Dundee 1
Clyde 4
League (First Division)

1 - 4

League (First Division)
Saturday, February 17th, 2007
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,812
3:00 PM Kick-off

Khalid Hamdaoui (83)
Steven Masterton (1)
Craig Bryson (12)
Gary Arbuckle (29)
Craig Bryson (38)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Joe Miller

Starting Eleven
1. Ludovic Roy
2. Jay Shields
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Gary Smith
5. Danny Griffin
6. Kevin McDonald
7. Scott Robertson
8. Paul McHale
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Derek Lyle
11. Robert Davidson
David Hutton .1
Chris Higgins .2
Craig McKeown .3
Bob Harris .4
Steven Masterton .5
Craig Bryson .6
Brian Gilmour .7
Michael McGowan .8
Ryan McCann .9
Dougie Imrie .10
Gary Arbuckle .11

12. Callum Reidford
14. Alex Rae
15. Craig Higgins
16. Khalid Hamdaoui
17. Kevin Smith
Peter Cherrie. 12
Andrew David Ferguson .14
Alex Williams .15
Kevin Bradley .16
Roddy Hunter .17
Alex Williams .18

Craig Higgins for Jay Shields (46)
Kevin Smith for Robert Davidson (46)
Khalid Hamdaoui for Kevin McDonald (71)
Kevin Bradley for Craig Bryson (81)
Roddy Hunter for Brian Gilmour (84)
Alex Williams for Gary Arbuckle (84)

Gary Mackenzie (72)
Robert Harris (32)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Neil Watters & Steven George (Assistants)

Match Report

Having found it difficult to find a foothold in the early stages of recent fixtures, the team made it even more of an uphill struggle after Clyde took the lead in the first minute of what, for Dundee, was ultimately the last chance of a promotion push.

It took the Bully Wee less than a minute to score the first of four, in a game which allowed Clyde to look as though the ball could find the back of the net at every attacking attempt.

A Steve Masterton free-kick from the left wing somehow evaded the Dens defence and found its way into the net from fully 25 yards. Gary McKenzie failed to clear the ball as it ran through the free space and into the net under an advancing Ludo Roy.

Dundee tried to get into the game, and in the third minute Gary McKenzie, Jay Shields and Bob Davidson all had the chance to draw level Gavin Swankie's comer was knocked towards goal firstly by McKenzie, then Shields and finally Davidson with all goal ward shots blocked by the defence in a packed penalty area.

Gavin Swankie was again involved after a pass from Kevin McDonald who had cut inside. Swankie's cross into the area was just behind the forward running attack and any danger was cleared.

It was from then onwards that things fell to pieces for all in Dark Blue as the defence. crumbled. Robert Harris's long throw-in was latched onto by Craig Bryson whose diagonal shot hit the back of the net to make it 2-0 to the visitors after only twelve minutes. Again the defence could have been tighter as Bryson had plenty of room to get the ball low past Roy.

It was the 18th minute before Dundee again had any sort of opportunity as Jay Shields free-kick found former Clyde-man Paul McHale. His chip was headed into the path of Swankie, with his low hard shot tipped out by keeper Hutton for a corner at the bottom of the right upright. It was the closest Dundee were to come in a dire second half, not only for manager Alex Rae but for the many fans who had turned up expecting more from the team who had battled back to win 2-1 against local rivals St. Johnstone only a week earlier.

The Bully Wee continued to mount pressure and they could have increased their lead further had Dougie Imrie managed to control his shot. Brian Gilmore sent Imrie through but somehow the forward managed to shot well over from five yards under increasing pressure from Jay Shields, as Ludo Roy scrambled back across goal.

In the 29th minute, Clyde won a free kick on the left wing for a foul on Imrie by former team-mate McHale. Steve Masterton's free kick into the area was initially cleared by Gary McKenzie with a diving header. But the ball back into the box was headed in from close range by Gary Arbuckle to make it 3-0 after less than half an hour played.

Dundee struggled to get into their stride but were handed an opportunity in the 31st minute as McKeown chopped down Scott Robertson as he prepared to cut inside. Swankie's resultant free-kick caused a moment of controversy as Craig McKeown looked to have deliberately used a hand to clear the ball of any danger, but both the linesman and the referee seemingly failed to notice the incident

The home side still looked nervy at the back, especially when Gilmore ran through on goal with a desperate Gary McKenzie trying to track back. Luckily for Dundee Gilmore's shot was saved by onrushing Luda Roy's legs. This, however, was not to be the end of the scoring, for the first half at least, as in the 39th minute Clyde again delivered a sucker punch. Clyde broke from a Dundee free kick at the Bobby Cox end. Gary Smith and Jay Shields failed to clear the ball when faced with a two on two situation the ball broke to Bryson on the right comer of the penalty box, with his shot low into the net past Roy. For many supporters, this was too much to take and the ground almost halved in numbers before the ball could hit the back of the net.

After the restart, Alex Rae threw on Craig Higgins and Kevin Smith for Jay Shields and Bob Davidson respectively. This however, failed to make the desired impact as Clyde continued to pressure although sitting comfortably with a four goal cushion.

