Dundee 3
Queen of the South 1
League (First Division)

3 - 1
Queen of South 

League (First Division)
Saturday, August 20th, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,257
3:00 PM Kick-off

Bobby Mann (25)
Simon Lynch (35)
Iain Anderson (62)
Derek Lyle (31)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
1. Kelvin Jack
2. Tom Hutchinson
3. Bobby Mann
4. Adrian Madaschi
5. Iain Anderson
6. Barry Smith
7. Scott Robertson
8. Garry Brady
9. Steven Robb
10. Simon Lynch
11. Tam McManus
Richard Barnard .1
Eric Paton .2
Jim Thomson .3
Brian Reid .4
Tommy English .5
Gary Wood .6
Stuart Lovell .7
Brian McColligan .8
Steve Bowey .9
Derek Lyle .10
David McNiven .11

12. Scott Murray
14. Paul Dixon
15. Jacinto Elá Eyene Elá Eyene
16. Andy Ferguson
17. Gerry Britton
Colin Scott .12
Paul Burns .14
Willie Gibson .15
Chris Carr .16
Brian McLaughlin .17

Jacinto Elá Eyene Elá Eyene for Scott Robertson (56)
Andy Ferguson for Tam McManus (76)
Paul Dixon for Tom Hutchinson (86)
Carr for McNiven (62)
Gibson for McColligan (76)
Burns for Paton (81)

Tom Hutchinson (66)
Barry Smith (75)

Red Cards
None. Derek Lyle (66)
Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Thomas Robertson & West Boulstridge (Assistants)

Match Report

Simon Lynch continued his scoring spree as Dundee cruised to an eventually comfortable victory over 10- man Queen of the South.

However, it was only after seeing off some stubborn resistance from a Queens side whose hopes were ended only after Derek Lyle showed his ugly side with a second-half head-butt for which he was rightly red-carded.

Kelvin Jack arrived back on Tayside from international duty in time to take his place in goal, whilst Spaniard Jacinto was on the bench following the winger's move from Alaves.

Steve Bowey, so often the Doonhamers' inspiration, looked the player most likely to drive his side to that elusive first win, but having weathered Bowey's whirlwind, Jim Duffy's men proceeded to show the killer instinct which had been lacking at the other end. They first threatened when Tom McManus, fed by Simon Lynch, saw his 20-yard shot deflected inches wide by Richie Barnard. The goalkeeper, however, was left helpless as the Dark Blues snatched the lead in slightly fortuitous circumstances.

lain Anderson's 35-yard free- kick appeared wildly optimistic, but brought Dundee's first goal when the ball deflected into the path of Bobby Mann for the simplest of finishes.

A few minutes later Barnard produced a point-blank save to deny Barry Smith following a splendid run by Steven Robb. However, from the resultant corner, the lead was doubled when Lynch drilled home after Mann's header had been hooked off the line by Bowey.

Rather than caving in, Queens produced a spirited response to cut the deficit when Jack, who should have had McNiven's flick covered, let it slip through his fingers to present Lyle with an easy tap-in.

Jacinto was also thrown into the mix for a cameo debut, but growing anxieties were eased when Anderson extended Dundee's lead.

The little midfielder raced to the near post to meet McManus's corner with a flying header which sailed high into the far corner. It could have been 4-1 minutes later when another McManus delivery was headed wide by Lynch from just six yards.

Any hopes Queens may have harboured of a comeback evaporated when Lyle was red-carded in 65 minutes for aiming a head-butt at Tom Hutchison who received a yellow card for his part in the flare-up.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, the visitors had one of the better late chances when Eric Paton sent a six-yard header wide but Dundee never looked like relinquishing their advantage on this occasion.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 20th, 2005)

2005-06 All Time
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 4 - 6 -
Tom Hutchinson23 3 - 341
Adrian Madaschi - 4 - 4 -
Bobby Mann31 42362
Barry Smith31 4 - 3924
Iain Anderson28 4217925
Garry Brady28 4 - 1092
Steven Robb23 4 - 684
Scott Robertson20 4 - 14 -
Simon Lynch23 4444
Tam McManus24 41185
Paul Dixon (sub)18 3 - 3 -
Andy Ferguson (sub) - 3 - 3 -
Jacinto Elá Eyene Elá Eyene (sub) - 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at August 20th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Last weekends match at Broadwood provided us with a lesson in not trying to do something 'too nice' when under pressure and hopefully we'll have taken due note after gifting Clyde their equaliser last week. We had the ball three times in the immediate moments before Clyde's goal, Adrian Madachi had it, Kelvin Jack had it and Barry Smith had it. Barry was inconsolable afterwards, he's not a person who makes that kind of mistake. In getting on for four hundred games at the club I would reckon you can count the amount of serious errors he's made on one hand.

I can't question the players' effort at Broadwood though, I thought they worked very hard, I thought Simon Lynch was outstanding up front, his movement was good and he scored a great goal. It wasn't a case of not being up for the challenge, it's not a case of team working harder than us or anything like that, we have the right attitude, but we have to keep our discipline at the back in terms of the job they have to do, we didn't do that.

There are games where you sometimes think I should have done this or that but this wasn't one of them, I thought we got it right, we competed, were defensively very solid for the majority of the time, Kelvin was protected very well and we didn't give Clyde too many opportunities, but if you make a succession of basic errors in your penalty box and in the one movement then you are asking for trouble.

I thought defensively the back three were very solid, midfield worked really hard, Steven Robb in the first half was getting a lot of joy, the front two were looking lively, we just didn't capitalise and we made a basic error for their goal, so we are not going to go overboard about it, I don't think we played badly enough to lose two points and we'll be determined not to repeat those errors today.

Mind you the same could be said of today's visitors who felt that they didn't gain the reward they deserved for their efforts in a 0-0 draw at home to Brechin last weekend.

On Tuesday we make the long trip to Stranraer for a tricky tie in the second round of the CIS Insurance League Cup, a tournament that's often derided and that's something I fail to understand. I can assure you that we want to go as far as possible in the tournament.

It is a pity the European place is no longer on offer for winners but even in its present form fans will get a thrill if their team has a decent run in a national competition.

As recently as March, Motherwell got them aplenty from seeing their team appear in a first final in more a decade, while the year before Livingston fans had even more reason to cheer as their club picked up the trophy. I know exactly how they felt because when Dundee made it to this stage ten years ago, it was only the second time the club had appeared in a cup final since 1973.

One of the other reasons the sneering about the competition really bugs me is that it does a major disservice to sponsors CIS. At a time when it is proving so difficult to bring money into the game they should be applauded for continuing to do so. Indeed, if I have one complaint about the CIS Cup it is that the sponsors don't derive as much from their backing of it as they should. For our part though we'll certainly be taking the competition seriously.

But that's to follow after today's business, we need to get back on track after last week's hiccup, are determined to do so and I'm sure we can count on your vocal backing to help us in that aim.