Dundee 2
Hamilton Academical 4
League (First Division)

2 - 4

League (First Division)
Saturday, March 4th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,540
3:00 PM Kick-off

Lee Wilkie (85)
Scott Robertson (88)
Brown Ferguson (1)
Pat Keogh (21)
Brian Wake (83)
Brian Wake (87)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Billy Reid

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Murray
2. Stuart McCluskey
3. Bobby Mann
4. Callum MacDonald
5. Paul Dixon
6. Scott Robertson
7. Barry Smith
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Garry Brady
10. Simon Lynch
11. Bryan Deasley
Raymond Jellema .1
David Elebert .2
Scott Agnew .3
Steven Thomson .4
Scott Mackenzie .5
James McArthur .6
Brown Ferguson .7
Craig Galloway .8
Pat Keogh .9
Ruddy Torres .10
Paul McMullan .11

12. Andrew Britton
14. Scott Gates
15. Tam McManus
16. Steven Craig
17. Lee Wilkie
David McEwan .12
Juanjo .14
Scott Tunbridge .15
Ross McCabe. 16
Brian Wake .17

Scott Gates for Kevin McDonald (46)
Lee Wilkie for Bobby Mann (46)
Tam McManus for Stuart McCluskey (70)
Ross McCabe for Scott Mackenzie (29)
Scott Tunbridge for Paul McMullan (68)
Brian Wake for Pat Keogh (68)

Stuart McCluskey (60)
Craig Galloway (46)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Iain Brines (Referee)
William Gilfillan & Stuart Logan (Assistants)

Match Report

Alan Kernaghan went for a full strength side in the first of a league and cup double header against Hamilton at Dens. Opposite number Billy Reid rung the changes, nine of them from the starting eleven who had met in the first cup match - and it was the Accies' boss who was smiling at the end of a fine performance from his second string boosting his club's confidence and deservedly carving out a 4-2 win.

Just 71 seconds had gone when the Dark Blues fell behind. Brown Ferguson was at the start and end of the move. Finding Paul McMullen with a diagonal pass, the winger got behind the defence to curl in a cross from which Ferguson, right under the bar, headed home.

The Dark Blues appeared to recover from that early set back and went on to dominate proceedings for the first quarter of the match, they pushed forward and had lots of possession. Visiting keeper Raymond Jellema did well to hold a Garry Brady drive and generally Dundee were restricted to similar long-range efforts. When the 'Dee did attempt to play their way closer to goal, the final ball lacked the quality to trouble a solid Accies defence. The one player who looked as if he might unlock that defence was young Bryan Deasley, on the quarter hour he turn David Elebert inside out before sending in a fine cross which Scott McKenzie knocked behind for a corner. From the set-piece, the youngster had a chance chipping Jellema, but his effort was off target.

The Dark Blues were made to suffer for that miss seven minutes later when Pat Keogh collected a pass on the right surged past Paul Dixon and closed in on goal before firing home from six yards.

Dixon almost made amends shortly before the interval, Jellema doing well to deny the left back by tipping his 25-yarder behind for a corner. From that kick, Dundee went even closer to scoring, Elebert diverting Bobby Mann's goal-bound header off the line at the back post.

That was to be pretty much the Dens central defenders last involvement, he'd picked up a knock at Dumfries in midweek and aggravated it here. His replacement brought a boost for the Dens support with Lee Wilkie entering the fray as battle resumed. Alan Kernaghan made another change at the interval with Scott Gates coming on for Kevin McDonald.

Wilkie almost made an impact just 12 minutes into his comeback as he met Garry Brady's corner and headed the ball into Lynch's path. The striker surged forward, but Jellema continued an impressive performance by clutching his effort.

On the hour mark, Stuart McCluskey was booked for a clumsy foul on Scott Agnew as frustration amongst the players and fans mounted, and nine minutes later the defender was replaced by Tam McManus as Kernaghan went with three up front. The manager had also decided that McCluskey needed to be protected from a potential red card after showing signs that he might get into further trouble.

At around the same time Hamilton boss Billy Reid made a double substitution bringing on Scott Tunbridge and Brian Wake and these changes prompted a late goal flurry by both sides.

Brady came close for Dundee on 80 minutes with a long range drive, which beat Jellema, but raked into the side- netting. Three minutes later the roof really fell in on Dundee's afternoon. It was the Accies subs Tunbridge and Wake combined to carve open a dozy Dundee defence with Wake finishing with a clipped shot over the advancing Murray for a third goal.

Dundee finally got something back in 85 minutes and the goal was simplicity itself, Tam McManus sent in a superb cross and Lee Wilkie rose unchallenged to power a header past the previously unbeatable Jellema. Wilkie on his return to action after ten months out should have been able to savour such a moment, but at three down he had no appetite for a celebration.

It was the right decision too, for just as quickly Hamilton restored their three-goal advantage and again it was Wake who did the damage with a goal, which bar the finish, was a replica of his previous strike, this time the striker lashed home an angled drive.

It was Sunday league stuff now with haphazard defending at both ends and goals galore, the final strike coming from Scott Robertson who bundled the ball home from five yards after Wilkie had flicked on Paul Dixon's long throw.

The result gave Hamilton a massive boost before tonight's cup quarter final meeting, but Dundee will hope this is just one of those random shambolic back line performances which have popped up from time to time. In between those nightmare days at the back Dundee have defended well for stretches of games, eleven clean sheets in the last seventeen matches doesn't suggest that there's a big defensive problem. Unfortunately, when they do have a bad day at the back it's usually a really bad day, as was the case last Saturday.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 4th, 2006)

2005-06 All Time
Scott Murray (GK)18 15 - 15 -
Paul Dixon19 301301
Callum MacDonald22 26 - 681
Bobby Mann32 363683
Stuart McCluskey - 13 - 13 -
Barry Smith32 36 - 4244
Garry Brady29 32 - 1372
Kevin McDonald17 242242
Scott Robertson20 342442
Bryan Deasley17 123123
Simon Lynch23 34173417
Lee Wilkie (sub)25 111337
Scott Gates (sub)17 7 - 7 -
Tam McManus (sub)25 2563910

League Table (as at March 4th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

This afternoon we welcome Hamilton Accies and my old friend Billy Reid to Dens for what will be seen by some as just a rehearsal for next Thursday's cup replay, but I don't think either of us would agree with that, we have to take one game at a time and every game we play is important. We're trying to build for the future here and, while we know that with so many youngsters in the side there will be blips, we are keen to impress on the players that they must get more consistent, That's what will be needed when we start next season..

I felt we should have won the cup game last week, maybe I've got my blue tinted glasses on when I say that, but I think we had the better chances. I thought we dominated quite a lot of the game bar the first twenty minutes of the second half when we were poor and Hamilton had a great chance right at the start, they probably should have put us behind.

I was pleased with everybody's effort in the rest of the game though and we're still in there with a chance.

The cup tie saw both teams play the windy conditions pretty well, and handled the pitch well, both sides got it down and passed it when they could, but as you could imagine I'm not concerned with what they did, but more with what we did.

Young Deasley did well when we brought him on, he was shattered at the end though as he was still getting over the effects of the flu, he is a bit of a livewire. Tam McManus was obviously disappointed in being replaced but I told him I was pleased with his efforts, he showed his displeasure a bit as he came off but I'd rather that than a player being happy at being substituted.

I'm sure that Billy's side will give us a hard battle this season, that's been the case in all the meetings this season, and hopefully it will be a good match as well to reward you for coming along to support us.

Enjoy the game.