2 - 0
League (First Division)
Black (pen.) (49)
Billy Thomson .1
Barry Smith .2
Robbie Raeside .3
David Winnie .4
Craig Tully .5
Iain Anderson .6
Dariusz Adamczuck .7
Gary McKeown .8
Hugh Robertson .9
Eddie Annand .10
George Shaw .11
Jerry O'Driscoll .12
Kevin Magee .14
Gary McGlynn .15
Jerry O'Driscoll for George Shaw
Kevin Magee for David Winnie
|Paul Jack (5)||
Eddie Annand (41)
Dariusz Adamczuck (50)
M. F. Pocock (Aberdeen) (Referee)
Forbes Johnston fired Airdrie to their sixth win in a row and ever closer to that vital promotion play-off spot.
The ex-Falkirk star grabbed his first goal for the club against a Dundee team reduced to nine men, and Kenny Black cemented the win with a second half penalty. And although Johnston said: "We won't blow it now," he also revealed: "We got a rollicking from the manager for our second half performance.
"Alex MacDonald keeps our feet on the ground so there is no danger of us looking to the play-offs just now.
"We let ourselves down in the second half. We were prepared for a battle against nine men but found ourselves with a lot of time on the ball but didn't do much."
Former Clyde star Eddie Annand made a painful return to Broadwood. He was clattered in the first five minutes by Paul Jack, which earned the Diamond a booking. And he was sent off four minutes from the break for his own second yellow card.
Polish star, Dariusz Adamczuk was the second Dark Blue to see red when he caught keeper Andy Rhodes with a high boot in the second half, minutes after Black's spot kick.
Dens Park manager John McCormack locked his side in the dressing room for a 45-minute blistering before emerging for the press conference.
He felt the first sending off was harsh but would only say: "You can draw your own conclusions.
"But the second one was just stupidity by Dariusz. He was down injured and got himself sent off with his actions.
"It was very, very amateurish and made things difficult."
Diamonds boss MacDonald praised his side for their gutsy show. "Maybe we can see the fin ishing line now but the players have to keep on working hard.
"I was absolutely delighted with their attitude in the first half, although we lost our way late on in the game.
"The game became a bit of a farce when their two players went off."
MacDonald refused to accept his side had made the play-offs. "There is still a long way to go," he said.
Johnston's goal came after 19 minutes. He was perfectly placed eight yards out to sidefoot a teas ing cross from the right by Boyle and knock the ball low past comeback keeper Billy Thomson.
Boyle then came close himself when he sent a brilliant looping header over Thomson from a Johnston cross, but the keeper somehow hurtled backwards to claw the ball over the bar.
However, the Diamonds polished off Dundee's promotion hopes just four minutes into the second half with a penalty.
Robertson brought down Jack and Black raced up to blast the ball high into the net. Then, when Adamczuk was sent off, there was no way back for Dundee.
|Billy Thomson (GK)||-||30||-||30||-|
|Kevin Magee (sub)||-||28||1||28||1|
|Jerry O'Driscoll (sub)||-||21||10||27||11|
No league table has been added for this season.