Smart adds spice to Duffy's return

Dundee Utd 0 Dundee 0

Ignore the scoreline, this encounter was laced with drama and flair, yet how appropriate that nothing could prise apart British football's closest neighbours.

Players have been making the 170-yard trip between Dens Park and Tannadice for generations for this most unusual derby. How both clubs must have wished that ruthless finishers such as Andy Gray (Dundee United) and Alan Gilzean (Dundee) were still on their books, but that harsh reality could not dilute yesterday's pulsating draw.

"It was typically fast and furious," acknowledged the Dundee United manager, Alex Smith, who watched one of his own new signings, Allan Smart, become caught up in the passion. He was dismissed for a sickening 75th-minute challenge on Jonay Hernandez.

The match marked Jim Duffy's reacquaintance with the derby after an absence of six years. In that time, the Dundee manager had endured a roller coaster of events – sacked by Hibernian before reviving his reputation as Chelsea's youth coach and assistant at Portsmouth.

The departure of Ivano Bonetti from Dens Park prompted Dundee to look once more to Duffy. However, there was an ironic twist provided by rivals United unveiling one of his former pupils from Stamford Bridge. Warren Cummings has not flourished as quickly as John Terry, Sam Dalla Bona and Carlton Cole – three from Duffy's youth team – but a year's loan at Tannadice is expected to accelerate the progress of the Scotland Under-21 defender.

It was, however, another of United's new imports, Arnar Gunnlaugsson, who almost made an immediate impact. His pace opened up Dundee in the opening minute but Steve Thompson could not provide a finish to the cross.

As befits a contest between two such close and fierce rivals the match was characterised by a hectic pace. Waves of attacks illustrated how much the players were being carried along by the raucous atmosphere.

Dundee, however, began to impose control. The gifted Georgi Nemsadze threaded a deft free-kick over the top of United's defence in the 25th minute for Nacho Novo to deceive Cummings with a dip of the shoulder before his curling shot was pushed wide by Paul Gallacher.

The intensity never lapsed but Dundee's lack of composure in front of goal ruined their fine work. Fabian Caballero was too direct with one shot, while Steve Lovell tamely stabbed another effort straight at Gallacher.

However, the fervour exploded in an ugly manner when Smart was sent off barely nine minutes after coming on as a substitute. Had Hernandez not got his leg out of the way just in time, the consequence could have been perilous and the Spaniard made his feelings clear with a finger-to-temple gesture as Smart departed up the tunnel that suggested his assailant might have been "El Loco".

Smith admitted later that Smart had been anything but. "It was a rush of blood and it was rash," said the United manager. "Allan went flying after the ball and realised when he got there that he'd gone in at too fast. I don't think it was malicious, more frustration, but Hernandez got a fright and the referee punished Smart."

A similar lack of discipline almost cost Dundee dear, just minutes after the warring teams had been separated. Lee Mair scythed down Charlie Miller, allowing Danny Griffin to deliver a curling free-kick which Speroni pushed over the bar.

Thompson, meanwhile, forged without success. The man who will shoulder the responsibility of Scotland's attack in the Faroe Islands next week will hope this was not a dry run for the real thing.

Arts & Entertainment
Madonna in her music video for 'Like A Virgin'
music... and other misheard song lyrics
Sport
Steven Gerrard had to be talked into adopting a deeper role by his manager, Brendan Rodgers
sportThe city’s fight for justice after Hillsborough is embodied in Steven Gerrard, who's poised to lead his club to a remarkable triumph
News
Much of the colleges’ land is off-limits to locals in Cambridge, with tight security
educationAnd has the Cambridge I knew turned its back on me?
News
Waitrose will be bringing in more manned tills
newsOverheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
News
The energy drink MosKa was banned for containing a heavy dose of the popular erectile dysfunction Levitra
news
Environment
People are buying increasing numbers of plants such as lavender to aid the insects
environmentGardeners rally round the endangered bumblebee
Sport
Australia's Dylan Tombides competes for the ball with Adal Matar of Kuwait during the AFC U-22 Championship Group C match in January
sportDylan Tombides was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011
News
Ida Beate Loken has been living at the foot of a mountain since May
newsNorwegian gives up home comforts for a cave
Extras
indybest10 best gardening gloves
Arts & Entertainment
tvIt might all be getting a bit much, but this is still the some of the finest TV ever made, says Grace Dent
News
Posted at the end of March, this tweeted photo was a week off the end of their Broadway shows
people
News
peopleStar to remain in hospital for up to 27 days to get over allergic reaction
Arts & Entertainment
The Honesty Policy is a group of anonymous Muslims who believe that the community needs a space to express itself without shame or judgement
music
News
Who makes you happy?
happy listSend your nominations now for the Independent on Sunday Happy List
Life & Style
life
Caption competition
Caption competition
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit