Dundee 1
Hamilton Academical 1
League (First Division)

1 - 1

League (First Division)
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,890
7:45 PM Kick-off

Steven Craig (87)
Pat Keogh (73)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Billy Reid

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
2. Stephen McNally
3. Bobby Mann
4. Callum MacDonald
5. Paul Dixon
6. Steven Craig
7. Barry Smith
8. Garry Brady
9. Steven Robb
10. Simon Lynch
11. Tam McManus
David McEwan .1
John Robertson .2
Paul McMulley .3
Sandy Hodge .4
Derek Fleming .5
Alex Neil .6
Marvyn Wilson .7
Scott Mackenzie .8
Brown Ferguson .9
Scott Tunbridge .10
Brian Carrigan .11

12. Scott Murray
14. Kevin McDonald
15. Scott Robertson
16. Gavin Swankie
17. Iain Anderson
Raymond Jellema .12
Stuart Balmer .14
Mark Gilhaney .15
Pat Keogh .16
James McArthur .17

Gavin Swankie for Tam McManus (34)
Scott Murray for Derek Soutar (73)
Scott Robertson for Steven Robb (76)
Mark Gilhaney for Scott Tunbridge (13)
Pat Keogh for Alex Neil (70)
James McArthur for Paul McMulley (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)
Jason Hasson & Roddie Cobb (Assistants)

Match Report

Alan Kernaghan was taking a positive view after Steven Craig's late goal had snatched a point for Dundee after they had fallen behind to Hamilton at Dens, he said "I was delighted with our reaction to their goal, it had been quite tight up to the point where we gave the goal away and six or seven weeks ago we'd have lost the game after going behind. Let's take the positives out of it, we battled away well and showed that we're not going to lie down."

Dundee finished the match with young Scott Murray in goal after Derek Soutar had injured his knee on 72 minutes while stumbling as he came for a cross, Initially Soutar waved the physio away but just a minute of so later was replaced by the youngster after conceding the opening goal, Accies' substitute Patrick Keogh beating the keeper to a through ball to prod the ball home.

The Dark Blues might have folded against a visiting side who had passed the ball much better than their hosts, but while Dundee weren't putting any moves together they had battled throughout and they upped the pace to put pressure on the Hamilton defence and when the ball fell to Craig with three minutes remaining and the striker knocked it home from close range for his third goal in five starts, it didn't provide the result that the home fans wanted, but it was better than had seemed likely up to that point.

Kernaghan made that point "We'll take the point rather than none at all, I thought it was going to be our night, there wasn't much in it and I thought that one goal would win it. Unfortunately it took them going ahead before we put them under any pressure really. I know the fans aren't happy, that will come.

"Jim (Lyon) the physio went out and Derek waved him away, only 'Soapy' can tell you if he should have gone down and got treatment. If he was struggling maybe he should have thrown it out or kicked it out. But it's easy saying that in hindsight. He's in getting treatment, so I haven't had a chance to see how he is, we've got other knocks too - Lynch is struggling and Tam' McManus' calf went, it's the injury he picked up on Saturday, he just felt it tightening up.

"We'll see how 'Soapy' is in the day or two ahead, I thought he was playing really well, he'd come for some good crosses, I didn't even see what caused it at the time. "

We were wondering whether to replace Craig before he scored, he expended a lot of energy on that right hand side of midfield, playing in a four up against a five, and he did it well, he might have been tiring but we decided to throw three up front the last ten minutes and he took his goal well.

"I thought overall we showed a little bit of an improvement from Saturday, unfortunately the result wasn't as good."

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 15th, 2005)

2005-06 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)24 6 - 47 -
Paul Dixon18 12 - 12 -
Callum MacDonald22 8 - 501
Bobby Mann31 182502
Stephen McNally - 4 - 27 -
Barry Smith31 18 - 4064
Garry Brady29 15 - 1202
Steven Robb23 12 - 764
Steven Craig24 5353
Simon Lynch23 18101810
Tam McManus24 164308
Scott Murray (sub) (GK)17 2 - 2 -
Scott Robertson (sub)20 171271
Gavin Swankie (sub)21 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at November 15th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Tonight we welcome Hamilton Academical to Dens and we are sure to get another tough test as we face Billy Reid's men. I worked with Billy at Clyde and know that he will put out a side which will test us to the limits. We'll need to work as hard as we did at the weekend and concentrate for ninety minutes, if we do that then we will have a chance of getting the win we need tonight.

Saturday's win over St Johnstone was a great result and my first home win, so I'm much happier. It wasn't pretty at times but I'd said to the players beforehand that the fans and I will forgive a lot as long as they show passion and effort out on the pitch and the did that.

It was another poor start though, although at least we managed a minute and thirty seconds this week. Saints had three free kicks from similar positions early on, they scored off the first one, hit the bar with the second and the third was only just scrambled away, so it wasn't a good start and we could have been out of the game before it settled down.

I'm still picky and there's a lot I wasn't pleased with but we got the effort and I'm much happier than I was before. Billy Kirkwood said to the players in the dressing room after the match 'You've shown us you can do it, Now we need to show that effort, passion and commitment in every game'.

There was way more effort in this match than in previous weeks."

I don't know if having a free week leading up to the match helped us, perhaps the display shows the benefits of a good kick up the backside for us all, the team got slaughtered after the Airdire game and rightly so but they did take note and that was much better at the weekend.

We want more of the same effort tonight - that and a little more composure on the ball should be rewarded.