Dundee 2
Queen of the South 1
League (Championship)

2 - 1
Queen of South 

League (Championship)
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,387
3:00 PM Kick-off

Peter MacDonald (78)
Craig Beattie (89)
Derek Lyle (80)

Team Managers
John Brown
Jim McIntyre

Starting Eleven
1. Kyle Letheren
3. Matt Lockwood
2. Gary Irvine
18. Declan Gallagher
6. Iain Davidson
10. Gavin Rae
7. Nicky Riley
11. Ryan Conroy
20. Jim McAlister
33. Craig Wighton
9. Peter MacDonald
Zander Clark .1
Chris Mitchell .2
Mark Durnan .5
Chris Higgins .6
Kevin Holt .3
Ian McShane .7
Derek Young .8
Kevin Dzierzawski .4
Michael Paton .10
Iain Russell .11
Gavin Reilly .9

27. Dan Twardzik
21. James Thomson
30. Cammy Kerr
22. Jamie Reid
23. Martin Boyle
16. Steven Doris
29. Craig Beattie
Jim Atkinson .12
Andy Dowie .16
Pat Slattery .17
Dan Orsi .19
Dan Carmichael .15
Derek Lyle .14
Aidan Smith .18

Craig Beattie for Craig Wighton (66)
Martin Boyle for Nicky Riley (86)
Steven Doris for Peter MacDonald (90)
Dan Carmichael for Michael Paton (60)
Derek Lyle for Gavin Reilly (74)

None. Mark Durnan (37)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Dougie Potter & Thomas Shaw (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee moved to within one point of leaders Hamilton by winning their fourth consecutive match, beating Queen of the South 2-1 at Dens Park this afternoon. All the goals came in the last 15 minutes of a game that seemed to be heading for a draw that the Doonhamers would have deserved. Former Dee Derek Lyle equalised for Queens two minutes after Peter MacDonald had put Dundee ahead. Substitute Craig Beattie grabbed the winner on 88 minutes to give the Dark Blues all the points on a day when the other results again went in their favour.

Dundee's only change from last week was that injury doubt Craig Beattie had to take a place on the bench, which allowed 16 year old Craig Wighton to come in for his first start.

The pitch might have looked beautiful, but as soon as the players started warming up it was clear that it was absolutely sodden. The ball barely bounced, and the players sent spray splashing as they ran.

Not surrisingly both sides defences were cautious in the tricky conditions and preferred to clear early and safely rather than take chances. Queens settled quicker than Dundee and most of the opening 10 minutes was spent in Dundee's half.

Neither side was able to bring the ball down and play a good passing game on a pitch that was far too wet to allow the ball to run true. Players who tried to run with the ball at their feet were in danger of leaving it behind as the water held it up.

In a rare Dundee attack Gavin Rae's fierce 20 yard shot brought a fine save from Queens' young keeper, Zander Clark, on loan from St Johnstone.

Midway through the half Ryan Conroy's 35 yard free kick forced another good save from Clark. The youngster's best save came a few minutes later when Peter MacDonald's well struck 30 yard shot seemed to be dipping into the top corner till Clark stretched to turn it over.

The game leapt into life in the last few minutes of the half as both sides traded chances. Declan Gallagher lost the ball in an expedition upfield and Queens broke away for Reilly's shot to be saved by Letheren.

Craig Wighton turned Durnan beautifully and sent McAlister free on the left. He switched the ball to Nicky Riley, whose shot from 18 yards was deflected wide.

Queen of the South came closest to a first half goal when Reilly reached the byline and fired the ball across the face of goal. Letheren was beaten, but Gary Irvine hacked the ball clear before Russell could turn it into the net.

The Dark Blues have been slow starters all season. They have scored only three goals before half time in 15 competitive games. Yet again they reached the interval with a zero against their name.

There was more urgency from the Dark Blues after half time. The players were determined to force the pace of the game even if the conditions meant they couldn't play their normal game.

Wighton set up McAlister to run into the penalty area, but the ball held up on the pitch and McAlister over ran it. A spell of concerted pressure ended with Derek Young heading a Riley cross out for a corner from almost under the crossbar.

After an hour Dundee nearly fell behind to what would have been a freakish own goal. Russell took a fresh air swipe at Carmichael's hard, low cross and the ball pinged off the startled Gary Irvine, flew past Letheren and back off the crossbar. Gallagher cleared and the home support breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Craig Beattie came on to replace Craig Wighton after 65 minutes. The young striker had done well, but the difficult pitch meant that the strikers had seen little good service to their feet; the ball had been in the air too much, and the strikers had to battle to control high balls with their backs to goal.