Dundee were struggling to overcome the barrier of the Bully Wee's five man defence. The dens parkers failed to take heed of the first half collapse as Imrie shot over the bar after Gary Smith had lost possession during a three on three situation.

Minutes later, McCann won a foul on the edge of the 18 yard box after being brought down by Gary Smith. Masterton's free kick found McCann whose tum and shot past Gary Smith was punched clear by Roy. It was from here onwards, that Dundee created their own spell of pressure with Kevin McDonald racing forward. His ball through to Lyle, was just to hard as keeper Hutton ran to collect.

This was to be Kevin McDonald's last action of the day as he was replaced by Khalid Hamdaoui

Derek Lyle's recent run of form has seen him hit seven goals in the last six games and he surely would have been a favourite to keep that run going against Clyde. Scott Robertson's chip into the box saw Lyle hit a first time volley towards goal. But Hutton was equal to the effort, tipping the ball just over the crossbar.

Gavin Swankie's winning goal against St Johnstone will surely be one of the best of the 23 year olds career so far and he almost hit an exact double in the 73rd minute but this time keeper Hutton was equal to his shot. From the resultant clearance, Higgins long throw in again found Lyle in space little more than five yards out his header from. point blank range was held again by Hutton. It was then that many supporters will have known that it was definitely not their day.

In the 80th minute, the diminished Dundee support were given something to cheer about as new boy Hamdaoui scored on his debut. Gavin Swankie won the ball from the complacent defence. His shot from twenty yards, was parried by Hutton, but Hamdaoui was in the right place at the right time to slot the ball home for 4-1.

This however wasn't to be Dundee's last chance, As with almost the last kick of the ball, Lyle was thwarted by Hutton once more. Higgins long throw in was tipped onto Lyle whose header, again from point blank range, was held by Hutton.

The only bookings in the game came for Clyde's Robert Harris in the 32nd minute for dissent and Gary McKenzie for unsporting behaviour in the 72nd minute.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at February 17th, 2007)

2006-07 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 23 - 23 -
Gary Mackenzie21 16 - 16 -
Gary Smith35 131131
Danny Griffin29 21 - 21 -
Kevin McDonald18 261594
Paul McHale25 5 - 5 -
Scott Robertson21 292824
Jay Shields21 12 - 12 -
Robert Davidson20 5 - 5 -
Derek Lyle26 22132213
Gavin Swankie23 279309
Craig Higgins (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Khalid Hamdaoui (sub) - 2121
Kevin Smith (sub)19 4 - 4 -

League Table (as at February 17th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

I couldn't have been more pleased with last Saturday's win over St Johnstone.

I thought we did tremendously well. It's always difficult to come back from a goal down, especially against a good side like Saints, but the lads were brilliant. I'm really proud of them and they're a

really good bunch to work with. If we can carry on the way we've been going then we can make a lot of progress.

We are a young team and there is a lot of running in us. Because of that, I always feel we have a chance, even if we are down late on.

Gavin Swankie scored a great goal to win it and was a real handful for them all day.

In fact, he was outstanding, but it wouldn't really be fair to single anyone out, as everyone was terrific.

At the time they scored, we were looking quite comfortable.

Whilst they had looked dangerous in the first half, they hadn't created too many chances after the break, but then they broke away to score.

Indeed, my only criticism of the team was the defending at the goal, but we've got young boys at the back who are learning their trade and overall were pretty solid in the rest of the match.

After we had gone ahead, we knew Saint would come back at us, and they did a bit late on, but we stood tall and to their credit the lads defended as if their lives depended on it at the end.

Both teams should take a lot of credit from this match; it was a good showing from both sides in difficult conditions.

Having said that the park stood up to the elements very well and groundsman Brian Robertson deserves all the credit for that. I travel all over the country taking in games and our surface is as good as anything you will find right now. That's testimony to the work he has put in and anything I ask him to do he does. As we showed on Saturday we are a good passing team, but to do that you need a good surface so he is a vital part of the set up here. He also does a lot at our training pitches, so if there is any credit going for Saturday's win then he deserves his share of it.

Fortunately, there were no fresh injuries from last weekend's win, leaving only teenage striker Bryan Deasley causing any concern on the fitness front.

At a pinch, I could have used him against Saints, but he's had problems with his ankle almost since I arrived. So instead of having the situation where he plays a couple of games and then misses a few continuing, this time we want to make sure he is definitely over it before we use him again.

Unfortunately, after doing so well last week, Paul Dixon's suspension means that one change is enforced upon me.

And after losing just one goal in the last four matches I'd have preferred to keep the same defence. But in Danny Griffin and Craig Forsyth we have options. It's not as if we are devoid of cover for Paul. 'Dicker' has done an excellent job for us all season and, if he was available, he'd be playing, but he is still young and this could help keep him fresh.

In the two games with this afternoon's opponents Clyde, each side has won once.

We beat them 3-0 in the first meeting at Dens, but lost by the odd goal in three at Broadwood just before Christmas. We will be very much out to atone for that especially as we look to put the pressure St Johnstone as we chase second place.