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Dundee 3
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League (Championship)
Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Recreation Park
Attendance: 2,552
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Christian Nadé (42)
Peter MacDonald (pen.) (71)
Craig Beattie (88)

Team Managers
Barry Smith Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
2. Michael Doyle
3. Daryll Meggatt
4. Ben Gordon
5. Jonathan Tiffoney
6. Darren Young
7. Kevin Cawley
8. Ryan McCord
9. Andy Kirk
10. Graeme Holmes
11. Stephen Simmons
Kyle Letheren .1
Willie Dyer .5
Declan Gallagher .18
Gary Irvine .2
Iain Davidson .6
Jim McAlister .20
Kevin McBride .8
Gavin Rae .10
Martin Boyle .23
Peter MacDonald .9
Christian Nadé .27

21. Craig McDowall
18. Lewis Wilson
17. Willie Robertson
14. Liam Caddis
15. Iain Flannigan
12. Ross Caldwell
16. Derek Riordan
Dan Twardzik .27
Adam Cummins .25
Cammy Kerr .30
Ryan Conroy .11
Nicky Riley .7
Craig Beattie .29
Craig Wighton .33

Ross Caldwell for Andy Kirk (53)
Liam Caddis for Stephen Simmons (60)
Willie Robertson for Darren Young (70)
Craig Beattie for Christian Nadé (76)
Ryan Conroy for Jim McAlister (80)
Nicky Riley for Kevin McBride (83)

Ryan McCord (48)
Daryll Meggatt (64)
Daryll Meggatt (71)
Jonathan Tiffoney (71)
Jim McAlister (74)

Red Cards
Daryll Meggatt (71) None.

Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)
Douglas Ross & Colin McAlpine (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

After last week's horrible disappointment in Greenock the Dark Blues repaid their fans richly today. An emphatic 3-0 win at Alloa took them back to the top of the Championship with one game left to play. Hamilton's defeat at Dumbarton and Falkirk's draw at Morton leaves Dundee two points clear going into the last game at Dens, against Dumbarton.

Goals from Christian Nadé in the first half, then a second half penalty by Peter MacDonald and a late Craig Beattie score didn't flatter the Dark Blues in the slightest as the Dundee supporters bounced joyfully all around Recreation Park.

Paul Hartley made three changes to the team that faced his old club. Gary Irvine, Kevin McBride and Christian Nadé returned to the starting line-up, with Cammy Kerr, Nicky Riley and Craig Wighton dropping onto the bench. Jim McAlister moved out to the left flank to make way for McBride in central midfield.

Dundee started steadily, pushing the Wasps back without giving home keeper Bain much to worry about. However, Alloa had the first chance. Holmes' run from deep found him onside as he picked up a long pass. Letheren raced from his goal and managed to stretch high enough to tip the lob away for a corner.

Alloa had their best spell of the first half following that chance and pressed Dundee with some neat running and passing. Within ten minutes Dundee had weathered the minor storm and started to take charge again.

The Dark Blues were mixing up their game, sometimes going long for Nadé to challenge, but more often trying to pass their way into dangerous positions.

Nadé and MacDonald worked a neat move on the right that almost played McAlister in on goal. Lovely play by McAlister released Rae on the left. He crossed for Nadé who spun on the ball, but Bain flung out at a boot to save when a goal seemed certain.

The fans were singing for a Dundee goal, and the Dark Blues delivered three minutes before half time. Kevin McBride's corner from the left swung into the goalmouth; MacDonald and NADÉ both climbed, but it seemed to be the French striker who got the vital header to score.

If there was the odd nervous moment in the first half there was precious little for the long suffering Dundee fans to get anxious about after half time. The Dark Blues took command right from the start of the half and dominated a toothless Alloa side until the final whistle.

Good play by Christian Nadé won a corner from which Declan Gallagher headed over. Martin Boyle had some dangerous runs down the right, one of which ended with him going down under a challenge, but the referee decided there was no penalty. Another good run ended with a fast ball across goat that MacDonald couldn't quite reach.

Dundee were looking very comfortable in possession as they passed the ball around confidently, probing for the killer second goal. It arrived with 19 minutes to go.

Scott Bain threw the ball out too hurriedly after taking a free kick. Gavin Rae intercepted, moved forward and crossed for Nadé, whose header was handled by Meggatt. Referee Mr Seaton pointed to the spot, and pulled out a second yellow for the Alloa defender.

Peter MACDONALD took the ball and hit a perfect penalty low into the corner to send the Dundee supporters behind the goal wild with excitement.

The excitement amongst the away supporters grew more and more frantic as the news came through of the goals that Dumbarton were crashing in against Accies.

If the supporters were in a frenzy the players were coolness personified. They calmly passed the ball around without giving the Wasps any hope of getting back into the game. Another goal always looked likely and Peter MacDonald came within an inch of scoring after Bain saved well from substitute Craig Beattie. The loose ball cannoned away from the keeper and MacDonald followed up to crash the ball against the underside of the bar.

BEATTIE managed to grab the almost inevitable third when he took the ball wide on the right of the penalty area. He turned and whipped a fine cross shot to score into the far corner.

Dundee were in total control and kept pressing for another goal as the fans partied. The final whistle brought huge celebrations, but there are still 90 minutes to go.

This was a huge win and the players responded superbly under massive pressure. They put in a determined, focussed and professional performance. The points were richly deserved and a bigger margin of victory would not have flattered the Dark Blues.

So there are seven days to wait till the big showdown at Dens next Saturday against Dumbarton. There will be no need to wonder what is happening elsewhere. Dundee's fate is in their own hands. A win will guarantee promotion.

Every Dark Blue fan will want to be there for Dundee's biggest game for many years. The grand old stadium will be rocking in a sea of Dark Blue. Be there and be noisy! Be very noisy!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at April 26th, 2014)

2013-14 All Time
Kyle Letheren (GK)27 40 - 40 -
Willie Dyer27 25 - 25 -
Declan Gallagher23 414695
Gary Irvine29 38 - 1562
Iain Davidson30 303704
Jim McAlister28 4158310
Kevin McBride32 283664
Gavin Rae36 41130231
Martin Boyle21 324424
Peter MacDonald33 40204020
Christian Nadé29 122122
Ryan Conroy (sub)26 37611725
Nicky Riley (sub)27 30 - 12611
Craig Beattie (sub)30 195195

League Table (as at April 26th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.