Queen of the South 0
Dundee 1
League (Championship)

Queen of South 

0 - 1


League (Championship)
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Palmerston Park
Attendance: 2,152
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Ryan Conroy (pen.) (45)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Jim Atkinson
2. Chris Mitchell
5. Mark Durnan
6. Andy Dowie
3. Kevin Holt
8. Mark Kerr
4. Stephen McKenna
7. lan McShane
10. Michael Paton
9. Bob McHugh
11. Gavin Reilly
Kyle Letheren .1
Gary Irvine .2
Willie Dyer .5
Declan Gallagher .18
Kyle Benedictus .17
Gavin Rae .10
Jim McAlister .20
Ryan Conroy .11
Kevin McBride .8
Martin Boyle .23
Peter MacDonald .9

12. Calum Antell
17. Chris Higgins
18. Kevin Dzierzawski
19. Derek Young
15. Iain Russell
16. Dan Carmichael
14. Derek Lyle
Dan Twardzik .27
Matt Lockwood .3
Adam Cummins .25
Sean Bonnett-Johnson .28
Craig Wighton .33
Christian Nadé .27
Carlo Monti .15

Calum Antell for Bob McHugh (45)
Iain Russell for Gavin Reilly (52)
Derek Lyle for Ian McShane (52)
Carlo Monti for Ryan Conroy (65)
Christian Nadé for Peter MacDonald (67)

Andy Dowie (40)
Iain Russell (55)
Gary Irvine (72)

Red Cards
Jim Atkinson (44) None.

Match Officials

Barry Cook (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

The Dark Blues extended their lead at the top of the Championship to four points with a narrow and hard fought 1-0 win over Queen of the South at Palmerston Park. Ryan Conroy scored the winning goal from the penalty spot at the end of the first half. Queens' keeper Jim Atkinson was sent off for fouling Martin Boyle in the incident that led to the penalty.

Paul Hartley sent out an unchanged line up, and made only one change on the bench. New signing Sean Bonnett-Johnson replaced Cameron Kerr on the bench.

Paul Hartley said that he wanted Dundee to play the same style home and away, and the tactical formation was exactly the same as last week. MacDonald was the lone striker, with Boyle and Conroy offering width. McAlister played in the hole behind the striker, while McBride and Rae were holding midfielders.

In the first game of the season Queens tore Dundee's defence apart with an aggressive 4-3-3 formation. Today they were playing a more conservative 4-4-2, with a narrow midfield diamond. The full backs Mitchell and Holt provided width and both put dangerous crosses into the box in the early stages.

Queens started the better side, but Dundee came back well and after the opening 10 minutes had slightly the better of an even first half.

There were few chances for either side before half time. A Gavin Rae volley was deflected over the Queens' crossbar and a fast break by McBride and Boyle ended with McAlister's shot being charged down. Dyer saw a cross shot flash wide after he worked a good move down the left with MacDonald.

Queens' best effort was a McShane snap shot from 18 yards that Letheren did well to clutch.

The game sprang into life a minute before half time. Martin Boyle raced onto MacDonald's through ball and nudged it past young keeper Jim Atkinson, who bowled Boyle over. It seemed more a matter of the goalie's momentum catching Boyle rather than a deliberate foul, but the Dee striker would have rolled the ball into the open goal. Goalkeepers rarely get the benefit of the doubt in that situation and Mr Cook pulled out his red card after pointing to the penalty spot.

Striker Bob McHugh was sacrificed to allow reserve keeper Calum Antell onto the pitch. The newcomer nearly managed to repeat Dan Twardzik's instant heroics from a few weeks ago. He got his fingertips to the ball, but couldn't stop Ryan CONROY's spot kick nestling in the corner of the net.

Martin Boyle should have given Dundee a crucial two goal lead early in the second half. First he blazed a MacDonald knockdown well over the bar. Next he ran clear onto a MacDonald pass and slipped the ball past the keeper only to see it roll just outside the post.

Boyle then sprinted down the left, skipped past Durnan and cut the ball back for McAlister who miskicked, allowing Queens to escape.

The Doonhamers threw on their remaining two substitutes early in the second half, Russell and Lyle replacing Reilly and McShane. They were struggling to get into the game against the Dark Blues who were dominating the midfield and making their extra man count. Queens repeatedly gave the ball away by rushing it forward too quickly.

Dundee nearly allowed Queens back into the game by gifting them a golden chance. Benedictus played a careless crossfield pass out of defence straight to Paton, who sent Lyle through on goal. Letheren saved what seemed a certain goal, rushing out to block. The Dark Blues failed to deal with the resulting corner and Russell lashed a shot against the underside of the crossbar.

It was Dundee's turn to rattle the woodwork next when substitute Christian Nadé smashed a great 30 yard shot off the post with keeper Antell spectating.

Boyle missed another good chance when Irvine sent him through, but Antell saved. Queens tried desperately to get back into the game towards the end, but couldn't open Dundee up in open play. Letheren had to tip over a Durnan header from a corner, but Dundee were able to close out the game relatively comfortably.

A win in Dumfries is always a tough task and three points today should be a massive boost for the players. It wasn't the thrilling spectacle that neutrals would have been hoping for, but it was certainly an enjoyable trip for the supporters.

The Dark Blues failed to repeat the fireworks of the opening first half last week, but they were solid and professional, doing just enough to deserve all the points. With a bit more composure in front of goal it would have been a more relaxing second half, but I doubt if many fans are complaining as they head up the road.

The new formation that the Dee tried out last week worked well again today, and the players looked comfortable operating it.

So two games into Paul Hartley's managerial career at Dens and the Dee have six invaluable points from tough fixtures. By anyone's standards that's a good start.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 15th, 2014)

2013-14 All Time
Kyle Letheren (GK)27 29 - 29 -
Willie Dyer26 14 - 14 -
Gary Irvine28 29 - 1472
Kyle Benedictus22 13 - 921
Declan Gallagher23 304585
Jim McAlister28 304729
Gavin Rae36 30129131
Kevin McBride32 233614
Ryan Conroy26 29610925
Martin Boyle20 221321
Peter MacDonald33 29162916
Christian Nadé (sub)29 3 - 3 -
Carlo Monti (sub)23 182182

League Table (as at February 15th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.