Dundee 3
Clyde 3
League (First Division)

3 - 3

League (First Division)
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,360
7:45 PM Kick-off

Simon Lynch (22)
Tam McManus (42)
Tam McManus (51)
Tom Brighton (36)
Stephen O'Donnell (pen.) (79)
Stephen O'Donnell (84)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Graham Roberts

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
2. Stephen McNally
3. Bobby Mann
4. Callum MacDonald
5. Steven Robb
6. Scott Robertson
7. Barry Smith
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Garry Brady
10. Simon Lynch
11. Tam McManus
Paul Jarvie .1
Neil McGregor .2
Chris Higgins .3
Craig McKeown
Eddie Malone .5
Steven Masterton .6
Craig Bryson .7
Stephen O'Donnell .8
Michael McGowan .9
Alex Williams .10
Tom Brighton .11

12. Scott Murray
14. Paul Dixon
15. Craig O'Reilly
16. Gavin Swankie
17. Robert Hendry
Peter Cherrie .12
Romauld Bouadji .14
Roddy Hunter .15
Kevin Bradley .16
Robert Harris .17

Gavin Swankie for Scott Robertson (74)
Craig O'Reilly for Tam McManus (81)
Robert Harris for Chris Higgins (54)
Kevin Bradley for Alex Williams (72)

Bobby Mann (6)
Chris Higgins (31)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Neil Walters & Kevin J. Graham (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee threw away a two-goal lead in the last ten minutes against Clyde at a rain lashed Dens to deny them the three points that would have closed the gap on leaders St Mirren.

Having taken the lead through Simon Lynch in 25 minutes, and even although Clyde had equalised through the impressive Tom Brighton, the Dees looked to be on easy street after Tam McManus had scored either side of half time.

However, a late double by Steven O'Donnell rescued a fully deserved point for the Bully Wee.

Dundee were put under early pressure and Malone came close in the very first minute firing a half-volley inches over.

In the torrential rain, it took the Dark Blues some time to get a grip of the game, but on 25 minutes they took the lead.

The ball broke to Lynch who raced away from the Clyde defence before coolly chipping the ball over the advancing Jarvie.

In the immediate aftermath of their opener, Dundee played some nice stuff, but failed to carve out any clear chances.

Punishment for that came on 37 minutes when Brighton picked the ball up 40 yards out, and although there appeared little danger with four home defenders between him and the goal, his run round the outside of them went unchallenged, allowing him to fire an angled drive across Soutar and into the net.

Dundee reacted by upping the pace before the break and won a 42nd minute free kick when Steven Robb was downed.

From the set-piece, Bobby Mann fired in a low drive and Tam McManus ended his goal drought with a flick from six yards to give the Dee an interval lead.

Five minutes after the break, he had doubled his tally for the night reacting quickest to net after McKeown had lashed Lynch's cross off the face of his own bar.

That two-goal margin remained intact until ten minutes from time when Bobby Mann fouled Bryson and the referee pointed to the spot. O'Donnell took the penalty and sent Soutar the wrong way and it was game on again.

The same player was on the scoresheet as Clyde deservedly pulled level with five minutes remaining.

Brighton drove past Robb on the right, and despite being fouled by the Dundee player, managed to cut the ball back from which O'Donnell lashed it low past Soutar.

That late lapse was costly, because Dundee's fifth draw in six games left them trailing leaders St Mirren by seven points.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 26th, 2005)

2005-06 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)24 3 - 44 -
Callum MacDonald22 5 - 471
Bobby Mann31 152472
Stephen McNally - 1 - 24 -
Barry Smith31 15 - 4034
Garry Brady29 12 - 1172
Kevin McDonald16 6 - 6 -
Steven Robb23 9 - 734
Scott Robertson20 141241
Simon Lynch23 159159
Tam McManus24 133277
Craig O'Reilly (sub)18 3 - 3 -
Gavin Swankie (sub)21 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at October 26th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome to my old club Clyde for tonight's First Division game, I hope they enjoy their visit to Dens but not too much because we have to start winning games, When we came into the club we had to stabilise and we are defending better now, but we need to be creating more chances, I think Brechin is the only game where we've looked as if we could have scored four or five goals. That's four draws in the last five games, and although it's good to be unbeaten we would really be better with a win and a defeat rather than two draws.

We played a bit deep and defended too much really, it's another draw and really it's points dropped. I was pleased with the way we defended but we can be a lot more positive than that.

Love Street would have been a bad place to get beaten with a five point gap going into it, you do consider that before the game, but the way the game panned out I'm disappointed we defended too much, we didn't ask them enough questions at their end of the park. We need to go out and look as if we're going to win the game, we had a little chance at the end, but it was due to a St Mirren mistake really rather than our good play.

We made it a bit easy for them to keep play, there was a huge gap between our midfield and our back four and it enabled them to get decent balls up to their strikers, who were then able to hold the ball in and bring their midfielders into play, thankfully we defended it well but I'd have much preferred to have been further up the pitch.

Derek Soutar made some good saves, he's reliable and that's something we definitely need if we are to mount a challenge at the top. It's very important that Derek's back, obviously because Kelvin's out injured, but when he comes back we'll have two, or even three, with young Scott Murray, fighting for the same place so it will be good for competition.

I thought Callum MacDonald did Ok in central defence, him and Bobby Mann did fine, one or two times he got caught out of position a little bit but dealt with it fine. He made a great tackle second half from a rebound.

Craig O'Reilly has been doing well both in training and in the youth team, he's been banging on the door wanting a chance, that's the reason why I used him in the second half at Love Street. The chance Craig had didn't come off and that's unfortunate for him but he's a definite bright spark for the future for us.

Graham Roberts and Joe Miller seem to have Clyde performing well and they will be tough to beat, but as I said earlier we have to start winning, and tonight is as good a time as any to start.