Dundee 3
Clyde 0
League (First Division)

3 - 0

League (First Division)
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,417
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ross Harris (10)
Derek Lyle (pen.) (42)
Gavin Swankie (48)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Graham Roberts

Starting Eleven
1. Callum Reidford
2. Callum MacDonald
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Greg Strong
5. Paul Dixon
6. Ross Harris
7. Kevin McDonald
8. Alex Rae
9. Scott Robertson
10. Derek Lyle
11. Gavin Swankie
Peter Cherrie .1
Chris Higgins .2
Neil McGregor .3
Bob Harris .4
Steven Masterton .5
Paul McHale .6
Stephen O'Donnell .7
Ryan McCann .8
Kevin Bradley .9
Dougie Imrie .10
Gary Arbuckle .11

12. Scott Murray
14. Stephen McNally
15. Graham Hay
16. Robert Campbell
17. Bryan Deasley
David Scott .12
Craig Bryson .14
Roddy Hunter .15
Joe Miller .16
Sean McKenna .17

Bryan Deasley for Derek Lyle (73)
Roddy Hunter for Stephen O'Donnell (58)
Joe Miller for Gary Arbuckle (65)
Sean McKenna for Ryan McCann (65)

Derek Lyle (14)
Chris Higgins (8)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)
Matt Northcroft & Cameron McKay (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee finally got their first competitive win under Alex Rae, and they achieved it with a degree of comfort showing energy, application and willingness to pass the ball and push forward from the start. Rae was delighted to get his first three points saying "It's great to get the win because I didn't want the bad run going on any longer, I was particularly pleased at the manner in which we won.

"There are still a couple of things we can polish up on but I don't want to talk about negatives, I'd pleased for the fans and hopefully this result will give them a lift."

There was an early chance for Clyde Gary Arbuckle raced through but Calum Reidford made a fine save and apart from that moment Dundee dominated from the off, They were well worth the early lead provided by Ross Harris' raking 25 yarder, and that goal gave Dundee the momentum to go on and eventually win at a canter.

Gavin Swankie has been the most impressive Dark Blue player in recent weeks and he continued that run here, relishing his partnership with new boys Derek Lyle, the former Arbroath man always looking likely to get on the scoresheet. He could have had two in the opening half, hitting the bar with a header after McKenzie had flicked on a Dixon throw and then firing an effort too high after Gre Strong had provided the opportunity by heading down a Harris cross.

Clyde tried to get back into the game as the half progressed, but just as it looked as if they were turning the screw Dundee broke away with new boy Lyle racing clear in pursuit of a long ball from Callum Macdonald, as he reached the edge of the penalty area he was pushed from behind by Clyde's Chris Higgins and referee Stuart Dougal pointed to the penalty spot.

A couple of Lyle's team-mates looked as if they were keen to try their luck from the spot, but the striker wasn't about to give up a chance of a debut goal and he whacked home the spot-kick.

Alex Rae looked back to his pre- season form after recovering from a virus and it was from his fine ball that Gavin Swarnkie got this third goal of the season in 47 minutes to ensure that the points were all staying at Dens.

Clyde had chances to pull one back as they pushed forward but Arbuckle and Hunter were off target when faced with simple heading opportunities and on-loan keeper Reidford went down at the feet of the inrushing Douglas Imrie

to make a brave stop. At the other end Swankie twice could have added to his goal tally, clipping a shot off the inside of the post and then finding keeper Cherrie when it looked easier to score.

As time ran out there was one more opportunity for the Dark Blues, an eleven pass move which featured Rae twice ended with a great ball freeing Kevin McDonald, his left foot effort beat Cherrie but drifted inches wide of the target.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 20th, 2006)

2006-07 All Time
Callum Reidford (GK) - 1 - 1 -
Paul Dixon19 5 - 442
Callum MacDonald23 5 - 801
Gary Mackenzie20 4 - 4 -
Greg Strong30 4 - 4 -
Ross Harris22 5151
Kevin McDonald17 5 - 383
Alex Rae36 4 - 4 -
Scott Robertson21 4 - 572
Derek Lyle25 1111
Gavin Swankie22 5383
Bryan Deasley (sub)18 5 - 243

League Table (as at August 20th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After the way we have started the season, I can fully understand the frustrations of the fans.

And I can assure all of them that everyone here feels those frustrations equally keenly at Dens Park.

Consequently, I'll be doing all that I can to bring in more experience, if not over this weekend, certainly before the end of the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

There's enough left in the budget to allow for a couple of players and the sooner the better. Until that comes about, though it will be a case of getting the injured boys back as quickly as possible and digging in to get a result or two. If we are able to do that and stay in touch, we are still perfectly capable of making an impact this season.

Whilst not wishing to use the injury situation as an excuse, we have been hit very hard, particularly it has, with the exception of Gary MacKenzie, been the experienced players who have been hardest hit.

However, as we prepare to take on Clyde this afternoon, at least the picture is looking a little bit brighter.

Danny Griffin returned at Forfar on Tuesday and Ludovic Roy has a chance of playing this afternoon.

And whilst the game comes a bit early for either Bobby Mann or Andy McLaren, their returns will be sooner rather than later.

So all I would ask the fans is stay behind us and be patient and give the players all the vocal support they can in the hope that we can get off the mark against Clyde.