Dundee 2
Heart of Midlothian 1
League (Premiership)

2 - 1

League (Premiership)
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,028
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kerr Waddell (44)
Kerr Waddell (93)
Kyle Lafferty (71)

Team Managers
Neil McCann
Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
22. Jack Hendry
3. Kevin Holt
6. Darren O'Dea
34. Kerr Waddell
21. Roarie Deacon
8. Glen Kamara
18. Paul McGowan
14. Mark O'Hara
28. Lewis Spence
9. Sofien Moussa
Jon McLaughlin .1
Michael Smith .2
John Souttar .4
Aaron Hughes .5
Christophe Berra .6
Connor Randall .16
Ross Callachan .20
Harry Cochrane .47
Jamie Walker .7
Kyle Lafferty .9
Isma .77

12. Elliot Parish
15. Jon Aurtenetxe
2. Cammy Kerr
10. Scott Allan
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
7. A-Jay Leitch-Smith
23. Randy Wolters
Jack Hamilton .13
Rafal Grzelak .27
Malaury Martin .21
Prince Buaben .8
David Milinkovic .11
Euan Henderson .43
Cole Stockton .23

Cammy Kerr for Darren O'Dea (65)
A-Jay Leitch-Smith for Sofien Moussa (78)
Faissal El Bakhtaoui for Roarie Deacon (83)
Prince Buaben for Aaron Hughes (7)
David Milinkovic for Harry Cochrane (73)

Lewis Spence (65)
Sofien Moussa (69)
Kerr Waddell (76)
John Souttar (87)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Michael Banks & Gary Hilland (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Kerr Waddell was the unlikely hero as the Dees beat Hearts 2-1. The 19-year-old headed home at the end of both halves to cancel out Kyle Lafferty’s equaliser.

Manager Neil McCann made four changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Kilmarnock. Cammy Kerr, Scott Allan, Faissal El Bakhtaoui and A-Jay Leitch-Smith all dropped out, as Mark O’Hara, Sofien Moussa, Paul McGowan and Kerr Waddell came into a revamped side set up to match Hearts 3-5-2 shape.

The visitors were forced into an early change as Aaron Hughes was replaced by Prince Buaben after six minutes. Jamie Walker nearly opened the scoring for Hearts when Scott Bain’s clearance cannoned off the Hearts forward. Thankfully for the Dee, the ball went wide of the post.

Both sides were battling all over the park, which meant clear cut chances were at a premium. Lewis Spence’s pop shot from the edge of the box was the closest either side came to a proper chance.

With half time on the horizon, Dundee went ahead. Kevin Holt floated a corner into the box, and when Kerr Waddell found himself unmarked, there was only ever one outcome, as he headed the ball low into the corner of the net.

Roarie Deacon forced McLaughlin into a save just after the restart, following a counterattack from a Hearts corner. Scott Bain did well to keep out Esmael Gonclaves deflected effort. The Hearts striker got to the by-line, and Bain managed to stop the ball spinning back into the net.

The Portuguese frontman was a handful for the Dundee back three, and nearly equalised on the hour mark when he fired a venomous strike against the crossbar.

Dundee broke, and should have made to two when O’Hara’s cut back found Moussa, but he could only shoot straight at McLaughlin. The Dundee striker seemed to be taken by surprise the ball had reached him, but it was still a chance that should have been taken.

Then after 71 minutes, disaster struck for the Dundee frontman as he inadvertently set up the equaliser. His attempt to volley the ball back to Bain from the half way line was unsuccessful, giving Kyle Lafferty the opportunity to knock the ball past the Dundee keeper, and slide it into the net.

The visitors were in the ascendency as the game neared its conclusion. Bain twice denied Walker, first beating away a powerful strike from 12 yards, and then pushing a low drive against the post. Lafferty slammed the ball into the side netting in the final minute of normal time.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith had replaced Moussa after 77 minutes, and he forced McLaughlin into a fine save two minutes into injury time.

The resulting corner was sent in by Paul McGowan, and yet again Waddell was unmarked, and he powered home another header to seal all three points for the Dark Blues.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 30th, 2017)

2017-18 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)25 14 - 121 -
Jack Hendry22 132132
Kevin Holt24 141957
Darren O'Dea30 8 - 665
Kerr Waddell19 132132
Roarie Deacon25 131131
Glen Kamara21 14 - 14 -
Paul McGowan29 1211207
Mark O'Hara21 101426
Lewis Spence21 6 - 6 -
Sofien Moussa29 8686
Cammy Kerr (sub)22 14 - 711
Faissal El Bakhtaoui (sub)25 134447
A-Jay Leitch-Smith (sub)27 5252

League Table (as at September 30th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to Dens for the visit of Hearts.

Last Saturday against Kilmarnock proved to be a very frustrating afternoon. There is no doubting that the effort was there from the boys out of possession but on the ball we are a better side than what we showed, we lacked spark and punch in our play.

I feel last Wednesday's game with Celtic had a huge part to play in what I feel was a flat performance on a poor artificial.surface at Kilmarnock.

This week has given us a chance to get the boys rested and get back to work. We have put in a lot of hard graft on areas of our game we will look to implement against a very good Hearts side.

The atmosphere was terrific against St. Johnstone. The backing from a big support really helped us in achieving that first win, especially when we went down to 10 men. I'm sure we'll hear the same today as we look for back to back home wins in the league.