Dundee 1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4
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League (Premier League)
Friday, October 19th, 2012
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,006
3:00 PM Kick-off

Colin Nish (13)
Billy Mckay (4)
Gary Warren (7)
Andrew Shinnie (pen.) (81)
Billy Mckay (85)

Team Managers
Barry Smith
Terry Butchart

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
21. Davide Grassi
5. Neil McGregor
3. Matt Lockwood
2. Gary Irvine
7. Nicky Riley
20. Jim McAlister
28. Mark Kerr
6. Iain Davidson
15. Steven Milne
24. Colin Nish
Antonio Reguero .12
Dave Raven .2
Graeme Shinnie .3
Gary Warren .5
Josh Meekings .14
Owain Tudur-Jones .4
Ross Draper .8
Andrew Shinnie .10
Aaron Doran .17
Billy McKay .7
Philip Roberts .23

36. Alex Baird
17. Kyle Benedictus
18. Declan Gallagher
8. Kevin McBride
11. Ryan Conroy
23. Martin Boyle
10. John Baird
Scott Mathieson .31
Matthew Cooper .32
Gavin Morrison .19
Conor Pepper .22
Liam Polworth .21
Jason Oswell .16
Shane Sutherland .18

John Baird for Steven Milne (74)
Ryan Conroy for Matt Lockwood (74)
Shane Sutherland for Philip Roberts (64)

Iain Davidson (23)
Nicky Riley (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
Alasdair Ross & Charlie Smith (Assistants)
John McKendrick (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee crashed to a dreadful 4-1 defeat against Inverness Caley Thistle at Dens tonight, their fifth defeat in five home league games. Strange to say for most of the game there was nothing to choose between the sides. The Dees came horribly unstuck at the beginning and the end with two early and two late goals. However, Dundee's defending was so poor throughout the match that they have no-one to blame but themselves for the outcome.

Billy McKay opened and finished the scoring for the visitors. Gary Warren got the other early goal and Andrew Shinnie scored a late penalty. Colin Nish scored Dundee's goal, the third of the match after only 13 minutes in a frantic opening.

Dundee made four changes from the defeat at Easter Road 13 days ago. Neil McGregor and Matt Lockwood returned to defence. Nicky Riley came into the midfield and Steven Milne into attack. Kyle Benedictus, Kevin McBride and Ryan Conroy dropped onto the bench and Brian Easton was out of the squad.

In the last two games Dundee were caught cold with poorly defended goals just after half time. Tonight they were caught sleeping with two shocking goals in the first seven minutes.

In Caley Thistle's fist attack Aaron Doran ran through the middle, but Neil McGregor seemed to have ended the danger with a brisk tackle. When he followed up to clear the loose ball he hammered it off one of the visitors and the rebound left Doran with a clear run on goal. Douglas dived at the midfielder's feet to block, but the ball fell kindly for McKAY to score an easy opener.

The soft goal seemed to affect the defence, who lost concentration and threw away an even worse goal only three minutes later. They allowed a long free kick from Andrew Shinnie on the left to drift through the penalty area without a challenge. It bounced to the far post where centre back WARREN forced the ball home.

After giving Caley Thistle a two goal start the Dee pulled themselves together and started to make a real game of it. Nicky Riley flashed a shot wide from a Nish knock down.

Riley was providing a real threat on the right and after 13 minutes he cut into the penalty area and passed to Milne whose shot from 15 yards was blocked. This time the ball broke for the Dee and Colin NISH smashed it past keeper Reguero from eight yards.

The fans had been shocked by the terrible start, but got right behind the players as they fought for an equaliser. The wide players, Riley and McAlister were making things happen, and Steven Milne was providing intelligent support to Colin Nish. However, the defence always looked nervous and error prone against Caley Thistle's fast, mobile forwards.

Midway through the half Draper was allowed to run to the byline and his cutback created a scramble that led to a corner. The set piece was defended poorly yet again, and Andrew Shinnie was able to get his boot to a loose ball forcing Douglas into a save.

