Dundee 0
Ross County 0
League (First Division)


Dundee
0 - 0
Ross County 

League (First Division)
Saturday, August 21st, 2010
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,946
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Gordon Chisholm
Derek Adams

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Gary Irvine
3. Craig McKeown
4. Jamie Adams
5. Matt Lockwood
6. Nicky Riley
7. Charlie Grant
8. Gary Harkins
9. Craig Forsyth
10. Leigh Griffiths
11. Colin McMenamin
Michael McGovern .1
Scott Boyd .2
Gary Miller .3
Darren McCormack .4
Scott Morrison .5
Michael Gardyne .6
Richard Brittain .7
Paul Lawson .8
Mark Corcoran .9
Martin Scott .10
Garry Wood .11

Bench
12. Scott Fox
14. Rhys Weston
15. Eric Paton
16. Stephen O'Donnell
17. Sean Higgins
Joe Malin .12
Iain Vigurs .13
Stuart Kettlewell .15
Steven Craig .16
Paul Di Giacomo .17

Substitutions
Rhys Weston for Jamie Adams (46)
Sean Higgins for Colin McMenamin (70)
Iain Vigurs for Mark Corcoran (66)
Paul Di Giacomo for Michael Gardyne (83)
Steven Craig for Garry Wood (83)

Cautions
Jamie Adams (19)
Scott Boyd (30)
Iain Vigurs (78)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
James Bee & Dougie Potter (Assistants)


Match Report


A dull 0-0 draw was played out at Dens this afternoon as both Dundee and Ross County failed to make any real impact in the final third of the park.

County keeper Michael McGovern and Dundee number one Rab Douglas both denied their opponents with fine double saves in the first half but apart from that goalmouth action was sadly lacking.

Dundee made two changes from the side which was beaten 1-0 by Partick Thistle last week with new boy Matt Lockwood going straight into the starting line up at left back and Nicky Riley returning after his suspension.

Gordon Chisholm set his team up in a 4-4-2 with Jamie Adams starting in the heart of the defence in the absence of Dominic Shimmin who had been in the side against Partick.

Dundee pushed forward and won a corner right from the off but when it was delivered it came to nothing. This was sadly to be the way things would be for the full ninety. The first real chance of the match came after seven minutes and it was the away side that should have taken the lead.

With Dundee attacking County broke and Michael Gardyne shrugged off Adams on the half way line, the midfielder sprinted forwarded with back up from Garry Wood in a two on one situation. He laid it off to his team mate who took far too long on the ball and allowed Dundee to get men behind the ball, with Craig McKeown getting a block in when the shot did eventually came.

Forsyth and McMenamin both saw shot miss the target and Scott Morrison tested Douglas from a free kick but it was an easy save for the Dundee keeper.

McGovern's first test of the match came when McMenamin and Griffiths linked up well on the edge with the former bursting into the area but although he got into a good position he could only get a weak effort away which the County keeper managed to deal with little trouble.

The match ended with the most action around the goal that we would see throughout. First off Gary Harkins almost opened the scoring with a free kick from 25 yards which cracked back off the bar.

Soon after, we saw the first of two double saves that would bring out the best in both keepers. Griffiths picked up the ball on the left and played a great cross in, striker partner McMenamin arriving late made superb contact with it, turning the ball towards goal with a header. McGovern saved but straight towards the Dundee striker who turn it goalbound again but McGovern again pulled off a great stop to keep the scores level.

Up the other end on the stroke of half time Martin Scott tested Douglas from distance, he got behind it but could only parry and had to react quickly when County man Wood got there first. Luckily for Dundee he did and turned the ball away.

The half time break saw Chisholm replace Jamie Adams with Rhys Weston.

Right from the off it was County this time who attacked and Gardyne came close with a diagonal shot at goal which went just over. Morrison saw a shot fly wide before Dundee had their best chance of the half.

Lockwood picked Griffiths out with a great ball over the top and he got in a good position but dragged his shot across goal and County cleared.

