Dundee 2
Dundee Utd 3
League (SPL)


Dundee 

2 - 3

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Wednesday, January 31st, 2001
Dens Park. Att. 11,724
7:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Claudio Caniggia (45)
Willie Falconer (88)
Hugh Davidson (33)
Craig Easton (46)
Jim Lauchlan (78)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Marco Roccati
Barry Smith
Steven Tweed
Chris Coyne
Shaun McSkimming
Javier Artero
Georgi Nemsadze
Alessandro Romano
Beto Carranza
Willie Falconer
Claudio Caniggia
Paul Gallacher .13
Jason De Vos .5
Danny Griffin .16
Jim Lauchlan .23
Jamie McCunnie .42
Hugh Davidson .26
Jamie Buchan .24
Charlie Miller .29
Craig Easton .7
Jim Hamilton .17
Derek Lilley .10

Bench
Jamie Langfield
Michael Yates
Walter Del Rio
Ivano Bonetti
Marco Russo
Pat Onstad .22
David McCracken .32
Neil Heaney .11
Steven Thompson .19
Beto Naveda .9

Substitutions
Ivano Bonetti for Shaun McSkimming (58)
Marco Russo for Ivano Bonetti (67)
Steven Thompson for Jim Hamilton (79)
Beto Naveda for Derek Lilley (83)

Cautions
Alessandro Romano (13) Jim Hamilton (34)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)



Match Report


United went into the match on the back of two consecutive wins this year and were quietly confident. However, Dundee had won both'this season's derbies so both teams fancied their chances of success. With a sett-out crowd at Dens expected, there was huge anticipation in the city leading up to the match. United boss Alex Smith made two changes, both enforced to the side that won at Links Park in the Scottish Cup with Jamie Buchan at left back in place of David Partridge and Hugh Davidson replacing Hasney Aljofree in midfield, both absentees missing the match through suspension. There were derby debuts for youngsters Paul Gallacher and Jamie McCunnie, while no fewer than another three players, Jim Lauchlan, Danny Griffin and Derek Liltey were also making their first appearance in this fixture for United.

Straight from the kick-off the United fans gave the team tremendous vocal support and the team responded by opening the match at an alarming pace taking the game to the home side. For the majority of the opening stages the game was played in Dundee's half with Easton, Miller and Griffin taking an early grip of midfield. That early promise came to fruition in 34 minutes when Easton played an excellent pass up the right for Lilley who's back post cross was headed superbly past Roccati by Hugh Davidson. It was a brilliant passing move and Davidson will have been delighted to score in the derby having grown up as a United supporter, The goal seemed to rattle Dundee who had been fancied to win this game. There was some joy for the home side on the stroke of half-time when, against the run of play, Artero's right wing cross was bundled home by Claudia Caniggia.

Having lost an equaliser so late, there was concern regarding the reaction that the United players would have when the ream resumed for the second 45 minutes. Such fears were dispelled within a minute when Buchan played a through pass which released Craig Easton into the area and the midfielder kept his cool to score with a precise finish from 6 yards, United took almost total control of the match with an impressive work rate which Dundee could not cope with and it was no surprise when they went 3-1 up in 78 minutes when a Miller corner fell kindly in the box to Jim Lauchlan who easily sidefooted home for his third goal in two games. The game just petered out after that despite Dundee pulling a goal back through Willie Falconer in the 88th minute, It was a terrific result for United backed by a magnificent support who made themselves heard for the duration of the match and who would hope that this was a sign of things to come from their team. The fans have endured many difficult results this season, including two derby defeats, and there can be no doubting the importance of this result. For Alex Smith, it was a performance by his side to be very proud of and one which it's hoped the team can build on as they seek to climb the table away from relegation zone. Perhaps even more satisfying for the United boss will be the fact that his side were very young, with an average age of just 23.



Squad Statistics (as at January 31st, 2001)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Paul Gallacher (GK)21 3 - 4 -
Danny Griffin23 6 - 6 -
Jim Lauchlan23 123123
Jamie McCunnie17 4 - 4 -
Jason De Vos27 26 - 972
Craig Easton21 2441369
Jamie Buchan23 26 - 26 -
Charlie Miller24 131131
Hugh Davidson20 101392
Jim Hamilton24 111275
Derek Lilley26 6161
Steven Thompson (sub)22 24 - 909
Beto Naveda (sub)28 8282






League Table (as at January 31st, 2001)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 24 20 3 1 45 63
2. Hibernian 26 16 7 3 29 55
3. Rangers 24 17 3 4 27 54
4. Kilmarnock 25 12 4 9 -2 40
5. Hearts 26 10 6 10 1 36
6. Dundee 24 8 6 10 5 30
7. Dunfermline 25 8 7 10 -8 31
8. St Johnstone 25 7 9 9 -10 30
9. Motherwell 25 8 5 12 -8 29
10. Aberdeen 24 4 9 11 -16 21
11. Dundee Utd 25 3 4 18 -29 13
12. St Mirren 25 3 3 19 -34 12

* - Table split into two divisions of six.