Airdrieonians (2002) 0
Dundee 3
League (First Division)

Airdrie (2002) 

0 - 3


League (First Division)
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
Excelsior Stadium
Attendance: 1,404
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Derek Lyle (35)
Scott Robertson (61)
Derek Lyle (65)

Team Managers
Kenny Black Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Stevie Robertson
2. Paul Lovering
3. Stephen McKenna
4. Gary Tierney
5. Graeme Holmes
6. Graeme Watson
7. Kevin McDonald
8. Steven McDougall
9. Stephen McKeown
10. Bryan Prunty
11. Gary Twigg
Ludovic Roy .1
Jay Shields .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Gary Smith .4
Paul Dixon .5
Kevin McDonald .6
Scott Robertson .7
Paul McHale .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Derek Lyle .10
Kevin Smith .11

12. Lee Hollis
14. Marc Smyth
15. Michael Stokes
16. Brian McPhee
17. Craig Potter
Callum Reidford .12
Danny Griffin .14
Alex Rae .15
Robert Davidson .16
Bryan Deasley .17

Brian McPhee for Kevin McDonald (61)
Craig Potter for Steven McDougall (73)
Robert Davidson for Kevin Smith (35)
Bryan Deasley for Gavin Swankie (73)
Danny Griffin for Gary Mackenzie (79)

Gary Twigg (59)
Stephen McKeown (66)
Paul Dixon (19)
Kevin Smith (23)
Gary Mackenzie (32)
Kevin McDonald (63)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)
Steve Crichton & Stephen Martin (Assistants)

Match Report

Alex Rae stuck with pretty much the same line up which had drawn at Dingwall in Dundee's previous outing as the Dark Blues took on an Airdrie United side who's recent form suggested they would be no pushover, the only change to the starting line up being Kevin Smith in for Bob Davidson up front. New signings Khalid Hamdaoui and Craig Higgins were in the stand to watch their new team- mates in action and the ninety minutes showed the pair that it will be tough to break into this Dundee side if they continue to show form like that displayed at the Excelsior Stadium.

The game started quietly with few goalmouth incidents, but it was apparent from the off that Dundee had the measure of their hosts and in seven minutes they could have been ahead, a diagonal cross from Scott Robertson saw Derek Lyle challenge keeper Stephen Robertson and when the home custodian spilled it Lyle was quickest to react, his angled effort lacked power though and McKenna got back to clear off the goal-line.

Some extremely strict refereeing saw Paul Dixon and Kevin Smith booked for their first fouls of the match and they were followed into Steve Conroy's notebook on the half hour by Gary Mackenzie In between the yellow cards Airdrie broke forward threateningly for the first time in 28 minutes with Gary Twigg, showing why he'd scored eight goals in his previous seven outings, flashing a twenty yarder just wide of the target.

On 34 minutes Kevin McDonald knocked a ball wide right which Scott Robertson had to stretch to reach, the midfielder whipped in a driven cross which Kevin Smith met with a diving header, his effort flying narrowly over. That was the striker's last involvement as Rae made a tactical change introducing Davidson for the on loan Sunderland man.

Within seconds Dundee were ahead, Derek Lyle picking up the ball on the left, drifting inside and firing in a twenty yarder which appeared easy meat for keeper Robertson, but he took his eye off the ball and allowed the effort to slide between his legs and trickle into the net.

It was a fortuitous goal but one that inspired Dundee, and particularly Lyle to up the pace and make sure of winning full points. The striker had been unusually quiet in the draw at Ross County but now he was back to his best, chasing down defenders, battling for every ball forward and hungry for more.

Dundee are at their best when they play a passing game and from that moment on they kept the ball on the deck and slid it around superbly, Paul McHale, Scott Robertson and Kevin MacDonald as well as substitute Davidson showing that they can combine to create some flowing stuff. For a brief period after the interval the home side threatened and McKeown had a shot blocked before Holmes fired the rebound over, but it was at the other end where goals seemed likely to come.

Five minutes after the break Gavin Swankie skipped past Watson and fired a shot on target but Robertson was concentrating this time, though his every involvement brought derision from the visiting support.

Davidson was next to try his luck, getting on the end of a McDonald cross but seeing his shot deflected behind off a defender. From the subesquent corner Gary Smith flashed a header over Robertson and off the top of the bar.

In 54 minutes Lyle had another opportunity, breaking into the penalty area from the right, he fired in a diagonal shot which zipped inches wide, and just before the hour the striker again came close, Gavin Swankie knocking down Smith's free kick and Lyle firing over the bar.

It was only a matter of time until Dundee doubled their lead and in 61 minutes Bob Davidson held up the ball just outside the box and fed a delightful pass to Scott Robertson who charged into the area and whacked a low, angled drive past Robertson for the second.

It wouldn't be long until it was three, within five minutes in fact, Davidson again was involved, playing a ball forward to Lyle who sqirmed free and rapped his shot into the net.

With a three goal margin Alex Rae could give a run to his substitutes and he replaced Gavin Swankie with Bryan Deasley, and still Dundee looked likely to add to their tally, Davidson working his way along the eighteen yard line before curling a shot just over.

The two Garys at the back Smith and MacKenzie had again mopped up any threat from the opposition, and in 80 minutes the latter got a big ovation from the support as he was replaced by Danny Griffin.

The final whistle saw the rest of the team get similar applause from those who had travelled from Tayside, days away with performances like this have been all too rare in recent seasons, but there's a suggestion that something has changed about Dundee in recent weeks, there's more depth to the squad and therefore more choice for Alex Rae and more competition for places in the starting eleven and an unbeated record in 2007 to maintain.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at February 3rd, 2007)

2006-07 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 21 - 21 -
Paul Dixon20 27 - 662
Gary Mackenzie21 14 - 14 -
Gary Smith35 111111
Kevin McDonald18 241574
Scott Robertson21 272804
Jay Shields21 10 - 10 -
Paul McHale25 3 - 3 -
Gavin Swankie23 258288
Kevin Smith19 2 - 2 -
Derek Lyle25 20122012
Danny Griffin (sub)29 20 - 20 -
Bryan Deasley (sub)18 173366
Robert Davidson (sub)20 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at February 3rd, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.