Dundee 0
Dunfermline Athletic 0
League (First Division)

0 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 5th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,607
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Jim McIntyre

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. David Worrell
3. Eddie Malone
4. Milan Palenik
5. Paul Dixon
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Derek Lyle
11. Robert Davidson
Paul Gallacher .1
Jamie Harris .2
Scott Morrison .3
Danny Murphy .4
Calum Woods .5
Scott Thomson .6
Stephen Simmons .7
Michael McGlinchey .8
Mark Burchill .9
Stevie Crawford .10
Jim Hamilton .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. Scott Gates
15. Jani Šturm
16. Jan Zemlik
17. Alex Rae
Sean Murdoch .12
Nick Phinn .14
Scott Peter Wilson .15
Jim McIntyre .16
Iain Williamson .17

Jani Šturm for Robert Davidson (63)
Jan Zemlik for Gavin Swankie (73)
Scott Peter Wilson for Scott Thomson (65)
Jim McIntyre for Jim Hamilton (77)
Iain Williamson for Michael McGlinchey (77)

None. Jim Hamilton (52)
Danny Murphy (68)
Calum Woods (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John McKendrick (Referee)
Ross Hammill & David Watt (Assistants)

Match Report

Heroics from visiting keeper Paul Gallagher ensued Jim McIntyre's men secured a point in a thrilling end to end game which somehow ended goalless. With Gary Mackenzie missing after picking up a groin strain midweek in Perth, Alex Rae brought Paul Dixon back into his starting eleven with Eddie Malone moving inside to partner Milan Palenik.

Both teams looked to attack from the off with Paul Dixon's low ball intercepted by Gallagher ahead of Bob Davidson before Mark Burchilll's low drive from the by-line was held by Samson.

Derek Lyle then combined with Bob Davidson as the latter chested the ball down for Lyle whose first touch set up the shot, and the second sending the ball goal wards but Gallagher got down to the ball for a corner.

In the 20th minute Mark Burchill looked to have the beating of the home defence to open the scoring but the former Dees front man was thwarted by the home keeper. Burchill looked to pass Samson on the right with only the keeper to beat, but somehow he got a fingertip to the ball to send the forward wide of the target before Scott Morrison's rebound was plucked from the air by Samson.

Just a minute later Danny Murphy cleared Milan Palenik's header off the line from a Gavin Swankie corner before McDonald forced Gallagher into action from twenty yards.

Craig Samson breathed a sigh of relief in the 27th minute after a kick up field from David Worrell's pass back fell straight to Burchill who ran one on one with the keeper. His cut-back to Jim Hamilton looked destined for the top corner but Samson resurrected himself getting to and holding the ball while the defence struggled to come to his defence.

Eddie Malone extended his stay at Dens Park this week as he signed a two and a half year contract, and although signed to strengthen the Dundee rearguard his attacking cross almost broke Dunfermline's resistance. Derek Lyle attached himself to the cross with his header crashing against the crossbar, down onto the line and out as the Dundee fans re-took their seats from what they thought was the opener.

The second half began much as the first half ended with a goal looking more and more likely. Paul Dixon's slack header back to Samson was intercepted by Hamilton whose low shot was dragged wide and left the ex-united forward with his head in his hands.

Paul Gallagher pulled off one of the saves of the match in the 57th minute as Derek Lyle's thunderbolt was tipped around the post after link up play with Davidson. Craig Samson was then forced to save from Morrison on the break with Stevie Crawford failing to connect with the rebound.

Calum Woods then connected with Crawford's cross but Samson comfortably held the shot while Danny Murphy rose well to clear a Paul Dixon attempt with Lyle lurking in the area.

Derek Lyle looked most likely in Dark Blue to open the scoring and he was again frustrated by Gallagher as the on-loan Norwich keeper tipped Lyle's twenty five yard screamer over the crossbar.

With fifteen minutes to go Gavin Swankie was replaced by Jan Zemlik while Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre introduced himself and lain Williamson in place of Jim Hamilton and Michael McGlinchey. There was action at either end as both teams looked for the winner: Eddie Malone's shot blocked by Calum Woods and sub Williamson's headed effort the best of a scrappy last fifteen minutes.

There were three bookings in the game: Jim Hamilton, Stevie Crawford and Calum Woods all booked for Jim McIntyre's side.

A point sees the gap between Dundee and Hamilton stay at three points with both teams having a break from league business for two weeks as the third round of the Scottish Cup comes around.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 5th, 2008)

2007-08 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)23 21 - 21 -
Paul Dixon21 23 - 992
Eddie Malone22 10 - 10 -
Milan Palenik - 213213
David Worrell29 22 - 22 -
Kevin McDonald19 2399014
Scott Robertson22 2451109
Frédéric Daquin29 201201
Robert Davidson21 2173610
Derek Lyle26 1954920
Gavin Swankie24 2326311
Jan Zemlik (sub)30 192192
Jani Šturm (sub)25 202202

League Table (as at January 5th, 2008)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Belatedly, can I wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Our three festive fixtures didn't yield quite the return we would have hoped for with a win and a draw and a defeat though not in that order.

The loss came at Queen of the South when the early dismissal of Derek Lyle was hugely influential in our 2-1 reversal.

However, I could not have asked for any more from the 10 men in terms of effort, but it was still a defeat.

Fortunately, the damage to our title hopes was limited as Hamilton were held at home by Clyde the same afternoon.

It was vital that we bounced back against Partick Thistle and thanks to a last minute Kevin McDonald goal we achieved that.

Capping getting the three points was that Kevin McDonald committed himself to a contract extension to tie the youngster to the Club until 2009.

He is a fantastic talent and you saw again in the Thistle game just how much he is worth to the team. With his goal against St Johnstone in midweek, he has now scored nine goals from midfield and we are only halfway through the season. Kevin has a great football brain and is maturing a lot.

A lot of players have gone to other clubs and went missing for a few years, so it is important for him to get games so that he can take his career onto the next stage.

Up at Perth in midweek, St Johnstone resorted to a lot of long, high balls, which surprised me because we've got two giants at the back.

Undoubtedly, the turning point for us was losing Gary Mackenzie. He was dominant because we had been comfortable up until then. Over the piece a draw was probably fair enough because both teams had chances but having taken the lead, it was disappointing to lose a sloppy goal and only come away with a point.

As Hamilton won to extend their lead at the top to three points, it is crucial that we get the three points against Dunfermline this afternoon.

However, it will be far from easy.

Under caretaker boss Jim Mcintyre, the Pars have started to show the kind of form of which I always thought they were capable.

Indeed, they are unbeaten since our win at East End Park and will undoubtedly arrive full of confidence after winning their last four games and having only conceded one goal in the process.