Dundee 3
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1
League (Premier League)


Dundee
3 - 1
Inverness CT 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, January 15th, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,567
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Steven Robb (28)
Tam McManus (48)
John Sutton (pen.) (56)
Craig Brewster (90)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
17. Callum MacDonald
20. Stephen McNally
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
14. Neil Barrett
8. Mark Fotheringham
18. Steven Robb
26. Fabian Caballero
16. Tam McManus
10. John Sutton
Mark Brown .1
Grant Munro .14
Darren Dods .4
Stuart McCaffrey .5
Liam Keogh .15
Stuart Golabek .3
Barry Wilson .7
Russell Duncan .12
Roy McBain .6
Craig Brewster .25
Graham Bayne .9

Bench
13. Kelvin Jack
5. Bobby Mann
23. Neil Clark
22. Scott Robertson
7. Glen Atle Larsen
19. Alexandre Cerdeira
Michael Fraser .21
Richard Hastings .16
David Proctor .18
Ian Black .24
Brian Prunty .19
Richie Hart .10
Juanjo Carricondo .11

Substitutions
Scott Robertson for Tam McManus (66)
Glen Atle Larsen for Fabian Caballero (79)
Bobby Mann for Neil Barrett (86)
Richie Hart for Roy McBain (58)
Juanjo Carricondo for Liam Keogh (69)

Cautions
None. Russell Duncan (60)
Stuart Golabek (60)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Gordon Middleton & Derek Clark (Assistants)
Chris Boyle (Fourth Official)



Match Report


Tam McManus scored on his debut as Dundee dragged their way off the foot of the table by beating an impressive Inverness Caledonian Thistle side.

Tam hit the target early in the second half to double the lead given to Dundee by Stevie Robb's 28th minute solo effort. The points were wrapped up eleven minutes into the second half when Stuart McCaffrey handled Fabian Caballero's shot. John Sutton scoring from the spot. Caley Thistle pulled one back late on, through the always dangerous Craig Brewster, but Dundee could reflect on a job well done in beating the highland side.

The visitors had the first real chance when Roy McBain's corner from the right was caught by the strong wind and Soutar had to be alert to get along his goal-line and punch the ball to safety.

The Dees hit back and only a superb tackle by Grant Munro denied McManus a first scoring opportunity at his new club. The Inverness defender was alert when Neil Barrett slid a fine ball towards McManus and made an excellent saving tackle, as the striker was about to pounce.

Craig Brewster was proving a handful for the Dundee defence, but he wasted a great opportunity after holding off Macdonald only to blaze his shot high from little more than six yards.

Steve Robb had been a target for Caley Thistle boss Brewster before signing his new Dens contract on Thursday, and he showed exactly why they had desired his services when he scored a superb opener in 28 minutes. Driving past three defenders, he had loads of time to fire a low shot under Mark Brown, a task he executed with ease.

Dundee's defence went to sleep for a moment right after the goal, and could have been caught out as Darren Dods rose to head goalwards, but his effort was too high.

Brewster's men upped the pace to try to grab a pre-half-time equaliser and Dundee had Derek Soutar to thank for keeping them ahead as he twice pulled off fine saves.

First he got down at his near post to deny former 'Dee Graham Bayne and then pulled out all the stops to tip over a quite fantastic strike from Brewster.

The half time interval gave Dundee the opportunity to regroup, and they started the second period in a higher gear. That opening spurt caused

confusion in the visitors defence and paid dividends three minutes in as Caballero fired in a shot that Brown could only parry, and McManus had rushed in to pick up the scraps leaving him with a simple nod home.

As Dundee charged forward down both flanks through youngsters Robb and McNally, Caballero was more influential, and eight minutes after McManus' goal he was again involved as Dundee made it three.

The Argentinean had a goal bound effort blocked, but this time it was by the hand of defender McCaffrey and referee Mr Freeland pointed to the spot. In the absence of the suspended Steve Lovell, John Sutton assumed the penalty takers responsibility and fired home. with some authority to make sure all three points would stay at Dens.

On 66 minutes, youngster Scott Robertson came on for his league debut replacing McManus, who left the arena with the home the support chanting his name.

A three-nil lead was very welcome for Dark Blue fans who had only seen Dundee that far ahead once previously this term, but it was desperately hard on a visiting side who had contributed a lot to an enthralling afternoon's football.

They'd had many more efforts on goal than Dundee, massively led the corner count, and continued to play their part in a match which was swinging from end to end by now.

Brewster, in particular, deserved a goal, showing that he is still a quality striker, and he got his due reward in the final few minutes as from a retaken Wilson free kick, he ghosted in at the back post to nod home.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at January 15th, 2005)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Derek Soutar (GK)23 24 - 25 -
Callum MacDonald21 19 - 26 -
Stephen McNally - 16 - 18 -
Barry Smith30 25 - 3734
Lee Wilkie24 3 - 1226
Neil Barrett23 172303
Mark Fotheringham21 21 - 504
Steven Robb22 203494
Fabian Caballero26 13 - 12625
Tam McManus23 1111
John Sutton21 237237
Bobby Mann (sub)31 19 - 19 -
Scott Robertson (sub)19 2 - 2 -
Glen Atle Larsen (sub) - 141141






League Table (as at January 15th, 2005)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Belatedly, can I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year.

Before Christmas, we had a very good home win over Aberdeen, but unfortunately it would be stating the obvious, that the last three games haven't been good enough in terms of results nor performances.

There are a variety of reasons for this, but at the end of the day, we have all got to hold our hands up, and I include myself in this, we should have done better.

Although only one home game in our last five games hasn't helped, it isn't an excuse, and there must be an improvement and quickly given our present position.

On a more positive note, after the games at Dunfermline and Kilmarnock, the attitude of the players was a lot better.

They worked very hard and although Hibs had the majority of the play, it was beginning to look as though we had weathered the storm before they hit us with the two late goals that put us out of the cup.

However, it is back to league business this afternoon and the visit of Inverness Caledonian Thistle marks the first of two home games from which the importance of picking up points simply cannot be under- estimated.

There was some encouraging news in the build up to today's game with youngsters Stephen McNally and Steven Robb extending their contracts by two and three years respectively which sends out a positive message and one which will encourage more to commit their future to the club.

Additionally, I hope to add one or two faces to the squad, though at the time of writing, I can't say whether this will be in time for the match with Inverness Caley.

Craig Brewster's side may be three places better off than us, but as only three points separate the sides, there is a huge amount at stake for both teams.

Therefore, it is bound to be a very tense affair, and I would again ask our supporters for their customary backing to help us collect three invaluable points.