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FIXTURE: Hearts v Dundee

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership

DATE: Saturday 15th September 2016

KICK-OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: Tynecastle Stadium

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1874

STADIUM: Tynecastle Stadium

CAPACITY: 17,480

PITCH SIZE: 100mx64m

MANAGER: Robbie Neilson


NICKNAME: The Jam Tarts, The Jambos

CLUB COLOURS: Maroon and white

HONOURS: Scottish League Championship: 1894/95, 1896/97, 1957/58 and 1959/60

Scottish Cup winners: 1890/91, 1895/96, 1900/01, 1905/06, 1955/56, 1997/98, 2005/06 and 2011/12

League Cup winners: 1954, 1958, 1959 and 1962

RECORD WIN: 21-0 v Anchor, EFA Cup, 1880

CLUB WEBSITE: http://www.heartsfc.co.uk

Getting to the Ground

The full address of Tynecastle Stadium for Sat-Nav is Tynecastle Stadium, McLeod Street, Edinburgh, EH11 2NL

Tynecastle Stadium is located only a short walk from Edinburgh city centre and Haymarket train station. The best and quickest way to Tynecastle is by bus. The bus service from the city centre to get to the stadium is the 25 to Riccarton as it stops on Princes Street and at Haymarket train station. You can also get the 25 from Hermiston Park and Ride which is located out by Heriot-Watt University and head back into the city.

Head to Head v Hearts

LEAGUE: Won 68, Drawn 51, Lost 98

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 3, Drawn 4, Lost 9

LEAGUE CUP: Won 6, Drawn 5, Lost 9

TOTALS: Won 77, Drawn 60, Lost 116

Last Five Dundee v Hearts Matches

12/04/2016 | Home | Premiership | Lost 0-1 | 6,195 | Walker

21/11/2015 | Away | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 16,736 | Djoum / Loy

08/08/2015 | Home | Premiership | Lost 1-2 | 8,222 | Hemmings / Juanma (2)

27/04/2013 | Home | Premiership | Won 1-0 | 5,896 | Conroy

30/01/2013 | Away | Premiership | Lost 1-0 | 11,284 | Sutton

Last Meeting

Dundee’s last encounter with Hearts saw The Jam Tarts take all three points away from Dens Park.  Although the stats show that Hearts were comfortable, it was not the case as Dundee squandered numerous chances to score and share the points.

Dundee nearly started the game in the same fashion they did at Ibrox the week before. Jamie Walker was clean through on goal but pulled his shot wide of the mark as Scott Bain came rushing out from the Dundee goal. The visitors started quickly and next to try their luck was Juanma who’s flick from a Walker pass was straight at Bain. Dundee started slowly but eased their way into the game. Darren O’Dea nearly gave the dark Blues the lead when he met Greg Stewart’s corner but nodded the ball just wide. The game was end to end with both sides throwing punches to see who would cave first. Kane Hemmings came close for the hosts when but he was eluded by Greg Stewarts cut back from the bye-line after showing some great skill and pace. Hearts then thought they had taken the lead before the interval when McGhee headed home from Don Cowie’s free-kick but the offside flag was raised against him and it was disallowed. 

After the interval, Alexander made a brilliant save to deny Paul McGowan who then blazed an effort wide after a mix up between Alexander an Ozturk. The best chance of the match fell to Cammy Kerr who sent the ball over the bar after being picked out by Paul McGowan. Then in the 53rd minute, Hearts took the lead. Jamie Walker – who had looked dangerous all afternoon – pounced onto a long ball through the heart of the Dundee defence, rounded Bain and placed the ball into the back of the net silencing the Dundee support. After this, Dundee never really threatened to equalise. The home side had a few half chances but a mix between good goalkeeping and poor finishing gave Hearts all three points.

