Stirling Albion 2
Dundee 2
League (First Division)

Stirling Albion 

2 - 2


League (First Division)
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
Forthbank Stadium
Attendance: 1,595
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Bell (5)
David Mckenna (50)
Robert Davidson (32)
Milan Palenik (69)

Team Managers
Allan Moore Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Myles Hogarth
2. Paul Nugent
3. Ross Forsyth
4. Laurie Ellis
5. Steven Bell
6. William Easton
7. Andrew Graham
8. Chris Aitken
9. Nicholas Walker
10. Colin Cramb
11. David Mckenna
Craig Samson .1
David Worrell .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Milan Palenik .4
Paul Dixon .5
Frédéric Daquin .6
Scott Robertson .7
Kevin McDonald .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Derek Lyle .10
Robert Davidson .11

12. Scott Christie
14. Paul Hay
15. John Paul McBride
16. Derek Lilley
17. Ross Harris
Michael White .12
Paul McHale .14
Jani Šturm .15
Jan Zemlik .16
Danny Griffin .17

Derek Lilley for Colin Cramb (72) Danny Griffin for Gary Mackenzie (60)
Jan Zemlik for Gavin Swankie (60)
Paul McHale for Frédéric Daquin (78)

Nicky Walker (23)
Ross Forsyth (67)
Paul Dixon (55)
Derek Lyle (64)
Milan Palenik (75)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee battled back from behind twice to scramble a point from the visit to First Division new boys Stirling Albion, but it wasn't pretty viewing as the Dark Blues struggled to break down the Forthbank defence and gave away bad goals to allow Albion to lead twice.

Boss Alex Rae wasn't impressed by his team.

"From our point of view it was pretty poor, it was as bad as I've seen from us for a while and I was pretty glad just to get a point" he said.

"It was the manner of it that was most disappointing, two errors for their goals, the keeper's come in and held his hands up for the first one.

"Another tap in from two yards out, that's a couple of weeks on the bounce that teams have scored from something similar to that. The second one is the centre half trying to read a pass that he couldn't get to and their boy just slots the ball in, it just makes it a mountain to climb and if we play like we did today then it's always going to be difficult."

Asked if the players had maybe had one eye on the midweek tie against Celtic Rae said, "I wouldn't like to think so, this is our bread and butter."

The arrival of Jan Zemlik on the hour gave Dundee an aerial presence and the home side struggled to cope with him at set-pieces.

"He gave us something different to the other strikers we have at the club" said the manager. "A different option and we might have nicked it but to be honest and to be fair to Stirling I don't think we would have deserved it."

Dundee pressed from the first whistle but they were stunned in five minutes when a Chris Aitken free kick went over keeper Craig Samson allowing Colin Cramb to head back across goal and Stephen bell to head home from close range.

Milan Palenik had a chance to equalise straight away but his header from Freddie Daquin's corner was too high.

Dundee were pushing forward as the half progressed but with little cutting edge, Gavin Swankie's volley over the bar being the closest they came in the first half hour of the match.

In thirty two minutes they leveled though, and it came from their first flowing move of the contest, Daquin found Lyle with a delightful ball and the striker raced down the right before sliding in a low cross which Bob Davidson

bundled home from six yards. Kevin McDonald was next to try his luck, cutting in from the right in 39 minutes and flashing a shot from just outside the box over.

Half time came with the scores level and that about reflected the balance of play, Dundee had made little of their open play and it was a trend which would continue after the interval.

The Dark Blues did twice have the ball in the net in the opening minutes of the second half, but first Freddie Daquin and then Bob Davidson fell victim to the assistant referee's offside flag.

And five minutes in they fell behind again, Cramb got his pass inside despite Mackenzie's challenge and David McKenna stepped past Panelik to fire a low shot home via the post.

Alex Rae introduced Zemlik for Swankie and Danny Griffin for Mackenzie on the hour and Dundee forced Stirling back with brute force, a succession of corners being won and Stirling boss Allan Moore admitting afterwards that, "With a guy who's six foot seven in there it's hard to defend against" - Zemlik's presence undoubtedly had an effect and in 66 minutes Dundee twice came close, Panelik header from Worrel's free kick bringing a good save from Hogarth and from the resultant corner the keeper was again in action, tipping Zemlik's header over.

Two minutes later Dundee were level again, Panelik clipping Daquin's near post corner home from close range to complete the scoring.

Results elsewhere meant that this turned out to be not so bad a day for Dundee with leaders Hamilton losing their 100% record and other potential promotion rivals failing to take full points, but Rae's frustration with his side was understandable, Dundee can't afford to perform like this too often.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 22nd, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)23 6 - 6 -
Paul Dixon20 9 - 852
Gary Mackenzie21 8 - 32 -
Milan Palenik - 8181
David Worrell29 10 - 10 -
Kevin McDonald18 92767
Scott Robertson22 93957
Frédéric Daquin28 9191
Robert Davidson21 84237
Derek Lyle26 613616
Gavin Swankie23 824811
Paul McHale (sub)25 71192
Danny Griffin (sub)30 6 - 34 -
Jan Zemlik (sub)29 8181

League Table (as at September 22nd, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.