Queen of the South 1
Dundee 2
League (First Division)


Queen of South 

1 - 2

Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
Palmerston Park
Attendance: 2,006
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Ryan McGuffie (60) Craig Forsyth (35)
Sean Higgins (77)

Team Managers
Kenny Brannigan Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. David Hutton
2. Craig Reid
3. Ryan McGuffie
4. Stephen McKenna
5. Paul Burns
6. Rocco Quinn
7. Allan Johnston
8. Willie McLaren
9. Dan Carmichael
10. Derek Holmes
11. Colin McMenamin
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Craig McKeown .3
Rhys Weston .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Nicky Riley .6
Gary Harkins .7
Jonny Stewart .8
Craig Forsyth .9
Tom Brighton .10
Sean Higgins .11

Bench
12. Roddy McKenzie
14. David Weatherston
15.Ryan Smilie
16.Steven Degnan
17.lan McShane
John Gibson .12
Connor Rennie .14
Stewart Greacen .15
Graham Webster .16
Gary Bartlett .17

Substitutions
David Weatherston for Dan Carmichael (83) Stewart Greacen for Jonny Stewart (68)

Cautions
Paul Burns (56) Nicky Riley (59)
Stewart Greacen (77)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee extended their unbeaten league run to 13 games and move off the bottom of the table with a 2-1 win away to Queen of the South. The home side had the majority of the attacking pressure but it was Dundee who came away with a hard fought win.

Barry Smith lined up with his usual 4-4-2 formation with Johnny Stewart replacing the suspended Stephen O'Donnell in central midfield.

Included on the bench was trialist Stewart Greacen who has been training with the club for the past few weeks.

Queens had the first chance of the match when a corner was headed out and played back into the box. The cross was met by defender Ryan McGuffie at the back post but he headed into the side netting. Paul Burns was next to have an effort, this time testing Rab Douglas with a shot from outside the area but the Dundee keeper held it with ease.

Dundee's first chance came through a free kick when Matt Lockwood went for goal but Queens' keeper David Hutton was equal to it.

Paul Burns and Allan Johnston were next up to have efforts for the Dumfries side. McGuffie though came closest with a deflected shot that beat Douglas but rolled just wide.

Carmichael then found Willie McLaren with a cross and he headed inches wide. It was all Queens at that time so it was against the run of play when Dundee took the lead. Tom Brighton crossed from the right and when Gary Harkins shot was blocked it fell to Craig Forsyth who drilled it home with his right foot.

Queens had a big chance to get level just before the break when Douglas came a long way but couldn't hold from a comer. The home side couldn't force the ball through the packed goalmouth though and Dundee cleared.

The second period started much the same as the first with Queens on the front foot. McGuffie had another chance when a long ball forward into the box found its way to him. He took a touch before firing over when he really should have hit the target.

Soon after Johnston tested Douglas with a curling effort, the ex Premiership star showing throughout that he still has the talent to shine but Dundee's number one was equal to his effort.

Dundee's first chance of the second half came on a counter attack, which was no great surprise. Forsyth carried it forward before a tackle saw the ball land at the feet of Harkins who drove a shot low and just wide.

The home side were soon back on the attack and this time thought they should have had a penalty. A comer was played across and when Douglas couldn't hold the ball dropped to Johnston who would have scored had it not been for a block from Gary Irvine.

The woodwork denied Dundee and Forsyth a second on their next attack. Nicky Riley picked him out and the incoming Dundee midfielder beat Hutton with his effort but saw it smash back off the post.

Minutes later, Queens were level. A Johnston free kick from the left was powered home by the head of McGuffie. It was the first league goal Douglas and Dundee had conceded for 12 hours and two minutes, a fantastic achievement for the keeper and Dundee's defence. At that moment though it appeared Dundee had bigger worries than the run of clean sheets being ended.

Ex Dee Colin McMenamin had a great chance to put Queens ahead when the ball dropped to him just inside the Dundee box and although he connected with the ball well Douglas got his body behind it to hold.

Dundee made a change with trialist Greacen replacing Johnny Stewart. Instead of changing shape, Rhys Weston moved into central midfield.

The trialist made his presence known right away, winning every long ball played in his direction and showed a no nonsense attitude to defending.

Queens won a free kick on the right and when Dundee tried to scramble it clear it fell to McMenamin but his shot was high and wide.

Then out of nothing Dundee took the lead again. Riley won the ball with a header on the edge of the box and when it fell to Higgins he turned to volley past Hutton. It was a moment of magic from the striker to grab his first

goal October. The goal seemed to settle Dundee and the game was seen out with relative ease. Harkins had one final chance when Higgins did well to nip in and get to the ball before Hutton but McGuffie headed clear off the line.

With Stirling losing to Raith this win saw Dundee move off the bottom of the table. A fantastic achievement for the players and Barry Smith who continued their excellent form with another fine away win.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at February 5th, 2011)


2010-11 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)38 22 - 213 -
Craig McKeown25 251581
Matt Lockwood34 193193
Rhys Weston30 20 - 20 -
Gary Irvine25 22 - 22 -
Jonny Stewart - 6 - 6 -
Craig Forsyth21 233619
Nicky Riley24 225225
Gary Harkins26 2537021
Tom Brighton - 3 - 3 -
Sean Higgins26 2345511
Stewart Greacen (sub) - 1 - 1 -






League Table (as at February 5th, 2011)


No league table has been added for this season.