Dundee 0
Airdrieonians (2002) 2
League (First Division)

0 - 2
Airdrie (2002) 

League (First Division)
Saturday, September 10th, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,198
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Stephen McDougall (5)
Brian Prunty (75)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Sandy Stewart

Starting Eleven
1. Kelvin Jack
2. Tom Hutchinson
3. Bobby Mann
4. Adrian Madaschi
5. Paul Dixon
6. Scott Robertson
7. Barry Smith
8. Garry Brady
9. Graham Fyfe
10. Simon Lynch
11. Iain Anderson
Lee Hollis .1
Steven McKenna .2
David Dunn .3
Neil McGowan .4
Alan McManus .5
Kevin Barker .6
Stephen McDougall 7
Stephen McKeown .8
Brian Prunty .9
Brian McPhee .10
Willie McLaren .11

12. Scott Murray
14. Kevin McDonald
15. Joel Kitamirike
16. Andy Ferguson
17. Tam McManus
Stephen Robertson .12
Martin Hardie .14
Stuart McCluskey .15
Fraser Coyle .16
Gary Twigg .17

Tam McManus for Graham Fyfe (46)
Joel Kitamirike for Tom Hutchinson (60)
Andy Ferguson for Scott Robertson (75)
Stuart McCluskey for Neil McGowan (64)
Martin Hardie for Stephen McKeown (69)
Gary Twigg for Stephen McDougall (75)

Paul Dixon (62)
Barry Smith (83)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
Craig Charleston & Ricky Smith (Assistants)

Match Report

Alan Kernaghan got a rude awakening as Dundee boss with the team turning in an abysmal performance in losing to an Airdrie side who thoroughly deserved their win. Kernaghan didn't mince his words when he emerged from the dressing room.

"We were at home and it took us 75 minutes to have an effort on target, I don't care if you are playing Manchester United or Airdrie, you don't go that long without making the opposition keeper work."

"The first goal was an embarrassment, we didn't challenge for a header at the front post and then when their player flicks it on we didn't challenge for the second one.

"The second goal too was awful from our point of view. On top of that they hit the post later on, so they've had three attempts at goal, two have gone in and the third hit the woodwork. That says it all about our defending. I think Kelvin can do better than he did today, but he couldn't do much more to prevent either goal."

"Our passing was awful, there are experienced players in that team and they must be able to do simple things, like pass the ball to someone in a dark blue jersey. With the exception at times of Bobby Mann, Garry Brady and Barry Smith they didn't do that today."

Airdrie's goals came in five minutes when Steve McDougall got on the end of a flick following their first corner to head home, and they doubled their advantage early in the second half when Brian Prunty fired home.

Dundee came closest through a first half header from lain Anderson that drifted wide, and a shot from Simon Lynch, which Lee Hollis did well to tip away from goal.

It was a day though when Alan Kernaghan found out exactly what he's got to work with - He's certainly got a job on his hands.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 10th, 2005)

2005-06 All Time
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 7 - 9 -
Paul Dixon18 6 - 6 -
Tom Hutchinson23 7 - 381
Adrian Madaschi - 8 - 8 -
Bobby Mann31 82402
Barry Smith31 8 - 3964
Iain Anderson28 8218325
Garry Brady29 8 - 1132
Graham Fyfe - 1 - 1 -
Scott Robertson20 71171
Simon Lynch23 8686
Joel Kitamirike (sub) - 2 - 9 -
Tam McManus (sub)24 71215
Andy Ferguson (sub) - 6 - 6 -

League Table (as at September 10th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It's obviously a big occasion for me today, my first game in charge of my new club. It was a little strange taking over when I did on the eve of an international weekend and I'll admit I was champing at the bit to get into training on Monday and meet introduce myself and Billy Kirkwood to the first team squad.

Starting a new job with a blank weekend at first team level could have been frustrating but it's been good to have a full week to get to know the squad and impress on them my ideas and expectations for the rest of the season.

It also had the added bonus that I got an opportunity to see the youth team in action last Saturday and I must say that I was very impressed with the quality of play they showed. They also showed an admirable passion for the jersey which is hardly surprising as I now know that the majority are local lads and mad-keen Dundee fans who are nearly all from the city.

It definitely helps me in my job when young players have an affection for the club they play for, and what more incentive could they need than to play for the team they've always supported?

Kevin McDonald and Craig O'Reilly have been away this week with the Scotland Under 19 squad and along with other such as Scott Gates are all showing plenty of promise. Their next step must be to make the first-team breakthrough, and if they continue to show the attitude and quality which pretty much the whole side showed last weekend then they have every chance of making that breakthrough.

I'm gradually settling in and have already found the help of my assistant Billy Kirkwood and Under-19 coach Gordon Wallace invaluable. I really couldn't have wished for two better guys to help me find my feet. They obviously know lot more people than me in this area so I'll certainly be tapping into their knowledge.

Anyone I've spoken to about Gordon has given him glowing tributes and I'm told he was a legend here as a player. As for Kirky, I've know him from my St Johnstone days and he's got a great way with the players. Billy knows when to have a laugh and joke as well as being serious when it's required.

Kirky will hopefully take a bit of the weight off my shoulders, when you're dealing with agents and speaking to the Press, it's good to have someone you can rely on to take care of other parts of the job.

While I think I have the backroom staff to support me in making a success of my new job I'd like to think that I'll have the backing of the support too, all the fans I've had the opportunity to talk to so far have been very supportive and I look forward to meeting more of you in the months ahead. Your support will be important in the months ahead as we strive to win this division.

That task starts for me today as we take on Airdrie United, Billy Kirkwood watched them here last week in the Bells Cup and tells me that they were very well organised, hard working and a bit unlucky to go out on penalties.

We'll need to match their work-rate and show better quality if we are to get the full points.