Dundee 0
Clyde 1
League (First Division)

0 - 1

League (First Division)
Sunday, November 11th, 2007
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,727
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Paul Dixon (o.g.) (86)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Colin Hendry

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. David Worrell
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Milan Palenik
5. Paul Dixon
6. Paul McHale
7. Scott Robertson
8. Eddie Malone
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Derek Lyle
11. Jani Šturm
David Hutton .1
Chris Higgins .2
Neil McGregor .3
Craig McKeown .4
Steven Masterton 5
Marvyn Wilson .6
Ruari MacLennan .7
Michael McGowan .8
David McGowan .9
Joe Cardle .10
Dougie Imrie .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. David O'Brien
15. Danny Griffin
16. Frédéric Daquin
17. Alex Rae
Peter Cherrie .12
Dusan Bestvina .14
Christian Smith .15
Gary Arbuckle .16
Kevin Bradley .17

Frédéric Daquin for Jani Šturm (72)
David O'Brien for Scott Robertson (83)
Christian Smith for Marvyn Wilson (37)
Gary Arbuckle for David McGowan (73)
Kevin Bradley gor Joe Cradle (79)

Paul McHale (64)
Michael McGowan (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Referee)

Match Report

In a game which created little in the way of excitement and minimal action from both keepers, a Paul Dixon own goal with four minutes remaining secured Clyde their ticket off the bottom of the first division.

There were two goal-line clearances at either end but little in the way of entertainment as Dundee slumped to their first league defeat at Dens this season leaving the gap from league leaders Hamilton at six points, with the teams meeting in two weeks time.

Alex Rae's men had the better of the opening play with Gavin Swankie coming close with a first time shot which fell wide of the mark before an Eddie Malone free kick was held by visiting keeper David Hutton.

Both teams struggled to keep hold of the ball with the midfield lines often missing as the ball was kept in the air. Paul McHale made his first start since the team met Celtic in the CIS Cup in September. It was his pass which set up Scott Robertson but his shot fell wide of the left upright.

Colin Henry's men nearly set about their own downfall in 29 minutes as Masterton beat his own keeper and headed against a combination of the crossbar and upright under pressure from Derek Lyle, with Neil McGregor left to mop up at the back.

Gavin Swankie also made his return to the starting eleven after last week finding himself on the bench as Eddie Malone made his Dundee debut. His one- two with Jani Sturm sent in Scott Robertson towards goal but the defence was equal to the effort sending the ball out for a corner.

As was the case in the previous week's game against St.Johnstone, a substitution was made before half time, with the Bully Wee making the change with Christian Smith coming on to replace Marvin Wilson.

With five minutes of the second half remaining Clyde tried to edge their way into the game. Steve Masterton's corner was cleared out of the area by Captain Scott Robertson with Dougie Imrie collected the clearance and sending the ball back into the box. Gary Mackenzie headed out for another corner despite Craig Samson's attempt to keep the ball in play. Imrie then thought he'd given his side the lead, but David Worrell was on hand to head the ball off the line from the Clyde-man's corner.

Joseph Cardle then had Samson and Robertson on their toes with his corner into the area. Masterton brought down the ball before setting his shot goalwards from eighteen yards, but Robertson got in the way of the shot with Samson himself getting behind the ball and the midfielder.

As with so many times this season, Dundee came out the stronger team at the start of the second half, with Paul McHale, Eddie Malone and Derek Lyle all coming close to snatching the lead. Robertson played the ball off to Sturm in the area, he held off two defenders before laying his pass off to McHale whose effort soared over the crossbar.

Malone's free kick outside the area after a deliberate handball looked to be heading for the top corner, but for the intervention of keeper Hutton, while Derek Lyle's header from Gavin Swankie's cross failed to find the target.

With sixty minutes gone the home side had their own shot cleared from the line by Masterton. Clever link- up play from Dixon and Swankie sent the ball into the box with McGregor heading the ball out for the first corner of the half. Swankie's set-piece was headed goalwards by Gary Mackenzie, but the defender's shot was cleared by Masterton keeping the scoreline level.

With twenty-five minutes remaining on the clock Malone looked to have given the team a lifeline when he was hauled down in the area but referee Kenny Clark had already blown to pull the game back citing that Malone had used a hand to control the ball on the edge of the box before continuing his run.

Less than a minute later Jani Sturm got away from his man to beat the offside trap but his touch was too slight and his shot from Gavin Swankie's cross fell into the awaiting arms of keeper Hutton.

