Dundee 2
Queen of the South 3
League (First Division)


Dundee
2 - 3
Queen of South 

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 26th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,926
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Colin McMenamin (9)
Colin McMenamin (90)
Sean O'Connor (57)
Sean O'Connor (61)
Paul Burns (62)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. David Worrell
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Milan Palenik
5. Eddie Malone
6. Paul McHale
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Colin McMenamin
11. Robert Davidson
Jamie MacDonald .1
Andy Aitken .2
Jim Thomson .3
Bob Harris .4
Jamie McQuilken .5
Paul Burns .6
Neil MacFarlane .7
Ryan McCann .8
Steve Tosh .9
Stephen Dobbie .10
Sean O'Connor .11

Bench
12. Ludovic Roy
14. Paul Dixon
15. David O'Brien
16. Jan Zemlik
17. Frédéric Daquin
Stephen Grindlay .12
John O'Neill .14
Eric Paton .15
Robert Campbell .16
John Stewart .17

Substitutions
Frédéric Daquin for David Worrell (65)
David O'Brien for Gavin Swankie (72)
Jan Zemlik for Paul McHale (75)
John Stewart for Stephen Dobbie (81)

Cautions
None. Jim Thomson (51)
Andy Aitken (71)
Ryan McCann (78)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)
Gary Hilland & Raymond Whyte (Assistants)


Match Report


On a day when Dundee finally looked like they had an answer to there striking problems a horrendous seven minute spell cost them dearly. New boy Colin McMenamin certainly looked the part, two goals, a shot that came off the bar and a menace to the visiting defence. Approaching the hour mark Dundee were one up and looking likely to add to it.

But in 57 minutes disaster struck as Craig Samson fired a clearance off Queen of the South striker Sean OConnor and watched in horror as it rebounded into the net. That started a short but sweet spell for the Dumfries side which would win them the game. OConnor added a second and Paul Burns a third as Dundee's defence fell apart.

Just after the third McMenamin clipped a shot onto the face of the bar and in the final moments he netted from inches out - but this week the late goal counted for nothing.

Two goals on his debut in Dark Blue for Colin McMenamin wern't enough as a bizarre seven minute second half spell look to have severely dented Dundee's title bid. It was the first time in seven fixtures that an attacker had scored for Alex Rae's men and McMenamin looked dangerous as he partnered Bob Davidson up front with Derek Lyle still suspended.

The game started slowly as both teams struggled to make any possession count before McMenamin grabbedhis first. Scott Robertson squared the ball for the former Gretna man and after adjusting his feet he shot under visiting keeper Jamie McDonald for the opener.

Queen of the South looked to haul themselves back into the game and after the referee had waved away appeals for fouls on Davidson, McDonald and McMenamin the ball was hooked forward but Sean O'Conner couldn't find his way past Samson as his angle was narrowed down. The borders side should however have been 2-0 down with twenty minutes played when Queens defender Aitken was caught out but McMenamin could only fire his shot from inside the area straight into the awaiting arms of McDonald.

Eddie Malone then picked up Paul McHale's through ball and cut inside feeding the ball to Swankie but his shot was palmed away at the near post. As the half drew to a close Stephen Dobbie should have levelled things up. Robert Harris's corner kick was neatly delivered into the six yard area with Dobbie sending his effort over the bar when it looked easier to score.

The first half looked to have come at the wrong time for the home side as they looked to build on the bulk of posession. However with fifty-five minutes on the clock Queens created their first shot on target: Paul Burns testing Samson with the keeper equal to the effort before Kevin McDonald was disposessed in the area at the other end.

But the damage was to be done in the 57th minute as Craig Samson's error gifted the visitors what looked to be a lifeline. His clearance from a pass back rebounded off the boot of Sean O'Conner and into the back of the net with both home and away fans stunned into silence.

Things were to go from bad to worse as another defensive lapse gave Gordon Chisholm's side an undeserved lead, but a lead none the less. Stevie Tosh's free kick was missed by everyone and although Paul Burns was upended by Samson the referee allowed play to continue and O'Conner had the easy task of tapping the ball into the empty net.

In what can only be described as their worst defensive showing of the season the usually strong rearguard let in Paul Burns to score a third as he turned in Robert Harris's cross. It would have been 3-2 moments after the re-start but McMenamin saw his shot come back off the crossbar to leave many Dundee fans feeling this wasn't to be their day.

Alex Rae threw on all three subs in the form of Daquin, O'Brien and Zemlik for Worrell, Swankie and McHale in a bid to claw something back but a mere consolation was all the team could muster as McMenamin scored his second of the game in the 90th minute leaving Dundee a mountain to climb in the bid for promotion.

There were three bookings in the game, all of which coming for the visitors as Ryan McCann, Jim Thomson and Andy Aitken all found themselves cautioned.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at January 26th, 2008)


2007-08 All Time
Age
Craig Samson (GK)23 24 - 24 -
Gary Mackenzie22 23 - 47 -
Eddie Malone22 131131
Milan Palenik - 244244
David Worrell30 25 - 25 -
Kevin McDonald19 25109215
Paul McHale26 241362
Scott Robertson22 2751139
Robert Davidson21 2473910
Colin McMenamin26 1212
Gavin Swankie24 2526511
David O'Brien (sub)24 121121
Jan Zemlik (sub)30 222222
Frédéric Daquin (sub)29 232232






League Table (as at January 26th, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


After draws against Dunfermline and Clyde in the league, it is vital that we start winning.

For that very reason, I am seriously thinking about keeping out of the dugout, even although my ban

is up and Davie Farrell's begins, because everyone's concentration must be getting victories and not clashing with officials.

Though we failed to best Dunfermline much of that was due to the heroics of their keeper Paul Gallacher.

However, it was disappointing not to breakdown the Pars and last week at Broadwood, we had to rely on Milan Palenik's last minute leveller to take home a point.

With goalscoring being such a problem recently, it was no secret we badly needed to bring in a goalscorer and I was delighted that we this week secured the services of Colin McMenamin from Gretna.

The striker scored a barrowload of goals in this league last season and hopefully he will do the same for us.

He has got bags of pace and knows what it is all about at this level and I think he'll be a great addition to our squad.

Having overcome Huntly in the Scottish Cup, next Saturday sees us away to Motherwell in the Scottish Cup, however, it was a bit of a struggle at Christie Park.

Huntly worked us hard and I was worried about how poorly we were playing. At times we gave away cheap possession regardless of how hard Huntly pushed us.

Overall, our general passing wasn't as I expected, in fact being honest, about the only really positive thing I can say about tie was that we got through.

I watched Motherwell beat Hearts in their replay on Tuesday, and it will be a real test for us. Although Hearts came back into it in the second half, Motherwell dominated most of the game and deserved to go through.

But we are looking forward to going to Fir Park and I am sure our fans will enjoy the day out. Before then, of course, we have very important league business to attend to as we welcome Gordon Chisholm's strong going Queen of the South.

As they were the last team to beat us and have only lost once since, we need no reminding that this is going to be a very difficult fixture, but one that we have to win to keep the pressure on Hamilton.