Dundee 2
Clyde 0
League (First Division)

2 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,037
3:00 PM Kick-off

David O'Brien (9)
Kevin McDonald (73)

Team Managers
Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. David Cowan
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Eddie Malone
5. Paul Dixon
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Patrick Noubissie
8. Kevin McDonald
9. David O'Brien
10. Robert Davidson
11. Derek Lyle
David Hutton .1
Dusan Bestvina .2
Chris Higgins .3
Neil McGregor .4
Billy Gibson .5
Ruari MacLennan .6
Jörg Albertz .7
David McGowan .8
Kevin Bradley .9
Gary Arbuckle .10
Pat Clarke .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. Gavin Swankie
15. Brian Clark
16. David Worrell
17. Alex Rae
Peter Cherrie .12
Christian Smith .14
Dave McKay .15
Marvyn Wilson .16
Marc McCusker .17

Gavin Swankie for Robert Davidson (62)
Brian Clark for Derek Lyle (83)
Dave McKay for Gary Arbuckle (40)
Marvyn Wilson for David McGowan (46)
Marc McCusker for Ruari MacLennan (76)

Derek Lyle (22)
Paul Dixon (31)
Neil McGregor (35)
David McGowan (38)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)
Steve O'Brien & Roddy Cobb (Assistants)

Match Report

Goals from David O'Brien and Kevin McDonald saw Dundee close on the top of the First Division with a 2-0 win over Clyde at Dens. The win moved Dundee to four points from the top of the table, with a game in hand.

O'Brien gave Dundee the lead after just eight minutes of the Dens clash and McDonald made sure that full points would be won with the second goal in the seventy third minute, both goals coming via assists from Derek Lyle.

Dundee's first attempt at goal came after a minute and a half when a corner taken by Freddie Daquin fell to Eddie Malone who fired a side footed effort into a Clyde defender.

There was a fair amount of tension amongst both sets of fans in the early moments with the points at stake vital at both ends of the table but It wouldn't be long before the pressure eased slightly for the home support as Dundee took the lead.

Bob Davidson was brought down just outside the penalty area and Derek Lyle smashed in the free kick, visiting keeper David Hutton did well to parry the effort but David O'Brien was poised to pounce and fired the rebound home. It was the winger's second competitive goal in Dark Blue - and his second against the Bully Wee - his previous counter having won the match between the clubs at Broadwood back in September.

There was danger on the quarter hour as Clyde won a free kick within Albertz range. The German stood over the ball and the whole ground expected a thunderbolt, but on this occasion it wasn't hammer-time as he clipped a ball over the wall to Neil McGregor, it was a clever free kick but Craig Samson was alert and cut out the danger as the Clyde defender swung at the ball.

Derek Lyle picked up what looked a harsh booking as he went up to challenge for a header with McGregor just before the half hour but Dundee were on top now and Gary Mackenzie was just too hight with a header from another Daquin corner.

Bob Davidson was next to create an opportunity, bursting down the right and firing in a low cross which Hutton palmed away with O'Brien and Lyle waiting to pounce.

Albertz had another opportunity from a free kick and this time he did fire in a shot which hit the wall, the ball broke wide right and Paul Dixon was penalised for a shoulder charge which brought a booking after the full back contested the decision.

Clyde new boy Albertz took it and almost continued his 100% scoring record on the road for John Brown's men. He curled in a great ball which Samson got the slightest of touches to deflect onto the face of the bar and away for a corner. Clyde come close again from the set piece with David Cowan clearing a trundler off the line.

With five minutes to go until the break Bob Davidson was bundled over in the box, but there were few protests from the Dens men and referee Stephen Finnie waved play on.

And right on half time Dundee came close again as Dixon curled a delicious ball down the left to free Lyle, the striker was at full stretch and couldn't get any pace on his poke past the keeper and it was cleared by a defender as Daquin tried to get there to apply a finishing touch.

Freddie Daquin spurned a chance early in the second period, failing to control a Dixon cross quickly enough to evade the visiting defence and Clyde came close moments afterwards as Ruari MacLennan prodded an effort wide of the post from a good position, but Dundee were soon back on top.

In 55 minutes Daquin showed persistence to win the ball and raced forward before cutting the ball back to Lyle on the edge of the box, the striker's blasted shot screaming inches over the bar. Gavin Swankie came on to replace Bob Davidson who had been flattened by a challenge, a straight 8 swap with Swankie partnering Lyle up front.

In 73 minutes the points were safe as McDonald and Lyle combined brilliantly, the striker held the ball up perfectly and flicked it into the midfielder's path. Once Kevin was free there was no doubt he was going to score and he strolled in on goal before placing a shot low past Hutton to secure the points.

It could have got even better as Lyle flicked a header into the path of

Squad Statistics (as at March 29th, 2008)

2007-08 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)23 32 - 32 -
David Cowan26 10 - 10 -
Eddie Malone22 231231
Paul Dixon21 33 - 1092
Gary Mackenzie22 32 - 56 -
Kevin McDonald19 341110116
David O'Brien24 192192
Patrick Noubissie24 5 - 5 -
Robert Davidson22 3284711
Derek Lyle27 2765721
Frédéric Daquin29 323323
Brian Clark (sub)20 4 - 101
Gavin Swankie (sub)24 2936912

League Table (as at March 29th, 2008)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Each passing week sees the pressure on us to win and that is no less true than when we welcome Clyde to Dens Park this afternoon.

They may be at the other end of the table, but having seen them beat St Johnstone on Tuesday evening, not to mention the fact that they beat us earlier in the season here, means that this is another game where the stakes are high.

And that has certainly been the case in our last three outings.

Thanks to a double from Mickael Antoine-Curier in our last home outing, we beat Livingston to move within three points of leaders Hamilton.

As ever, it was really important to get the three points and I thought it was a good performance. Though my priority was to win the match, I must pay tribute to Mickael's goalscoring return that has been fantastic.

The way he is knocking in the goals is superb. His first against Livingston was phenomenal - in the dugout Davie Farrell was saying to me he didn't think he'd seen a ball struck harder and he could be right.

The single-goal defeat at Hamilton certainly increased the pressure on us, especially as the dismissal of Mickael Antoine-Curier means that he misses out today after also being an absentee last Saturday.

That defeat at New Douglas Park also probably means we have little margin for error, and despite all our selection problems, I believe that we are capable of keeping on going.

That was never better illustrated than at East End Park last week.

Despite a crippling injury and suspension list, we came away from Dunfermline on Saturday with a 1-0 win to stay six points behind, but we do have next week's game away to Partick Thistle in hand.

Once again the boys take heaps of credit, they are giving their all and that is really all I can ask of them and it'll be a case of same again please against Clyde this afternoon.