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Dundee


League (Division One)
Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,544
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Pat Clarke (75)

Team Managers
Ian McCall Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
1. Jonathan Tuffey
2. Ian Maxwell
3. Paddy Boyle
4. John Robertson
5. Paul Paton
6. Bryan Hodge
7. David Rowson
8. Paul Cairney
9. Ryan Conroy
10. Mark Corcoran
11. Liam Buchanan
Tony Bullock .1
Ryan O'Leary .2
Craig McKeown .3
Jim Laughlan .4
Richie Hart .5
Andrew Shinnie .6
Brian Kerr .7
Gary Harkins .8
Eddie Malone .9
Sean Higgins .10
Colin McMenamin .11

Bench
12. Bryn Halliwell
14. Stephen McKeown
15. Simon Donnelly
16. Kris Doolan
17.Chris Erskine
Derek Soutar .12
Leigh Griffiths .14
Colin Cameron .15
Craig Forsyth .16
Pat Clarke .17

Substitutions
Simon Donnelly for Liam Buchanan (31)
Kris Doolan for Mark Corcoran (63)
Chris Erskine for Paul Cairney (77)
Leigh Griffiths for Sean Higgins (54)
Colin Cameron for Andrew Shinnie (64)
Pat Clarke for Colin McMenamin (74)

Cautions
Paddy Boyle (78) Colin McMenamin (43)
Eddie Malone (58)
Richie Hart (88)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stevie O'Reilly (Referee)





Match Report


After last week's fine performance against Ayr United, Gordon Chisholm decided to send out the same starting 11, with Leigh Griffiths having to make do with a place on the bench.

Dundee were unable to settle down to a passing game throughout a scrappy first half. Thistle were little better and neither keeper had anything to worry about till Cairney burst into the Dundee penalty area after 25 minutes. Picking up a loose ball he dribbled into space and shot fractionally wide when he should have scored.

Cairney again came close when he controlled a dropping ball well and forced a good save from Bullock down by his right hand post.

Just before half time Donnelly took the ball round Bullock, but couldn't find a team mate from a tight angle and Dundee escaped. The Dee did get the ball into the Thistle goal in a bizarre incident when McMenamin sneaked up behind Tuffey and knocked the ball out of the keeper's hands and tucked the ball into the goal. The unimpressed referee awarded only a yellow card instead of a goal.

Dundee increased the effort and concentration after half time, and even if they were struggling to get through the Thistle defence they were at least breaking up most of the home attacks in midfield.

Corcoran screwed a shot wide for Thistle, and Doolan flashed a shot on the turn a few feet wide, but the match seemed to be drifting to a goalless draw till Gordon Chisholm's substitutions changed the match.

Griffiths came on for Higgins, Cameron for Shinnie, and finally Clarke for McMenamin. As Clarke ran from the touchline to take up position Griffiths raced down the left and whipped over the sort of cross that centre forwards dream of. Clarke had continued his run and met the cross perfectly 6 yards out to bullet an unstoppable header past Tuffey.

Dundee managed to hold out for the last 16 minutes under pressure that was sometimes frantic but rarely composed. Doolan came closest to an equaliser when he beat the offside trap and ran on to hammer the ball against the post, with Dundee scrambling the rebound clear. As the game moved into injury time an Erskine shot took a deflection and zipped inches wide. That was Thistle's last chance and the Dee held out for a victory that was barely deserved, but hard earned, and possibly very valuable.

There was little good football today on a poor, bumpy pitch that has taken a battering over the winter from all the rugby, but Dundee stuck to their task and took the points they needed so badly. This wasn't a day for flair, and Dundee's best players were in defence. Tony Bullock had a sound game under pressure and the three man central defence gave little away, especially in the second half. In midfield Dundee were more effective in breaking up the Thistle attacks than they were in building their own. The forwards had to work hard with erratic service, and kept going till they eventually managed to conjure up a fine winning goal.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at April 10th, 2010)


2009-10 All Time
Age
Tony Bullock (GK)38 24 - 24 -
Jim Laughlan33 31 - 48 -
Eddie Malone25 4231085
Craig McKeown25 7 - 29 -
Ryan O'Leary22 4 - 4 -
Gary Harkins25 41164116
Richie Hart32 30 - 30 -
Brian Kerr28 401401
Andrew Shinnie20 11 - 321
Sean Higgins25 286286
Colin McMenamin29 3698023
Colin Cameron (sub)37 17 - 26 -
Leigh Griffiths (sub)19 38203820
Pat Clarke (sub)24 212212






League Table (as at April 10th, 2010)


No league table has been added for this season.