Dundee 1
Alloa Athletic 1
League (Championship)

1 - 1

League (Championship)
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,021
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ryan Conroy (pen.) (69)
Ben Gordon (94)

Team Managers
John Brown
Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
27. Dan Twardzik
2. Gary Irvine
5. Willie Dyer
17. Kyle Benedictus
18. Declan Gallagher
20. Jim McAlister
10. Gavin Rae
8. Kevin McBride
23. Martin Boyle
15. Carlo Monti
9. Peter MacDonald
Scott Bain .1
Michael Doyle .2
Ben Gordon .4
Liam Lindsay .5
Daryll Meggatt .3
Ryan McCord .8
Liam Caddis .7
Stephen Simmons .6
Graeme Holmes .10
Andy Kirk .9
Ross Caldwell .11

12. John Gibson
25. Adam Cummins
30. Cammy Kerr
11. Ryan Conroy
26. Stephen Hughes
27. Christian Nadé
33. Craig Wighton
Craig McDowall .21
Lee McLelland .17
Jonathan Tiffoney .16
Iain Flannigan .15
Darren Young .12
Ryan Gemmell .18
Eddie Ferns .14

Ryan Conroy for Carlo Monti (46)
Christian Nadé for Peter MacDonald (85)
Craig Wighton for Martin Boyle (92)
Eddie Ferns for Ross Caldwell (46)
Iain Flannigan for Graeme Holmes (82)

Gary Irvine (32)
Ryan McCord (68)
Michael Doyle (68)
Daryll Meggatt (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Charleston (Referee)
Alastair Mather & Calum Spence (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee threw away two points and the chance to return to the top of league when they conceded a soft equaliser to Alloa with the very last kick of the ball at Dens Park today. Substitute Ryan Conroy gave the Dark Blues the lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half. Three minutes into injury time and with Dundee looking certain to take all the points Wasps' centre back Ben Gordon grabbed a shock point for the visitors.

John Brown made five changes after last week's defeat at Falkirk. Dan Twardzik came in for the suspended Kyle Letheren to make his first start in goal. Ian Davidson and Matt Lockwood dropped out of the squad while Stephen Hughes and Christian Nadé found places on the bench. Gavin Rae and Kevin McBride returned to central midfield with Martin Boyle and Carlo Monti providing width.

The changes gave Dundee more composure, pace and movement. However, it hardly amounted to a convincing performance. Indeed Dundee failed to create any chances in a dull first half. The extra composure came as Dundee tried to build from the back, but once in Alloa's half the greater pace and movement couldn't progress beyond ineffective buzzing around and safe passes that failed to stretch Alloa's defence.

Alloa had a couple of half chances; Twardzik tipped Simmond 20 yards shot wide, and touched a header from McCord over the bar. A poorly defended corner had to be hacked clear by Gavin Rae, but apart from that the Dundee defence had little trouble.

At the other end a Gallagher header was scrambled off the line, and a MacDonald header forced Bain to save at full stretch. For the most part the first half consisted of Dundee probing, but failing to break through the Alloa defence.

At half time Ryan Conroy replaced Monti and Dundee reverted to a more orthodox 4-4-2, though Jim McAlister was usually in from the right wing, allowing Gary Irvine to charge forward.

Dundee were now showing more conviction and should have taken the lead from a flurry of chances early in the half. MacDonald played Boyle through at the end of a patient passing move, but Bain blocked the young striker's shot.

A Conroy corner flashed across the goalmouth where it was missed by both Irvine and Boyle. Gallagher then headed a long throw on to Boyle, who had time to pick his spot but shot straight at Bain.

A good run throught the middle by McAlister ended with him skimmimg a 25 yard shot narrowly wide. McAlister had the next shot when Boyle set him up 16 yards out, but his weak shot failed to worry Bain. MacDonald was next to have a go, but he stabbed Conroy's low cross over the bar.

Alloa were hardly out of their own half in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Holmes did get forward but couldn't trouble Twardzik from 20 yards.

Dundee finally got the goal they deserved after 68 minutes. Peter MacDonald pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area, and was knocked over by Doyle. Mr Charleston pointed to the spot and CONROY tucked the penalty away.

The Dark Blues looked very comfortable with their narrow lead, and likely to add a second. Martin Boyle had a marvellous run from the half way line, keeping going even when fouled, but he was crowded out in the penaly area.

Conroy skied a good chance from the edge of the area, failing to find the target with his right (wrong!) foot. The Dee kept pressing, but couldn't score the killer second goal.

Alloa had a flurry of pressure from set pieces near the end of normal time. Kirk spooned a chance over the bar when he seemed to be taken by surprise that the ball had squeezed through to him.

Christian Nadé replaced Peter MacDonald for the last few minutes, and Craig Wighton came on for Martin Boyle in injury time.

As the match drifted into injury time Dundee looked to run the clock down by the Alloa corner flag. Alloa won a free kick, which Bain launched forward. The ball was drilled into the near post where Ben GORDON managed to flick it home to the dismay of the home fans. There was no time to restart the match, and Dundee had blown two points when victory had seemed certain.

This was a hard result for the supporters to take. Dundee played far better than they had done in the previous two games, and should have been sitting on a comfortable lead well before the end. The Dark Blues missed numerous chances, and had looked secure at the back. Gifting such a late equaliser was a real shocker.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 1st, 2014)

2013-14 All Time
Dan Twardzik (GK)22 2 - 2 -
Declan Gallagher22 284565
Kyle Benedictus22 11 - 901
Willie Dyer26 12 - 12 -
Gary Irvine28 27 - 1452
Kevin McBride32 213594
Gavin Rae36 28128931
Jim McAlister28 284709
Peter MacDonald33 27162716
Carlo Monti23 172172
Martin Boyle20 20 - 30 -
Ryan Conroy (sub)26 27510724
Craig Wighton (sub)16 101101
Christian Nadé (sub)29 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at February 1st, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

I'd like to start by welcoming the Directors, staff, players and supporters of Alloa Athletic to Dens Park this afternoon. Having been idle for a couple of weeks I expect they'll have been looking forward to today, just as we are, so it has the makings of a good game of football.

One of the positives from the defeat at Falkirk was Dan Twardzik's performance and his penalty save. He is a good goalkeeper as he showed recently in his loan spell at Motherwell, and has perhaps been. unfortunate with the form Kyle Letheren has been in this season so far. With Kyle suspended today however, he will have the opportunity to stake his claim for a regular first team place.

It's important that we have competition for places all over the park, and I'm sure our recent signings will help us do that once they find their feet at the club. All three new players have played at a good level and have top flight experience, and hopefully they can help others around them raise their game as we look to get back on track today.

As we know there are no easy games in the Championship, and our visitors today will give us a tough test. All three games against them so far this season have been very close, and there is no doubt we will have to find our best form this afternoon.

The Alloa players will no doubt be looking forward to this game after having their match postponed last week. Although they lost a very talented manager in Paul Hartley, I'm sure the coaching staff there are more than able to carry on the good work that Paul started. They will be energetic and organised with some good young players in their ranks, and we have to at least match that and hope the quality we have can see us through.

There are 15 games to go in this league, and a lot of twists and turns to come yet of that I'm sure. If we can all stick together and keep working hard I'm as positive as ever that we can achieve our goal of promotion back to the Premiership.