With the game looking to be heading for a stalemate each side made changes as Jani Sturm and Scott Robertson were replaced by Freddie Daquin and David O'Brien, with Gary Arbuckle and Kevin Bradley making way for David McGowan and Joseph Cardle for the Broadwood side.

With ten minutes to go Freddie Daquin and Raurie McLennan both had shots which could have earned the points. The former turning in the box before unleashing his shot wide of right upright while the latter forced Samson into a save from twenty yards after making his run from midfield.

Four minutes from time the game was over as Paul Dixon's attempted sliding clearance only resulted in the ball finding the back of the net. Kevin Bradley won the ball from David O'Brien in his own half and surged forward, his ball into the area looked dangerous, and with Imrie on his shoulder, Dixon attempted to clear with Samson stranded. That goal ended Dundee's season-long unbeaten home record in the league, and means that when the top two meet in two weeks time Dundee can now no longer draw level on points with Billy Reid's Hamilton side.

There were two bookings in the game: Paul McHale and Michael McGowan both adjudged to have been guilty of reckless challenges by referee Kenny Clark.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at November 11th, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)23 13 - 13 -
Paul Dixon20 16 - 922
Gary Mackenzie22 14 - 38 -
Eddie Malone22 2 - 2 -
Milan Palenik - 132132
David Worrell29 14 - 14 -
Paul McHale26 141262
Scott Robertson22 1631027
Derek Lyle26 1234218
Jani Šturm25 132132
Gavin Swankie23 1525511
David O'Brien (sub)23 9191
Frédéric Daquin (sub)29 161161

League Table (as at November 11th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Last Saturday's victory over St Johnstone delighted me, but at the same time left me tearing my hair out or would do if I had any! It really is incredible how many times this season we have fallen behind and yet come from behind to take something from the game.

But credit must go to the lads for the way they keep coming back.

I've said it before we've got a tremendous amount of spirit and character in this team and I think that is evident the way we've been able to come back in games.

The changes I made before and just after the interval saw us go and dominate the second half and run out 2-1 winners thanks to Kevin McDonald's last-gasp goal.

I was also very satisfied with the debut of Eddie Malone, who started the game on the left-hand side of midfield before slotting in at left-back for Paul Dixon after the break.

I thought Eddie grew into the game well. It was hard for him to get the tempo during the first half, which is understandable in a derby, but I thought he got more to grips with things in the second half.

So this week, it has just been a case of working on his, and one or two others, general fitness levels.

As we welcomed Eddie, unfortunately we have had bid farewell to Martyn Corrigan. He played his last game for us against St Johnstone before returning to Motherwell after the expiry of his short-term loan deal.

Martyn did a great job for us and you could see in the games he played that he is a 'player'. You don't get to where he's been in the game without ability.

However, it was always the case he was going to go back to Motherwell and we simply have to adapt. We've managed to bring Eddie in and Davie Worrell is now back to full fitness, so we have options.

That is certainly the case up front and look how that has reaped reward.

Bob Davidson has now hit seven goals in 12 league starts and the competition for striking places has been a factor in his excellent scoring ratio.

Bob has always been a hard worker, but up front is the one area of the squad where I am completely happy with the level of competition and that means if you are in the team you know there are players waiting to take over.

That means extra pressure for the front players, but he has coped with it and it's part of the reason he has been doing so well. Bob is a good natural finisher and he is also a good footballer. As well as his goals, I've been very pleased with how comfortable he is with whomever I decide should play up beside him.

That said, there is no guarantee Bob will lead the attack against Clyde this afternoon. We look at every game and decide who is best suited to the opposition.

I'm just pleased that I can do that with the attack, and the way all four have been performing has made me more determined to get that kind of competition throughout the squad.

Unfortunately, big Jan Zemlik is a doubt. He suffered a reaction to the groin strain that sidelined him for the Saints game in training and I would say that he is only 50/50. So too is midfielder Scott Robertson. He hurt an ankle against St Johnstone and hadn't trained properly before Friday.

Clyde, our visitors today, may be at the foot of the table, but the first meeting with them was a real battle. Perhaps unsurprisingly it was another game where we had to come from behind to win and in the end I was just grateful to get the three points.

Whilst I would be happy enough at a repeat of that outcome, it would be nice if for once we could do it without going behind just to keep my blood pressure in check!