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League (First Division)


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Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
Almondvale Park
Attendance: 1,535
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Tony McParland (73) Mickaël Antoine-Curier (1)
Georgios Efrem (33)

Team Managers
Paul Hegarty Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Roddy McKenzie
2. Chris Innes
3. Cammy MacDonald
4. Danny Griffin
5. Dave Mackay
6. Gary Miller
7. Murray Davidson
8. Tony McParland
9. Leigh Griffiths
10. Armand Oné
11. David Winters
Robert Douglas .1
Eric Paton .2
Jim Laughlan .3
Craig McKeown .4
Eddie Malone .5
Andrew Shinnie .6
Paul McHale .7
Colin Cameron .8
Georgios Efrem .9
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .10
Colin McMenamin .11

Bench
12. Tierre Martini
14. Joe Hamill
15. Jason Talbot
16. Andrew Halliday
17. Devon Jacobs
Ludovic Roy .12
Gary Mackenzie .14
Chris Pozniak .15
Frédéric Daquin .16
Mark Gilhaney .17

Substitutions
Jason Talbot for Gary Miller (56)
Andrew Halliday for David Winters (64)
Devon Jacobs for Anthony McParland (85)
Chris Pozniak for Paul McHale (86)

Cautions
Leigh Griffiths (17)
Cammy MacDonald (36)
Dave Mackay (41)
Chris Innes (67)
Leigh Griffiths (77)
Craig McKeown (45)
Paul McHale (62)
Eddie Malone (89)

Red Cards
Leigh Griffiths (77) None.

Match Officials

Brian Winter (Referee)



Match Report


Jocky Scott made two changes from the side which defeated Clyde last weekend at Dens. A goal each from Curier and McMenamin last week may have gone a long way to persuading the boss to start with the two strikers away from home for the first time since McMenamin returned from a long term lay off due to injury.

The two changes came with new loan signing Giorgos Efrem coming into the starting line up on the left wing and Colin Cameron returning from his loan spell at Arbroath to take a place in central midfield. It was Cameron's first start since joining the club in the summer and by his own admission the loan spell has accelerated his fitness which was clear for all to see today.

The decision to go with two up front paid off only a minute and a half in as Dundee got off to the best possible start. Many of the players on the pitch were still waiting for their first touch when keeper Rab Douglas played the ball up the park, Cameron won a flick on header in the midfield and the ball looped up over ex Dee Danny Griffin in the Livingston defence and straight into the path of Mickael Antoine Curier.

Dundee's top scorer who scored his first goal for The Dark Blues on his debut at this very ground last season took a touch before firing a low shot past Roddy McKenzie in the Livi goal. While the goal was helped largely by the ball being just too high for Griffin to clear Curier took his chance superbly which got Dundee off to a flying start.

After the quick start the match took a while to actually get going with a couple of Livi players being spoken to by referee Chris Boyle for heavy challenges as they tried to quickly get back into the match. Leigh Griffiths was almost played in behind before another ex Dee Dave Mackay had the home sides first effort on goal with a cleanly hit strike which never troubled Douglas.

Another ball over the top almost saw Dundee double their lead when McMenamin ran clear but by the time he got it under control he could only poke the ball at goal and all McKenzie had to do was pick the ball up. Efrem then gave a glimpse of why Jocky brought him to Dens when he charged down the left wing past Mackay, the former Dundee player could only foul the on winger and gave Dundee the chance to deliver the ball across from right on the bye line..

Andrew Shinnie who was equally impressive as his fellow Rangers loanee Efrem on the right wing crossed but Livi managed to get the ball aimed for Jim Lauchlan clear. Dundee's next chance saw Curier through on goal again and the Guadeloupe man should have doubled the lead.

Cameron robbed Murray Davidson in midfield and it sparked a counter attack which saw three on three, the former Scotland internationalist found McMenamin who quickly turned it into the path of strike partner Curier who this time hit it over McKenzie's goal.

A number of set pieces then came for both sides and Livi could easily have been level thanks to one of them midway through the half. A free kick wide left was delivered by McParland and fell to Armand One who scored on his debut for Livi last weekend. The big striker side footed towards goal and as it headed straight into the arms of Douglas you got the feeling that he could have scored.

The danger of set pieces is that your always vulnerable to a counter attack and when a Livi free kick fell to Efrem in the left back position the winger sparked one for Dundee. His long diagonal ball over the top fell perfectly to Curier who was charging over the half way line and through on goal. This time the striker went for a low strike again but this time it was wide.

Efrem himself had a shot which was saved easily by McKenzie before the wide man opened his account for Dundee after some good build up play. Eric Paton played it down the right and McMenamin was unchallenged as he ran onto the ball and pulled it back into the path of Curier. The first goal scorer then squared it across the box to Efrem who drilled the ball low and into the bottom corner.

Dundee continued to pass the ball well and should have added another before the half was out, Curier again the man in behind but this time McKenzie responsible for keeping his shot out. Cameron played a delightful ball over the top which Curier sprinted onto after beating the offside trap, the striker again took a touch to control before hitting a shot which the keeper blocked with his legs. As frustration grew before the break Livi striker Griffiths was booked for kicking the ball away, a booking which would come back to haunt the talented youngster in the second period.

The second period started with Dundee determined to get that third goal that would put the game to bed. Shinnie crossed low for McMenamin at the back post but the former Livi man couldn't turn it in. Shinnie himself then almost got his name on the score sheet as he rose above to force McKenzie into a save at from his back post position.

Livi did then come more into the match and Griffiths curled a free kick just wide of the Dundee post with Douglas at full stretch. The home side kept up the pressure and left back. Cameron MacDonald hit a shot which Douglas this time held with ease.

Despite Livi's pressure Efrem kept creating chances on the left hand side and when his low shot was parried by

McKenzie it just ran past the post too quickly for Curier to stab it home. Dundee won a free kick on the left and when it had been headed away Griffiths broke and Eddie Malone had no choice but to foul him within shooting range. Malone was booked but the free kick would have much worse repercussions for Dundee.

Tony McParland curls it in off the post and dragged the home side right back into the game. Livi should have then pushed on and given Dundee a real scare but four minutes later their star striker Griffiths was booked after contesting a foul on lim Lauchlan, that booked pair with his one in the first half meant that the Scotland under 21 player was given his marching orders from Boyle.

Efrem had two chances to finish the match off as Dundee stretched the ten man Livi but one just wide and the other over meant that the final few minutes did have some nervous moments for The Dark Blues.

Chris Pozniak replaced Paul McHale in midfield before some crazy defending handed Livi a corner which could have punished Dundee. Thankfully the corner fell to a Dundee man and it was booted clear for Curier to chase onto,

That was to be the last chance of the match before Boyle blew the final whistle and sent the travelling fans wild. This win paired with leaders St. Johnstone's draw at Ross County could be looked back on as a vital moment in the title race come May.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at February 7th, 2009)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 25 - 158 -
Eddie Malone23 26 - 541
Jim Laughlan32 8 - 8 -
Craig McKeown23 20 - 20 -
Eric Paton30 244244
Andrew Shinnie19 10 - 10 -
Paul McHale27 191624
Colin Cameron36 3 - 3 -
Georgios Efrem19 1111
Colin McMenamin27 193319
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 2493518
Chris Pozniak (sub)28 241241






League Table (as at February 7th, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.