Dundee 0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0
League (Championship)

0 - 0
Inverness CT 

League (Championship)
Saturday, August 24th, 2019
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,016
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
James McPake
John Robertson

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Hamilton
23. Jordan Marshall
2. Cammy Kerr
5. Jordon Forster
3. Jordan McGhee
19. Finlay Robertson
11. Declan McDaid
8. Shaun Byrne
10. Paul McGowan
28. Kane Hemmings
18. Danny Johnson
Mark Ridgers .1
Shaun Rooney .2
Coll Donaldson .5
Jamie McCart .6
Carl Tremarco .3
Aaron Doran .10
David Carson .8
James Vincent .14
Tom Walsh .11
James Keatings .7
Miles Storey .17

12. Calum Ferrie
6. Josh Meekings
22. Callum Moore
24. Max Anderson
17. Josh McPake
7. Josh Todd
9. Andrew Nelson
Sean Welsh .4
Jordan White .9
Kevin McHattie .12
Nikolay Todorov .19
Daniel MacKay .23
Cameron Harper .26
Roddy MacGregor .28

Josh Todd for Paul McGowan (53)
Josh McPake for Danny Johnson (60)
Andrew Nelson for Finlay Robertson (67)
Jordan White for Miles Storey (70)
MacGregor for James Keatings (70)
Nikolay Todorov for Tom Walsh (84)

Finlay Robertson (62)
Jordon Forster (86)
Coll Donaldson (32)
Miles Storey (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Munro (Referee)
Stuart Stevenson & Colin McAlpine (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee had to settle for a point from a scrappy goalless draw at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Both sides tried hard in warm and humid conditions but neither could do enough to deserve three points in a game that offered little to thrill the fans. The Dark Blues had a slight edge for most of the match but the visitors might have sneaked victory at the end as Dundee went for all out attack with their substitutions.

The Dark Blues made two changes from the game against Aberdeen. Paul McGowan replaced Jamie Ness, who was ill, and Kane Hemmings returned in the place of Josh Todd, who was on the bench. New loan signing Josh McPake was named as a substitute.

The match got off to a sluggish start with Dundee not settling into a smooth rhythm and Inverness building their moves too slowly to trouble the Dee. Aaron Doran managed the first shot, after eight minutes, and Jack Hamilton parried his 25 yard effort to safety.

Mark Ridgers, Caley Thistle’s keeper also did well to deal with Dundee’s first effort, getting down by his post to take Danny Johnson’s 20 yard volley at the end of a patient passing move.

Dundee gradually improved and started to step up pressure on the away goal, without ever dominating the game. The ball broke to Jordon Forster after a Dee free kick and he showed nimble footwork to turn and cross. Inverness scrambled the ball clear and Paul McGowan curled a shot over the bar from long range. Declan McDaid had a go with a free kick from 30 yards and Ridgers was happy to touch it over the crossbar.

After sitting back for a while Caley Thistle emerged from their shell and came close to a freakish opener. A low, mishit corner by James Keatings struck Shaun Byrne and Carl Tremarco, bouncing off the outside of the near post.

Half time came with Dundee on the attack, but still unable to find top gear consistently.

Keatings went close from 20 yards at the start of the second half when the ball broke to him. After that neither side could do enough to trouble the goalkeepers for a long spell.

James McPake made all three substitutions, sending on Josh Todd for Paul McGowan, then Josh McPake for Danny Johnson and Andrew Nelson for Finlay Robertson. The changes left Dundee short in midfield and they struggled to give the forwards adequate service.

In a messy game a set piece looked the most likely way that someone would break through. Ridgers was slightly fortunate when he was caught in no man’s land at a free kick, but he managed to react to keep out Forster’s header. Kane Hemmings then headed over from a McDaid free kick.

At the other end Jamie McCart glanced a header wide from a corner as Inverness grew more ambitious, realising they could win the game. In injury time substitute Nikolay Todorov headed over from a rare half chance in open play.

There was no arguing with a draw that was fair to both teams. Dundee couldn’t do enough to prise open the Inverness defence and couldn’t summon up the inspiration they needed. Josh McPake was lively when he came on and showed some of the promise he clearly has. This game was similar in many respects to the last game against Ayr. On that occasion Dundee were able to dig out a win against determined defending but today they fell short. The players will have to get used to matches like this and find ways to break down packed defences.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website.

Squad Statistics (as at August 24th, 2019)

2019-20 All Time
Jack Hamilton (GK)25 8 - 28 -
Jordan McGhee23 7 - 7 -
Jordon Forster25 7 - 7 -
Cammy Kerr23 8 - 1402
Jordan Marshall22 8 - 8 -
Finlay Robertson16 8 - 9 -
Paul McGowan31 8 - 19411
Shaun Byrne26 8 - 8 -
Declan McDaid23 8 - 8 -
Danny Johnson26 5454
Kane Hemmings28 2 - 4628
Josh Todd (sub)25 7 - 7 -
Josh McPake (sub)17 1 - 1 -
Andrew Nelson (sub)21 83227

League Table (as at August 24th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 3 3 0 0 +6 9
2. Morton 3 2 0 1 +2 6
3. Ayr Utd 3 2 0 1 +2 6
4. Dundee 3 1 2 0 +1 5
5. Arbroath 3 1 1 1 0 4
6. Inverness CT 3 1 1 1 -2 4
7. Queen of South 3 0 2 1 -1 2
8. Dunfermline 3 0 2 1 -2 2
9. Partick 3 0 1 2 -2 1
10. Alloa 3 0 1 2 -4 1

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park.

I'd like to start by welcoming everyone from Inverness Caledonian Thistle and both sets of supporters along to the stadium today.

I was disappointed for my players and the fans last Sunday. I think over the 90 minutes we deserved to win the game.

We had the better chances and I thought we were the better team but to lose it in that way with a last minute equaliser then extra time was a tough one to take.

Aberdeen have proved ever the last few years that they are a top team so there are plenty of positives to take from the fact that we competed so well against them for the full match.

We want to bounce back today and we can't wait to get back in action today at Dens infront of another big crowd.

Inverness will provide another tough match. We have already faced them this season and it was a close contest but we'll be looking for the same outcome again this afternoon.

I sound like a broken record but the fans have been fantastic again in the last few weeks in both terms of numbers and creating at atmosphere. There is a real buzz about the place and we can't wait to get back out there.