Dundee 0
Raith Rovers 1
Scottish Cup (5th Round)


Dundee
0 - 1
Raith Rovers 

Scottish Cup (5th Round)
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,184
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Gary Irvine (o.g) (8)

Team Managers
John Brown
Grant Murray

Starting Eleven
1. Kyle Letheren
18. Declan Gallagher
3. Matt Lockwood
2. Gary Irvine
6. Iain Davidson
10. Gavin Rae
7. Nicky Riley
11. Ryan Conroy
20. Jim McAlister
33. Craig Wighton
9. Peter MacDonald
Ross Laidlaw .17
Jason Thomson .2
Dougie Hill .5
Laurie Ellis .16
Callum Booth .3
Grant Anderson .11
Kevin Moon .8
Ross Callachan .12
Joe Cardle .7
Gordon Smith .15
Calum Elliot .10

Bench
27. Dan Twardzik
21. James Thomson
8. Kevin McBride
23. Martin Boyle
15. Carlo Monti
16. Steven Doris
29. Craig Beattie
Colin Stewart 20
David Bates .26
Kevin McCann .19
Ross Matthews .23
Lewis Vaughan .21
Greig Spence .9

Substitutions
Martin Boyle for Craig Wighton (46)
Craig Beattie for Ryan Conroy (62)
Carlo Monti for Matt Lockwood (83)
Greig Spence for Gordon Smith (69)
Kevin McCann for Grant Anderson (89)

Cautions
Iain Davidson (77)
Dougie Hill (28)
Callum Booth (75)
Ross Laidlaw (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Brian McGarry & Raymond Whyte (Assistants)


Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee crashed out of the Scottish Cup in dismal fashion today at Dens Park, losing 1-0 to Raith Rovers. An absurd Gary Irvine own goal gifted Rovers an early lead and the Dark Blues lacked the composure to dig themselves out of that hole in a display riddled with errors.

The same 11 players who won so convincingly at Hamilton last week started today, but sadly they served up a repeat of the stuttering and nervous performance against Falkirk in the last home game.

In that last game at Dens a mix up between Irvine and Letheren nearly cost Dundee a comical own goal. Today there was no escape. Thomson's charge forward from full back was ended by what looked like a foul by Gallagher. Referee Mr McLean allowed play to continue. That did the Dee no favours as Irvine turned the ball back towards Letheren who couldn't reach it, and the ball trickled embarrassingly into the net.

Rovers eagerness gave them the edge in the early stages, and Anderson's knock down nearly gave Smith the chance to nip in on goal, but Letheren pounced on the ball.

MacDonald and Wighton looked capable of getting through the Rovers' defence, but they didn't see enough of the ball on the ground. Far too often they had to challenge for optimistic long balls that played to the strengths of the Rovers' centre backs.

A Conroy free kick drifted all the way through for a goal kick with both Gallagher and Davidson unable to turn the ball in.

Wighton came close to grabbing an equaliser with a neat turn and shot. Laidlaw managed to touch the ball round the post, but the referee failed to give him the credit he deserved and awarded a goal kick.

Peter MacDonald was involved in all of the few good moves that Dundee did manage to put together and had three good attempts at goal in the first half. He volleyed over from Rae's knock down, and hit two good shots from 20 yards that brought good saves from Laidlaw.

Craig Wighton was withdrawn at half time and Martin Boyle came on. Dundee's game made it difficult for the youngster to get involved. When they tried to play through the middle they gave the ball away too often, and challenging for high long balls is not Wighton's strength.

Boyle was quickly involved with an aggressive run down the left but Laidlaw dealt with comfortably with his angled shot. Dundee put the Raith defence under heavy pressure in the early stages of the second half, but there was an air of desperation about the Dark Blues' game; none of the attacks brought a clean shot on goal as the ball flashed around the penalty area.

Eventually MacDonald did manage to get a shot in, again from distance, but Laidlaw tipped over superbly. Again the referee denied him the credit he deserved by giving a goal kick.

