Saturday the Dee's lead was only fleeting. In United's next attack Kevin Thomson was judged to have handled a fierce shot, and Nadir CIFTCI stroked the penalty home.

Dundee had a quick opportunity to regain their lead when they won a free kick 25 yards from goal. Stewart curled his shot over the wall and Cierzniak made partial amends for his error with a great save to turn the ball away for a corner.

United's defence looked unconvincing at corners all through the match, and Dundee punished their lack of organisation with a second goal after 23 minutes. Greg Stewart swept in a great delivery and the defence failed to deal with the Dark Blues' late charge into the goalmouth. James McPAKE rose to power home a close range header, and the feverish excitement in the home stands boiled over again.

United had plenty of the ball, but they were having difficulty opening up a Dark Blue defence that was far more resolute than the visitors'.

United started the second half pressing forward, but they still couldn't play their way through the Dundee rearguard. The job of Dundee's defence was made easier by a succession of poor final balls by a United team that was always in too much of a hurry and lacked composure on the ball.

As the game wore on the Dark Blues started to exert more control in the midfield where the cool experience of Kevin Thomson was invaluable. United struggled to get near Dundee's goal for long periods as the Dark Blues kept possession carefully.

The longer the game wore on the more likely a third Dundee goal seemed. Greg Stewart's skill and invention on the left was a constant threat to United. Not surprisingly the crucial third goal came when Kevin Thomson found Stewart in space to whip over a marvellous low ball that was begging to be turned in by one of the Dundee players pouring into the penalty area. Paul HEFFERNAN arrived at the far post to slam the ball home and trigger wild celebrations round three quarters of the ground.

United tried hard, but they didn't have the composure that was allowing Dundee a stranglehold on the match. Stephen McGinn came close to a fourth with a flying header from brother Paul's cross, but Cierzniak made a great save to tip the ball over the bar.

The Dark Blues were increasingly comfortable as the match drew to a close. They held onto the ball for long periods in United's half, and rarely had problems when United did manage to get forward. Certainly, Dundee never looked remotely like losing their lead as they calmly played out the game to the exuberant delight of the supporters.

Iain Davidson replaced Jim McAlister in midfield, then Alex Harris and David Clarkson came on for man of the match Greg Stewart and Paul Heffernan in the final minutes.

This was a tremendous result for Dundee, ending a run of three consecutive league defeats at home to United. How the Dark Blue supporters enjoyed it! The players rose to the occasion and showed the qualities most needed to win derbies; passion and hard work, but combined with cool heads that allowed Dundee to exploit United's weaknesses then close them out of the game.

The Dark Blues are in pole position for a place in the top six now. It's on to Perth on Saturday where a noisy support is sure to be roaring their heroes on after tonight's terrific win.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at April 8th, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 22 - 22 -
James McPake30 322322
Willie Dyer28 19 - 45 -
Thomas Konrad25 312312
Paul McGinn24 322322
Stephen McGinn26 8181
Kevin Thomson29 22 - 22 -
Paul McGowan27 291291
Jim McAlister29 34111811
Greg Stewart25 33153315
Paul Heffernan33 3131
Iain Davidson (sub)31 111815
Alex Harris (sub)20 121121
David Clarkson (sub)29 229229

League Table (as at April 8th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

This evening we welcome Dundee United down the street and I would like to welcome Jackie McNamara along with his backroom staff and players to Dens.

Saturday saw a trip to the Highlands where we faced Inverness and I was pleased to come away with a good point from a difficult venue.

First half I thought we were guilty of giving the ball away too easily but our. shape was good and we improved in the second period.

The players always work hard and that is one thing we always demand of them and it's one thing they always give me. In the second half our play was alot better and we scored a really good goal through David Clarkson and I'm pleased for him.

I am delighted that earlier this week. Scott Bain agreed to extend his deal with the club. He is someone I know well from working with him over the past few years. He's a calm and confident player and big piece in the squad we are building.

The players are relaxed going into tonight's game and in a good mood. We are looking forward to the game.. Enjoy the match