Dundee 1
Brechin City 0
League (First Division)

1 - 0
Brechin City 

League (First Division)
Saturday, November 26th, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,278
3:00 PM Kick-off

Simon Lynch (pen.) (73)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Ian Campbell

Starting Eleven
1. Kelvin Jack
2. Barry Smith
3. Bobby Mann
4. Callum MacDonald
5. Paul Dixon
6. Iain Anderson
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Steven Robb
10. Simon Lynch
11. Tam McManus
John Hillcoat .1
Craig Winter .2
David White .3
Scott Walker .4
Gary Bollan .5
Stuart Callaghan .6
Kevin Byers .7
Ally Mitchell .8
Grant Johnson .9
Paul Ritchie .10
Charlie King .11

12. Scott Murray
14. Mark Allison
15. Garry Brady
16. Andy Ferguson
17. Scott Gates
Trialist .12
Trialist .14
Stevie Hamilton .15
Craig McEwan .16
Darren Smith .17

Andy Ferguson for Iain Anderson (60)
Garry Brady for Tam McManus (74)
Scott Gates for Simon Lynch (87)
Darren Smith for Craig Winter (77)
Craig McEwan for Grant Johnson (82)

None. Grant Johnson (73)
David White (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Crawford Allan (Referee)
Paul Cheyne & Cammy McKay (Assistants)

Match Report

Simon Lynch's penalty quarter of an hour from the end won all three points for Dundee against Brechin, but the Dark Blues had returning keeper Kelvin Jack to thank for being level at that stage. The Trinidad and Tobago stopper having pulled off a fantastic save to deny City's Kevin Byers with the score at 0-0.

Alan Kernaghan restored youngsters Kevin McDonald and Scott Robertson to midfield, moving Barry Smith to full back, while lain Anderson also returned to the starting line up. Dundee's build up had been badly disrupted by injury, with as few as four of the starting eleven being able to train at times this week. Of those who started at Dingwall, Steven Craig and Stephen McNally missed out, while Garry Brady was benched.

Brechin have tightened up at the back since Dundee's win at Glebe Park and lan Campbell sent out his side with three at the back and instructions to let Dundee play in front of them, but not allow the Dark Blues in behind the defence. It was a system that worked well, particularly in the first half when they stifled any creativity from the home side.

The closest Dundee came during that period was via a couple of shots from Tom McManus and Paul Dixon, both of which brought good saves from John Hillcoat. Simon Lynch flashed a header just wide too but at the other end Paul Ritchie could have made a triumphant return to Dens, but was too high with his header.

After the break Dundee began to pass the ball much better with Kevin McDonald beginning to impose himself on the game, whilst alongside him Scott Robertson was turning in his best outing of the season with an energetic display. However, despite a string of corners and crosses into the box, the City defence held firm.

Midway through the half, the visitors had a spell of pressure that should have brought them a goal. Firstly, Kevin Byers lashed in a volley that looked destined for the top corner until Kelvin Jack threw himself to his right and finger-tipped the ball onto the junction of post and crossbar and behind for a corner. Seconds later, from that corner, Scott Walker had a free header but, with his teammates already celebrating, his powerful effort flew inches over.

By now a goal looked unlikely in a match where defences had very definitely been on top, but Alan Kernaghan switched to a 4-3-3 with Andy Ferguson on for lain Anderson and the sub was involved as Dundee went ahead in 73 minutes, When a cross into the box was headed clear by Walker, the referee pointed to the penalty spot for an tug by Gary Bollan on Ferguson. On the face of it this was a soft award, but one gratefully accepted by Dundee, and especially Simon Lynch, who slotted the spot kick past Hillcoat.

Scott Gates had been ready to come on to replace Steven Robb prior to the penalty, but with Dundee now ahead, it was Garry Brady who was introduced for Tam McManus with the side reverting back to 4-4-2 and young McDonald blossomed with the experience of Brady alongside him. He set up several promising attacks and Dundee twice came close to extending their lead through a Ferguson thunderbolt on the turn, and then when Simon Lynch broke free on the right. The top scorer drew Hillcoat and slid the ball past the keeper, but also, agonisingly, inches wide of the post.

Brechin desperately tried to snatch an equaliser, but failed to test Jack again and young Gates was introduced for the tiring Lynch to try to earn Dundee some breathing space, his surges down the left bringing a buzz to the crowd as the final minutes ticked away.

The final whistle confirmed the three points for the Dark Blues from a match where they had rather more. possession than in recent outings, but it has to be said got lucky with the penalty decision that provoked the City players into hot pursuit of the referee.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 26th, 2005)

2005-06 All Time
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 12 - 14 -
Paul Dixon19 14 - 14 -
Callum MacDonald22 10 - 521
Bobby Mann31 202522
Barry Smith31 20 - 4084
Iain Anderson28 13218825
Kevin McDonald17 8 - 8 -
Steven Robb23 14 - 784
Scott Robertson20 191291
Simon Lynch23 20112011
Tam McManus24 184328
Garry Brady (sub)29 17 - 1222
Scott Gates (sub)17 3 - 3 -
Andy Ferguson (sub) - 141141

League Table (as at November 26th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Today we welcome Brechin City.to Dens and we'll be looking for a vast improvement on our showing up North last weekend at Ross County.

That display was unacceptable, We were nowhere near up to any level, we had a seventeen year old making his full (league) debut in goal, I asked my defenders to defend properly and help him out but that only lasted eight minutes. It just got worse and worse.

In the previous two games we'd at least had a bit of endeavour and a bit of grit and determination but even that was missing at Dingwall.

It was only three weeks since we played Airdrie and were abysmal and last Saturday we were pretty much the same. At least having been stung by the criticism after the Airdrie game they had a bit of a reaction but it only lasted for two weeks. The players need to react from now until the end of April, not just for a week or two, it has to be constant.

The second half was a slight improvement, but even then we had only two efforts on goal, there was a lack of composure and a lack of doing the simple things well and often, but I've said that often enough before.

The players have been making very hard work of it, it's nowhere near good enough and it will have to improved, starting today.

What I'll be looking for is a performance along the lines of the one we turned in up at Glebe Park when we won there at the start of last month. That day we showed an appetite and confidence that's been sadly lacking in many of our matches this season.

It won't be a simple task though, lan Campbell has a lot of talent in his side and we'll have to work hard to get the result we need.

Thanks for your support today.