Livingston 2
Dundee 3
League (First Division)


2 - 3


League (First Division)
Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Almondvale Park
Attendance: 1,868
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ross Harris (o.g.) (47)
Liam Fox (90)
Gavin Swankie (15)
Derek Lyle (63)
Gavin Swankie (77)

Team Managers
John Robertson Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Colin Stewart
2. Scott Mitchell
3. Steven Tweed
4. Dave Mackay
5. Jason Thomson
6. Liam Fox
7. Allan Walker
8. Graham Dorrans
9. Lee Makel
10. Daryl Smylie
11. Neil Teggart
Ludovic Roy .1
Danny Griffin .2
Bobby Mann .3
Greg Strong .4
Craig Forsyth .5
Ross Harris .6
Scott Robertson .7
Alex Rae .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Derek Lyle .10
Brian McGinty .11

12. Craig Wight
14. Kenny Adamson
15. Joe Hamill
16. Steven Hislop
17. Paul Shields
Callum Reidford .12
Callum MacDonald .14
Jon Boggan .15
Robert Campbell .16
Bryan Deasley .17

Joe Hamill for Daryl Smylie (70)
Steven Hislop for Lee Makel (70)
Paul Shields for Graham Dorrans (72)
Bryan Deasley for Derek Lyle (74)
Callum MacDonald for Craig Forsyth (79)
Jon Boggan for Brian McGinty (90)

Lee Makel (41)
Allan Walker (69)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)

Match Report

Derek Lyle is fast proving to be a talismanic figure for Dundee Football Club, the striker returned to score and set up another goal in their weekend win at Livingston to end a streak without a win which could perhaps be traced back to his dismissal in the 1-1 draw with St Johnstone at Dens in September.

In the four games in which he was absent Dundee picked up just the one point but at Almondvale they always looked likely to end their recent poor run of results and in the process kick start their season. Lyle's goal which put Dundee back ahead after Livingston had leveled early in the second half was a reward for his persistence on a day when hard work and composure all over the park brought reward for Alex Rae's men.

There was a surprise name in the visitors line up for the larger than anticipated traveling support - Craig Forsyth making a start after Paul Dixon had failed to recover in time from a bruised foot, and the youngster gave a good account of himself after a nervous start.

Craig, the son of former Dens Parker Stewart Forsyth, fitted in well and got in his share of tackles, indeed so well did he perform that for most of the game spectators forgot that there was a rookie in the Dark Blue ranks.

A factor in his confident showing may have been help from manager Alex Rae, the Dens boss always appearing to be available for a pass when the youngster was under pressure and the return of Rae saw the whole Dundee side play a much more controlled game than in the defeat by Gretna at Dens last week.

Dundee started confidently and when they took a fourteenth minute lead it wasn't at all a surprise, Ross Harris swinging a cross and Lyle heading it down for Swankie to whip a shot home from 15 yards.

In fact the home side were not at the races in the first half as Dundee soaked up any Livingston pressure with ease and created several good chances when they broke forward. They were unlucky not to double their lead when Lyle lashed home Harris cross only to be denied by a marginal offside decision.

That domination would come to an abrupt end at the start of the second half as they conceded a sloppy goal in Livingston's first dangerous move of the game. In 47 minutes Jason Thomson pass found Graham Dorrans down the right and his low cross was netted by Daryl Smylie despite the attentions of Ross Harris.

For the next ten minutes Livi pressed but failed to create another clear cut opportunity and eventually Dundee again began to pass the ball well and create chances.

They were back in front in 63 minutes when Lyle pounced to net from close range after the home defence had failed to deal with another Harris cross and with 13 minutes to go they appeared to have wrapped up the points when a deflected shot from a tight angle by Swankie took a big deflection and found the top corner of the net.

Substitute Bryan Deasley was twice denied, firstly by keeper Colin Stewart as he tried to round him and then by a superb tackle from grounded former Dens Parker Steven Tweed as the visiting fans celebrated in the rain and bitter cold. They were momentarily silenced as the game drew to a close when Liam Fox fired home to reduce the deficit, and there was one more scary moment for them when Livingston piled bodies forward to try to snatch an equaliser, but the home side couldn't find a shot on target and the final whistle went to confirm a fine three points for the Dark Blues.

Boss Rae was rightly happy with his side's performance afterwards saying, "I was pleased with the character the team showed, especially after the equaliser, there was a fair bit of pressure from them after they leveled, but we handled it well, got our noses back in front and I thought we were in control for much of the match."

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 11th, 2006)

2006-07 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 9 - 9 -
Bobby Mann32 101875
Greg Strong31 141141
Craig Forsyth17 1 - 1 -
Danny Griffin29 12 - 12 -
Ross Harris22 131131
Alex Rae37 132132
Scott Robertson21 14 - 672
Derek Lyle25 7575
Brian McGinty29 4141
Gavin Swankie22 155185
Callum MacDonald (sub)23 8 - 831
Jon Boggan (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Bryan Deasley (sub)18 8 - 273

League Table (as at November 11th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.