Dundee 2
Ross County 0
League (Division One)


Dundee
2 - 0
Ross County 

League (Division One)
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,682
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Leigh Griffiths (59)
Leigh Griffiths (77)
None.

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Derek Adams

Starting Eleven
1. Tony Bullock
2. Eric Paton
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. David Cowan
5. Eddie Malone
6. Gary Harkins
7. Maroš Klimpl
8. Brian Kerr
9. Craig Forsyth
10. Leigh Griffiths
11. Sean Higgins
Michael McGovern .1
Scott Boyd .2
Gary Miller .3
Steven Watt .4
Scott Morrison .5
Iain Vigurs .6
Paul Lawson .7
Richard Brittain .8
Michael Gardyne .9
Paul Di Giacomo .10
Steven Craig .11

Bench
12. Derek Soutar
14. Chris Casement
15. Paul McHale
16. Richie Hart
17. Pat Clarke
Joe Malin .12
Graham Girvan .14
Daniel Moore .15
Ross Grant .16
Garry Wood .17

Substitutions
Pat Clarke for Sean Higgins (70)
Richie Hart for Gary Harkins (85)
Paul McHale for Leigh Griffiths (90)
Daniel Moore for Richard Brittain (12)
Garry Wood for Steven Craig (20)
Graham Girvan for Steven Watt (79)

Cautions
Maroš Klimpl
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Somers (Referee)
Willie Conquer & Michael Wilson (Assistants)


Match Report


Leigh Griffiths was the man who mattered with both goals as Dundee toppled the league leaders at a sunny Dens Park. Sparky scored with a header from a corner after 59 minutes. He clinched the win in 77 minutes when he rounded the keeper to net after being sent clear by a great Pat Clarke pass. Nothing went right for County today who had Brittain and Craig stretchered off in the first 20 minutes.

It was perhaps a case of after the Lord Mayor's show as Dundee struggled to impose themselves on the visitors and it was probably inevitable that the game would never reach the heights of Tuesday's exciting cup win over the Dons.

Dundee boss Jocky Scott named the side that finished the cup-tie against Aberdeen, with the exception of Pat Clarke who dropped to the bench to allow Sean Higgins to start.

Tony Bullock was free to face his old team, along with Sean Higgins, but there was no place for another ex- Staggie, Jim Lauchlan. Ex-Dens Parker Steven Craig lined up for the Dingwall outfit.

The home side exerted early pressure with Craig Forsyth prominent but it was a mazy run by Brian Kerr that had the fans on their feet. Unfortunately, Kerr's cross was just too strong for Griffiths.

Maros Klimpl then blazed a shot over after Enc Paton had laid it back to him from a Gary Harkins corner.

Harkins then found himself in trouble with the ref after a clash with Richard Brittain but the Dundee man was let off with a warning. Brittain had to have a lengthy spell of treatment before being stretchered off and replaced by Daniel Moore.

Griffiths made a great run down the right, twice evading the County left back but his cut back for Forsyth was intercepted. Steven Craig then found himself in the ref's book for a strong challenge on Mackenzie.

A minute later Craig was off, but this time on a stretcher as he injured himself helping out in defence. The Staggies had now used two outfield subs in the space of 20 minutes leaving them with a dilemma should they wish to introduce another at the expense of a goalkeeper.

Scott Boyd then found himself in the book for kicking the ball away. County weren't in it as an attacking force at this stage but their defence was proving hard to penetrate. Despite some individual flashes of brilliance from Griffiths and Harkins few clear cut chances were being created. But the visitors started to come more into it and Eddie Malone had to be alert to head away a dangerous cross into the home box.

A long ball through to Paul Di Giacomo forced Bullock to race to the edge of his box and the keeper got the slightest of touches with his head to clear the danger. Not for Bully, but for the rest of us it was a hair-raising moment!

County sub Garry Wood was presented with a great chance when Brian Kerr blasted the ball against him but he shot wildly over and in the last minute of the half Griffiths latched on to a long ball but could only fire straight at the County keeper.

The visitors made a lively start to the second period, forcing two quick corners and Bullock was forced into a good save from an lain Vigurs 20-yarder.

Klimpl once again found himself in the ref's bad books, booked this time for a tackle on Gary Miller.

Dundee were looking a bit jaded at this point, possibly suffering a reaction from Tuesday's efforts and the fans began to get a bit restless over the number of misplaced passes and loss of possession.

But Griffiths revived the home support with a goal on the hour mark.

A Harkins corner was missed by the County central defence under pressure from Mackenzie, leaving Sparky to head home from six yards range.

Forsyth and Malone then combined to set up a chance for Higgins but County keeper Michael McGovern brought off a great save.

The goal had given Dundee more confidence but it also served to galvanise County into pressing for the equaliser.

Pat Clarke came on for Higgins as the home side chased a second and decisive goal and the youngster had a penalty claim turned down as he clashed with Boyd.

The goal to ease home fans' worries came with 13 minutes to go. Kerr played the ball to Clarke who cleverly flicked it inside for Griffiths who burst through a static defence and danced round the keeper to plant the ball into the far corner.

Richie Hart then came on for Harkins who received an ovation from the fans.

It was good, too, to see Gary Mackenzie getting a warm reception when he had to leave the field for treatment.

The big centre half has been on top form recently and the applause was well deserved.

There was one more effort each in the game with Michael Gardyne heading wide of Bullock's goal and, at the other end, Clarke heading a Fozzy cross across the goal.

As the minutes ticked down Paul McHale came on for Grifiths, who, not surprisingly, picked up the sponsors' man of the match award.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at September 26th, 2009)


2009-10 All Time
Age
Tony Bullock (GK)37 12 - 12 -
Gary Mackenzie23 8 - 901
David Cowan27 5 - 41 -
Eric Paton31 11 - 454
Maroš Klimpl29 5 - 5 -
Eddie Malone24 111773
Craig Forsyth20 81121
Gary Harkins24 126126
Brian Kerr27 11 - 11 -
Leigh Griffiths19 128128
Sean Higgins24 9292
Richie Hart (sub)31 7 - 7 -
Paul McHale (sub)27 9 - 784
Pat Clarke (sub)24 3 - 3 -






League Table (as at September 26th, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Tuesday saw us win an exciting cup-tie against Aberdeen.

Our work rate, attitude, commitment and standard of play were there for all to see. The only downside was the loss of two goals and the chances we missed. However if we keep creating as many chances each game we will certainly score more goals.

The backing the players received from you throughout the game was again fantastic and long may it continue.

Today we welcome Ross County FC, Derek Adams and his players who are the early league leaders. They have had an excellent start to the season and we will have to play to our best if we are to prevent them from going home with any points.

Enjoy the game.