At the other end a poor headed clearance by Gallagher fell to Smith who lashed the ball over the bar from 15 yards.

Craig Beattie came on for Conroy with half an hour to go. Boyle moved to the right wing and Riley to the left. The change made little difference. Dundee were still going long and the wide players never received the ball in a position that allowed them to hurt the defence.

Martin Boyle's best moment came with a blistering run from the half way line that took him through the defence, but his shot from 12 yards was weak and easily saved by Laidlaw.

The longer the game went on the scrappier it became, which suited Raith well. They were happy to pick up easy possession from Dundee's mistakes, and always looked capable of grabbing a second on the break.

The visitors looked more dangerous in the later stages as gaps opened up in the home defence. Cardle's chip seemed to be drifting under the bar, but Letheren made a fine save to touch the ball onto the bar and over. Elliot was then given far too much time to take Cardle's pass and run on to smash the ball against the post.

John Brown's final throw of the dice was to take off Lockwood and send on Carlo Monti after 82 minutes. It made no difference. There was no composure on the ball, no good passing moves, and no effective width. The only hope was that Rovers might slip up when another hopeful long ball came down the pitch. That never looked likely.

Deep into injury time Gallagher headed on an Irvine long throw and Beattie shot wide. That was little more than a half chance, but it was the best Dundee could manage in that terribly disappointing last half hour. Raith would have been expecting a dangerous charge from the Dark Blues in the later stages, but the sad truth is that Dundee did far too little to worry them.

Whether the long balls were deliberate, or a response to the inability of the midfield to hold the ball and threaten the Rovers' defence, the result was hard to watch. The strikers were isolated, the wide players ineffective and the Dark Blues punchless.

Just like in the Falkirk game Dundee conceded a bizarre goal. However, again it was no more than the visitors deserved. Dundee did nothing today to deserve any luck and went out of the cup in very disappointing style.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at November 30th, 2013)


2013-14 All Time
Age
Kyle Letheren (GK)26 20 - 20 -
Declan Gallagher22 203484
Gary Irvine28 19 - 1372
Matt Lockwood37 13 - 11510
Jim McAlister28 201626
Ryan Conroy26 20410023
Nicky Riley27 15 - 11111
Gavin Rae36 20128131
Iain Davidson29 152553
Peter MacDonald33 20132013
Craig Wighton16 7171
Craig Beattie (sub)29 113113
Carlo Monti (sub)23 122122
Martin Boyle (sub)20 12 - 22 -






League Table (as at November 30th, 2013)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


I'd like to extend another warm welcome to the players, staff, Directors and fans of Raith Rovers to Dens Park this afternoon for today's Scottish Cup tie.

I said when we met a few weeks ago that the Kirkcaldy side were the form team in the division, and they certainly made it a difficult afternoon for us then. Despite having a numerical advantage after they were reduced to ten men, we had to work extremely hard for the three points and we'll require more of the same this afternoon if we are to progress in this competition.

Grant Murray has assembled a good squad, and have players all over the park who can cause us problems and therefore we'll need to again be at our best. Over the course of the season, they have been the consistent side in the Championship as they have kept themselves in the title race. This is the third time the sides will have met this season, and as the previous two games have been close, I expect no different today.

We also have reason to be confident however given our recent form and the result at Hamilton last week.

I felt for long periods we contained the threat that Hamilton pose and were clinical at crucial stages of the game. The aim was to narrow the gap at the top of the table and that's exactly what we did. The football we played in the main was pleasing on the eye, and it was very satisfying to be able to send the supporters home happy.

I thought the fans who travelled through backed us tremendously well for 90 minutes and many of the players spoke about their backing after the match. As the games begin to come thick and fast the crowd can play a crucial part in giving the players that extra boost to keep going right up until the final whistle. I have no doubt with the backing we have home and away that's exactly what will continue to happen.