Dundee 3
Stirling Albion 0
League (First Division)


Dundee
3 - 0
Stirling Albion 

League (First Division)
Saturday, April 12th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,129
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Gary Mackenzie (55)
Gavin Swankie (58)
Scott Robertson (90)
None.

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Allan Moore

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. David Worrell
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Eddie Malone
5. Paul Dixon
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Patrick Noubissie
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Colin McMenamin
11. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
Scott Christie .1
Laurie Ellis .2
Andy Graham .3
Steven Bell .4
Paul Murphy .5
Stewart Devine .6
Paul Nugent .7
Chris Aitken .8
Gary Muir .9
Nathan Taggart .10
Jay Rodríguez .11

Bench
12. Ludovic Roy
14. Derek Lyle
15. David O'Brien
16. Brian Clark
17. Scott Robertson
Myles Hogarth .12
Derek Lilley .14
Liam Corr .15
David McKenna .16
Paul Hay .17

Substitutions
Derek Lyle for Mickaël Antoine-Curier (70)
David O'Brien for Gavin Swankie (71)
Scott Robertson for Frédéric Daquin (75)
Liam Corr for Gray Muir (63)
David McKenna for Nathan Taggart (71)
Paul Hay for Paul Murphy (79)

Cautions
Derek Lyle (79)
Paul Murphy (13)
Stewart Devine (25)
Nathan Taggart (39)
Paul Hay (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Charleston (Referee)
Richard Gough & David Watt (Assistants)


Match Report


Scott Robertson returned from six weeks out with a torn calf muscle to round off the scoring as Dundee eased past Stirling Albion 3-0 at Dens to keep their season alive, and the good news is that the midfielder looked fit and eager and looks like he'll be available for the final two games of the season.

Dundee were without full back David Cowan, David Worrell coming in as replacement and there was only a place on the bench for Derek Lyle, despite his winner at Morton, as Alex Rae chose to go with his usual 4-4-2.

The Dark Blues kicked down the Dens slope in the opening forty five and dominated possession in the early stages, but struggled to break down a dogged Stirling defence. Indeed the first real effort of the match came at the other end as Craig Samson got down smartly to save Jay Rodreguez' effort.

Mickael-Antoine Curier looked the most likely Dee and he came close with a header which slipped past the post then minutes later cracked an effort off the bar, though it wouldn't have counted with the linesman's flag raised for offside.

Eddie Malone had a chance in 21 minutes as the ball broke to him from a free kick but his shot went across goal and wide.

Antoine-Curier had scored in his previous Dens appearances and in 26 minutes the on loan from Hibs man had the ball in the net but the linesman's flag was up again.

Stirling pressed for a while but without ever creating a real chance and in 33 minutes Dundee were back on the attack as Antoine-Curier slid the ball through to Colin McMenamin who blazed a shot over.

Three minutes later McMenamin spurned a much better chance, Gavin Swankie cut in from the left and slid the ball to the striker eight yards out, he steadied but fired his shot wide when it looked easier to score.

It could have proved a costly miss as right on half time Stirling broke and Samson had to come to the rescue to save Chris Aitken's long range effort. That prompted an outburst of booing from part of the home support who by now knew that Livingston hadn't done Dundee a favour against Hamilton, The Accies leading three nil at the interval.

Dundee had to up the pace and they came flying out after the break, pushing Stirling back from the off- Patrick Noubissie sent Freddie Daquin free down the right with a great pass, the winger's cross being scrambled clear.

Daquin was buzzing at this point and raced down the right again before crossing for Antoine-Curier who's header clipped the bar. On the other side of the park Gavin Swankie had hit a higher gear too and he shimmied and slipped his way past a pair of defenders before finding Antoine-Curier eight yards out, The MAC took a touch and fired a shot hight into the net only to wheel away in digust as the offside flag went up again.

Dundee weren't to be denied though and in 55 minutes they were ahead, a Swankie shot was defected behind for a corner and when Daquin's set- piece came in Gary Mackenzie and Antoine-Curier both roset to challenge, it was skipper Mackenzie who got there first to power his header past visiting keeper Christie.

Three minutes later Dundee secured the points, a free kick half cleared to Eddie Malone who hammered in a volley which was going well wide, a deflection took it into the path of Gavin Swankie and he took a touch before lashing a shot from just inside the box into the net.

The game died to an extent after that goal and only a flurry of substitutions caught the attention, David O'Brien replaced Swankie in 70 minutes and then Lyle came on for Antoine-Curier who was struggling with an ankle knock.

With quarter of an hour to go the biggest cheer of the afternoon came as Scott Robertson made his return after injury and in the final minute he showed that his fitness was fine as he burst onto a Kevin McDonald pass raced round the side of the visiting defence and fired his shot home to complete the scoring.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at April 12th, 2008)


2007-08 All Time
Age
Craig Samson (GK)24 35 - 35 -
David Worrell30 28 - 28 -
Gary Mackenzie22 351591
Paul Dixon21 36 - 1122
Eddie Malone23 261261
Kevin McDonald19 371110416
Patrick Noubissie24 8 - 8 -
Colin McMenamin27 105105
Frédéric Daquin29 353353
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 9999
Gavin Swankie24 3247213
David O'Brien (sub)24 222222
Scott Robertson (sub)23 33711911
Derek Lyle (sub)27 3076022






League Table (as at April 12th, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


All season I have been saying it, but last week's game at Cappielow was another example of the players giving their all.

Despite being by no means at our best, the boys kept working hard and in the end that earned us the victory we required. They've done a great job for the club and me and if they could take it to the last day and the game here with Hamilton it would be no less than they deserve.

Whether that comes about is out of our hands, but hopefully there will still be a few twists and turns to make the visit of Hamilton on the last day of the season a promotion decider.

That has certainly been the case recently, and I very much hope there are more to come.

The 2-0 win over Clyde was a job well done, I thought they worked hard and created a few chances and was pleased to get the three points.

It's an important time of the season and I think we had a good shape and looked solid all over the park.

At 1-0 it's always going to be a bit nervy, but I didn't think our keeper had a lot to do.

Overall, it was a very satisfying game because we have had problems against Clyde since I came here, but on this occasion we won quite well.

Though it was a good afternoon with Hamilton dropping points, it didn't really put that much more pressure on Accies, as they are still four points ahead, I'd rather be in that situation than four behind.

Unfortunately, we were unable to capitalise on our game in hand at Firhill to reduce that leeway.

Not that it was a bad performance.

The boys played pretty well and dominated most of the game only for Partick to snatch a late goal to take the points.

But had we shown a little more composure in front of goal earlier in the match, we could have put the game beyond them.

Ironically, we probably played better in losing than in winning at Morton last week. I think there was a bit of nervousness because of the importance of the game.

It says a lot that we came back-80% of teams who go behind lose the game, but most important of all it kept us in the hunt.

Once again the fans at Cappielow were tremendous.

We had a very healthy following there and they stayed right behind the team throughout.

I firmly believe that in the second half the players responded to that backing and it was the difference that saw them go onand get the win.

It was great to see one banner saying 'We Believe', because everyone at the club certainly does as well and we are giving it our all to catch Hamilton and go up.

As we welcome Stirling Albion this afternoon, the fans can again play an important part.

Our visitors may be consigned to the drop, but rest assured, we will still be giving them every respect.

First and foremost we have to make sure we win, but if we could do it by a few goals it would be good because it could yet come down to goal difference.

If we can get ahead early, and with the fans behind us, you never know what could happen.