Dundee 0
Brechin City 1
League (First Division)


Dundee
0 - 1
Brechin City 

League (First Division)
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 1,841
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Alex Burns

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Michael O'Neil

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Murray
2. Barry Smith
3. Bobby Mann
4. Stuart McCluskey
5. Paul Dixon
6. Colin Marshall
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Steven Robb
10. Steven Craig
11. Bryan Deasley
1. Craig Nelson
2. Craig McEwan
3. Daniel Grainger
4. Stuart Callaghan
5. David White
6. Scott Walker
7. Alex Burns
8. David Hannah
9. Steven Hampshire
10. Ally Mitchell
11. Darren Smith

Bench
12. Andrew Britton
14. Garry Brady
15. Graeme Law
16. Craig O'Reilly
17. Simon Lynch
12. John Hillcoat
14. Kevin Byers
15. Chris Geddes
16. Graeme Gibson
17. Grant Johnson

Substitutions
Garry Brady for Stuart McCluskey (51)
Craig O'Reilly for Colin Marshall (66)
Simon Lynch for Steven Craig (69)
Grant Johnson for Darren Smith (69)
Graeme Gibson for Steven Hampshire (88)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven Duff (Referee)
Neil Watters & Morag Pirie (Assistants)


Match Report


Brechin City may have been relegated the previous Saturday, but they gave themselves a lift after their fall by winning easily at Dens.

New boss Michael O'Neill must have been delighted by the attitude and fight shown by his side, and the Glebe Parkers really should have won more comfortably than by the single goal which secured the points.

Dundee went with the same starting eleven that had drawn at Ross County and Stranraer, which meant that top scorer Simon Lynch was again confined to the bench. The Dark Blues got the ball to Steven Robb on a regular basis in the opening minutes and it looked as if that would provide some of the creativity that has been lacking in recent weeks, but it was false dawn and as time went on Dundee were starved of possession in dangerous positions - especially wide, indeed Robb would spend most of the second half at left back.

Once City had survived that opening flurry of pressure, with some ease, they began to push forward and they took the lead on ten minutes with the simplest of goals, a long throw was flicked on by Alex Burns and looped over Murray and into the net.

Dundee were ineffective as they tried to scramble their way back into the game and City could have been two up as Mann and Murray got into a tangle, they were glad to see City's effort hit the side netting from a tight angle.

The Dark Blues had barely tested Nelson in the Brechin net, Deasley long range effort and winning a race for a through ball with the same player were the extent of the City custodian's exertions in the first forty minutes, but with three minutes remaining of the first period Dundee came close to leveling. Robb's corner was directed goalward by McCluskey, but crashed off the bar with Nelson beaten, the ball was scrambled in the direction of McDonald who thrashed in a great strike which was beaten away by the keeper. The rebound fell to Craig who hit a low shot which came off the inside of the foot of a City defender on the line, agonizingly for Dundee and somewhat incredibly the deflection took it the wrong side of the post.

At that point an equaliser wouldn't have been undeserved, but after the interval Dundee showed nothing as an attacking force and City should have trebled their lead post break.

A corner from the right fell to Steven Hampshire on the Dundee goal-line but incredibly his swing at the ball ended in him clearing it - perhaps the worst miss ever, if he'd missed the ball it might well have gone in.

The City missed the target with a simple five yard header as their strikers found loads of space at the heart of the Dundee defence.

Alan Kernaghan rang the changes but it made little difference as Dundee huffed and puffed with no inspiration, sub Garry Brady being the only player to get an effort on target his thirty-yarder being easy meat for Nelson.

It was no surprise that the 1841 crowd roundly booed Dundee off the park at the end, nine league games without a win tells its own story, and this was perhaps a new low in a simply horrible season.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at April 11th, 2006)


2005-06 All Time
Age
Scott Murray (GK)18 19 - 19 -
Paul Dixon19 361361
Barry Smith32 42 - 4304
Bobby Mann32 424744
Stuart McCluskey - 18 - 18 -
Colin Marshall21 101101
Kevin McDonald17 303303
Steven Robb24 28 - 924
Scott Robertson21 402502
Bryan Deasley17 183183
Steven Craig25 204204
Garry Brady (sub)29 36 - 1412
Craig O'Reilly (sub)18 184184
Simon Lynch (sub)23 40184018






League Table (as at April 11th, 2006)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Undoubtedly the biggest topic of conversation since out last home game was the manner of our exit from the Scottish Cup.

I can assure all our fans that the disappointment at the Gretna defeat was intense in the dressing room as it was in the Hampden stands. All the players knew that they hadn't acquitted themselves anything like as well as they had done in the previous rounds.

The failure to out any pressure on their defence or goalkeeper particularly rankled and that combined with errors at the other end of the combined to our downfall.

It doesn't get much more frustrating than that, and we know that we let the fans down.

And on that point on behalf of everyone connected with the club, can I thank all of you who as usual gave us such tremendous backing. At least, the hardy band of supporters who followed us to the extremities of the country last week, were rewarded by professional performances, if not victories at Ross County and Stranraer.

At Dingwall, we played pretty well and the only thing that stopped us picking up the three points was our final pass.

Otherwise it was a most encouraging display.

Meanwhile last Saturday down at Stranraer, with the strong wind, it was always going to be difficult against a side battling to stay up.

While we were very average for the first fifteen minutes during which time we went behind, thereafter we improved.

At times we played some decent stuff and Kevin McDonald scored a good goal to equalise.

Though far from being fully satisfied with the performance, I was happy that we showed the courage to get ourselves back in the game.

Having said that it doesn't mask the fact that we clearly need to make changes, and on a wholesale basis, if we are to be promotion contenders next term.

One team we won't be playing next season are tonight's visitors Brechin City, because their relegation fate was sealed by Saturday's home defeat by St Johnstone.

It was a harsh beginning for my good friend Michael O'Neill for whom the game was his first in charge since becoming manager last week.

Now he'll know how difficult a job this is and unfortunately for him, I hope to add to his woes this evening by getting one over his side tonight.

Of course, he'll want to turn the tables on, but that is the nature of the beast of football.

Whilst I am looking forward to having a good chat with him after the game, hopefully I'll have the bragging rights, because it is high time that we delivered a victory for our fans to celebrate.