Dundee were looking the more dangerous side in open play and twice came close to a deserved equaliser late in the half, but were foiled by Caley Thistle's Spanish keeper Antonio Reguero. First he spread himself to block McAlister's close range shot after Milne's pass across the face of goal had opened up the chance. A couple of minutes later he pulled off an even better save, somehow managing to beat away Nish's fierce volley from Milne's cross.

The Dee started the second half brightly and a fine move sent Lockwood clear on the left from Kerr's pass, but neither McAlister nor Milne could turn the ball in.

Another good move ended with Riley's pass drifting agonisingly across the goal with no-one able to get a touch to it. Caley Thistle were still looking dangerous, but it was largely a matter of sloppy Dundee defending creating unnecessary problems.

Barry Smith sent on Conroy and Baird for Lockwood and Milne, but the change seemed to disrupt Dundee rather than spark them into a late charge.

Dundee were nearly caught out when Draper was allowed too much room in the penalty area and he crashed the ball against the bar from 15 yards.

9 minutes from time Dundee's luck ran out following a free kick. Yet again the ball was allowed to reach ground beyond the far post where Davidson tripped Sutherland to concede a penalty. Andrew SHINNIE scored to seal the points for Caley Thistle.

The visitors rubbed salt in Dundee's gaping wounds with a fourth goal, taking advantage of Dundee chasing forward for a late goal. Andrew Shinnie was given far too much space to run unchallenged from inside his own half. He slipped the ball through to McKAY, who cut inside Grassi and shot past Douglas.

This was a particularly disappointing and frustrating defeat because it was so unnecessary. Dundee were outplayed in the last two games. Tonight they were the equal of Caley Thistle for most of the game, but brought calamity on themselves with defending that was nowhere near the standard required for SPL survival.

Apart from the first five minutes and the last 10 minutes tonight Dundee were playing some decent football, finding space, opening up the Caley Thistle defence with good passes and crosses and creating chances. No-one will remember that. All the the Dundee supporters will remember from this game was the shocking defending that turned a winnable game into a heavy defeat. The persistent run of injuries is certainly making things tougher, and preventing Barry Smith from building a settled defence. But regardless of who is available and who is picked we really must defend better than we did tonight. It really was nowhere near acceptable.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 19th, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 12 - 283 -
Gary Irvine27 12 - 912
Matt Lockwood36 10 - 869
Neil McGregor27 7 - 381
Davide Grassi26 7 - 7 -
Nicky Riley26 5 - 719
Iain Davidson28 11 - 11 -
Mark Kerr30 5 - 5 -
Jim McAlister26 11 - 11 -
Colin Nish31 7272
Steven Milne32 5115942
Ryan Conroy (sub)25 1225414
John Baird (sub)27 11 - 11 -

League Table (as at October 19th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After the break that international fixtures bring, it's pleading that we start back with a game on home soil. Our last couple of fixtures have been tough on everyone connected with the club, and we're keen to take this opportunity this evening to put things right.

There have been spells in our last two games where we have played some good football, but unfortunately we have also made mistakes and have been punished for doing so. This is something we have been working very hard on, and there is a steely determination in the dressing room to do more of the right things starting tonight.

Terry Butcher has done very well with his club in establishing them as a Premier League side. They will also be keen to put some more points on the board, and we know this will be a tough game again. I would ask our supporters to stick with us, and assure them that we share their determination to improve results.

There is still a very long way to go however, and believe in my players. Their attitude has never been called in to question, and we will match every team at least with determination and commitment.

It's a change from the norm playing an SPL game on a Friday evening, but it's a date I've been looking forward to, and I think the club, the League and the local authorities deserve praise for making it happen.

Hopefully it can also have a positive impact on tonight's crowd. The supporters at this club are so important and we'll be trying for them more than anyone to get the result we all want.

Enjoy the game.