Dundee Utd 1
Dundee 1
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (SPL)
Sunday, October 26th, 2003
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,767
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jim McIntyre (56)
Nacho Novo (pen.) (20)

Team Managers
Ian McCall
Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Paul Gallacher
21. Mark Wilson
19. David McCracken
5. Alan Archibald
3. Jim Paterson
25. Chris Innes
18. Craig Easton
4. Derek McInnes
22. Andy McLaren
10. Jim McIntyre
14. Billy Dodds
Julian Speroni
David Mackay
Lee Wilkie
Lee Mair
Jonay Hernandez
Garry Brady
Barry Smith
Gavin Rae
Nacho Novo
Fabrizio Ravanelli
Fabian Caballero

24. Paul Jarvie
2. Danny Griffin
11. Barry Robson
7. Mark Kerr
16. Owen Coyle
Jamie Langfield
Juan Sara
Mark Fotheringham
Craig Burley
Bobby Linn

Owen Coyle for Billy Dodds (74)
Craig Burley for Jonay Hernandez (51)
Mark Fotheringham for Gavin Rae (70)
Juan Sara for Fabrizio Ravanelli (89)

Andy McLaren (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)
Jim Dunne & Stewart Shearer (Assistants)
Ian Fyfe (Fourth Official)

Match Report

In front of a very healthy attendance of 12,767, given that the match was shown on the TV, both the live and armchair audience were entertained by a fast flowing city derby, a draw was a pretty fair reflection of the ninety minutes after the proverbial game of two halves. To Dundee went the first half honours, but after the interval, play was almost exclusively towards Julian Speroni's goal. Manager lan McCall stuck with the same starting eleven who had won at Pittodrie the previous week. There was just one change in the Dark Blue ranks with Lee Mair replacing the injured Georgi Nemsadze whose midfield place was filled by Barry Smith. Whilst Fabrizio Ravanelli continued up front, Jim Duffy's other recent signing, Craig Burley, had to make
do with a place on the bench.

No one could dispute that Dundee started with greater gusto and had a shot on target in the very first minute. And that was to be the pattern for the opening half an hour or so as our neighbours pinned us back. Being honest, it looked to be only a case of when, rather if Dundee scored and they duly did thanks to a penalty, the award of which is still the subject of some debate. Ravanelli's precision pass put Novo in behind the defence and the Spaniard went down under the challenge of David McCracken. The aforementioned Nacho Novo sent Paul Gallacher the wrong way from the spot to put the Dark Blues ahead. Gradually, however, Ian McCall's men got their foot in the door and the half ended with us having our best spell of an otherwise disappointing half.

And as had been the case when Dundee scored in the first half, it was no surprise when we equalised. Playing towards the East stand, now it was our turn to dominate with wing-backs Mark Wilson and Jim Paterson spending more time as wingers than backs. From one of his sorties down the left Jim Paterson delivered the cross from which Jim McIntyre headed the ball into Speroni's bottom left-hand corner. That may have been the end of the scoring, but not the action. Alan Archibald fired one inches over from the edge of the box, whilst at the other end, a deflected Caballero shot hit the bar. Paul Gallacher then made two brilliant saves from the same shot. Getting his hands to Nova's initial effort, he was at full stretch to push it clear after the ball spun up in the air.
Over the piece a draw was a fair result at the end of ninety
pulsating minutes.

Squad Statistics (as at October 26th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Paul Gallacher (GK)24 5 - 108 -
Chris Innes27 8 - 8 -
Alan Archibald25 11 - 11 -
Jim Paterson24 7 - 1146
David McCracken22 4 - 692
Mark Wilson19 4 - 371
Derek McInnes32 11 - 11 -
Craig Easton24 5 - 24017
Andy McLaren30 7321921
Jim McIntyre31 1137218
Billy Dodds34 1118230
Owen Coyle (sub)37 3 - 4911

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at October 26th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.