Dundee 0
Heart of Midlothian 1
League (Scottish Premiership)

0 - 1

League (Scottish Premiership)
Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,667
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Sean Clare (15)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
31. Sieng Dieng
29. James Horsefield
15. Ryan McGowan
6. Darren O'Dea
3. Nathan Ralph
17. Andrew Dales
16. Ethan Robson
4. Martin Woods
23. Craig Curran
20. Kenny Miller
10. Scott Wright
Zden?k Zlámal .1
John Souttar .4
Christophe Berra .6
Marcus Godinho .26
Peter Haring .5
Sean Clare .9
Arnaud Djoum .10
Ben Garuccio .17
Callumn Morrison .38
Uche Ikpeazu .19
David Van??ek .32

12. Elliot Parish
2. Cammy Kerr
5. Genséric Kusunga
27. Jesse Curran
18. Paul McGowan
7. John O'Sullivan
28. Andreas Hadenius
Colin Doyle .13
Clévid Dikamona .28
Aaron Hickey .51
Oliver Bozanic .7
Olly Lee .8
Jake Mulraney .23
Craig Wighton .15

John O'Sullivan for Andrew Dales (64)
Paul McGowan for Craig Curran (65)
Jesse Curran for Scott Wright (73)
Craig Wighton for David Vanecek (67)
Clévid Dikamona for Callumn Morrison (83)
Oliver Bozanic for Sean Clare (86)

Martin Woods (25)
Ryan McGowan (42)
Jesse Curran (92)
Arnaud Djoum (44)
Benjamin Garuccio (87)
Zdenek Zlamal (94)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Nick Walsh (Referee)
Alastair Mather & Gary Hilland (Assistants)
Scott Millar (Fourth Official)

Match Report

There was wind, rain, sunshine and flurries of snow at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park this afternoon but ultimately no points for The Dee as Heart of Midlothian returned to the capital with all three after a disappointing game.

The Dark Blues made two changes from their last outing at Ibrox with Craig Curran and Kenny Miller coming in for Jesse Curran and Paul McGowan and the hosts made the livelier start with Andy Dales, Scott Wright and Nathan Ralph all peppering Zdenek Zlamal’s goal with shots.

Despite this good start it was the Jam Tarts who opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Sean CLARE took advantage of some sloppy Dundee defending to poke home under Seny Dieng. It was Arnaud Djoum’s cross from the Hearts left which caused havoc in the Dundee box and when Ralph couldn’t clear and O’Dea couldn’t connect, Clare nipped in to score his third goal of the season from six yards.

Dundee tried to recover quickly when Kenny Miller forced Zlamal to make his first reason save of the game but as Hearts took control towards the end of the first half, Ben Garuccio went closest when he curled a free kick just past Dieng’s right hand post.

The first chance of the second half came just four minutes in when James Horsfield headed over the bar from eight yards and in Dundee’s next attack O’Dea headed a Wright corner back across the six yard box but John Souttar was able to head clear and keep Dundee at bay.

Hearts’ Uche Ikpeazu was causing the Dark Blue defence all sorts of problems with his physicality and he brought out a save from Dieng when he fired low towards goal from 12 yards out. Generally the Dundee back four coped with him well but as the second half wore on, there was frustration in the home support that too many of the referee’s decisions were going the Englishman’ way.

By 73 minutes Jim McIntyre had used all his subs in an effort to chance the game and as the clock ran down The Dee exerted some pressure on the Hearts goal. The best chance fell to Kenny Miller when he headed towards goal from the corner of the six yard but Zlamal made a sensational save. The ball then fell to John O’Sullivan on the edge of the box and he volleyed towards the top corner but Zlamal was able to palm the ball away.

O’Sullivan was involved again in the final minute as he went down inside the Jambos box but as the home fans shouted for a penalty, the referee waved play on and with it went Dundee’s last chance to salvage something from the game. Hearts were content to see out the game and Zlamal was booked in the final seconds for time wasting.

The manager told the press afterwards that “it definitely felt like points dropped” but with Hamilton losing at Motherwell there was no ground lost on the team immediately above. The Dark Blues scrapped and fought for everything and there was no faulting the players efforts but their hard work and endeavours are going to have to be turned into points and soon.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at March 9th, 2019)

2018-19 All Time
Sieng Dieng (GK)24 10 - 10 -
James Horsefield23 6 - 6 -
Ryan McGowan29 6 - 6 -
Darren O'Dea32 15 - 955
Nathan Ralph26 24 - 24 -
Andrew Dales24 10 - 10 -
Ethan Robson22 4 - 4 -
Martin Woods33 181181
Craig Curran29 9 - 9 -
Kenny Miller39 267267
Scott Wright21 6262
Jesse Curran (sub)22 312452
Paul McGowan (sub)31 30318011
John O'Sullivan (sub)25 4 - 4 -

League Table (as at March 9th, 2019)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to today's match against Hearts. I'd like to start by welcoming Craig Levein and his backroom staff and players.

Despite coming into the match today on the back of two defeats I have been pleased with the reactions we have shown in these matches. We didn't feel sorry for ourselves in the games against Rangers and Hibs.

That's what I look for, that level of commitment and the determination to keep going. That is the sort of attitude that will help us in the run in, but equally we know we need to cut out the individual errors also.

I've said all along there will be ups and downs but we will keep trying to improve and keep the focus on the next game.

This afternoon we know Hearts will test us they are a team with strength, pace and goals in their team. Like ourselves they've had mixed results lately.

We will need a similar performance to the one we had at Tynecastle six weeks ago when we put in a great shift to gain the three points.

Enjoy the game.