Dundee 2
Airdrieonians (2002) 1
League (Division One)

2 - 1
Airdrie (2002) 

League (Division One)
Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,121
3:00 PM Kick-off

Sean Higgins (28)
Sean Higgins (35)
John Baird (25)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Kenny Black

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Jim Laughlan
5. Eddie Malone
6. Paul McHale
7. Brian Kerr
8. Craig Forsyth
9. Sean Higgins
10. Leigh Griffiths
11. Colin McMenamin
Stevie Robertson. 1
Bobby Donnelly .2
David Nixon .3
Simon Storey .4
Scott McLaughlin .5
Ryan McCann .6
Kevin McDonald .7
Ricky Waddell .8
Alan Trouten .9
John Baird .10
Diarmuid O'Carroll .11

12. Derek Soutar
14. Chris Casement
15. Richie Hart
16. Colin Cameron
17. Gary Harkins
Lee Hollis .12
Paul Lovering .14
Anthony Watt .15
Darren Smith .16
Paul Keegan .17

Gary Harkins for Gary Mackenzie (19)
Colin Cameron for Brian Kerr (78)
Richie Hart for Sean Higgins (89)
Anthony Watt for Richard Waddell (69)
Darren Smith for Kevin McDonald (69)
Paul Keegan for David Nixon (78)

None. Alan Trouten (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Frank McDermott (Referee)
David Watt & Dougie Potter (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee kept up their challenge at the D top of the league with a strange win over Airdrie United at Dens Park. For long spells in the match it looked like they would sweep aside the visitors in an avalanche of goals, but in the end the Dee were having to take the ball into the corners to run the clock down.

The big shock in the Dundee line-up was Rab Douglas's return from injury, with Tony Bullock presumably injured because he did not even make the bench. The other change from last week was Colin McMenamin starting in place of Gary Harkins who had missed training during the week because of illness.

Dundee quickly settled down to dominate the game, with Leigh Griffiths a constant menace to the Airdrie defence as he attacked from the left. McMenamin, Higgins and Griffiths all went close as Dundee tore great holes in the visiting defence. Kerr and McHale settled into a fine game and were running the midfield with smooth efficiency.

However, it was the Dundee defence who had to re- organise when Gary Mackenzie was taken off with a mysterious knock after 18 minutes. Eddie Malone went to centre back, Craig Forsyth moved to left back and Gary Harkins came into the midfield.

Airdrie took advantage of uncertainty on the Dundee left in the wake of the substitution to grab the lead against the run of play on 23 minutes. Their attack seemed to have petered out, but the ball was switched back out to Trouten in space on the right. He drove a low cross into the penalty area. Brian Kerr seemed to miss his clearance and John Baird swept in a first time shot from 10 yards.

Within a minute Dundee had the visitors back on the rack with Griffiths causing panic, then Higgins seeing his header come back off the bar. Undeterred, Dundee kept up furious pressure on the Airdrie defence and quickly got a deserved equaliser after 26 minutes. Griffiths skilfully controlled the ball wide on the left and quickly floated a cross to the far post where Higgins rose to loop his header back across the keeper and under the bar.

It was beginning to look like Airdrie's goal had been a mistake because it had really lit a fire under Dundee who were now roaring forward in one attack after another. Forsyth drove a great low cross across the goalmouth that none of the strikers could quite reach, but the second goal wasn't long in coming. Griffiths combined neatly with McMenamin, who played in the unmarked Higgins to score from 12 yards with a fierce shot inside the near post. 34 minutes gone and the Dee were rampant!

The game was now like the pre-match shooty-in with Dundee missing chance after chance. Leigh Griffiths twice cut P. Engine in from the left, with Tel: 01382 defenders trailing in his wake, but each time he blazed his shot over the bar when he should have scored.

It was more of the same after half time. Harkins and Forsyth had a great move down the right which ended with McMenamin blasting a great chance over the bar. Then Griffiths set up Harkins who jinked inside to leave the goal gaping, but his shot just missed the post.

Dundee were given a brief scare when the centre of defence opened up and allowed McLaughlin to run through unchallenged, but Douglas saved the day by brilliantly tipping the ball round for a comer.

After that it was back to shooting practice for the Dundee forwards, Griffiths had a shot well saved by Robertson, and then saw another flash narrowly wide. Higgins shot against the post when he looked sure to get his hat trick. Griffiths neat chip was tipped over the bar by the keeper, and then McMenamin beat Robertson but saw his shot hacked off the line. Meanwhile McCann missed a great chance at the other end when he shot over with only Douglas to beat.

And so Dundee eventually gave up on the chase for more goals and took the ball into the comers in the last few minutes. What a strange game! Dundee should have thrashed Airdrie out of sight, but in the end they were happy to hear the final whistle. There was lots of great stuff from the strikers today, but the finishing was awful! Griffiths and Higgins should each have had hat tricks.

The central midfield pairing of Kerr and McHale was very good for most of the game, but it took a long time for Gary Harkins to play himself into the game in a less familiar role in the middle. Paton and Malone both had good games, and Jim Lauchlan was solid in the middle. Forsyth had an uncomfortable match at times in defence but was highly effective when he stormed forward. However, the absence of Mackenzie was a big problem, and the defence wasn't as well organised as it usually is.

Sean Higgins was the sponsor's man of the match for his two goals, and his good all-round play that had his marker floundering. I'd go along with that though Leigh Griffiths was outstanding in everything he did up to the point he shot!

But Dundeel Can't you give us a nice relaxing last 10 minutes? Just for once! We should have been four or five goals dear going into the final stages today.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at November 7th, 2009)

2009-10 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)37 3 - 174 -
Gary Mackenzie24 161982
Eric Paton31 19 - 534
Jim Laughlan32 13 - 30 -
Eddie Malone24 191853
Paul McHale28 17 - 864
Craig Forsyth20 153193
Brian Kerr28 18 - 18 -
Sean Higgins25 175175
Colin McMenamin28 1656019
Leigh Griffiths19 19121912
Richie Hart (sub)31 13 - 13 -
Colin Cameron (sub)37 11 - 20 -
Gary Harkins (sub)24 198198

League Table (as at November 7th, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our last home game saw us produce an excellent performance against Rangers F.C., unfortunately the result was not what we wanted.

To have the stadium full again, a great atmosphere inside and a good game is something we want more of. Let's hope it's not too long before we experience it again.

Today we welcome Kenny Black, his staff and players to Dens Park for this afternoon's game. Airdrie gave us plenty of problems last season and will look to do the same today.

However with your help again we can continue our good home form.

Enjoy the game.