Falkirk 2
Dundee 1
League (First Division)


Falkirk 

2 - 1

Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Falkirk Stadium
Attendance: 3,576
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Blair Alston (59) Steven Milne (45)

Team Managers
Stephen Pressley Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Michael McGovern
2. Darren Dods
3. Murray Wallace
4. Tam Scobbie
5. Kieran Duffie
6. Blair Alston
7. Jay Fulton
8. Mark Millar
9. Craig Sibbald
10. David Weatherston
11. Farid El Alagui
Robert Douglas .1
Kyle Benedictus .2
Craig McKeown .3
Neil McGregor .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Nicky Riley .6
Ross Chisholm .7
Gary Irvine .8
Ryan Conroy .8
Steven Milne .10
Graham Bayne .11

Bench
12. Graham Bowman
14. Ally Graham
15. Kristopher Faulds
16. Ryan Millar
17. David Weatherston
John Gibson .12
Rhys Weston .14
Jamie McCluskey .15
Jake Hyde .16
Leighton McIntosh .17

Substitutions
Ryan Millar for Jay Fulton (60)
Rhys Bennett for David Weatherston (90)
Rhys Weston for Neil McGregor (85)
Jamie McCluskey for Ross Chisholm (88)

Cautions
David Weatherston (79)
Farid El Alagui (86)
Craig McKeown (11)
Kyle Benedictus (62)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee threw away three points today at the Falkirk Stadium as the Bairns pulled off an astonishing comeback to win a game in which they were outplayed for long spells.

The Dee paid a heavy price for failing to take their chances and kill off Falkirk after Steven Milne's goal just before half time. The game should have been settled long before Weatherston and El Allagui grabbed late goals that should have been avoidable.

Gary Irvine wore the captain's armband in the absence of Weston and O'Donnell. Stephen O'Donnell was suspended after being sent off last week, and Rhys Weston was available after injury but had to settle for a place on bench.

Falkirk started the better side, but their early promise soon evaporated. El Allagui lost his marker at a free kick but glanced his back header over. Sibbald beat the offside trap but Douglas was out quickly to block.

Dundee gradually started to take charge in the middle of the park and exert pressure on Falkirk's defence.

McGovern was the busier keeper, and made a string of comfortable saves. Dundee might have been on top, but they weren't creating the sort of chances that stretched the Baims' keeper. A fine cross from Benedictus flew across the goalmouth with no Dee quite able to get a touch to score.

Dundee's pressing game in the midfield constantly broke up Falkirk moves. The Bairns didn't help themselves with a succession of poor passes and optimistic attempts to run through the crowded midfield.

Finally just before half time Falkirk's sloppiness cost them dearly. They had the chance to break upfield when a Dundee attack broke down but lost the ball. Riley raced forward and shot from the edge of the area. McGovern saved well, but was helpless as MILNE followed up to ram the ball into the net and give the Dee a deserved lead.

Graham Bayne came within inches of a second goal immediately after the restart. The Falkirk defence failed to deal with a long free kick from Lockwood, Bayne wheeled and cracked a volley off the post.

Dundee continued to dominate in midfield and looked likely to add to a second as Falkirk struggled to get into the game. The home side kept possession only when they played it safe and couldn't build moves that threatened the Dundee defence.

Irvine and Chisholm denied Falkirk time and space in midfield, breaking up Falkirk moves and keeping the Dee driving forward.

Michael McGovern saved superbly from Nicky Riley after the Dee winger cleverly worked his way into the area. Neil McGregor's powerful header from a Conroy comer was cleared off the line by Mark Millar as Dundee kept up the pressure on Falkirk.

After a long spell in which Falkirk had looked disjointed and devoid of ideas they grabbed a goal from nothing. On 79 minutes WEATHERSTON chased a ball down the left into the penalty area. He flashed a fierce shot at Douglas's near post, and the keeper touched the ball onto the post and into the net.

Falkirk got a lift from the goal, but Dundee looked fully capable of regaining their lead. However, it was the Baims who grabbed the winner from another goal that looked more than a little soft.

Duffie's challenge for a high cross stopped Douglas taking the ball, which broke to the side of the goal. Duffie reacted quickest and hooked the ball back into the goalmouth for EL ALLAGUI to head the winner with four minutes to go.

Dundee could still have saved the match, but McGovern saved brilliantly from Bayne's volley.

Falkirk will seldom win a game in which they played so poorly. Dundee should be kicking themselves for failing to win this game comfortably. They have no-one to blame but themselves. They simply have to kill off games when they are so dominant.

However, there were still plenty of positive aspects to the game worth noting. Dundee had a far better shape and worked together far better as a team than Falkirk. The Dundee midfield was in charge throughout, and didn't miss the suspended O'Donnell. Milne and Bayne linked intelligently, with each other and the midfield. The defence had looked as solid as they had against Raith last week until the late collapse. Neil McGregor had to limp off just before the winner, and Rhys Weston was barely on the park before the ball was in the net.

This could, and should, have been a glowing report about a comfortable and impressive away win. I hope none of the players kid themselves that they were unlucky today. The points were there for the taking. Dundee were easily good enough to win, and sadly they threw the game away.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at September 17th, 2011)


2011-12 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)39 10 - 238 -
Neil McGregor26 4 - 4 -
Matt Lockwood34 102457
Craig McKeown26 10 - 821
Kyle Benedictus19 3 - 38 -
Gary Irvine26 101462
Ross Chisholm23 9 - 9 -
Nicky Riley25 91466
Ryan Conroy24 9 - 9 -
Graham Bayne32 5 - 281
Steven Milne31 8412529
Rhys Weston (sub)30 9 - 43 -
Jamie McCluskey (sub)23 9191






League Table (as at September 17th, 2011)


No league table has been added for this season.