As the game wore on the tension mounted and mistakes started to appear in defences that had been dealing well with the conditions. Matt Lockwood's misplaced header game Carmichael space to shoot from the edge of the penalty area, but he dragged his shot wide.

The breakthrough came at the other end, and sadly for young Zander Clark it was his mistake. The keeper had had an impressive debut for Queens, but after 78 minutes he spilled Beattie's 18 yard shot. Peter MACDONALD showed great poacher's instincts to reach the ball first and squeeze it into the net from a near impossible angle.

The Dark Blues defence had looked composed up till then, but lost concentration and allowed the Doonhamers to equalise within two minutes. The defence failed to clear and when Carmichael fired over a low cross Russell dummied over the ball allowing Derek LYLE to side foot home from 12 yards. It was a well worked goal, but completely avoidable.

The two goals opened the game up. Dundee were determined to take full points, and the rapid equaliser gave the visitors hope of winning themselves. However, both sides struggle to create clear chances as the pitch continued to frustrate attempts to pass along the ground and run with the ball.

Martin Boyle replaced Nicky Riley with five minutes to go and his direct and pacey style unsettled the Queens' defence. Boyle won a throw deep in the visitors' half. Gary Irvine launched a long throw into the penalty area. MacDonald headed on and Craig BEATTIE lashed home the winner from 15 yards. The huge roar that greeted the goal reflected the massive relief that the home support felt.

This time the Dee's defence was in no mood to let Queens off the hook. Dundee saw the game out professionally. Deep into injury time Boyle broke free down the right and his well struck shot from 18 yards was turned round for a corner by Clark. Queens couldn't get out of their own half after that and the points were safe.

This was an extremely tough game for the Dark Blues and the final score was tough on the Doonhamers. The visitors' performance was far more assured and confident than their recent form suggested. They would have been worth a point, but this Dundee team is turning into an outfit that won't settle for a fair division of the points when there is any hope of taking the lot.

This was a real potential banana skin of a game. The Dee had to deal with difficult conditions and determined opponents who had rediscovered some of their lost form. However, the Dark Blues were able to lift themselves to secure a victory. It wasn't pretty, but it was a crucial win that was met with delight and relief by the supporters.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 19th, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Kyle Letheren (GK)26 15 - 15 -
Declan Gallagher22 152433
Gary Irvine28 14 - 1322
Matt Lockwood37 8 - 11010
Jim McAlister27 151576
Ryan Conroy26 1529521
Nicky Riley27 10 - 10611
Gavin Rae35 15127631
Iain Davidson29 111512
Peter MacDonald32 15111511
Craig Wighton16 3 - 3 -
Martin Boyle (sub)20 8 - 18 -
Craig Beattie (sub)29 7373
Steven Doris (sub)25 12 - 12 -

League Table (as at October 19th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

I'd like to welcome Jim McIntyre and his Queen of the South squad to Dens today. Having played them first game of the season I have to compliment them in the way they played against us, totally dominating us for an hour, and it was somewhat a wakeup call for me, my coaching staff and the players.

Therefore, we are under no illusions how difficult today is going to be, and it will take a very good performance from our boys to get the victory we are hoping for.

As I've said many times during the early stages to the season, I always felt we had the raw materials here to be able to achieve our goals, and I think the last few games have evidenced that. We've managed to get three good results through hard work, with some very good football being played.

We have created-and taken - many more chances which has been particularly pleasing. Against Morton we went behind against the run of play despite having played well, and that sense of injustice was evident to see at half time, and credit to the boys for making sure they took their chances after the break and sent the fans home happy.

Cowdenbeath away is never an easy fixture, but I felt we put on a thoroughly professional display two weeks ago, and two pieces of quality were enough to ensure we left with the win.

It was the same last Saturday as we travelled to The Bet Butler Stadium where we knew Dumbarton would be tough opposition, having come on leaps and bounds under Ian Murray. However, we stuck well to the game plan and did not get frustrated when the goals didn't come right away, and were delighted to leave with a victory having hit the back of the net 4 times away from home.

The travelling support over the past two games has made up at least half of the crowd, and it's been a huge help to the players as the fans have almost turned away matches in to home ones. The support at Dens has always been tremendous, and we know we have to continue to endeavour to do the right things to ensure that backing continues. This club has shown time and time again that it is strongest when the team and the fans are together as one, and hopefully that sense of togetherness will continue to grow.

As I've said, today will be no easy task however, and we will have to be at our best and keep our work rate to what it has been, continuing to try and to do the right things. I'm sure however if we do that, we can again send people home smiling come quarter-to-five.