Dundee: Bain, McGinn, O’Dea, Gadzhalov (Wighton 73’), Holt, Stewart, Ross,   McGowan, Harkins (Loy 78’), Kerr, Hemmings

Booked – Harkins

Hearts: Alexander, Smith, Ozturk, Souttar, McGhee, Nicholson (Kitchen 73’), Cowie, Sutchuin-Djoum, Buaben, Walker (Pallardo Gonzalez 90’), Delgado Lloria (Reilly 77’)

Booked: Smith, Ozturk

Hearts’ Season So Far

Hearts have had a mixed start to the season. They were knocked out of the early stages on the Europa League. They lost on the opening day of the season and they are out of the League Cup. However, after all that, their league form hasn’t been bad. They earned a valuable point away to Aberdeen. They netted 5 against Inverness and 3 against Hamilton and Motherwell to take 9 points from these matches. These results and the ones in between means they sit joint 3rd with St.Johnstone on 14pts, only a point behind Aberdeen in 2nd. So, let’s go back to the beginning..

Hearts got an early start to their 2016/17 season when they played at home to Tallinn FC Infonet in the Europa League and they couldn’t have hoped for a better start than a 2-1 win. Unfortunately for The Jambos, their Europa League journey was cut short when they were eliminated after the second qualifying round after a draw and a defeat to Birkirkara. Things didn’t get much easier when they faced the champions at home on the opening day of the league campaign. In what was a very entertaining game, Hearts were unable to keep out Celtic as Scott Sinclair netted late in the second half to give Celtic all three points. Their poor form continued after a 3-2 defeat away to St.Johnstone in the league Cup but they did gain a well earned point away to Aberdeen in the league. They made no mistake with their next home match by hitting Inverness CT for 5 in an impressive 5-1 win with a performance to match it. Since then they have played five league games and only lost one, again to St.Johnstone in Perth but they have also picked up some good results; 3-1 against Hamilton and 1-3 away to Motherwell. 

Although it has been a mixed start to the season, Hearts are a very good side and Dundee will no doubt have to be at their very best to think about taking anything from Tynecastle on Saturday.

Top Scorers

DUNDEE: Loy 2, O’Hara 2, El Bakhtaoui 1, Holt 1, Low 1

HEARTS: Nicholson 3, Walker 3, Cowie 2, Paterson 2, Sammon 1 

Ticket Information

This match is all ticket. Tickets must be purchased from the Dundee Ticket Office, there is a very small amount of tickets remaining at the ticket office.

How To Watch

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Sunday while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Monday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV on Thursday.

Fans can also view two matches from the DEETV archive now on www.dundeefc.co.uk/deetv

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game. 

The Dark Blues left the capital without a point after a 2-0 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle. Callum Paterson scored the Jam Tarts’ first midway through the second half and Bjorn Johnsen secured the win with a goal at the death. Dundee will reflect sadly on their luck after hitting the woodwork four times before Hearts took the lead.

Dundee made three changes. Darren O’Dea and Nicky Low were injured and Cammy Kerr started on the bench. Kosta Gadzhalov, James Vincent and Tom Hateley came into the starting eleven. Hearts made two changes, bringing in Alim Ozturk and Don Cowie in place of Faycal Rherras and Sam Nicholson.

Faissal El Bakhatoui almost burst clean through in the first minute, but was denied by an Ozturk tackle at the expense of a corner. The hosts were quickly into their stride, however, and put the Dark Blue defence under serious pressure in the first 10 minutes. Jamie Walker got in the way of a Kevin Gomis clearance and the ball rebounded to Connor Sammon whose shot was blocked by Scott Bain. Hearts’ right back Callum Paterson was always keen to get forward and he shot just wide of Bain’s near post after cutting in from the right. After 10 minutes Don Cowie’s curling shot was heading for the top corner till Tony Watt’s glancing header sent the ball over the bar.

Dundee fought their way back into the match and caused Hearts problems with the running of Yordi Teijsse and Faissal El Bakhtaoui, who was showing some neat touches on the ball. After El Bakhtaoui was fouled just outside the penalty area Tom Hateley struck the top of the crossbar with his free kick.

On the half hour mark Dundee escaped in a goalmouth scramble which ended with Watt’s shot striking Walker. At the other end Hearts’ defence got into a mess following a corner and Kosta Gadzhalov’s 25 yard rocket was bravely turned over the bar by John Souttar with his head. The Dee’s best spell of the first half followed, with the midfield holding the ball well and keeping Hearts under pressure for a spell. However, Scott Bain had to be at his best to keep out Aranud Djoum’s 18 yard shot, then beat away Callum Paterson’s header from the corner. The fist half action ended with Gadzhalov heading over from a Hateley corner.

