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Dundee Break Hearts With Late Winner

Another league game at Dens, and another home win. I can get used to this.

After suffering an horrific start to the campaign, Dundee have certainly found their feet with seven points from the last three matches. Without a victory at home since February, we have now managed back-to-back home successes for the first time since December 2016.

It is nothing the team have not deserved.

They have had a couple of bad performances with stupid mistakes along the way but overall, we look a much better, stronger team than in prior seasons.

Our victory came at the expense of Hearts under their new manager Craig Levein. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t that impressed by the Edinburgh club. I felt we were the better team and deserving of the lead going in at half time thanks to Kerr Waddell’s first senior goal for the club.

They did put a bit more pressure on us and rattle the bar but apart from that, I always felt we would hold on quite comfortably and even grab another if we put on A-Jay Leigh-Smith or Faissal El Bakhtaoui who were sitting on the bench.

What we did do though was hand Hearts an equaliser.

Striker Sofien Moussa hadn’t been having the best of games and his audacious back pass from the half way line which Kyle Lafferty latched onto and put away was a bit surreal. All that was needed around the ball was a bow as it was an absolute gift.

After calming down and Moussa was substituted off, I found myself feeling sorry for the striker. His confidence was shot after his mistake and when he sat down beside the dugout, he cut a lone figure who looked like he wished the ground would swallow him up.

From then on, Hearts came at a disjointed Dundee team who looked rattled after conceding and they could have gone three or four up if it wasn’t for Scott Bain in goal. However, it was us that would have the last laugh and despite the chances that Hearts did have, I felt it was fully deserved.

Kerr Waddell added his second when he again shook off his marker to nod home an injury time winner to the delight of the majority of Dens Park. This young defender, if he keeps up the type of form he has produced, will go far in this game.

It was a fine victory for the team. We currently field the youngest team in Britain so to see them go a goal behind and to come back under pressure was a delight to see. With Hamilton’s defeat the night before, we leapfrogged them into eight spot in the table.

After the start we had, it’s not just refreshing to see us move up the table but also a bit of a relief.

It’s now the international break as you will all know but on the return of league business for the Dee, we take on Celtic at Parkhead. For the meantime, let’s just try and enjoy the break before taking on the undefeated Champions.

Scottish Premiership Round Up

As I mentioned, Hamilton were beaten at home on Friday night by Rangers, going down 4-1. Hibernian came close to ending the long Celtic unbeaten run at Parkhead with the match ending two a piece.

Aberdeen easily dismantled St Johnstone on their home turf to take the Dons joint top of the league while the Saints fell to fourth after being leapfrogged by Rangers. Owen Coyle got his reign as new Ross County manager off to a flyer when they ended their bad run of form, and continued Partick Thistles, when they beat them at Firhill with two goals without reply. Partick still have not managed a win this term.

Just like Partick, Kilmarnock continued the trend of not being able to win this season with Motherwell easily beating them 3-0 at home. This was a fine win for the ‘Well who sit nicely in fifth place.




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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Daniel has been a Dundee fan for thirty-something years. He Was invited to write for TEB following the Julian Speroni Testimonial. Uses the excuse for drinking on following The Dee.

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