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Scottish Premiership: Dundee 2-1 Dundee United

Dundee came from behind to win the second city derby of the season as Dundee United failed to improve their position at the foot of the table.

James McPake was carried off following a challenge on John Rankin and Blair Spittal scored after a free-kick was awarded against the Dundee captain.

But Eiji Kawashima's mistake let Kane Hemmings score and Nick Ross' deflected shot also beat the debutant goalkeeper.

United's miserable day got worse when midfielder Guy Demel was sent off.

It was only Dundee's second win in this fixture in a decade and, significantly, moves them 16 points clear of their city rivals in the Scottish Premiership table.

Paul Hartley's side had to fight back from the loss of McPake to a suspected dislocated knee early on after he fouled Rankin.

The captain was booked by referee Kevin Clancy before being taken to hospital for treatment.

To make matters worse for the hosts, Spittal scored from the resulting free kick, the midfielder curling a swerving 25-yard effort past a helpless Scott Bain.

However, the Dundee goalkeeper did make a couple of crucial saves after that.

First, he pushed away an acute angled drive from Billy Mckay, set up by another fine bit of play by Spittal with a defence-splitting pass.

Then it was Rankin's turn to be denied by Bain as United played the more incisive football for long spells in the early stages.

Dundee United goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (left) looked disappointed at the final whistle
Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (left) had a mixed debut for Dundee United

It was typical blood and thunder derby fare at a packed Dens Park, the first 45 minutes being particularly eventful, with Kawashima heavily involved.

The Japanese international was cleared to make his debut and, for long spells of the first half, you could see why manager Mixu Paatelainen worked so hard to get him.

He made a couple of decent saves during an opening period dominated by his new team, but four minutes from half time he showed an alarming vulnerability.

The Tannadice team have struggled all season to cope with high balls played into their penalty box and so it proved again.

Nicky Low played a free-kick from deep on top of Kawashima, who made a hash of his punch and Hemmings hooked the loose ball home for his sixth goal in the last three matches.

The goalkeeper claimed in vain for a foul and it was a painful lesson that he cannot expect the sort of protection in Scotland that he has been used to back home or during his spell in Belgium.

Not that his afternoon got any better as Dundee hit the front in 62 minutes with the aid of a deflection as a Ross shot spun off Sean Dillon.

That was enough to wrong foot the unfortunate goalkeeper and his new team start the New Year rooted to the foot of the table and needing a miracle to stay up.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1BainBooked at 35mins
  • 19McGinn
  • 5McPakeBooked at 10minsSubstituted forGadzhalovat 15'minutes
  • 4KonradBooked at 52mins
  • 3Holt
  • 30KerrSubstituted forIrvineat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18McGowan
  • 17RossBooked at 45mins
  • 8Low
  • 29HarkinsSubstituted forThomsonat 71'minutes
  • 15Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 9Loy
  • 10Thomson
  • 12Mitchell
  • 20Calder
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 43Skelly

Dundee Utd

  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Dillon
  • 19GunningSubstituted forMurrayat 77'minutes
  • 55DemelBooked at 82mins
  • 22Fraser
  • 8Rankin
  • 12McGowan
  • 20Spittal
  • 3DixonBooked at 48mins
  • 11ErskineSubstituted forBodulat 67'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 4Souttar
  • 15Murray
  • 16Telfer
  • 24Spark
  • 28Donaldson
  • 30Bodul
  • 51Zwick
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
11,025

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 2, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 2, Dundee United 1.

Booking

Gary Irvine (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

Simon Murray (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by John Rankin.

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kostadin Gadzhalov.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Billy McKay (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nicky Low (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Guy Demel (Dundee United) for a bad foul.

Foul by Guy Demel (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Gary Irvine replaces Cameron Kerr.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Gavin Gunning.

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Dundee).

Guy Demel (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Dundee).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul McGinn (Dundee).

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Kevin Thomson replaces Gary Harkins because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Eiji Kawashima.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Darko Bodul replaces Chris Erskine.

Foul by Nicky Low (Dundee).

Guy Demel (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 2, Dundee United 1. Nick Ross (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Scott Fraser.

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Dundee).

(Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Guy Demel.

Hand ball by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic20144248163246
2Aberdeen21134434201443
3Hearts21107436241237
4St Johnstone209473531431
5Ross County2293103633330
6Inverness CT217772930-128
7Dundee216873136-526
8Motherwell207492328-525
9Partick Thistle206681924-524
10Hamilton2165102837-923
11Kilmarnock2256112441-1721
12Dundee Utd2124151841-2310
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