Dundee Utd 2 - 2 Dundee

League - SPL
Saturday, January 29th, 2005, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 12,703
Referee: John Underhill
Dundee Utd  Dundee

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

Team Managers
Ian McCall
Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Nick Colgan
Paul Ritchie
Stuart Duff
Alan Archibald
David McCracken
Mark Wilson
Derek McInnes
Mark Kerr
James Grady
Stevie Crawford
Jim McIntyre
Derek Soutar
Calum McDonald
Brent Sancho
Lee Wilkie
Steven Robb
Neil Barrett
Barry Smith
Mark Fotheringham
Steve Lovell
Tom McManus
Fabian Caballero

Tony Bullock
Garry Kenneth
Andy McLaren
Greg Cameron
Grant Brebner
Jason Scotland
Billy Dodds
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.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Nick Colgan (GK) 1 app (debut) -
Paul Ritchie 15 apps -
Stuart Duff 80 apps1 goal
Alan Archibald 69 apps5 goals
Mark Wilson 94 apps9 goals
David McCracken 125 apps5 goals
Derek McInnes 62 apps2 goals
Mark Kerr 54 apps3 goals
James Grady 22 apps2 goals
Stevie Crawford 4 apps2 goals
Jim McIntyre 120 apps36 goals
Grant Brebner (sub) 23 apps1 goal
Jason Scotland (sub) 45 apps6 goals
Billy Dodds (sub) 126 apps41 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Mark Wilson (20 years 243 days)
Oldest Player:James Grady (33 years 330 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 40 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Greg Cameron (16 years 298 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Dodds (36 years 2 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 232 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Nick Colgan(Signed January 28th, 2005)

Stuart Duff scored his first goal for the Club.

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.



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