Dundee 1
Hamilton Academical 1
League (First Division)

1 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, October 21st, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,851
3:00 PM Kick-off

Greg Strong (55)
Paul McLeod (27)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Billy Reid

Starting Eleven
1. Ludovic Roy
2. Danny Griffin
3. Bobby Mann
4. Greg Strong
5. Paul Dixon
6. Kevin McDonald
7. Scott Robertson
8. Alex Rae
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Brian McGinty
11. Andy McLaren
Raymond Jellema .1
David Elebert .2
Brian Easton .3
Derek Fleming .4
Tom Parratt .5
Alex Neil .6
Marvyn Wilson .7
James McArthur .8
Paul McLeod .9
Richard Offiong .10
David Winters .11

12. Callum Reidford
14. Callum MacDonald
15. Ross Harris
16. Robert Campbell
17. Scott Gates
Michael White .12
Scott Agnew .14
Brian Wake .15
Tony Stevenson .16
James McCarthy .17

Robert Campbell for Brian McGinty (61)
Brian Wake for Marvyn Wilson (68)
Tony Stevenson for Derek Fleming (85)
James McCarthy for Richard Offiong (90)

Bobby Mann (28)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Steven Crighton & Morag Pirie (Assistants)

Match Report

Dens boss Alex Rae was "Disappointed" to have only picked up a point from the visit of Hamilton Accies to Dens, especially with Paul McLeod's goal which saw the visitors lead at the interval, he was left free to head home at the back post and Rae described it as, "Almost a carbon copy of the goal we lost at Ross County last week." After the interval Dundee struck back and a howler from Accies' keeper Raymond Jellema presented Greg Strong with a close range first goal in Dark Blue.

While not fully happy with the performance Alex was pleased with some aspects.

"The players showed a lot of hunger and we should have won."

On new boy Brian McGinty he said, "He worked hard and gives us a different dimension, as you saw when he came off and we basically had to replace him with a winger, we're still very short up front and I'm still trying to bring in another midfielder and striker."

In contrast Hamilton boss Billy Reid was "Delighted with a point" after a week which had seen his team win two matches and draw one in eight days, "It would have been unjust if he'd snatched a win" he said, "Our central defenders were tremendous out there."

He had praise too for his opposite number, agreeing with the match sponsors who had named the Dundee boss as man of the match, "I though Alex was the best player on the park, and he's brought in good experience with guys like Andy McLaren and Danny Griffin, he's also got some great young players in the likes of Paul Dixon and Scott Robertson."

New boy Brian McGinty, was in the Dundee starting line up and he impressed with some nice touches in the early stages, and might have opened his Dens account quickly when he pounced on an error by Jellema in the opening minute as the keeper missed a through ball from Bobby Mann, but McGinty slipped as he tried to turn the ball goalwards.

Rae was pleased with the performance of the new boy "I thought Brian did well," he said. "

"He worked hard. He hasn't played a lot because of injury, but he gives us another dimension."

Dundee had the better of possession in the opening but rarely threatened to score and found themselves behind at the break courtesy of that McLeod header. It was a different story after the half time pies and the Dark Blues pushed back the visiting defence from the opening minutes of the half. They got partial reward when Greg Strong stabbed home his close range effort.

"I don't think we started particularly well," Strong confessed. But our second half performance was deserving of a victory in the end.

"We had them on the back foot for long periods and, other than the goal I can't really remember a chance that they've had.

"That's no disrespect to them. They've come here with a style of play, looking to get a draw and they got it."

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 21st, 2006)

2006-07 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 7 - 7 -
Bobby Mann32 71845
Paul Dixon19 12 - 512
Greg Strong31 111111
Alex Rae37 111111
Danny Griffin29 9 - 9 -
Kevin McDonald17 121454
Andy McLaren - 7272
Scott Robertson21 11 - 642
Brian McGinty29 1 - 1 -
Gavin Swankie22 123153
Robert Campbell (sub) - 10 - 10 -

League Table (as at October 21st, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It was extremely disappointing that our four-game unbeaten run came to an end at Dingwall last Saturday.

Not that we could have any complaints, because on the day, we didn't play at all well and Ross County deserved to win.

Making it all the more frustrating was that the boys had been playing to a high standard, but it just wasn't there last Saturday.

Whilst I don't like to make excuses, the absence of striker Derek Lyle, who started his three-match ban, was a factor.

Derek's been doing well and we definitely missed him. With Bryan Deasley also sidelined through injury, it once again demonstrated the thinness of our squad, because we didn't have a recognised striker on the bench.

Hence the reason why we are trying to bring people in all the time.

This week we played Montrose and that gave me the chance to run the rule over Cameroon striker Issac Mopi and an English midfielder.

Issac is not what we are looking for right now, but the other lad looked tidy. He was in central midfield and looked a decent player, but one problem is that, because he has been playing reserve team football this season, his fitness is not quite up to scratch.

I'd like to get him involved in another game against stronger opposition if I can, but he's 25 and has good experience and he's given me something to think about.

If disappointed last week up north, I was delighted with the way the team performed in our last home game against St Johnstone even although we only drew.

We had to play the vast majority of that match with just 10 men after striker Derek Lyle was sent off after only seven minutes.

In addition, with Ross Harris having been stretchered off near the end, having used all three subs, we had to play the last ten minutes with only nine men.

The guys showed a tremendous amount of character and I think the fans appreciated that. But, results elsewhere mean we actually made up some ground on some of the teams above us.

And indeed, Hamilton whom we welcome this afternoon have forced their way into the promotion pack after an outstanding win at Livingston last week which they followed up with Tuesday evening's win over Clyde in their re-arranged match.

All of which indicates that we will have to be at our very best this afternoon if we are to pick up the victory we need to maintain our own promotion ambitions.