Dundee 0
Heart of Midlothian 1
League (Premiership)

0 - 1

League (Premiership)
Saturday, December 18th, 2021
Kilmac Stadium
Attendance: 5,874
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Jamie Walker (75)

Team Managers
James McPake
Robbie Neilson

Starting Eleven
1. Adam Legzdins
16. Christie Elliott
2. Cammy Kerr
4. Liam Fontaine
6. Jordan McGhee
10. Paul McGowan
24. Max Anderson
9. Danny Mullen
17. Luke McCowan
18. Paul McMullan
29. Leigh Griffiths
Craig Gordon .1
Craig Halkett .15
Stephen Kingsley .3
John Souttar .4
Cameron Devlin .14
Peter Haring .5
Taylor Moore .15
Andy Halliday .16
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Barrie McKay .18
Ben Woodburn .9

21. Ian Lawlor
27. Corey Panter
48. Callum Lamb
46. Craig Donald
7. Alex Jakubiak
Ross Stewart .13
Alex Cochrane .17
Cammy Logan .25
Michael Smith .2
Aaron McEneff .8
Jamie Walker .7
Armand Gnanduillet .21

Alex Jakubiak for Luke McCowan (80)
Alex Cochrane for Stephen Kingsley (24)
Jamie Walker for Gary Mackay-Steven (58)
Aaron McEneff for Ben Woodburn (74)

Max Anderson (47)
Paul McGowan (54)
Leigh Griffiths (58)
Danny Mullen (85)
John Souttar (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

William Collum (Referee)
Dougie Potter & Graham McNeillie (Assistants)
Euan Anderson (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee’s injury hit team went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Hearts at the Kilmac Stadium this afternoon. The Dark Blues had the edge in the first half of a scrappy game. After half time Hearts improved and 15 minutes from the end Jamie Walker scored an untidy winner that was typical of the match.

The Dundee starting eleven had only two changes, with Christie Elliott and Leigh Griffiths replacing Ryan Sweeney and Jordan Marshall. However, four of the players who startred against Hibs had to move to different positions. Cammy Kerr switched from right to left back. Jordan McGhee dropped back into central defence. Paul McGowan and Danny Mullen each moved back into deeper roles. There were only five players named for the bench. Alex Jakubiak was the only who has played for the Dee in the Premiership.

Hearts started on the attack and they had more of the ball throughout the first half. But their pedestrian movement through the midfield always allowed the Dee time to cover. Dundee’s faster attacking unsettled Hearts’ defence and looked more likely to break the stalemate.

The Jam Tarts had to replace Stephen Kingsley, who picked up an early injury. Alex Cochrane replaced him on the left of the back three. He was soon busy as Dundee regularly targeted the gap between him and left wing back Andrew Halliday. Paul McMullan, with able support from Christie Elliot, was a constant threat.

Hearts had the first half chance after 18 minutes when Ben Woodburn could do little with an awkwardly bouncing ball and scooped a shot over the bar.

The Dark Blues were playing some good, fast football through the midfield, but couldn’t find the right final ball. The Hearts defenders created problems for themselves with some sloppy distribution, and failure to unload the ball before they were closed down by the Dee’s eager pressing.

It took until the last few minutes of the half for either keeper to be tested. Dundee broke at speed through Max Anderson and Paul McGowan. Luke McCowan cut inside from the left and his low shot from 18 yards was saved by Craig Gordon at full stretch.

A messy game failed to improve after the interval, with mistakes and careless passes breaking up attacks as often as the defenders did.

As the half wore on Hearts began to dominate against a tiring Dundee side. Adam Legzdins had to deal with the occasional cross, but he was not called upon to make any saves as Hearts failed to get a shot on target until the scored after 75 minutes.

Barrie McKay set up substitute Aaron McEneff to shoot from 18 yards. The shot was weak and straight at Legzdins but Liam Fontaine stuck out a foot, diverting the ball onto the post. The rebound flew across goal for Jamie WALKER to shoot high into the net at the far post.

The Dark Blues threw on Alex Jakubiak in the place of Luke McCowan as they tried to fight their way back onto level terms. There was plenty of effort from tiring legs, from players who had overcome injuries to turn out for the club and who might not have been called upon if the squad had been at full strength. Sadly, however, there was no happy finalé as the Dee could not find the right final ball to set up a match saving chance.

Dundee’s makeshift defence did very well today, restricting Hearts to only a single shot on target. However, in the second half the Dee were unable to sustain the high energy, fast moving attacking that beat Motherwell and St Johnstone so impressively in the previous two home games. With no experienced match-fit players on the bench there was little scope for livening up the attack.

If it had been the Dee, rather than Hearts, who had a wee bit of luck when they were the better side today’s result would have been different. The outcome was disappointing, but hardly a cause for despair.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee Website

Squad Statistics (as at December 18th, 2021)

2021-22 All Time
Adam Legzdins (GK)35 24 - 40 -
Liam Fontaine35 16 - 404
Cammy Kerr26 19 - 2004
Christie Elliott30 111492
Jordan McGhee25 20 - 727
Paul McGowan34 22227420
Max Anderson20 201475
Luke McCowan24 205205
Danny Mullen26 1334711
Leigh Griffiths31 1317534
Paul McMullan25 232432
Alex Jakubiak (sub)25 71121

League Table (as at December 18th, 2021)

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Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome along to today's match at the Kilmac Stadium.

We come into the match today after three tough away games and we were disappointed to come away with no points from those.

We should have been out of sight up in Dingwall last Saturday so to come away with a defeat is so frustrating. We were in control of the match and ahead at the break but defensive errors cost us in the second half.

On Tuesday, I thought we were well worth a point at Easter Road.

In the first half we were nowhere near good enough. Second half it flipped and we were the better team but we came away with nothing.

The goal was very unfortunate. Paul McMullan is very honest and runs the full length of the pitch to defend. He does the right thing and has to throw his body at it.

On another day, that header goes anywhere but unfortunately for us it goes straight into our net.

The only other two chances in the game of significance are Danny Mullen's and Jamie Murphy's.

Danny is gutted with his. He's been excellent recently and he's devastated because he feels he should have scored that.

If we get that, we're right back in the game.

We certainly should have come away with a point.

There is a chance to put that right this afternoon. Our last two home matches saw us take six points so we are looking forward to today.

It will be a tough match against Hearts but we took a point from Tynecastle last time out and beat them on their last visit to Dens. We'll be looking for the same again today.