Partick Thistle 3
Dundee 1
League (First Division)


3 - 1


League (First Division)
Saturday, October 28th, 2006
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,987
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mark Roberts (17)
Craig Sives (41)
Mark Roberts (73)
Alex Rae (28)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Kenny Arthur
2. Scott Boyd
3. Craig Sives
4. Scott McCulloch
5. Darren Brady
6. Derek Young
7. Jimmy Gibson
8. Adam Strachan
9. Simon Donnelly
10. Pat Keogh
11. Mark Roberts
Callum Reidford .1
Danny Griffin .2
Bobby Mann .3
Greg Strong .4
Paul Dixon .5
Kevin McDonald .6
Scott Robertson .7
Alex Rae .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Brian McGinty .10
Andy McLaren .11

12. Jonathan Tuffey
14. Stephen McConalogue
15. Billy Gibson
16. Steven Campbell
17. Graham Gibson
Scott Murray .12
Callum MacDonald .14
Robert Campbell .15
Ross Harris .16
Bryan Deasley .17

Billy Gibson for Scott Boyd (46)
Steven Campbell for Craig Sives (74)
Graham Gibson for Derek Young (79)
Ross Harris for Brian McGinty (51)
Bryan Deasley for Gavin Swankie (71)

Jimmy Gibson (25)
Scott McCulloch (55)
Craig Sives (69)
Alex Rae (21)
Alex Rae (28)
Bobby Mann (46)
Andy McLaren (48)
Paul Dixon (69)

Red Cards
None. Alex Rae (28)

Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)

Match Report

Alex Rae praised his players, "They competed well", but admitted that he had "Let them down" after his red card at Firhill. The Dens player boss was sent off for two bookable offences, the second of which was in the referee's words "for inciting the crowd." Rae had just scored Dundee's 28th minute equaliser when he picked up the second booking.

On finding the net Rae set off for his own half, momentarily cupping his hand to his ear towards the home support as he ran back. When his team-mates caught up with and engulfed him referee Mr. Murray was called across by assistant Mr Boulstridge, the pair deciding he had to go.

Rae said that he had clenched his fist at the end of his celebration run, but insisted, "At no point did I make a derogatory or obscene gesture. I see players do the same in the English Premiership every week with no action being taken, I was just elated to have scored an equaliser I've had worse stick from much bigger crowds so I wasn't trying to get back at the Thistle support."

There's no doubt though that the manager's removal from the proceedings turned the game, his expert ten yard finish from Andy McLaren's cutback had pulled Dundee level and they looked at that point as if they might go on to win this match Rae said "3-1 makes it look as if there was a big gulf between the teams, but I didn't see that at all."

Prior to the sending off Thistle had taken the lead in 17 minutes when Mark Roberts eighteen yarder beat Calum Reidford. Left to play more than an hour with ten men after Rae's dismissal.

Dundee buckled down and for the most part gave as good as they got, but they fell behind three minutes before the break when Craig Sives rose to head a corner into the top of the net. Midway through the second half Dundee came close to leveling when McLaren raced clear and almost pulled off a fantastic finish with a lob designed to wrong-foot Kenny Arthur, the home keeper pulling off a fantastic save to tip the ball away.

Thistle had become the first side this season to breach the Dundee rearguard twice in a league fixture and they made it three in 74 minutes when Billy Gibson went down as if he had been shot, spinning to the ground in spectacular fashion despite no contact between him and marker Scott Robertson being evident Reidford got a hand to Robert's penalty but couldn't keep it out.

Overall it was a somewhat bizarre afternoon, which started when Ludovic Roy picked up a knock in the warm up, at the time keeper Scott Murray was outside with his girlfriend, but after he'd paid them both into the ground at a cost of E30 he had barely taken his seat when Andy McLaren was sent across to inform him that in fact he'd just paid to sit in a seat on the bench.

He was nearly more heavily involved late on in the match when a thumping challenge from goalscorer Sives left Reidford flat out on the deck Mr Murray, the official rather than the young keeper, flashed one of his many yellow cards in the on loan Hearts defenders direction, Ironically the challenge came from the same player who had put Roy out for a month with a similar charge on the opening day of the campaign. Luckily this time Dundee's goalie could continue.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 28th, 2006)

2006-07 All Time
Callum Reidford (GK) - 3 - 3 -
Paul Dixon19 13 - 522
Bobby Mann32 81855
Greg Strong31 121121
Danny Griffin29 10 - 10 -
Kevin McDonald17 131464
Andy McLaren - 8282
Alex Rae37 122122
Scott Robertson21 12 - 652
Brian McGinty29 2 - 2 -
Gavin Swankie22 133163
Ross Harris (sub)22 111111
Bryan Deasley (sub)18 6 - 253

League Table (as at October 28th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.