Dundee 2
Manchester City 0
Friendly


Dundee
2 - 0
Man City 

Friendly
Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,859
4:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Gary Harkins (pen.) (26)
Luka Tankulic (37)
None.

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Manuel Pellegrini

Starting Eleven
27. Grant Adam
2. Gary Irvine
3. Willie Dyer
4. Thomas Konrad
5. James McPake
8. Kevin McBride
29. Gary Harkins
10. Kevin Thomson
20. Jim McAlister
21. Luka Tankulic
Kieron Cadogan
Willy Caballero .13
Matthias Bossaerts
Aleksandar Kolarov .11
Jason Denayer
Dedryck Boyata .38
Jesús Navas .15
Fernando Francisco Reges .6
Jack Rodwell .17
Emyr Huws
Stevan Jovetic .35
John Guidetti

Bench
1. Kyle Letheren
19. Paul McGinn
30. Cammy Kerr
17. Kyle Benedictus
7. Nicky Riley
6. Iain Davidson
23. Martin Boyle
15. Greg Stewart
9. Peter MacDonald
33. Craig Wighton
14. Phillip Roberts
Micah Richards .2
Greg Leigh
Karim Rekik .19
Matija Nastasic .33
Manu Garcia
Bruno Zuculini .36
Sami Nasri .8
Álvaro Negredo
Scott Sinclair .12

Substitutions
Paul McGinn for Gary Irvine (46)
Iain Davidson for Kevin Thomson (46)
Phillip Roberts for Jim McAlister (46)
Kyle Benedictus for James McPake (59)
Martin Boyle for Kieron Cadogan (59)
Nicky Riley for Kevin McBride (59)
Greg Stewart for Gary Harkins (59)
Peter MacDonald for Luka Tankulic (59)
Craig Wighton for Thomas Konrad (80)
Cammy Kerr for Willie Dyer (80)
Micah Richards for Matthias Bossaerts (46)
Greg Leigh for Aleksandar Kolarov (46)
Karim Rekik for for Jason Denayer (46)
Matija Nastasic for Dedryck Boyata (46)
Manu Garcia for Jesús Navas (46)
Bruno Zuculini for Fernando (46)
Sami Nasri for Jack Rodwell (46)
Álvaro Negredo for Stevan Jovetic (46)
Scott Sinclair for John Guidetti (46)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)


Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee's pre-season campaign got off to an enjoyable start at a sunny Dens Park as the Dark Blues earned an eye-catching 2-0 win over English Premier League champions Manchester City. First half goals from Gary Harkins and trialist Luka Tankulic won Dundee the Angus Trophy Centre Cup. City made nine changes at half time, but their second half team couldn't pull the Dee back.

The visitors were a long way short of full strength, but there were still plenty of top class players on display, and the Dundee defenders will take pride from keeping a clean sheet against big names like Negredo, Navas, Nasri and Sinclair.

Dundee fielded three trialists from the start, playing at centre back, a lone striker and right midfield. New signings James McPake, Kevin Thomson and Gary Harkins also started.

The match took a while to get going and for the opening 20 minutes it looked very much like a leisurely pre-season exercise for the visitors. City were moving the ball around smoothly and the Dark Blues had to work hard to keep them at bay.

Dundee's defence impressed throughout the first half, with both James McPake and the trialist, Thomas Konrad, looking composed and determined at centre back. The full backs, Irvine and Dyer, had to keep their wits about them dealing with Navas and Kolarov, but both acquited themselves very well.

City showed some early signs of slackness in midfield, which twice allowed the Dee to work the ball out to trialist Kieron Cadogan in space on the right. On neither occasion could the winger find a team mate with his cross, but the attacks lifted the spirits of the home fans.

Old favourite Gary Harkins was showing some neat touches playing in behind the lone striker, Luka Tankulic, the third trialist.

Dundee made the breakthrough after 26 minutes. Gary Irvine floated a teasing ball towards the near post, where Harkins ghosted in to take the ball. Boyata bundled him over from behind to give the Dee a penalty.

Harkins took the spot kick himself, but City's new keeper Willy Caballero saved well. The ball broke kindly for HARKINS who had no trouble slotting it home.

