Dundee 3
Dunfermline Athletic 0
League (Premier League)

3 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 5th, 2000
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,152
3:00 PM Kick-off

Justin Skinner (o.g.) (1)
Juan Sara (pen.) (52)
Fabian Caballero (pen.) (55)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Jimmy Calderwood

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
4. Marcello Marrocco
5. Marco De Marchi
6. Steven Tweed
18. Javier Artero
23. Mark Robertson
19. Patrizio Billio
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
Marco Ruitenbeek .1
Michel Doesburg. 2
Andrius Skerla .5
Justin Skinner .4
Ian Ferguson .8
Junior Mendes .7
Scott M. Thomson .6
Stevie Crawford .9
Stuart Petrie .12
Eddie May .15
Scott Y. Thomson .20

3. Jamie Langfield
22. Chris Coyne
15. Steven Milne
11. Willie Falconer
16. Michael Yates
Jason Dair .3
Andy Tod .18
Colin Nish .28
Chris Templeman .29

Michael Yates for Giorgi Nemsadze (72)
Willie Falconer for Fabian Caballero (72)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (89)
Jason Dair for Eddie May (61)
Colin Nish for Michel Doesburg (66)

Giorgi Nemsadze (55)
Ian Ferguson (55)
Stuart Petrie (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
David Doig & Willie Dishington (Assistants)
Ian Frickleton (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Ivano Bonetti's new-look Dundee continued their impressive start to the season with a comprehensive victory over Dunfermline.

Over 7000 fans turned up to see the first home game of the Italian's Dens Park reign and, with just 12 seconds on the clock, they were already liking what was on view.

The Dark Blues attacked straight from kick-off and when Javier Artero crossed, Pars defender Justin Skinner, under pressure from Juan Sara, could only push the ball into his own net.

The carnival had started and Dundee proceeded to delight their support with some excellent attacking play.

Before the break, the only thing that was lacking from them was a finishing touch, though Georgian international Georgi Nemsadze came close to providing that.

The midfielder has already been tipped to be one of the stars of this SPL campaign and he showed why midway through first half.

Picking up the ball in midfield, he set off on a dazzling run past three defenders and keeper Marco Ruitenbeek, only to see his shot cleared off the line by Michael Doesburg.

Although rattled by the early goal, the visitors pressed before the interval, but lacked any real threat, and Robert Douglas in the Dundee goal was seldom under pressure.

In the second half. Dundee took control again, and two penalty strikes in just over two minutes sealed the win.

The first came after more brilliance from Nemsadze. He seemed to want to take on the whole defence on his own and looked like succeeding, until former Rangers man lan Ferguson was forced into a rash tackle and brought him down.

There was little argument that it was a penalty and Argentinian striker Sara made no mistake with his powerful spot-kick

Two minutes later, his fellow countryman and strike partner Fabian Caballero got in on the act, when he was sent crashing in the box by Doesburg

Caballero picked himself up to make it three with the penalty and leave the home fans singing "Top of the League".

Man of the Match-GEORGI NEMSADZE.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at August 5th, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)28 2 - 122 -
Steven Tweed27 2 - 523
Marco De Marchi - 2 - 2 -
Marcello Marrocco31 2 - 2 -
Barry Smith26 2 - 1811
Giorgi Nemsadze28 2 - 2 -
Patrizio Billio26 21202
Mark Robertson23 1 - 1 -
Javier Artero25 21112
Juan Sara23 2121
Fabian Caballero22 2121
Willie Falconer (sub)34 2 - 7320
Michael Yates (sub)20 1 - 71
Steven Milne (sub)20 1 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 5th, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

First of all can I say what a great delight it is to be able to welcome all Dundee supporters to Dens Park for the first time this season.

Seeing the enthusiasm and the number of fans at Motherwell last week was certainly a major boost for me and the players and the waving of the Italian national flag also made us feel very much welcomed and accepted.

But, of course, it is results on the field of play which count and I am very pleased that we were able to deliver the travelling support the victory they deserved.

Obviously with so many newcomers in the team, getting a blend in the side so early in the season was always going to be a problem, but I have no doubt that the training camp in Italy played a major part in helping us get off to such a good start.

The game in Scotland is a very honest one and filled will passion and I trust that our supporters will have already seen that we are endeavouring to work as hard for each other as possible, so that the undoubted quality that we have brought in can prosper.

I feel, for instance, that Fabian Caballero and Juan Sara are both hugely talented strikers, but in addition they also showed last week that they are very capable of working very hard for their team mates.

For a manager that is very pleasing to see. But no-one is getting carried away with that opening day success, because it is far too early to know how we will fare in the league, but obviously the signs are very encouraging.

The only really disappointing aspect of the afternoon was my sending off and I was really concerned that being reduced to ten men for most of the second half might cost the team.

Fortunately, I needn't have worried because, we defended so well afterwards that Motherwell posed less of a threat in the second half than they had done in the first.

As we approach our first home game, all I can say is that we will do our utmost not only to play attractive football, but to get the results that both we and our supporters want.

Whilst I have to confess that I go into this afternoon's match without knowing too much about our opponents, I will be checking out how they play with my contacts in this country and we will be as well prepared as we can to meet whatever challenge lies ahead.