Partick Thistle 0
Dundee 1
League (First Division)


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League (First Division)
Saturday, August 6th, 2011
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 3,065
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Matt Lockwood (pen.) (90)

Team Managers
Jackie McNamara Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Fox
2. Alan Archibald
3. Willie Kinniburgh
4. Scott Robertson
5. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
6. Paul Paton
7. David Rowson
8. Paul Cairney
9. Chris Erskine
10. Kris Doolan
11. Thomas Stewart
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Rhys Weston .3
Craig McKeown .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Jamie McCluskey .6
Stephen O'Donnell .7
Ross Chisholm .8
Ryan Conroy .9
Jake Hyde .10
Leighton McIntosh .11

12. Ryan Scully
14. Martin Grehan
15. Conrad Balatoni
16. Jamie Campbell
17. Iain Flannigan
John Gibson .12
Kyle Benedictus .14
Neil McGregor .15
Graham Webster .16
Nicky Riley .17

Conrad Balatoni for Willie Kinniburgh (56)
Jamie Campbell for Paul Cairney (72)
Iain Flannigan for Scott Robertson (81)
Nicky Riley for Leighton McIntosh (80)
Neil McGregor for Jamie McCluskey (92)

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (45) Rhys Weston (40)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

The Dee started the league season at Firhill with three points that were gratefully received but barely deserved.

Matt Lockwood grabbed the winning goal with a penalty right at the death that ensured the Dee travelled up the road with all the points while the home fans were still nursing their grievances and abusing the referee. Dundee made only one change from the previous week. Steven Milne had picked up an injury in training and was replaced by Jake Hyde.

Thistle's groundsman has had a busy summer and the game was played on a lovely, lush green pitch that was unrecognisable from the brown swamp that killed football an the Dee's last visit to Firhill in March.

The good pitch suited Dundee's passing through the midfield and they enjoyed the better possession throughout the first half. The patient passing of O'Donnell. and Chisholm contrasted with Thistle's more direct approach.

Whereas the Dee preferred to try and pass their way to an opening the Jags tended to drive hard at Dundee when in possession, usually resulting in them losing the ball, but occasionally causing discomfort in Dundee's defence.

In spite of the neat passing Dundee failed to create a clear chance in the first half. Jake Hyde had two difficult chances, and couldn't get his shat on target from either. For the most part McIntosh and Hyde couldn't make the ball stick and most attacks eventually ground to a halt when the strikers were brushed off the ball.

The best chance of the half came Thistle's way just before 70 half time when the unmarked David Rowson, 10 yards out, headed over from a free kick.

After half time Dundee struggled to keep the ball and build threatening attacks. Thistle looked the more dangerous side, but their technique and passing didn't match their enthusiasm and they failed to tum promising attacks into clear chances.

Good play on the wing by Erskine nearly set Doolan up, but a horrible first touch by the striker cost him his chance.

Rab Douglas didn't have much to do that really taxed a keeper of his calibre. The best save he had to make was when Craig McKeown's tackle cannoned off Stewart and was heading inside the far post till Rab pounced.

After weathering a rocky period in the middle of the second half Dundee started to assert themselves again.

O'Donnell and Chisholm began to spray the passes around in midfield, but Dundee couldn't penetrate a rather edgy home defence.

Barry Smith decided to send Nicky Riley on for the last fifteen minutes, replacing McIntosh, but it took ages for play to stop and let Nicky on. After the best part of five minutes he eventually got on, but there was still plenty of time for him to make a decisive impact.

Jamie McCluskey had been playing well on the right, but he moved infield, playing just behind Hyde, to let Riley take up his usual position on the right.

The Thistle left back, Aaron Sinclair, had some difficult moments defending against McCluskey, but he had surged forward dangerously and he was the sponsor's man of the match. The wisdom of announcing the award whilst Thistle were defending seemed questionable, because with the applause still ringing in his ears Sinclair promptly gave the ball away near the comer flag.

Nicky Riley hooked the ball over Balatoni and was decked by an Archibald tackle near the byline and deep inside the penalty area. The referee pointed straight to the penalty spot. The Thistle fans, convinced that Riley had headed too eagerly for grass, went straight to an impressive 11 on the rage meter.

Once the inevitable arguments had been concluded Matt LOCKWOOD strode up to score with his usual composure, sending the large Dark Blues support behind that goal into bouncing delirium.

90 minutes gone, and Dundee had scored with their first real shot on target. It really wasn't well received by the locals.

The Dee still had to survive a scare at the very end. There was a brief scramble following a Thistle corner that resulted in a trundling half hit shot deflecting off a Dundee shirt, giving Gary Irvine time to calmly chest the ball down for Douglas to pounce on. The Thistle players appealed for handball, presumably for the deflection, but the referee waved play on and Dundee were home and dry.

Three points at Firhill are always very welcome, but this wasn't a particularly good performance by the Dee. The defence was sound, and there was some good football in midfield, but there was a worrying lack of punch up front. Dundee badly missed the experience of Milne and Bayne today, and especially their ability to hold the ball up and link with the midfield.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 6th, 2011)

2011-12 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)39 3 - 231 -
Craig McKeown26 3 - 751
Rhys Weston30 3 - 37 -
Matt Lockwood34 32387
Gary Irvine26 3 - 391
Jamie McCluskey23 3131
Ryan Conroy24 3 - 3 -
Ross Chisholm23 3 - 3 -
Stephen O'Donnell28 31414
Jake Hyde21 3 - 53
Leighton McIntosh18 3 - 154
Neil McGregor (sub)26 1 - 1 -
Nicky Riley (sub)25 2 - 395

League Table (as at August 6th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.