Dundee Utd 1
Dundee 0
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (SPL)
Sunday, December 12th, 1999
Tannadice Park. Att. 9,185
6:05 PM Kick-off

Joaquim Ferraz (88)

Team Managers
Paul Sturrock
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Combe
21. David Partridge
11. Tony Smith
2. Bernard Pascual
5. Jason de Vos
26. Hugh Davidson
15. Jan Telesnikov
7. Craig Easton
4. David Hannah
19. Steven Thompson
25. Stephen McConalogue
Rab Douglas
Steven Tweed
Barry Smith
Lee Wilkie
Frank van Eijs
Steven Boyack
Gavin Rae
Patricio Billio
Shaun McSkimming
Eddie Annand
Willie Falconer

22. Pat Onstad
20. David Worrell
3. Maurice Malpas
27. Tassos Venetis
10. Joaquim Ferraz
Jamie Langfield
Mark Slater
Nicky Banger
Hugh Robertson
James Grady

Joaquim Ferraz for Stephen McConalogue (50)
David Worrell for Jan Telesnikov (53)
Nicky Banger for Lee Wilkie (17)
Hugh Robertson for Shaun McSkimming (72)
James Grady for Frank van Eijs (90)

Joaquim Ferraz (76)
Eddie Annand (27)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)

Match Report

Just as he had done on the opening day of the season, Joaquim Ferraz came on to snatch a last gasp derby victory, but three points was the only, albeit very tangible credit, from which the players emerged from this game. In the build up to the game, manager Paul Sturrock had emphasised that in derby matches, results are more important than the performance. It was a pity that the players perhaps took his advice a shade too literally! Not that there was much between the sides in a pretty even and strangely tame first period. Falconer had a couple of efforts on goal but were directed straight at Alan Combe. The only real threat to a goal at the other end came from a Jan Telesnikov free-kick which dipped inches wide.

The second half was an improvement in terms of goalmouth action, but only just. Perhaps summing up the paucity of the outfield play was that one of the clearest cut openings of the match came from goalkeeper Robert Douglas' 80 yard clearance which put substitute Nicky Banger through, only for Alan Combe to tip his stinging drive over the bar. Our cause wasn't helped by the early departure of Jan Telesnikov who pulled a hamstring and had to be replaced which meant a further reshuffling in the team and reverting to a 4-4-2 formation. Although Dundee dominated in terms of possession and Willie Falconer hit the bar with a neat shot on the turn, the game stuttered and spluttered along until the last few minutes which contained more action than the rest of the game put together. A claim for hand-balt was rejected as Steven Thompson bore in on goal from the right and sparked a hitherto spell of tangerine pressure. This resulted in Joaquim Ferraz winning possession from Tweed to burst into the box before firing an unstoppable shot past Douglas. It was a great strike and one which brought sheer joy from the areas populated by United fans because with so little time remaining, it was the almost certain winner. There were three minutes time added on to negotiate and Alan Combe did have to push over a Falconer drive and then survive one last Dark Blue cavalry charge as Douglas pounded up field to add his height at a corner. But unlike Borussia Dortmund against Rangers, there was no last minute salvation by the keeper's presence in the opposing box as we made it, somewhat fortuitously, three wins out of three in this season's derby stakes.

Squad Statistics (as at December 12th, 1999)

1999-00 All Time
Alan Combe (GK)25 20 - 30 -
Tony Smith26 3 - 3 -
Jason de Vos25 201511
David Partridge21 18 - 19 -
Bernard Pascual32 20 - 38 -
Jan Telesnikov27 154154
David Hannah26 19311116
Hugh Davidson19 151151
Craig Easton20 192935
Steven Thompson21 164487
Stephen McConalogue18 4 - 5 -
David Worrell (sub)21 12 - 17 -
Joaquim Ferraz (sub)25 174174

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at December 12th, 1999)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 14 12 1 1 +26 37
2. Celtic 16 12 0 4 +34 36
3. DUNDEE UTD 17 9 3 5 +1 30
4. Motherwell 16 7 6 3 +2 27
5. Hibernian 18 5 6 7 -6 21
6. Hearts 16 5 5 6 +1 20
7. Dundee 16 6 0 10 -6 18
8. St Johnstone 16 4 4 8 -6 16
9. Kilmarnock 16 2 6 8 -9 12
10. Aberdeen 17 2 3 12 -37 9

League results since United's last match
8th December 1999
11th December 1999
12th December 1999
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