The game then completely died out with little or no goal mouth action at all. County tried to change this with the introduction of sub Ian Vigurs and with his first touch he flashed a shot just wide of Douglas' goal.

Dundee tried for a way through the County defence and it looked like they may have found it when Forsyth got with on the left and drilled the ball across the face of goal. A touch would have turned it home but it summed the day up that no one was in the middle to get that touch.

Sean Higgins came on for Dundee and County brought on two striker, including ex Dee Steven Craig, so both teams were trying to get forward but even with these changes little improved.

Leigh Griffiths curled a free kick over from 25 yards which was to be Dundee last chance before County ended the match with a shot from Lawson, again from distance, which Douglas held with ease.

Both teams were looking to get back to winning ways after 1-0 defeats each last weekend but neither side had what it takes to find a break through, it was a frustrating day for both sides but Dundee will have to better than that especially at home if they want to challenge for this title.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at August 21st, 2010)


2010-11 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)38 4 - 195 -
Gary Irvine25 6 - 6 -
Craig McKeown25 6 - 39 -
Matt Lockwood33 1 - 1 -
Nicky Riley24 5252
Charlie Grant - 2 - 2 -
Gary Harkins25 615119
Jamie Adams22 3 - 3 -
Craig Forsyth21 6 - 446
Colin McMenamin29 619024
Leigh Griffiths20 624523
Rhys Weston (sub)29 4 - 4 -
Sean Higgins (sub)25 61388






League Table (as at August 21st, 2010)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Today is the first of two home League games and it will be good to be back at Dens after two away defeats.

The Stenhousemuir result was very poor from us on a night when we didn't perform at all but I felt against Partick Thistle we played better. I changed the formation at Firhill as feel with the record we have away from home we cannot be a soft touch and so Jamie Adams and Charlie Grant came in to give us that strength in the middle of the park. Big Dominic Shimmin came off the treatment table to play because of our injuries and he done well considering he has had very little pre-season training. In the first half we didn't look like conceding but in the second half felt after the Tuesday night match the players were too cautious not wanting to lose the game and reverted to the long ball. That is not our style especially as we are without Mikael Antoine- Curier at the moment. His absence is a big blow for us as I felt even last season we lacked a big presence up front as most of our strikers are of the same style played into feet. That is why we must get the ball down and play through the team and bring in players like Gary Harkins and Leigh Griffiths.

It is still very early in the season and we are still trying to build a team. We have had a big turnaround in players over the summer and ideally you would only want to bring in two or three players but wholesale changes were required. With injuries and players still arriving the team has not had a full pre-season together so they are still getting to know each another and gel but they are working hard in training and they will improve each game. The attitude against Queen of the South was excellent and the only thing missing last Saturday was a wee bit of composure.

I don't think we are far away from having the squad we need. If we can get Dominic Shimmin and Rhys Weston fit again and with Jamie Adams and Kyle Benedictus able to play in centre defence that gives us options that we also now have in midfield with the signing of Charlie Grant. We need options at left full back as although Craig Forsyth has played well there, he is a bigger threat up the park and will give us more width and pace. We have had a couple of players up but it has not worked out but we will not be rushed into things. There have been more trialists up at the training ground this week but we will wait until we get what we feel is the right player for the club.

Ross County were challenging for the League right until the end of the season and I don't expect it to be any different this season. They are well organised with good players just like Falkirk, Dunfermline and Partick Thistle. Each team poses their own threat and we cannot take our eye off the ball as every game is going to be very tight and most will probably be won by one goal. The team who is the most consistent and is fortunate enough to escape major injuries over the season will win the League.

We have a good home record since I came here and we must maintain that this season and we done that in the last home game against Queen of the South. The effort and commitment was there and if we can add that composure we will win games. It is a fine balance to achieve but we are getting there.

I look forward to the same kind of support we got in the Queens game and hopefully the same result.

Get behind the boys.