City stepped up the pace in response putting McPake and Konrad under serious pressure, but both players dealt competently with everything thrown at them.

When Dundee won possession they were coming forward with increased confidence as the fans settled down to enjoy an entertaining and competitive match.

The home fans were delighted when their favourites added a second goal after 37 minutes. Harkins corner from the left was allowed to travel all the way to trialist TANKULIC at the far post, and his volley from 10 yards flicked off a defender on its way into the net.

City's defence was rattled at this stage and got into a horrible mess shortly afterwards under pressure from Cadogan and Tankulic. They managed to scramble the ball clear, and that was the end of the first half entertainment.

Manuel Pellegrini made nine changes at half time, keeping only Caballero in goal and young Welsh midfielder Emyr Huws. The newcomers included Alvaro Negrdedo, Samir Nasri, Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards.

Dundee sent on Phil Roberts, Paul McGinn and Iain Davidson at half time, replacing Irvine, Thomson and Harkins.

The visitors started the half with a fast and incisive raid down the right by Richards and Sinclair. The Dee were rocked back and were fortunate to escape a goalmouth scramble.

City continued to attack with menace, but the Dark Blues stood up impressively to the challenge. Zuculini came closest to pulling a goal back when he volleyed wide from a good chance set up by Sinclair.

Just before the hour Paul Hartley made five further changes to the Dundee line up, and this injected more menace into the Dee's attacks. Dundee now started to put their illustrious visitors under some uncomfortable pressure. Dyer made a great tackle on Sinclair and sent Roberts away down the left. The youngster raced around Garcia, who scythed him down just outside the area.

Next Roberts floated a fine pass over the top of the City defence. MacDonald ran onto the ball and lobbed Caballero but the ball sailed just past the post.

Riley and Roberts close control around the penalty area gave City an uncomfortable spell as a third Dark Blue goal looked a real possibility.

City were still dangerous, however, and Adam had to save well from a Nasri curler, and then push a Negredo shot round the post.

Craig Wighton and Cammy Kerr came on for the last 10 minutes, and both made effective contributions as played raged from end to end.

It was the Dee who came closest to another goal when Wighton sent Riley to the byline. MacDonald tried to flick his cutback home, but the ball drifted wide. Roberts' speed allowed him to reach the ball and he hammered it back into the goalmouth, but City hacked it clear.

The match wound down with the Dark Blue fans cheering their heroes and singing "Championees" lustily. This was only a pre-season friendly, but beating a top side from England is always a fine way to spend a Sunday afternoon in July. There was plenty to encourage the supporters today. The new signings all did well, the trialists had decent games, and the old guard all put in good performances. Keeper Grant Adam did what was required, and as a Dundee fan he must have enjoyed today. He wasn't the only Dee who can say that!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at July 13th, 2014)


2014-15 All Time
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League Table (as at July 13th, 2014)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Good afternoon and welcome back to Dens Park. It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating winning the SPFL Championship, and yet here we are back for our first pre-season friendly.

On behalf of myself and the coaching staff, I'd like to welcome Manchester City FC and Mr Pellegrini to Dens Park.

We have been working hard this off-sea- son putting together the squad for the new season in the SPFL Premiership. Many hard decisions were made about who to let go and who to bring in. Since before the Dumbarton game we have signed nine new players and have spent the last few weeks getting them to gel.

As you all know we spent a week in Hungary, which was beneficial for the team's fitness as well as providing them getting to know one another. The boys worked extremely hard during the training sessions in very high temperatures and hope you see the results of this today and throughout the season.

We continue our preparation today by testing the players against the English Champions. It is a pleasure and a great trial for us today to be slated against Mr. Pellegrini's men and look forward to getting the players back on the pitch in a competitive match.

The season will be here before you know it. We were drawn against Peterhead in the League cup to be played here at Dens on the 2nd of August and our first league match on the 9th. That is just three weeks away. I personally can't wait to be back in Dens with the backing of the best fons in the game. The sup- part of the fans throughout the season -and especially on helicopter Saturday - was incredible and I would like to thank you all for that. We look forward to put ting a great product on the pitch for you this season and know you will, as always, get behind the squad as we head into our challenges this season.