Dundee 1
Rangers 2
League (Premiership)

1 - 2

League (Premiership)
Saturday, August 13th, 2016
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,702
12:15 PM Kick-off

Mark O'Hara (44)
Harry Forrester (14)
Kenny Miller (39)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Mark Warburton

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
6. Darren O'Dea
30. Cammy Kerr
3. Kevin Holt
16. Julen Etxabeguren
4. James Vincent
14. Mark O'Hara
18. Paul McGowan
11. Danny Williams
9. Rory Loy
10. Michael Duffy
1. Wesley Foderingham
2. James Tavernier
4. Rob Kiernan
5. Lee Wallace
6. Danny Wilson
8. Joey Barton
16. Andy Halliday
18. Jordan Rossiter
9. Kenny Miller
10. Barrie McKay
15. Harry Forrester

12. David Mitchell
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
17. Nick Ross
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
19. Yordi Teijsse
33. Craig Wighton
25. Matt Gilks
3. Clint Hill
17. Lee Hodson
23. Jason Holt
19. Niko Kranjcar
14. Joseph Dodoo
29. Michael O'Halloran

Nick Ross for James Vincent (58)
Faissal El Bakhtaoui for Michael Duffy (68)
Yordi Teijsse for Rory Loy (68)
Niko Kranjcar for Andy Halliday (63)
Joseph Dodoo for Kenny Miller (63)
Michael O'Halloran for Harry Forrester (69)

Darren O'Dea (34)
Mark O'Hara (86)
Danny Wilson (5)
Harry Forrester (46)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
Alistair Mather & Gordon Crawford (Assistants)
Barry Cook (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee lost out in their first home game of the season, going down 2-1 to Rangers at Dens Park. Harry Forrester and Kenny Miller gave Rangers a deserved two goal lead before Mark O’Hara pulled the Dee back into the match with his first goal for the club late in the first half. The Dark Blues were far more competitive in an open second half but couldn’t rescue a point.

The Dark Blues were unchanged after the opening day win at Ross County. Rangers made three changes from their draw with Hamilton: Danny Wilson, Harry Forrester and Jordan Rossiter replaced Clint Hill, Niko Kranjcar and Martyn Waghorn.

Rangers quickly settled into control in midfield and set the pattern for the first half with the Dark Blues forced back into deep defence. All Dundee had to offer in the opening exchanges was a fine run out of defence from Cammy Kerr, which was eventually stopped by a Danny Wilson foul.

The opening goal came after 14 minutes. Barry McKay and James Tavernier combined well on the right and when the Dee defence couldn’t clear the cutback the ball broke to Harry FORRESTER to hook it past Scott Bain. Kenny Miller almost broke through for an immediate second goal, but was stopped by a great Darren O’Dea tackle.

Rangers were enjoying the majority of possession with the Dark Blues restricted to occasional good runs by Mark O’Hara and Michael Duffy. The visitors’ dominance in midfield threatened a second goal, and it was deserved when it arrived. Lee Wallace burst into the box on the end of a clever McKay pass and cut the ball back for Kenny MILLER to score with a perfectly struck left foot shot from 15 yards.

Miller seemed sure to add a third goal when he ran clear and tried to take the ball round Bain, who kept the Dee in the game with a superb save at the veteran’s feet.

Rory Loy had been left largely isolated by Rangers’ control in midfield, but one minutes from the break he did well to win a corner on the right. Danny Williams swung the ball over for the unmarked Mark O’HARA to score with a powerful header from five yards. It was a goal that Dundee desperately needed to give them hope for the second half.

The Dark Blues still had to survive a narrow escape before the half time whistle. McKay twisted his way along the Dee byline and pulled the ball back for Miller, who was foiled again by O’Dea’s block.

Dundee were perhaps fortunate to reach half time only one goal behind. However, they were still in the match and steadily improved throughout a second half in which Rangers couldn’t maintain their first half dominance. It took a while for the Dark Blues to start threatening the Rangers’ goal as the match entered a long, messy spell. The Dundee midfield deserves credit for that scrappiness because they were now stopping Rangers playing their way through the middle of the park.

Harry Forrester was lucky to stay on the pitch after being booked and then committing two more bad fouls. Rangers sensibly removed him from the action, and also replaced Kenny Miller and Andy Halliday. The substitues Niko Kranjcar, Joe Dodoo and Michael O’Halloran struggled to get into the game and Rangers’ rhythm in midfield and attack was badly disrupted. Meanwhile the Dark Blues also used all their substitutes, sending on Nick Ross, Yordi Teijesse and Faissal El Bakhtaoui for James Vincent, Rory Loy and Michael Duffy.

The fondness of the Rangers defenders, especially the full backs, for pushing forward gave the Dark Blues opportunities to threaten the away goal. Without ever playing particularly fluently the Dark Blues at last started to look dangerous. After the ball broke to Danny Williams he almost managed to wriggle his way past Wes Foderingham but the ball stuck under his feet. The Rangers keeper then gifted Dundee a chance with a dreadful clearance straight to Williams who switched it to Yordi Teijsse but his shot was weak and Foderingham saved easily. The visitors’ defence never looked entirely happy at set pieces; Teijsse and Kevin Holt both sending headers just over as the Dark Blues pushed for an equaliser.

Faissal El Bakhtaoui showed some good touches, making space well but, like his teammates, couldn’t find the right final ball. The closest the game to a late goal was when Barry McKay broke away on the right and shot across Bain’s goal. Rangers’ instincts are to attack and while they were very impressive early on they were not as comfortable trying to keep the game tight and grind out a win. Nevertheless, they held out take the three points that they deserved over the full 90 minutes.

The Dark Blues did well to dig themselves back into contention after a first half during which Rangers threatened to run away with the game. If the Dee had got the break of the ball in the second half they might have sneaked a point. However, giving a side of Rangers’ quality a two goal started proved too high a hurdle to overcome.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee Website

Squad Statistics (as at August 13th, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 4 - 72 -
Darren O'Dea29 61251
Cammy Kerr20 6 - 22 -
Kevin Holt23 6 - 453
Julen Etxabeguren25 61321
James Vincent26 6 - 6 -
Mark O'Hara20 5151
Paul McGowan28 42734
Danny Williams28 6 - 6 -
Rory Loy28 633912
Michael Duffy22 6161
Nick Ross (sub)24 4 - 461
Faissal El Bakhtaoui (sub)24 2 - 2 -
Yordi Teijsse (sub)24 3131

League Table (as at August 13th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to Dens for the first home match of the Ladbrokes Premiership season.

I'd like to start by welcoming Mark Warburton and his back room staff and both sets of supporters along to Dens today.

We got off to a good start last week which was important, the same as last season. Dingwall is always a tough place to go and I felt they threw a lot at us, in terms of balls into the box, but I felt as a team our organisation and discipline was terrific and we took our chances when they came along.

I think it's just a terrific start and we need to try and build on it in another tough fixture today against Rangers. I was really pleased for the players last weekend, their attitudes was spot on.

We said at half time, I felt the game would open up and I felt we could counter them. I'm really pleased for Gowser to get that goal. He got a goal last week and we wanted our midfielders to get more goals and chip in. I thought O'Hara was excellent in terms of getting in the box and his energy. He got us our first two goals and I'm pleased for Rory also getting off the mark early in the season.

Today will be a good contest which we are looking forward to.

Enjoy the game.