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League (First Division)

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Airdrie (2002) 

League (First Division)
Sunday, April 1st, 2007
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,807
3:00 PM Kick-off

Dyron Daal (28)
Dyron Daal (56)
Ian Harty (17)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Kenny Black

Starting Eleven
1. Ludovic Roy
2. Jay Shields
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Gary Smith
5. Danny Griffin
6. Gavin Swankie
7. Alex Rae
8. Paul McHale
9. Scott Gates
10. Dyron Daal
11. Robert Davidson
Stevie Robertson .1
David Proctor .2
Marc Smyth .3
Marcin Lukaszewski .4
Neil McGowan .5
Stephen McKenna .6
Graeme Holmes .7
Stuart Taylor .8
Kevin McDonald .9
Ian Harty .10
Gary Twigg .11

12. Derek Lyle
14. Kevin Smith
15. Brian Clark
16. Craig Forsyth
17. Craig Higgins
Lee Hollis .12
Craig Potter .14
Steven McDougall .15
Stephen McKeown .16
David McGuire .17

Craig Higgins for Gary Mackenzie (63)
Derek Lyle for Dyron Daal (73)
Steven McDougall for David Proctor (46)
Stephen McKeown for Kevin McDonald (63)
David McGuire for Neil McGowan (85)

Paul McHale (58)
Dyron Daal (61)
Marc Smyth (50)
Ian Harty (51)
Marcin Lukaszewski (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Charlie Richmond (Referee)
Neil Watters & Craig Marshall (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee were forced to come back from a goal down as has happened so many times. at home this season. The Dark Blues had the early possession but Airdrie created the best opening chance in the 2nd minute as lan Harty ran through on home keeper Ludovic Roy after a long ball forward by keeper Stephen Robertson. Ludo could only parry the ball with Jay Shields on hand to clear any further danger.

It took Dundee until the 10th minute to create their first real chance in a first half in which they never looked a commanding force. Bob Davidson chased a loose ball wide on the right; from there he shot a first time ball into the box, with Stephen McKenna heading the ball clear before Swankie could connect.

A Gary Mackenzie clearance from a pass back fell to lan Harty, whose ball into the box found Gary Twigg. His shot was saved at the near post by Mackenzie as he raced back to rectify his mistake.

Unfortunately for Mackenzie he again was. involved as Airdrie took the lead in the 17th minute. He was caught in possession as his pass back to Ludovic Roy was short. Ludo ran from his line in an attempt to shield the ball but lan Harty sneaked in to steal the ball and guide it past the advancing keeper from the edge of the area.

Airdrie continued to pressure with Harty winning a free kick on the left after a challenge by Gary Smith. The free kick was swung into the box, with Gary Twigg's shot from the edge of the six yard box palmed away by Ludo for a corner.

Alex Rae took the decision to bring himself back into the squad after injury to Scott Robertson. He was involved in the action as he passed to Swankie on the edge of the box. His pass drifted over the defence to Daal whose free header looped over the head of Stephen Robertson in goal to even the score.

Minutes later Gary Twigg has an excellent chance to hand the visitors the lead as yet another short pass back fell into the hands. of the visitors. As Ludo raced to clear the ball he was caught by Twigg, but as the referee waved play on, the striker saw his shot heading wide of the right post.

lan Harty had a chance to again get him name on the scoresheet. Jay Shields lost the ball in the box under pressure from Harty, but his shot from 18 yards was skied over the crossbar.

As half time approached, Graeme Holmes was presented with a scoring chance as he ran through towards goal in a three on two situation in the visitor's favour. His attempt to retake the lead failed as his shot again was wide of the target.

As the second half began, the injured David Proctor was replaced by Steven McDougall. Airdrie started the second half much as they had finished the first, trying to breakthrough the Dundee rearguard. Marc Smyth's cross into the box was headed back towards goal as the ball looked to be going out for a goal kick. But it was an easy save in the end for Ludo who gathered the ball cleanly.

On-loan striker Dyron Daal had the best opportunity of the game to score as he raced through on keeper Stephen Robertson, but the keeper was equal to Daal's shot, palming the ball away for a corner as the score looked certain to be in favour of Dundee.

A melee ensued in the 55th minute after Jay Shields had lost the ball under an lan Harty challenge. His shot was saved by Ludo at the second attempt, but Harty and Twigg followed up the original shot, with Gary Mackenzie and Danny Griffin also there to offer the keeper support, but the ball eventually finished up in the keeper's hands.

