Raith Rovers 0
Dundee 0
League (Championship)

Raith Rovers 

0 - 0


League (Championship)
Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Starks Park
Attendance: 2,603
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Grant Murray John Brown

Starting Eleven
1. David McGurn
2. Jason Thomson
4. Paul Watson
5. Dougie Hill
3. Callum Booth
8. Kevin Moon
10. Calum Elliot
11. Grant Anderson
21. Lewis Vaughan
7. Joe Cardle
15. Gordon Smith
Kyle Letheren .1
Matt Lockwood .3
Gary Irvine .2
Willie Dyer .5
Declan Gallagher .18
Gavin Rae .10
Kevin McBride .8
Ryan Conroy .11
Jim McAlister .20
Peter MacDonald .9
Carlo Monti .15

20. Jordan Roberts
14. Reece Donaldson
16. Laurie Ellis
18. Grant Murray
12. Ross Callachan
23. Ross Matthews
22. Jamie Watson
Dan Twardzik .27
James Thomson .21
Cammy Kerr .30
Jamie Reid .22
Thomas Carberry .41
Steven Doris .16
Martin Boyle .23

None. Steven Doris for Carlo Monti (61)
Martin Boyle for Peter MacDonald (77)
Jamie Reid for Ryan Conroy (88)

Calum Elliot (60)
Dougie Hill (63)
Callum Booth (67)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee played out a frustrating goalless draw at Starks Park today. The Dee were the better side but a lack of penetration in open play plagued Dundee yet again. They might have had the better chances but these were largely from set pieces.

Injuries ruled out Iain Davidson and Kyle Benedictus, so Matt Lockwood and Willie Dyer came into a flat back four as John Brown switched to a 4-4-2 formation.

Dundee settled quickly and most of the play was in Rovers' half. MacDonald and Monti were linking well but Dundee couldn't turn possession into chances. At least this was far better than the home side could offer. Rovers failed to mount a serious attack in the whole first half.

MacDonald and McBride each had dangerous shots blocked, but neither keeper was called on to make a save until the second half.

Rovers' defence looked far from convincing and centre back Watson was caught out when MacDonald took the ball off him and raced down the right. The supporting players didn't get forward quickly enough and no-one could reach the ball when MacDonald flashed his cross across the undefended goal.

Rovers had two huge let offs late in the first half. Peter MacDonald cut in from the right and was about to shoot from 15 yards when he was body-checked by Watson. Astonishingly referee Mr Beaton decided that the Dundee striker had committed the foul. Two minutes later Declan Gallagher rose to power in a header into the net from a McAlister corner. Again Rovers got the benefit of the doubt. The referee disallowed the goal for pushing when it seemed as if Gallagher was just the strongest player attacking the corner.

Rovers struggled all through the first half to deal with Dundee's corners. The Dee won eight in the first half alone and the home side were close to panic each time the ball McAlister whipped the ball in. Dundee went close twice from corners just after the disallowed goal. Gary Irvine headed wide with keeper McGurn nowhere near the ball and Peter MacDonald wastefully sent the ball over the bar from a free header.

In the last minute of the half McAlister cut in from the right, played a one-two with Monti but saw his shot deflected past the post with McGurn already diving the wrong way.

Rovers improved after half time and started to work the Dundee defence a bit harder. After 55 minutes they recorded their first shot when Anderson had room on the edge of box after a corner, but his shot was easily dealt with by Letheren. Raith perked up for a few minues and Letheren had to make another comfortable save from Vaughan after Moon's run from deep caused a moment of uncertainty in the Dundee defence.

However, it was still Dundee who had the better chances in the second half. Gallagher lost his marker at the far post, but his powerful header from McAlister's free kick was brilliantly parried by McGurn. The ball broke back to Gallagher whose header was cleared off the line by Watson.

Dundee then opened up the Rovers' defence with a fast break from defence. MacDonald and Conroy moved the ball at lightning pace through the middle to send substitute Steven Doris racing in on goal from the right. His shot flashed across goal and just past the far post, and Dundee's only clear chance in open play was gone.

In the last 20 minutes the game opened up as both teams started to chase a win, but neither side could show the fluency or composure to pose a serious threat. Rovers had a couple of half chances; Moon found space to shoot from 20 yards but his shot was too weak to trouble Letheren. Smith turned the ball over from a corner when he should probably have got his shot on target.

Martin Boyle replaced MacDonald for the last 15 minutes, and Jamie Reid replaced Conroy a few minutes from time. The changes didn't give the Dee any fresh impetus or real threat. The game might have been more open, but there were far too many mistakes from both sides to trouble the defences who were happy to clear their lines without fuss.

This was a better performance from the Dark Blues, but they were still some distance from looking like a title wining side. A team with serious ambitions to win the Championship would have killed off Rovers in the first half when the home side were little better than inept. Dundee might have been well on top, but there was a worrying lack of pace and penetration, especially in the wide areas.

Dundee looked more comfortable playing a 4-4-2 formation, but the supporters don't want to see a comfortable team. They want a hungry, dangerous team that always looks capable of grabbing a goal. Sadly we're still some way short of that.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 24th, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Kyle Letheren (GK)26 5 - 5 -
Declan Gallagher22 51332
Willie Dyer26 3 - 3 -
Gary Irvine28 4 - 1222
Matt Lockwood36 2 - 10410
Kevin McBride32 52433
Gavin Rae35 5 - 26630
Jim McAlister27 5 - 475
Ryan Conroy26 5 - 8519
Peter MacDonald32 5353
Carlo Monti23 5151
Jamie Reid (sub)18 3 - 51
Martin Boyle (sub)20 4 - 14 -
Steven Doris (sub)25 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at August 24th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.