Dundee 0
Ross County 0
League (First Division)

0 - 0
Ross County 

League (First Division)
Saturday, September 24th, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,025
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
John Robertson

Starting Eleven
1. Kelvin Jack
2. Stuart McCluskey
3. Bobby Mann
4. Tom Hutchinson
5. Adrian Madaschi
6. Tam McManus
7. Barry Smith
8. Scott Robertson
9. Iain Anderson
10. Simon Lynch
11. Steven Craig
Stuart Garden .1
Lionel Djebi-Zadi .2
Sean Webb .3
Martin Canning .4
Mark McCulloch .5
John Rankin .6
Don Cowie .7
Fergus Tiernan .8
Alex Burke .9
Maciej Nuckowski .10
Steven McGarr .11

12. Scott Murray
14. Kevin McDonald
15. Callum MacDonald
16. Andy Ferguson
17. Kieran Keane
Ian McCaldon .12
Jim Lauchlan .14
Kevin McKinlay .15
Sean Higgins .16
David Winters .17

Callum MacDonald for Tam McManus (46)
Kieran Keane for Iain Anderson (74)
Andy Ferguson for Simon Lynch (83)
Sean Higgins for Maciej Nuckowski (74)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
Thomas Robertson & Alastair Mather (Assistants)

Match Report

"At times we look worse than people who play on the park on a Sunday," was manager Alan Kernaghan's damning indictment of his side after they had barely created a chance in the dire 0-0 draw with Ross County at Dens.

They were lucky that Ross County, league leaders before this match, had little more creativity and firepower. Only a Steve McGarry snap-shot on the turn which crashed off the face of the bar after 34 minutes seriously troubled the home goal but Dundee didn't once make Stuart Garden in the Ross County goal work for his money on a day when it was obvious from early on that there would be a dearth of good football.

"They won't do the simple things, and do them well," said Kernaghan, .

"Pass it ten-yards and find another position, then control it and pass it again. We seem to turn away from the easy thing and try to be something that we're not at the moment. I'd exempt Bobby (Mann) from that criticism, he had one he put out of the park from a free kick, but generally his passing was OK. We must improve our standards it's as simple as that, it was annoying that we played so narrow. I'd asked my two wide boys to get down the outsides of their full backs, instead they decided to cut inside, and that was why we took Tom off at half time.

"It was certainly another frustrating afternoon as you can imagine, I thought we started the game quite brightly. In the first fifteen or twenty minutes, we had a few bits and bobs around their area, then they came into it and had a wee spell of pressure and that was when we went on the back foot.

"The thing that disappointed me was just their inability to pass it to one another on a consistent level, to do the things that a professional footballer should do without thinking I think through the game we've maybe only done that four or five times at the most.

"If you don't keep possession you never have any time on the ball to get yourself into the game and get your confidence. It's too yo-yo at the moment.

"When you give the ball back to the opposition that much, you're always going to be under pressure, but, thankfully we defended crosses pretty well and came out with a clean sheet. First half especially we got most of the knockdowns but second half I thought we came close to conceding on a few occasions. The only positive is that we defended pretty well, the back four and the goalkeeper, but even at that we need to raise our standards quite a bit.

"I've said it before that the players acquit themselves well in training through the week, but unfortunately come game time they are different people."

One thing is for sure, the only reason that this first ever league meeting between the sides will be recalled was for its sheer paucity of entertainment.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 24th, 2005)

2005-06 All Time
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 10 - 12 -
Bobby Mann31 112432
Barry Smith31 11 - 3994
Adrian Madaschi - 11 - 11 -
Stuart McCluskey - 2 - 2 -
Tom Hutchinson23 10 - 411
Iain Anderson28 11218625
Scott Robertson20 101201
Tam McManus24 101245
Steven Craig24 2121
Simon Lynch23 116116
Callum MacDonald (sub)22 1 - 431
Andy Ferguson (sub) - 9 - 9 -
Kieran Keane (sub) - 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at September 24th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

This afternoon we welcome Ross County and their manager John Robertson to Dens. John has experience of winning this division, with Caledonian Thistle, as I know to my cost My Clyde team finished second to him then. They've had an excellent start to the season, and currently sit top of the table. We, of course, aim to end their run today and kick start our own season.

One of the things I was told when taking over as Dundee manager was that I could rely on a phenomenal support and I saw it for myself at Perth last weekend, not many sides will take two thousand away from home in this division, thank you for travelling, you undoubtedly helped us get a point from the match.

On Monday I had my first real meeting with the fans when Dee4Life arranged a question and answer with myself and the fans in the Andy Penman Lounge - I've obviously had the people who work at Dens, who are also fans, and one or two others come up to me and wish me well since I took over, but Monday was a different scenario, I don't think there was an empty seat, and they wanted questions answered. That's never a problem, and I was happy to listen to their point of view and give my opinion.

One of the points made was the fitness of the players and while I agreed that I had been disappointed with the level of fitness of the squad when I took over, I'd like to emphasise that we have already taken steps to address this, it won't happen overnight but we will be better prepared in the long term. It's nothing too drastic. I've had a chat with Robbie Raeside about it and some of the emphasis will be on the warm-up.

At Falkirk we warmed up for about 15 minutes each morning before training really started and it was something the players all thought they benefited from. So far the response of the boys in training has been excellent and that's something I'd expect to continue. We've had a couple of double sessions this week and they'll feel the benefits as time goes on.

We also have to build up confidence amongst the players, they have been very down and it's up to you and me to lift them and allow them to show their talent, I firmly believe that we have the most gifted squad in this league. They haven't shown that fully yet but hopefully they will in the weeks and months ahead. There's also no doubt that we have by far the biggest support in the First Division - you can be a massive help.

It's up to the folks on the terraces to do their bit, If the players feel they're under any extra pressure from the stands it can make their job that little bit harder. In an ideal world everyone has to show patience although I know that's much easier said than done.

I'm not the most patient myself at times. But there's no question those who follow the club week-in week-out can play their part in helping us achieve our aim this season. You just had to look at that support we took through to McDiarmid Park for the St Johnstone game last weekend, they pretty much stuck behind the team and we got a decent result.

It might not have been pretty at times and I'm sure you'd rather we had gone out to blitz St Johnstone off the park, but that would have been a little unrealistic at that point. What I can say is if we do our bit, and you do yours, then we have a chance of achieving our goals for this season.

Thank you for your support this afternoon.