Dundee 1
Bolton Wanderers 2

1 - 2

Friday, July 14th, 2017
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,227
7:00 PM Kick-off

Paul McGowan (76)
Gary Madine (21)
Josh Vela (29)

Team Managers
Neil McCann
Phil Parkinson

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
22. Jack Hendry
34. Kerr Waddell
2. Cammy Kerr
3. Kevin Holt
8. Glen Kamara
10. Scott Allan
14. Mark O'Hara
23. Randy Wolters
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
33. Craig Wighton
Ben Alnwick .13
Stephen Darby .23
David Wheater .31
Mark Beevers .5
Andrew Taylor .3
Jem Karacan .8
Darren Pratley .21
Will Buckley .11
Sammy Ameobi .10
Josh Vela .6
Gary Madine .14

36. Kyle Gourlay
28. Lewis Spence
7. Tom Hateley
27. Jesse Curran
18. Paul McGowan
21. Roarie Deacon
11. Danny Williams
29. Marcus Haber
Mark Howard .33
Chris Taylor .7
Mark Little .2
Dorian Dervite .4
Harry Brockbank .36
Cole Lonsdale .42
Derik Osede .17
Jeff King .34
Adam Le Fondre .9
Haris Tabakovic
Connor Hall .35

Roarie Deacon for Craig Wighton (46)
Lewis Spence for Glen Kamara (71)
Paul McGowan for Scott Allan (71)
Marcus Haber for Faissal El Bakhtaoui (71)
Tom Hateley for Cammy Kerr (75)
Danny Williams for Randy Wolters (75)
Kyle Gourlay for Scott Bain (79)
Jesse Curran for Mark O'Hara (79)
Ben Howard for Mark Alnwick (46)
Chris Taylor for Sammy Ameobi (46)
Mark Little for Stephen Darby (64)
Dorian Dervite for David Wheater (64)
Harry Brockbank for Mark Beevers (64)
Cole Lonsdale for Andrew Taylor (64)
Derik Osede for Jem Karacan (64)
Jeff King for Darren Pratley (64)
Adam Le Fondre for Adam Le Fondre (64)
Haris Tabakovic for Josh Vela (64)
Connor Hall for Gary Madine (64)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Gavin Harris & Chris Phillips (Assistants)
Craig Napier (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee couldn’t maintain their winning run of pre-season friendlies, losing 2-1 to English Championship Bolton Wanderers at Dens Park tonight. Wanderers had the better of the first half and took a two goal lead through Gary Madine and Josh Vela. Dundee came back well after the break and Paul McGowan pulled a goal back, but couldn’t force an equaliser.

The Dark Blues first attack featured a fine passing move down the right between Cammy Kerr and Craig Wighton. Scott Allan’s header from Kerr’s cross forced Ben Alnwick to save at full stretch.

The Dark Blues looked comfortable in possession but vulnerable to quick passes over or through the defence. Josh Vela ran clear onto a through ball, but lost his balance as Scott Bain raced out to close him down and lost the chance.

At the other end Mark O’Hara took a superb Wighton pass to run in on goal, but again the keeper was out quickly and Alnwick blocked. From the resulting corner Jack Hendry’s glancing header flew past the post.

After 20 minutes Wanderers went ahead with the simplest of goals. Centre back Mark Beevers launched a pass forward from deep inside his own half. The ball sailed over the Dee defence for Gary MADINE to collect and slide it past Bain to score. Wanderers almost found a quick second. Will Buckley’s volley was flying wide till it deflected off Jack Hendry but Bain reacted quickly to save.

The Dark Blues responded well to the setback and played some good skillful football as they attacked the visitors’ goal. However, it was Wanderers who scored, with another goal that the defence might have dealt with better. Josh VELA picked up the ball just inside the penalty area. He seemed unsure what to do next, so settled for rifling a fine shot across Bain and inside the far post.

Play swung from end to end and Dundee continued to attack with conviction. However, Wanderers looked like scoring every time they came forward. Buckley should have scored a third when he ran onto Darren Pratley’s pass but Bain saved again.

Bolton’s defence settled down toward the end of the first half, but Dundee’s young defence always looked vulnerable to the visitors’ fast passing.

When the second half opened it was Wanderers defence that was all at sea. Roarie Deacon replaced Craig Wighton at half time and caused some serious problems running at Bolton. Randy Wolters and Deacon swung over dangerous crosses in quick succession as play was largely confined to the Bolton half.

Substitute keeper Mark Howard had a couple of moments of confusion with his defenders but settled down to make some excellent saves. He did well to block a ferocious 22 yard angled shot from Randy Wolters when everyone had been expecting the Dutch winger to cross.

Midway through the second half Bolton made nine substitutions. Dundee continued to dominate, though they had a scare when Chris Taylor’s free kick from wide on the left flew across goal and past the far post.

Howard made another superb save turning away Faissal El Bakhtaoui’s curling 20 yard shot that was heading for the top corner. It was the Frenchman’s last contribution. He was then replaced by Marcus Haber, who should have scored within seconds of coming on. Kerr Waddell headed down a corner and Haber’s shot from point blank range was brilliantly saved by Howard.

After 76 minutes the Dee scored the goal they deserved, courtesy of two subsitutes. Tom Hateley played a beautiful pass through Wanderers’ defence and Paul McGOWAN ran in to whip the ball past Howard.

The Dark Blues continued to play well, with some good passing and crossing, but couldn’t find an equaliser. On the basis of the second half they would have deserved a draw, but Bolton could rightly claim that the their first half attacking justified their win. Dundee always looked composed and imaginative on the ball but in the first half their lack of experience in defence proved costly. The young defenders settled down well in the second half, however, and dealt well with Bolton’s attacks.

That completes the Dee’s pre-season campaign and they move on to Kirkcaldy on Tuesday night for the first of the League Cup matches. On the evidence of the pre-season friendlies they have prepared well for the campaign ahead.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at July 14th, 2017)

2017-18 All Time

League Table (as at July 14th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome back to Dens Park for our first home match of the pre-season campaign.

I'd like to start by welcoming Phil Parkinson and his backroom staff along to Dens this evening.

We've had three very good tests so far on the road and I have been very pleased with the performances and the results.

I said to the players before these games that although we want to get game ready we also want to win. I want to instil a winning mentality in the squad and throughout the club so to come away with three wins out of three is pretty pleasing.

It's been a summer of hard work so far and we will continue that in tonight's match. Changes to the starting line up from Tuesday night will mean every player will be given their chance to stake a claim to be in that starting eleven next week when the competitive action gets under way.

I've been happy with the transfer business over the past fews weeks. The new players have integrated well into the squad. It's been brilliant to see so many fans travel to Paisley, Arbroath and Brechin to back the team and I've no doubt the backing will continue into the new season.

We are looking forward to the League Cup getting underway and although it is a tough set of fixtures, we know what we want to achieve and will be ready for the challenge.

Tonight will be another tough test. Bolton are a huge club and we are delighted to welcome them along to Dens this evening.