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League Cup (Group 3)
Cammy Fraser (29)
||Gordon Tomassi (82)|
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Stewart McKimmie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. George McGeachie
7. Peter Mackie
8. Rab Shannon
9. Iain Ferguson
10. Ray Stephen
11. Albert Kidd
Jim McQueen .1
Lawrie Dunn .2
David Moyes .3
Peter Godfrey .4
Alan Holt .5
Walter Boyd .6
Tom Hendrie .7
Sandy Burrell .8
Gordon Tomassi .9
Chris Robertson .10
Mike Korotkich .11
12. Bobby Glennie
14. Colin McGlashan
Gordon Smith .12
Micky Lawson .14
Gordon Smith for Tom Hendrie (35)
Micky Lawson for Sandy Burrell (61)
Colin Sinclair (Forfar) (Referee)
Newspaper extract from The Courier.
Dundee's League Cup hopes took a real body blow last night when they failed to beat their First Division opponents.
A meagre crowd of 1853 could hardly believe the transformation as Thistle, a goal down in the first half and glad of that margin, came back to equalise eight minutes from time.
Dundee did one of their fadeout acts and even though the strong wind played a part in the tale of two halves it was no excuse for the home side surrendering the initiative.
Dundee should have had this tie well sewn up in the first half. Chances galore were scorned by finishing as wild as the wind. Cammy Fraser's goal should have calmed things down, but it didn't.
Dundee have no excuses. They now face an uphill task in their remaining two games against St Johnstone (away) and Aberdeen (home).
Dundee, already without Lex Richardson and Walker McCall, had yet another call-off. Defender Iain McDonald was out with achilles tendon trouble.
Youth cap Rab Shannon made his debut for the home side with another youngster Colin McGlashan on the bench.
With the aid of wind and slope Dundee were soon swarming down on giant keeper McQueen.
Fraser sent a 20-yard free kick over the bar, centre-half Smith had a shot deflected during a goalmouth scramble, and Ferguson saw a flashing header go wide.
But Thistle survived, putting up a solid yellow wall. They were also fortunate that so far all Dundee's efforts had been off the target.
A fierce but wide shot from Ferguson in the 18th minute was another let-off for the visitors.
A few forays by Meadowbank brought little danger to Dundee. The home side at last got in a decent scoring effort when a tremendous 30 yarder from Mackie hit the top of the bar and went over.
However, Dundee's domination finally paid off in 29 minutes. Ferguson tapped a 19-yard free kick to his right, and skipper Fraser shot low and true into the corner of the net for his first goal of the season.
Ex-Dens Parker Tom Hendrie, limping, was replaced by Smith for Thistle soon afterwards.
Far from opening the flood gates Dundee's goal seemed to lead to more mistakes. Mackie failed to take advantage of a pass-back error when another goal looked certain.
Then, near half-time Kidd fastened on to a Mackie cross and, under pressure, shot over from around 8 yards.
Dundee buzzed around at the start of the second half, but without any sting. Ferguson raced through the middle, pursued by two defenders, only to shoot wildly past the post.
Meadowbank, much more ambitious in attack now, forced Geddes to dash out of his goal and out of the box to rob Tomassi of the ball.
The visitors then brought on their second sub, Lawson for Burrell, and for the first time in the match forced a scramble in front of Geddes, during which a close in shot was blocked.
Dundee were much more ragged now and had far fewer chances. Home frustration was typified by a rash tackle by Ferguson on Dunn. It brought the striker a booking. Two shots by Thistle's Smith weren't far off the mark, a reminder that the home lead was precarious.
This was followed by the best effort yet from the visitors when a cracking shot by Boyd forced Geddes to dive full length and turn the ball round the post.
The home fans were decidedly restless and feared the worst. It came with only eight minutes left when Thistle grabbed the equaliser.
A good goal too. Out on the left Korotkich swung over a cross which Tomassi met perfectly to head past Geddes.
A late series of attacks by desperate Dundee came to naught. They had dropped a vital point.
|Bobby Geddes (GK)||23||6||-||74||-|
No league table has been added for this season.
Tonight we welcome our friends from Meadowbank for their second visit to Dens Park in a match which should prove for us anyway to be a welcome relief from the pressures of the Premier League.
Production deadlines require that I write this prior to Saturday's visit to Easter Road and I can only express the hope that our lads managed to keep up the good work on Saturday.
Certainly, after our stirring victory over Rangers, the spirit and mood at Dens has been first class which all goes to prove what a great difference a few results can make.
The 3-2 victory was one enjoyed to the full by our fans and like the players and the rest of the staff, I was absolutely delighted that we managed to give our fans something to get excited about here at Dens after a lean and frustrating run of bad home results.
I must pay tribute to the application of all the players against Rangers and it was satisfying to have it confirmed from a variety of sources that we were deserved winners.
I was very pleased with the way the team picked itself up and stepped up their pace and work-rate after Rangers had equalised to make it 2-2.
But still, we must not ignore the lapses in concentration which could quite easily have cost us both points. We had played particularly well in the first half and one careless moment when the ball was given away meant that we took just a 2-1 lead in at the interval instead of the
2-0 margin that our play totally justified. You can always expect a fight from Rangers but still, we have also been asking questions about how we al lowed them to dominate proceedings in the early stages of the second half.
While we are pleased at the recent run of good results I would like to leave no-one in any doubt that we are still aware of our faults and that we are continuing to work hard at eradicating them.
I talked earlier about the relief from the pressure which a game like tonight's presents but it is still absolutely vital that we take both League Cup points from Meadowbank. It could be said that we are now in the driving seat following our excellent draw at Pittodrie in this competition and we must work hard to make sure that we can keep that advantage. And that means taking care of the Meadowbank challenge tonight.
Hopefully by ten past nine tonight we will still be on course for a crack at the League Cup semi-finals.