Dundee Utd 2
Dundee 2
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
2 - 2

League (SPL)
Saturday, January 29th, 2005
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,703
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stuart Duff (12)
Jim McIntyre (79)
Tom McManus (71)
Steve Lovell (85)

Team Managers
Ian McCall
Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
47. Nick Colgan
5. Alan Archibald
3. David McCracken
2. Mark Wilson
23. Paul Ritchie
12. Stuart Duff
4. Derek McInnes
7. Mark Kerr
16. James Grady
10. Jim McIntyre
19. Stevie Crawford
Derek Soutar
Calum McDonald
Brent Sancho
Lee Wilkie
Steven Robb
Neil Barrett
Barry Smith
Mark Fotheringham
Steve Lovell
Tom McManus
Fabian Caballero

1. Tony Bullock
39. Garry Kenneth
8. Grant Brebner
18. Andy McLaren
36. Greg Cameron
14. Billy Dodds
20. Jason Scotland
Kelvin Jack
Glen Atle Larsen
Bobby Mann
John Sutton
Scott Robertson
Garry Brady
Joel Kitamirike

Grant Brebner for Derek McInnes (69)
Billy Dodds for Stuart Duff (81)
Jason Scotland for James Grady (88)
Bobby Mann for Lee Wilkie (45)
John Sutton for Tom McManus (74)
Scott Robertson for Steve Lovell (89)

Paul Ritchie (65)
David McCracken (81)
Steve Lovell (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Gordon McBride & Chris Young (Assistants)
Mike Ritchie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Just five minutes separated United from their first derby victory since April 2002 when Dundee talisman Steve Lovell snatched a dramatic leveller to leave the sides with one point a-piece. On the back of Dundee’s second half display it was probably a deserved equaliser, but United will regret not building on their early lead, enjoying much the better of the first half.

Ahead of the game, the biggest surprise – and for the media, the biggest let-down – was the non-appearance of United’s ex-Dundee player Lee Mair, who apparently had picked up an injury in a training ground clash with Paul Ritchie. Nick Colgan went straight into the deep end with a derby debut having signed just yesterday on-loan from Barnsley. With Barry Robson beginning a two-match suspension, Stuart Duff came in to the side at left-midfield. Mark Kerr started where he left off against Dunfermline at centre midfield, with Grant Brebner dropping onto the bench and James Grady filling in at right midfield. United opted for a familiar 4-4-2 formation, with Dundee lining up 4-3-3, Caballero, Lovell and McManus all in attack.

The three-pronged attack always looked dangerous on the break. But for most of the first half United took full advantage of the extra man in midfield and pegged Dundee back with some good passing moves with Wilson and Grady in particular enjoying a lot of freedom on the right. After the early sparring the first chance fell to Grady after 10 minutes but his shot was defected just a fraction wide into the side-netting. Dundee responded immediately and Wilkie looked certain to head home a Stephen Robb corner before team mate Neil Barrett got in the road. Dundee would immediately regret that miss: Grady and Wilson again found space on the right, Wilson crossed for McIntyre to head down, and Stuart Duff forced the ball home as McDonald sought to clear. United were firmly in control at this stage but couldn’t build on their lead. Crawford came close after 25 minutes getting onto the end of a McInnes lob-pass and with Wilkie struggling to get back the striker’s shot across goal beat Soutar – but just passed the far post. Dundee rallied before half time with Caballero almost pouncing when Colgan could only parry a Fotheringham shot, then the keeper saved well from Lovell. Overall, however, United were worthy of the half-time lead.

Dundee emerged after the interval without Lee Wilkie who had earlier picked up an ankle knock in a challenge with McIntyre – Bobby Mann stepped into his centre-half berth. At the start of the second period the Dundee defence looked shaky as it tried to readjust to the enforced change, and United looked to add a second. McIntyre almost redirected a half-hit Duff shot into the net, but Soutar gathered. Soutar again saved well low to his right after a McIntyre run and shot. With the killer second failing to materialise for United the Dark Blues came more and more into the game. United had a lucky escape after 57 minutes with Archibald and McCracken having to combine to clear a Caballero shot off the line. Brebner came on for McInnes as United sought to regain control of the midfield, but Dundee were not to be denied and after neat build up play between Caballero and McDonald on the right, Caballero’s high hanging cross was headed home from close range by McManus after 71 minutes. Goalscorer McManus was then replaced by Sutton, but United seemed to step up a gear and regained the lead on 78 minutes. A nice switch of play by Brebner relased Wilson on the right – he neatly side-stepped Caballero and his cut-back was headed home by McIntyre, aided by a small deflection off Sancho. A first derby win for manager Ian McCall looked on the cards – but the lead was not to last. With just five minutes left on the clock the United defence looked static as Lovell nipped in to get the slightest of touches from close range to convert a McDonald cross.

Both teams pressed forward looking for a winner, but despite a couple of close escapes at each end, the game was to finish even. While Arabs will have been gutted to see a lead lost twice, overall a draw was certainly fair after a cracking four goal derby thriller.

Squad Statistics (as at January 29th, 2005)

2004-05 All Time
Nick Colgan (GK)31 1 - 1 -
Alan Archibald27 283695
David McCracken23 2621255
Mark Wilson20 275949
Paul Ritchie29 15 - 15 -
Stuart Duff23 131801
Derek McInnes33 25 - 622
Mark Kerr22 192543
James Grady33 222222
Jim McIntyre32 271012036
Stevie Crawford31 4242
Grant Brebner (sub)27 231231
Billy Dodds (sub)35 19212641
Jason Scotland (sub)25 221456

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at January 29th, 2005)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 24 18 5 1 +40 59
2. Celtic 23 19 2 2 +33 59
3. Hibernian 23 13 4 6 +12 43
4. Hearts 24 10 8 6 +6 38
5. Aberdeen 24 10 6 8 +1 36
6. Motherwell 23 9 3 11 -3 30
7. Kilmarnock 23 9 2 12 -8 29
8. Inverness CT 24 6 7 11 -8 25
9. Dunfermline 24 5 6 13 -15 21
10. Dundee 24 5 6 13 -19 21
11. DUNDEE UTD 24 3 9 12 -15 18
12. Livingston 24 4 4 16 -24 16

League results since United's last match
23rd January 2005
25th January 2005
29th January 2005
Dundee Utd2-2Dundee
Inverness CT2-0Dunfermline