Dundee 1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1
League (Premiership)

1 - 1
Inverness CT 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,048
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kane Hemmings (86)
Ross Draper (13)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
John Hughes

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
16. Julen Etxabeguren
3. Kevin Holt
19. Paul McGinn
21. Darren O'Dea
29. Gary Harkins
18. Paul McGowan
17. Nick Ross
15. Kane Hemmings
9. Rory Loy
7. Greg Stewart
Owain Fôn Williams .25
Carl Tremarco. 3
Gary Warren .5
Danny Devine .14
Ross Draper .8
Jordan Roberts .11
Greg Tansey .16
Lewis Horner .17
Liam Polworth .20
Iain Vigurs .27
Miles Storey .39

12. David Mitchell
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
30. Cammy Kerr
24. Andrew Black
8. Nicky Low
22. Arturo Rodriguez
33. Craig Wighton
Ryan Esson .1
Jason Brown .34
Nat Wedderburn .15
Blair MacLennan .38
Ryan Williams .7
Danny Williams .19
Liam Hughes .21

Kostadin Gadzhalov for Darren O'Dea (46)
Craig Wighton for Rory Loy (64)
Danny Williams for Liam Polworth (68)
Liam Hughes for Miles Storey (80)

Greg Stewart (26)
Nick Ross (61)
Carl Tremarco (26)
Iain Vigurs (31)
Danny Devine (36)
Owain Fôn Williams (43)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)
Graham Chambers & Andy Milne (Assistants)
Crawford Allan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee dug out a hard earned point against Inverness Caley Thistle in a towsy 1-1 draw at Dens this afternoon. Ross Draper gave the visitors an early lead, but Kane Hemmings scored a late equaliser, his 20th goal of the season. A point was the least that the Dark Blues deserved after dominating the match against tough opponents.

The Dee made only one change from the cup win over Dumbarton. Thomas Konrad was injured so Julen Etxabeguren made his first start since his eye injury at Motherwell in December. Caley Thistle were unchanged.

The early stages were spent mainly in the visitors' half, but Caley Thistle posed an ominous threat on the break. The fast and muscular Storey caused problems for the Dee's defence. Inverness's midfield were keen to make dangerous runs from deep, and that was how they took the lead after 13 minutes.

Ross Draper's run wasn't picked up and he raced clear. He tried to round Scott Bain, who did well to get a hand to the ball but DRAPER recovered quickly to tap the ball into the empty net.

The remainder of the first half saw a succession of Dundee attacks as Caley Thistle sat back and tried to slow the game down. The home fans became increasingly restless at Caley Thistle's style, in particular a succession of fouls on Greg Stewart.

Kane Hemmings and Stewart were both looking sharp and stretching the Caley Thistle defence. Stewart flashed a shot narrowly wide from 25 yards and had a fleeting chance when Tremarco missed a cross, but the defender recovered to block the shot. Hemmings came close when he flicked a shot past the post as the Dee dominated play against a team who were happy to waste time after they scored.

Darren O'Dea required treatment late in the half and was substituted by Kosta Gadzhalov at half time. The Bulgarian went on to have a solid second half as he helped ensure that Caley Thistle offered little danger.

Shooting down the hill after the break the Dark Blues tore into the visitors and should have been quickly on level terms. In the first five minutes of the half Dundee had four chances. Harkins' shot was blocked following a corner, then Stewart shot wide from a good position after Harkins, Hemmings and Loy had combined to open up the defence. The best chance fell to Hemmings, however, at the end of a fine passing move. Nick Ross's pass left him clear, but Fon Williams saved with his feet. The keeper was then fortunate that the referee, Mr Dallas, decided that he didn't handle the ball after falling on it outside the penalty area to stop a dangerous Dundee attack.

Dundee kept trying to play football against rugged opponents who were in no mood to concede anything today. The Dark Blues' movement and passing were easy on the eye, but the lack of an end product was frustrating. The visitors' time wasting infuriated the fans as Caley Thistle sat deep and seldom ventured out of a deep defence.

Fon Williams saved well with his feet again from Rory Loy after Stewart burrowed his way into the penalty area, and then Hemmings volleyed wide from Harkins' long pass. Craig Wighton replaced Rory Loy midway through the second half and slotted in well on the left.

All the football was coming from Dundee, but it looked like it just wouldn't be the Dark Blues' day, especially when Greg Stewart passed up a wonderful chance. Gary Warren lost the ball in the bright, low sun, and headed it straight into Stewart's pass. The Dee forward was clean through, but took a heavy touch on the rutted pitch and allowed Fon Williams to block with his legs once again.

After 86 minutes Dundee finally got the goal they so richly deserved. Great play by Paul McGinn won a corner that Stewart whipped over to the far post. Gary Harkins headed back into the goalmouth and Kane HEMMINGS nipped in to nod home his 20th goal of the season - an outstanding return for a striker in his first season at this level.

Dundee pushed on to try and find what would have been a deserved winner but Caley Thistle survived to take a point. A late equaliser always brings huge relief, but that is mixed with some frustration that Dundee couldn't turn their dominance into three points after missing a plethora of chances. This was a tough game for Dundee, however, and the players deserve a lot of credit for their refusal to accept defeat and determination to keep playing good football.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 27th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 31 - 57 -
Julen Etxabeguren24 18 - 18 -
Kevin Holt23 273273
Paul McGinn25 301693
Darren O'Dea29 8 - 8 -
Gary Harkins31 27415833
Paul McGowan28 261602
Nick Ross24 301301
Kane Hemmings24 30203020
Rory Loy27 257257
Greg Stewart25 3096924
Kostadin Gadzhalov (sub)26 9 - 18 -
Craig Wighton (sub)18 4 - 353

League Table (as at February 27th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon, I'd like to start by welcoming John Hughes and his back room staff along to Dens today.

We had a great performance and result during the week as we progressed past Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup..

It was a clinical performance with five goals and a clean sheet.

It was pleasing to see the goals shared around the side. We were pleased with how we played, the performance was good, it was a nice professional performance.

We have a massive week coming up. It's a big game this afternoon and we have been preparing for it since the final whistle on Tuesday. All of our focus has returned to the league and today's visit of Caley.

Our games against Caley this season have been close contests and with the teams so close in the league we know we will be in for another difficult game this afternoon.

Enjoy the match.