Dundee 2
Queen of the South 3
League (First Division)


Dundee
2 - 3
Queen of South 

League (First Division)
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,365
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Simon Lynch (37)
Simon Lynch (58)
Andy Thomson (1)
Michael Mullen (67)
Gary Wood (80)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Murray
2. Barry Smith
3. Bobby Mann
4. Callum MacDonald
5. Paul Dixon
6. Colin Marshall
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Garry Brady
10. Simon Lynch
11. Bryan Deasley
Colin Scott .1
Eric Paton .2
Brian McLaughlin .3
Andy Aitken .4
Jim Thomson .5
Stuart Lovell .6
Paul Burns .7
Ryan McStay .8
Willie Gibson .9
Graham Weir .10
Andy Thomson .11

Bench
12. Kelvin Jack
14. Stuart McCluskey
15. Craig O'Reilly
16. Tam McManus
17. Andy Ferguson
Richie Barnard .12
Michael Mullen .14
Scott Robertson .15
Derek Lyle .16
Gary Woods .17

Substitutions
Stuart McCluskey for Kevin McDonald
Craig O'Reilly for Colin Marshall (72)
Derek Lyle for Graham Weir (46)
Gary Woods for Paul Burns (76)

Cautions
Bobby Mann (68)
Barry Smith (76)
Willie Gibson

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike Ritchie (Referee)
Paul Cheyne & Cammy MacKay (Assistants)


Match Report


Not for the first time this season Dundee threw away a winning opportunity, surrendering a 2-1 lead going into the last quarter of this match.

While nobody could dispute the quality of the strike that brought Queens' Garry Wood the winner with ten minutes to go, this was a day in which Dundee's recent good defensive form deserted them. Simon Lynch had earlier scored twice to put Dundee ahead after a nightmare start for the Dark Blues had gifted Andy Thomson a first minute opener for the visitors.

A minute's silence for former manager John Prentice was impeccably observed by both sets of supporters prior to kick off, but moments after the game had kicked off the visiting fans were on their feet in celebration.

Poor defending allowed Paul Burns to fire in a shot and it seemed to catch Scott Murray cold, the youngster spilling the ball leaving experienced striker Andy Thomson to ram home the loose ball.

Dundee were rattled, but pushed forward for the rest of the first half. Headed chances from set pieces fell to Callum Macdonald and Deasley, the former off target and the latter making Scott in the Doonhammers' goal work though it lacked power. Bobby Mann came closest when a loose ball from a corner fell at his feet, but he snatched at the chance under pressure and his effort went inches wide. Scott Robertson and Kevin McDonald tried their luck from long range but didn't seriously trouble Scott's goal.

However, Eight minutes from the interval Dundee were level, the goal coming via a long Dixon throw, flicked on by Mann and with Simon Lynch providing another expert finish.

The interval came with a degree of confidence amongst the home fans, Dundee having fought back from that early shock opener and had completely dominated the half. It seemed only a matter of time before their constant probing forward would be rewarded further. That duly came to pass after fifty- seven minutes and again it was a launched Dixon throw that caused mayhem in the visitors' defence. The ball fell to Deasley, and although the teenager failed to get any power on his effort, Lynch was on the spot to poke the ball home from five yards.

It was the striker's 16th of the season and should have paved Dundee on the road to a comfortable win.

The home support gloried in the chance to goad former United boss lan McCall with chorus after chorus encouraging him to 'Cheer up' - that was exactly what he would do in the next half hour or so
as his side thanks to a couple of inspired substitutions.

Queens pushed forward to try to level, but there was little conviction in their efforts until the sixty-seventh

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at February 11th, 2006)


2005-06 All Time
Age
Scott Murray (GK)17 11 - 11 -
Paul Dixon19 251251
Callum MacDonald22 21 - 631
Barry Smith31 31 - 4194
Bobby Mann32 313633
Kevin McDonald17 192192
Garry Brady29 28 - 1332
Scott Robertson20 301401
Colin Marshall21 4 - 4 -
Bryan Deasley17 8282
Simon Lynch23 30163016
Stuart McCluskey (sub) - 8 - 8 -
Craig O'Reilly (sub)18 124124






League Table (as at February 11th, 2006)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Thank you for coming out to support us today, and thanks too for your backing in the cup tie at Airdrie last weekend. It was a massive boost to the players to walk out onto the park and see and hear that backing right from the off, and the effect it had showed in the way we started the match.

Immediately after the game I was very disappointed that we didn't wrap up tie during the first half-hour. I thought, given the way we were playing in that period that we would go on to win it, and I'll admit I was tearing my hair out as we allowed Airdrie back into the game after the interval.

By Monday, though, I'd cooled down after thinking about the match in depth away from the immediate post match emotion. I have to remind myself sometimes that we are asking a lot of a team with so many young players and none of them have let us down. In that first half, we played some great stuff and it was good to see us create so many chances. When the replay comes round on Tuesday, I believe we are capable of getting through.

The previous Saturday in our last home game we again started well only to get pinned back, the disappointing thing in that match was the Stranraer equaliser, because it was down to our own doing. But we did well after that and got the winner. Late on Stranraer four forward and we dealt with it well, so I was pleased overall.

In recent weeks everybody has been putting in real effort and that's why we've improved, it's down to hard work.

It was great too on Monday to get my first look at Lee Wilkie playing in a Dundee strip since I took over as manager, everyone knows that the big man is a top class player and even in a closed door game that was obvious. He looked a bit nervous when he first got onto the park, which is only natural given what he's been through, but once he got settled into the game you could see his quality shining through.

He'll be a massive player for us when he returns, he is an international class centre half and there's not another one in the First Division, However, we'll need to manage his return and that's why we only gave him the second-half on Monday and he'll need further games before returning to the first team. What was pleasing though, as well as his knee feeling OK, was that he felt confident about playing. That means all we have to work on is his match fitness, and we can get that right in the next few weeks.

This afternoon we take on lain McCall's Queen of the South, and with them battling to try to get away from the play-off place they will be a difficult proposition. They've made several changes to the playing staff and in their last match beat Airdrie 2-0.

We should be confident though, I'm not one for statistics but our seven matches unbeaten run should be a base that builds confidence, hopefully we can keep it going.