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Dundee 2
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League (First Division)
Saturday, September 1st, 2007
Broadwood Stadium
Attendance: 1,606
3:00 PM Kick-off

Chris Higgins (4) Paul McHale (52)
David O'Brien (64)

Team Managers
Colin Hendry Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. David Hutton
2. Chris Higgins
3. Neil McGregor
4. Christian Smith
5. Dan Kirkup
6. Steven Masterton
7. Ruari MacLennan
8. Michael McGowan
9. David McGowan
10. Joe Cardle
11. Dougie Imrie
Craig Samson .1
David Worrell .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Milan Palenik .4
Paul Dixon .5
Frédéric Daquin .6
Scott Robertson .7
Kevin McDonald .8
David O'Brien .9
Jan Zemlik .10
Robert Davidson .11

12. Peter Cherrie
14. Marvyn Wilson
15. Michael Doherty
16. Sean McKenna
17. Gary Arbuckle
Derek Lyle .12
Jani Šturm .14
Paul McHale .15
Gavin Swankie .16
Danny Griffin .17

Michael Doherty for Michael McGowan (67)
Sean McKenna for David McGowan (68)
Gary Arbuckle for Ruari MacLennan (68)
Paul McHale for Kevin McDonald (30)
Derek Lyle for Jan Zemlik (46)
Jani Šturm for Robert Davidson (86)

Joe Cardle (14)
Joe Cardle (25)
Dougie Imrie (80)
Chris Higgins (88)
Jan Zemlik (45)
Frédéric Daquin (89)

Red Cards
Joseph Cardle (25) None.

Match Officials

Chris Boyle (Referee)

Match Report

The strength of Dundee's squad was again illustrated as Alex Rae's men came from behind to win at Broadwood for the first time since they were relegated in 2005 And this is exactly the kind of venue where the improvement in the Dark Blues depth of squad will be needed if they are to maintain their promotion challenge throughout this season.

Defender Gary Mackenzie said, "We'd have lost this game last season" after Dundee had fought back from losing a fourth minute goal to a Chris Higgins knock in from close range following a wind assisted whipped corner from Steven Masterton, and Dundee struggled in the early stages with too many long balls being played, not a style which was likely to work in a stadium which has a wind tunnel effect.

They came close to leveling on ten minutes though, Kevin McDonald picking the ball up following a corner and driving to the bye-line before cutting a ball back for Panelik to flick goalwards, the attempt beating keeper Hutton but not Dan Kirkup who cleared off the line.

That Dundee fought back was down in part to a twenty fourth minute tackle from Clyde debutant Joseph Cardle on Kevin McDonald which saw the winger pick up a second yellow and subsequent red card, and the young Dundee midfielder removed from the action suffering from a hip knock.

McDonald had been playing well enough and indeed was picked out by Alex Rae as one of his better players to that point, and he'd had a chance to restore parity to the scoreline just minutes before his replacement, pulling his shot wide when played in by Bob Davidson.

That substitution was forced on Alex Rae and at half time the Dens boss withdrew Jan Zemlik after the giant striker had attracted referee Chris Boyle's attention and picking up a yellow card for an overly boisterous challenge. It was a sensible decision on a day when the official appeared determined to be the centre of attention and given Zemlik's dismissal at McDiarmid Park a fortnight ago. Derek Lyle came out for the second half in place of the Czech.

Paul McHale, who'd come on for McDonald looked like a man on a mission on his first return to his former home ground as a Dundee player and it was he who capitalised on a Neil McGregor error to score the equaliser seven minutes after the start of the second half, robbing the defender and striding on to curl a delicious shot past home keeper David Hutton, before racing away to celebrate with the large travelling support.

Just as importantly for the outcome of this game it was McHale who provided the focal point for a patient passing game after the interval, the temptation for a team trailing must have been to get the ball forward quickly but with Rae and assistant Dave Farrell continually insisting "Keep the ball" from the bench Dundee used their man advantage to good effect, stretching Clyde and waiting for the chances to arrive.

That patience paid off in sixty three minutes when a Freddie Daquin corner was flicked on by Milan Panelik before Derek Lyle laid it back into the path of David O'Brien who rammed his shot home from six yards.

Dundee continued to pass the ball neatly and came close to adding to their tally on a couple of occasions, first Scott Robertson and then the very impressive Milan Palenik being denied by keeper Hutton after surging runs into the danger area.

Indeed, until the last few minutes when a little panic set in as Clyde threw bodies forward in search of an equaliser, Dundee controlled the game very well and go into the break for international fixtures with confidence high and a large gap opening below their second place spot, they'll be raring to go when the action resumes and one man who hopes he'll get his chance is McHale, kept out of the starting eleven thus far by the outstanding form of Scott Robertson and McDonald.

McHale admitted it's not been easy for the players who've been left on the bench as Dundee have made a fine start to the season saying, "It has been tough not starting, it's never nice to not play, but when you look at the two boys who've been in there, they've both been linked with big clubs, and they've been playing well so you can't complain.

"Hopefully me coming on today and scoring will give the manager a little bit of a selection problem."

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 1st, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)23 4 - 4 -
Paul Dixon20 7 - 832
Gary Mackenzie21 6 - 30 -
Milan Palenik - 6 - 6 -
David Worrell29 8 - 8 -
Kevin McDonald18 71746
David O'Brien23 8181
Scott Robertson22 73937
Frédéric Daquin28 7171
Robert Davidson21 63216
Jan Zemlik29 6161
Paul McHale (sub)25 51172
Derek Lyle (sub)26 413416
Jani Šturm (sub)25 7171

League Table (as at September 1st, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.