Raith Rovers 0
Dundee 1
League (First Division)

Raith Rovers 

0 - 1


League (First Division)
Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Starks Park
Attendance: 3,629
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Jake Hyde (37)

Team Managers
John McGlynn Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. David McGurn
2. Reece Donaldson
3. Laurie Ellis
4. Dougie Hill
5. Grant Murray
6. Iain Davidson
7. Joe Hamill
8. Davie Smith
9. Allan Walker
10. Jamie Walker
11. John Baird
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Neil McGregor .3
Craig McKeown .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Nicky Riley .6
Ross Chisholm .7
Gavin Rae .8
Ryan Conroy .9
Steven Milne .10
Jake Hyde .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. Willie Dyer
15. Jason Holt
16. Danny Thomson
17. Pat Clarke
John Gibson .12
Kyle Benedictus .14
Jamie McCluskey .15
Leighton McIntosh .16
Graham Bayne .17

Willie Dyer for Dougie Hill (9)
Pat Clarke for Jamie Walker (46)
Jason Holt for Allan Walker (84)
Jamie McCluskey for Jake Hyde (66)
Graham Bayne for Nicky Riley (89)

Willie Dyer (65) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Somers (Referee)
Tom Murphy & Joseph Lawson (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

It was freezing, wet, windy and miserable but the Dark Blue faithful weren't bothered as the team took all three points home from Kirkcaldy with an assured and professional performance.

Jake Hyde scored the only goal late in the first half to give Dundee their third 1-0 win over Raith this season. From then on the Dee were in charge, denying Rovers any chances and always looking capable of extending their lead.

Rhys Weston, who limped off in the disappointing Boxing Day defeat against Morton, was replaced by Craig McKeown, but the other 10 players were given the chance to make amends. Dundee started brightly, looking dangerous, but the match soon settled into a dull and error ridden mess.

Neither side were able to build dangerous attacks as the players struggled to handle the horrible conditions. Happily it was Dundee who got a grip of proceedings, and once they were in control they never allowed Rovers to trouble them.

Just after the half hour Hyde headed wide after a good Riley run and cross. A few minutes later Dundee got the winning goal from a similar move.

Chisholm and Rae made space in midfield. Rae swept the ball out to Riley, who crossed quickly. Jake HYDE beat his marker to the ball and scored from 10 yards with a neat header across the keeper and inside the post.

Dundee put Rovers under pressure for the remainder of the half, but couldn't add to their lead.

Raith manager, John McGlynn, tried to re-organise at half time to get his side back into the match. Ex Dee Pat Clarke, on loan from Dunfermline, came on to make his debut in place of Hearts' loan player Jamie Walker. Smith moved to the right wing, Hamill to the left, and Alan Walker into the central midfield.

The end result of Rovers' reshuffle was precisely nothing as Dundee remained in control. The best move of the match saw the Dee sweep up the park through Chisholm and Milne, who played Conroy in to force a fine save from McGurn.

Ryan Conroy had another chance after another flowing Dundee move, but again McGurn saved. Substitute Graham Bayne headed a Conroy cross over after a good move down the left.

Meanwhile the Dundee defence was handling the Rovers' attack comfortably. The home side were entirely dependent on John Baird's tireless efforts to create a chance, but happily for Dundee he was forced to do his best work a long way from goal and never received good support when he moved nearer the penalty area.

The nasty wind, that was gusting fiercely down the pitch from behind Douglas's goal looked far more likely to give Rovers a chance than their own efforts. There was the odd scramble around the penalty area, but for the most part the Dundee defence dealt admirably with the dreadful conditions.

Dundee could have grabbed the second goal they deserved in injury time when Bayne's header from a corner was cleared off the line by Dyer, with the Dundee fans howling behind the goal for handball.

The only real worry for Dundee in the closing stages was when Nicky Riley pulled up clutching his thigh and had to be replaced by Jamie McCluskey.

This was exactly the sort of wretched Scottish winter's day when players need character and composure. Dundee had plenty of that today and fully deserved the points. The weather might have been thoroughly miserable, but the mood of the Dundee fans was positively sunny as they left the ground. Three points at a tricky venue is an excellent way to start the year.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 2nd, 2012)

2011-12 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)39 24 - 252 -
Neil McGregor26 18 - 18 -
Matt Lockwood35 243598
Craig McKeown26 17 - 891
Gary Irvine26 241602
Ryan Conroy24 233233
Nicky Riley25 223598
Ross Chisholm23 16 - 16 -
Gavin Rae34 12325729
Steven Milne31 211113836
Jake Hyde21 165188
Jamie McCluskey (sub)24 181181
Graham Bayne (sub)32 10 - 331

League Table (as at January 2nd, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.