Dunfermline Athletic 2
Dundee 1
League (Division One)


2 - 1


League (Division One)
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
East End Park
Attendance: 2,134
7:45 PM Kick-off

William Gibson (6)
Steven Bell (34)
Eddie Malone (90)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
1. Greg Paterson
2. Andy Dowie
3. Austin McCann
4. Neil McGregor
5. Steven Bell
6. Greg Ross
7. Calum Woods
8. Gary Mason
9. Wullie Gibson
10. Steven McDougall
11. Ross Campbell
Tony Bullock .1
Eric Paton .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Ryan O'Leary .4
Eddie Malone .5
Richie Hart .6
Brian Kerr .7
Maroš Klimpl .8
Gary Harkins .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Ben Hutchinson .11

12. Chris Higgins
14. Scott Muirhead
15. Greg Fleming
16. Nick Phinn
17. Paul Willis
Derek Soutar .12
Sean Higgins .14
Andrew Shinnie .15
Craig Forsyth .16
Craig McKeown .17

Greg Fleming for Greg Paterson (32)
Nick Phinn for Steven McDougall (75)
Paul Willis for William Gibson (88)
Craig McKeown for Gary Mackenzie (46)
Andrew Shinnie for Eric Paton (46)
Sean Higgins for Ben Hutchinson (46)

Gary Mason (54) Ben Hutchinson (32)
Eric Paton (36)
Richie Hart (74)
Ryan O'Leary (81)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)

Match Report

Gordon Chisholm left Saturday's team unchanged, but Dundee sank to another disappointing defeat at East End Park this evening in a game that Dunfermline won comfortably. Eddie Malone's late consolation may have made the score look close, but the truth is that the Pars were worthy winners and never looked in danger of dropping any points.

Dunfermline's celebrations will have been muted, however, because of a horrendous injury to their young keeper, Greg Paterson. After half an hour he raced from his area to clear the ball from Ben Hutchinson, but the Dundee striker's challenge caught his follow through and Paterson suffered what was clearly a broken leg.

The game had started much more happily for Dunfermline, who scored after 6 minutes in their first attack after a promising opening from Dundee. Calum Woods raced clear down the right and his hard low cross evaded everyone till it reached Willie Gibson coming in from the left. He had time to control the ball and slam it inside Bullock's right hand post.

The flicker of hope that Dundee's bright start had given the travelling support was doused and Dunfermline took charge. Willie Gibson was a constant menace and gave Eric Paton a miserable first half. The Pars threatened to increase their lead with a series of dangerous crosses that had the Dee defence in disarray. Ryan O'Leary deflected a Gibson cross towards his own goal, and Bullock had to pull off a great save, touching the ball onto the post. Dunfermline's neat passing was also troubling the Dundee defence, but the second goal was a stunning effort that owed nothing to fancy build ups.

Willie Gibson dropped deep to collect the ball and passed it quickly forward to Steven Bell, who took the ball on his chest 25 yards out, turned and unleashed a curling dipping shot over Bullock and into the top comer of the goal.

Gordon Chisholm decided to go for broke, and send on all his substitutes ready for the start of the second half. Ben Hutchinson seemed to be badly affected by the injury to Paterson, and it was no surprise when he was replaced by Sean Higgins. Eric Paton was spared another 45 minutes chasing Willie Gibson. Andrew Shinnie came on in his place, and Richie Hart moved to right back. The final change was Craig McKeown replacing Gary Mackenzie.

Dundee also changed to a more orthodox 4-4-2, with Griffiths coming in from the left wing, and Harkins moving out wide.

The changes gave Dundee a brief lift, with Shinnie shining in the early stages. Gradually though the fizz evaporated and Dundee were back to their plodding build up, and poor passing.

Dundee certainly did better in the second half than the first, but sadly that was more a matter of Dunfermline going off the boil. If the Pars had been sharper they would have punished Dundee on the break. The home side wasted several good opportunities to extend their lead. Dundee meanwhile never looked capable of either passing their way through the Dunfermline defence, getting good crosses into the box, or producing a flash of skill to open up the Pars.

A minute from the end Sean Higgins forced the first save by either Dunfermline keeper with a strong shot from a very tight angle. Fleming turned the ball over the bar, Shinnie took the corner short to Griffiths, who curled the ball neatly into the goalmouth for the unmarked Malone to glance a header past Fleming to make the scoreline look more respectable. No-one associated with Dundee is likely to be fooled by that, however. This was not a close match.

The pitch looked bad tonight, It was sodden, muddy and slippy, but Dundee made the pitch look far worse than it was. Dunfermline had no problems coping with the conditions, whereas Dundee looked as if they were playing with lead boots. While Dundee laboured miserably in the mud, the Pars were able to move the ball around briskly, doing the simple things so much better than the Dee. Crucially, they were able to send a steady flow of passes to their danger man, Gibson, in positions where he could hurt Dundee. Often in the first half Eric Paton was on his own to cope with the winger. Sometimes he faced both Gibson and McCann in tandem.

In contrast, although Dundee's usual danger men, Harkins and Griffiths, saw plenty of the ball, it was usually far from the Dunfermline goal. Invariably there were two opponents round them. Both players were largely peripheral tonight. None of the other Dundee players could be satisfied with their performance tonight, when all the points and the plaudits stayed with the home side.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at March 30th, 2010)

2009-10 All Time
Tony Bullock (GK)38 22 - 22 -
Eric Paton31 391735
Gary Mackenzie24 3211142
Ryan O'Leary22 2 - 2 -
Maroš Klimpl29 21 - 21 -
Eddie Malone24 4031065
Richie Hart32 28 - 28 -
Brian Kerr28 381381
Gary Harkins25 39163916
Ben Hutchinson22 7272
Leigh Griffiths19 37203720
Craig McKeown (sub)25 5 - 27 -
Andrew Shinnie (sub)20 9 - 301
Sean Higgins (sub)25 265265

League Table (as at March 30th, 2010)

No league table has been added for this season.