Dundee 2
Clyde 1
League (First Division)

2 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,217
3:00 PM Kick-off

Colin McMenamin (39)
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (42)
Ivica Vrdoljak (12)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
John Brown

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Jim Laughlan
4. Craig McKeown
5. Eddie Malone
6. Andrew Shinnie
7. Chris Pozniak
8. Paul McHale
9. Mark Gilhaney
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Colin McMenamin
David Hutton .1
Chris Higgins .2
Alan Lithgow .3
Alan Lowing .4
Billy Gibson .5
Stuart Kettlewell .6
Marvyn Wilson .7
Willie McLaren .8
Ricky Waddell .9
Grégory Tadé .10
Pat Clarke .11

13. Ludovic Roy
14. Gary Mackenzie
15. Frédéric Daquin
16. David O'Brien
17. Bryan Deasley
Peter Cherrie .12
Scott Gemmill .14
Dave McKay .15
Alan Trouten .16
Ruari MacLennan .17

David O'Brien for Mark Gilhaney (78)
Gary Mackenzie for Paul McHale (85)
Alan Trouten for Marvyn Wilson (68)
Ruari MacLennan for Gregory Tade (71)

None. Ricky Waddell (35)
Willie McLaren (41)
Marvyn Wilson (56)
Alan Lithgow

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Charleston (Referee)
Gordon Middleton & Bryan Braidwood (Assistants)

Match Report

There was a big sigh of relief all round as Dundee notched. up their first league goal and three points since January 3rd as they fought back to score twice in three minute with both strikers hitting the target.

In four changes made to the team which lost 1-0 at the Excelsior Stadium Freddie Daquin and David O'Brien dropped to the bench while Darren Williams and Kyle Benedictus didn't make the squad of sixteen, Mark Gilhaney returned for his first start since October with Lauchlan and Pozniak also making the starting eleven. Antoine-Curier partnered McMenamin up front as both strikers looked to score the goal which would end the team's run of netting just once since the turn of the year.

Despite an early opportunity through a comer Clyde were the first to threaten as they carved the home side apart after Dundee attack. Despite Dundee claims that Malone was impeded at the other end Clarke raced forward picking out McLaren in space just inside the box forcing Douglas into a fingertip save to tip the ball round the post.

Once again the home fans were left feeling aggrieved as claims for a penalty were shrugged off by referee Charleston and as is often the case Clyde capitalised by racing down the pitch to beat Douglas. With only twelve minutes on the clock Eric Paton attempted to clear over McLaren but the ball rebounded off the Clyde forward allowing him chip Douglas and put the ball into the net to take the lead.

In an attempt to get themselves back into the game Malone surged forward, crossing from the left, picking out Antione- Curier with the forward rolling the ball into McHale whose low shot was blocked by Lowing and easily collected by keeper Hutton. Lowing himself would have been odds on to score moments later if it weren't for former Clyde defender McKeown tracking back to get a challenge in.

McKeown's header from a Shinnie free kick and a weak Gilhaney effort both failed to test the keeper before Dundee drew level. Gilhaney picked up a Shinnie pass wide on the left and unleashed a cross into the area. McMenamin was first to react and beat his marker to connect, glancing the ball into the net for his first league goal in five attempts.

As luck were to have it Dundee then scored a second just three minutes later to complete the fight back. Pozniak played the ball out of midfield and Curier was off. The Frenchman's first touch was to control the ball, his second was to coolly roll the ball in at the far post past Hutton for

the lead at half time.

The second half started in the same vein as the first had ended with Dundee on the front foot: Paton wrong-footing his man before hitting the by-line and cut it back to McMenamin whose shot rolled just wide, although winning a corner in the process.

From the comer, it fell to McKeown with his pass out wide to Paton over-hit. While down at the other end Douglas came to collect a long ball over the top but Tade raced forward to take it down, and despite being one on one with the keeper couldn't get it under control to knock into the empty net allowing McKeown to clear.

The large part of the second half was spent in a frustrating midfield battle as both teams cancelled each other out with little action in the final third.

A long Clyde throw into the box let in Kettelwell but his headed effort at goal flew over. Sub O'Brien, on as a direct swap for Gilhaney on the left, raced down the wing and floated the ball in to the back post with McMenamin heading at goal but Hutton collected easy. Clyde broke forward with Trouten having a shot blocked out for a comer before firing wide in a good position.

As the clock ticked down Clyde threw bodies into the box and a low ball across was turned over by the Lithgow who was given too much space at the back post but Dundee held onto the lead and can take heart from the fact that although not a polished performance the team battled to win the three points which sees them gain ground on the leaders as results went their way.

There were four bookings in the game: Ricky Waddell, Alan Lithgow, Marvin Wilson and Willie McLaren.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 31st, 2009)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 24 - 157 -
Jim Laughlan31 7 - 7 -
Eddie Malone23 25 - 531
Craig McKeown23 19 - 19 -
Eric Paton30 234234
Chris Pozniak28 231231
Paul McHale27 181614
Andrew Shinnie19 9 - 9 -
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 2383417
Mark Gilhaney24 16 - 16 -
Colin McMenamin27 183309
Gary Mackenzie (sub)23 12 - 731
David O'Brien (sub)25 22 - 462

League Table (as at January 31st, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The last two games, Morton and Airdrie unfortunately were not good days for us; our only consolation being clubs above us only gained one point more than we did. No excuses however, we played poorly and cannot hide from that fact.

I felt the last two games were an opportunity for us to make up ground on teams above us which obviously we didn't do. We have to put that behind us, as we cannot change these results, and try to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

The fact that week after week there are very few high scoring games show how competitive our league is.

Our visitors Clyde have, in charge, a well known face to Dundee fans in old favourite John Brown who has done a very good job in his time at Broadwood. Our previous encounter saw us dominate for long spells but lose the game.

Today we have to try to impose our play on the opposition again but, this tine we will be looking for a different outcome.

Thank you once again for your support.

Enjoy the game.