Dundee 1 - 0 Hearts

Match info: Scottish Premier at Dens Park Stadium

Date: 03/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: Steven Mclean Att: 5,344

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Matt Lockwood 22



FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 3 2012, 18:18 GMT

Dundee manager Barry Smith urged his players to build on their 1-0 victory over Hearts as they look to haul themselves off the bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Matt Lockwood scored the only goal
Matt Lockwood scored the only goal

The Dens Park club sat eight points adrift at the start of play but managed to record their first home league win of the season thanks to Matt Lockwood's first-half free-kick.

It is the second time this season they have taken three points from a match against Hearts, but they lost six consecutive league games after winning by the same scoreline at Tynecastle earlier in the season.

"It's just one game," said Smith. "The difference is that the last time we won we had an international break immediately afterwards and now we've got another game straight away.

"We've got to build on a performance where we defended well and created chances. Hopefully the players can take confidence now that the hard work they've put in over the weeks can give ourselves every chance."

Unlike the smash-and-grab nature of their win at Tynecastle this was a more impressive performance for the Dundee supporters to witness. The home side created the better chances throughout the game and should have had the game wrapped up before the end.

"I hope the fans that were here saw the hard work that the players put in because I thought the supporters were brilliant. They stuck behind the players and gave them a tremendous lift throughout. I think the performance showed that because their grit and determination was proven out there.

"We think we had two or three great chances and didn't take them. But you always want your strikers to be in those positions to have the chance rather than shying away from it. Today there was not one player who hid. Every player looked for the ball and showed for the ball."

Hearts boss John McGlynn blamed a bad day at the office for his side's lacklustre showing. The away side travelled to Dundee for the second time in four days after going through 120 minutes in the Scottish Communities League Cup at Dundee United on Wednesday.

"It might have something to do with the midweek game," considered McGlynn, "But I don't want to make excuses.

"It was just a game where we never really got going. No one got to the performance levels that we've been achieving. We huffed and puffed and we kept going but we didn't do enough to win the game.

"We have been playing well recently - even if we haven't always had the results to show for it, our performances have been good. Today that was not necessarily the case."

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