If Hearts had the best of the first half it was certainly Dundee who started the stronger side after the break. Terrific persistence by Teijsse kept Hearts’ defence under pressure and the ball broke to Hateley who rifled in a swerving ahot from 18 yards only to see the ball beat Hamilton and come back off the post. El Bakhatoui brought a good save from 20 yards out of Jack Hamilton after drifting deep to pick up the ball in space and running at the defence. When the resulting corner came over Gadzhalov’s powerful header crashed against the crossbar.

For the next few minutes play raced from end to end and Scott Bain saved well from Walker after the Hearts’ winger cut in from the left. Teijsse passed up a great chance after muscling Rossi off the ball, but pulled his shot wide from 15 yards with a clear sight of goal. The Dark Blues had a scare when Gadzhalov miscued a clearance in his penalty area and the ball struck his hand, but the referee Mr Clancy decided, correctly, that it was an accident.

Dundee struck the post for the fouth time when Teijsse turned neatly and hit a low shot against the bottom of Hamilton’s post from the edge of the penalty area. Hearts were still dangerous when they got the chance to attack, and Danny Williams made a goal saving block from Djoum in a goalmouth stramash. Teijsse’s eager pressing again won the ball deep in Hearts’ half and Hateley’s hard, low cross flew across goal and was deflected wide for a corner.

Hearts finally broke the deadlock after 68 minutse with a simple set piece goal. Substitute Robbie Muirhead’s free kick delivery from the left was beautifully flighted for Callum PATERSON to rise and head across Bain and into the top corner. The goal rocked Dundee and it took them a few minutes to get back into their flow.

Paul Hartley sent on Michael Duffy and Cammy Kerr to replace James Vincent and Tom Hateley, then with five minutes left replaced Gadzhalov with Rory Loy.

A fine Djoum pass sent Walker to the byline but Kevin Holt cut out his cross. Igor Rossi headed over from the corner. Djoum had a couple of efforts, the first a 22 yard shot blasted straight into Bain’s midriff. He then wriggled his way into the penalty area but Holt blocked his shot. From the corner Bain pulled off a marvellous save at point blank range from substitute Bjorn Johnsen. Hearts had an escape themselves following a corner when Yordi Teijsse was free 10 yards out, but he powered his header just wide.

After 89 minutes Hearts put the game out of Dundee’s reach when JOHNSEN turned in Walker’s cutback at the near post. In injury time Rory Loy was denied a consolation goal that would have been the least the Dee deserved, but Hamilton saved his angled drive superbly.

This defeat leave the Dark Blues at the foot of the table, but if they continue to play like this they will surely climb the table. The team was hard working, kept their shape, and created some good chances. All that was missing was a clinical finish or a stroke of luck. Certainly the players have no need to be despondent after their performances today. Dundee were competitive all over the pitch, and gave Hearts a very hard match with the result in doubt until the 89th minute.

Heart of Midlothian FC 4-4-2

Paterson, Ozturk, Souttar, Rossi
Djoum, Cowie (Buaben 86), Kitchen, Walker
Sammon (Johnsen 72), Watt (Muirhead 56)

Unused subs: Noring (gk), Oshaniwa, Nowak, Currie.

Goals: Paterson (68), Johnsen (89).

Booked: Ozturk (foul on El Bakhataoui),

Dundee FC 3-5-2

Gomis, Gadzhalov (Loy 85), Holt
Hateley (Kerr 76, McGowan, Vincent (Duffy 76), O’Hara, Williams
El Bakhtaoui, Teijsse

Unused subs: Gourlay (gk), Loy, Duffy, Etxabeguren, Ross, Kerr, Wighton.

Booked: McGowan (foul on Rossi).

Attendance: 16,512 (734 Dundee supporters).

Referee: Kevin Clancy. Assistants: Brian Templeton, Graham McNeillie. Fourth official: Alan Newlands.

Report: James Christie.


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