In the 56th minute Dundee took the lead through another Daal goal. Gavin Swankie's corner into the box was headed towards. Daal by Davidson, with the on-loan striker unable to miss the goal from two yards out. Within seconds of taking the lead, Daal had the perfect opportunity to net his hat-trick. Jay Shields ball fell just in front of Daal, but his stretching shot scraped past the post.

As he has later admitted, Daal should, and could, have had the match ball, with his best chance of the afternoon coming in the 60th minute. Jay Shields sent the forward through on goal with an inch perfect pass. As he ran towards goal Daal was again faced with the on-form Robertson in goal, with the keeper's one handed save keeping the score at 2-1.

Strike-partner Bob Davidson could have had his name on the scoresheet after a short pass back by Stephen McKenna. Davidson's volley looked certain to be heading over the advancing keeper but Robertson was again at hand to clear the danger.

In the 72nd minute, Daal's search for a hat- trick ended as Derek Lyle took his place, with the ex-QOS man being handed the perfect opportunity to himself to hit the back of the net. Jay Shields passed to McHale on the edge of the box. His chip towards goal was taken away from Lyle by the defence as he prepared to volley the ball towards goal from 6 yards with the keeper stranded.

The last 10 minutes were frantic ones as Airdrie looked for the goal that would earn them a point. First Gary Twigg's shot fell straight to Ludo, with the follow up by Stephen McKeown scrambled away through a melee of players. As the 90 minutes drew to an end Airdrie won a series of corners, but after a shaky start to the game, the defence held their composure to the end to keep all three points at Dens Park.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at April 1st, 2007)

2006-07 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 29 - 29 -
Gary Mackenzie21 22 - 22 -
Gary Smith36 191191
Scott Gates18 10 - 18 -
Danny Griffin29 24 - 24 -
Paul McHale25 11 - 11 -
Alex Rae37 253253
Jay Shields21 18 - 18 -
Dyron Daal23 3333
Robert Davidson21 113113
Gavin Swankie23 339369
Craig Higgins (sub) - 2 - 2 -
Derek Lyle (sub)26 26132613

League Table (as at April 1st, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Recent defeats by Gretna and St Johnstone have ended our outside chances of promotion, but we will still battle hard over the final five games. There's a fine line between where Gretna and St Johnstone are and where we are at the moment.

We've had a decent season and on our day we can beat both of them. But we just don't have the resources to take us that next step. Hopefully the people who arrive in the summer will make the difference.

In our last home game against Gretna, you can't give away a goal like we did and expect to compete in games, and individual errors have cost us too often this season.

I had hoped that we would bounce back from defeat at Dumfries and had there been any justice, we would have done.

Unfortunately, we let them out of jail late on and that was disappointing. However, I was happy to see both strikers find the net, and, on top of his goal, I was pleased with the way Dyron Daal led the line and although we only came home with a point, overall we played well.

Last Sunday's defeat at Perth, however, was a very different story.

After a pretty even first-half, we caved in, and the manner in which we started the second-half losing a goal after only 13 seconds - was unacceptable and because people weren't prepared to roll their sleeves up we never recovered.

Our lack of leadership on the park showed and that's something I'm going to have to try and rectify.

Scott Robertson's season may already be over after the draw at Queen of the South on Saturday saw him suffer a broken bone for the second game running.

Against Gretna he broke his nose, now he has fractured a bone in his foot and won't be involved again this term.

All of which is a great pity because we think very highly of Scott. He is absolutely different class and that's why we are trying to get him to sign an extension to his contract which has a year left to run.

So keenly do I feel that Scott's absence will be felt, I am contemplating restoring myself to the line-up for today's clash with Airdrie, despite having previously decided not to play again this season

But losing Robbo means that we lack a physical presence in there. Having brought in Paul McHale as my natural replacement and with him and Scott doing great together there was no need to pick myself.

But circumstances have changed and I'll be giving a lot of thought to things between now and the game.

Although I was far from happy about the lack of application during the second half of last weekend's defeat at St Johnstone, I honestly believe that the lads will take the opportunity against Airdrie to show that was just a blip.

Looking back over the season as a whole, problems with attitude and work-rate are not something that can be levelled against the players here and, whatever the results in games, I have not usually had any complaints about their approach.

That's what made last Sunday so disappointing, because there was no reaction to going behind just after half-time, but I think you will see against Airdrie that it was just a one off. We've been working hard in training and we want to get back to winning ways and make sure we finish the season on a high.