Dundee 0
Dunfermline Athletic 0
League (First Division)

0 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, September 13th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,259
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Jim McIntyre

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Craig McKeown
5. Eddie Malone
6. David O'Brien
7. Paul McHale
8. Chris Pozniak
9. Mark Gilhaney
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Robert Davidson
Paul Gallacher .1
Austin McCann .2
Scott Peter Wilson .3
Greg Shields .4
Calum Woods .5
Nick Phinn .6
Alex Burke .7
Simon Wiles .8
Stephen Glass .9
Graham Bayne .10
Andy Kirk .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. Darren Williams
15. Colin McMenamin
16. David Cowan
17. Colin Cameron
Callum Reid .12
Ryan Thomson .14
Jordan Whyte .15
Steven Bell .16
Scott Thomson .17

Colin McMenamin for David O'Brien (70)
Colin Cameron for Chris Pozniak (82)
Steven Bell for Stephen Glass (26)
Scott Thomson for Simon Wiles (46)

Paul McHale (79)
Scott Peter Wilson (45)
Graham Bayne (62)
Paul Gallacher (79)

Red Cards
None. Calum Woods (44)
Match Officials

Euan Norris (Referee)
Chris Young & Paul Reid (Assistants)

Match Report

Ten man Dunfermline held out despite large spells of pressure in the second half today at Dens to collect a point. Calum Woods was sent off for the Fife club just before half time for apparently elbowing Eddie Malone as the two tussled.

The game that saw the first competitive appearances for Craig McKeawn who started in central defence and Colin Cameron who was used as a second half substitute finished 0-0.

Dunfermline will consider themselves lucky to escape Dens Park with a point after a combination of poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping kept the score line level. Dundee found Paul Gallacher in outstanding form as ten man Pars held out for a draw.

Craig McKeown made his competitive debut for the home. side in place of Darren Williams with Bob Davidson and Mark Gilhaney coming back into the fold as Colin McMenamin and David Cowan took their place on the bench. Jim Mcintyre also made three changes to the personnel which lost to Livingston two weeks earlier as Nicky Phinn, Greg Shields and Stephen Glass replaced Steven Bell, Sol Bamba and Scott Thomson.

Dundee looked to bounce back from their first loss of the season against QOS to maintain their push for the top and took the game to the visitors. With five minutes on the clock a succession of three corners Paul McHale caused Dunfermline all sorts of problems before the attack was halted for a foul by Eric Paton.

Dunfermline wasted no time in switching play, forcing Gary Mackenzie into a headed clearance from Stephen Glass' cross. Antione-Curier proved potent in attack as he received the ball from Pozniak but the Frenchman could only fire over.

The Pars were forced into an early substitution as Stephen Glass was replaced by Steven Bell in the 26th minute. David O'Brien then forced Gallacher into a save from his low drive while Davidson's turn and shot from distance failed to trouble

the former Scotland keeper.

The 37th minute saw Dundee create their best chance to take the lead as no more then five chances went unrewarded. The attack began as Davidson collected a throw in before picking out Pozniak. The Canadian's lay off was met by Paton shot was tipped away by Gallacher. From the resultant corner O'Brien, Mackenzie, McKeown and Davidson all had efforts blocked as Gilhaney eventually fired over.

Tempers began to fray just before half time as both sets of players battled to gain the upper hand, unfortunately for the visitors this proved costly as Calum Woods lashed out at Eddie Malone leaving referee Euan Norris no option but to brandish a red card leaving The Pars with the challenge of playing out the second half with ten men. In a bid to readdress his sides defensive imbalance after the sending off Jim Mcintyre replaced Simon Wiles for Scott Thomson who slotted in at right back.

Antione-Curier proved provider at the wrong end in the 53rd minute as his headed flick-on allowed Scott Thomson in on goal with the defender's header landing on the roof of the net. The Frenchman then created an attack at the right end this time as he collected Mark Gilhaney's pass but he dragged his shot wide.

Moments later the home fans were on their feet as Davidson looked to be pushed in the area as he rose to Eric Paton's cross but the claims were weak and referee Norris allowed play to continue. Davidson must have been left thinking it wasn't his day as minutes after being upended in the box he saw his header from Paton's free kick crash back off the bottom of Gallacher's left hand post while Steven Bell's shot from 18yards failed to trouble Douglas. David O'Brien saw a header from Davidson's cross held by Gallacher as Davidson saw his own shot from outside the area held by the on-form keeper.

The biggest cheer of the day came in the 70th minute as Colin Cameron replaced Chris Pozniak to make his long- anticipated debut for the club.

Gary Mackenzie had the ball in the back of the net with 16 minutes remaining but before he struck the shot the game had been pulled back for an infringement against the centre back. Dundee then won a free kick in a promising area just outside the box. Malone's free kick was spilled by Gallacher giving Mackenzie two chances to slot the ball home but it wasn't to be the home sides day as the ball was cleared along with Dundee's hopes of three points.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 13th, 2008)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 7 - 140 -
Gary Mackenzie22 7 - 681
Chris Pozniak27 7171
Eddie Malone23 8 - 361
Craig McKeown23 2 - 2 -
Eric Paton30 8282
Paul McHale26 81514
David O'Brien24 7 - 312
Robert Davidson22 4 - 5111
Mark Gilhaney23 8 - 8 -
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 831912
Colin Cameron (sub)35 1 - 1 -
Colin McMenamin (sub)27 8 - 206

League Table (as at September 13th, 2008)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

With defeats to Partick Thistle and Queen of the South, obviously results from these last two outings have not been what we would have hoped.

It was the manner of the exit from the Co-op Cup at Partick's hands that rankled most.

Their first goal was a freak and the second one down to a lunge in the box at a time in the game when we weren't in any danger.

So two bits of bad fate conspired against us.

In addition, Mickael Antoine-Curier had the ball in the net in the first half and had a decent chance in the second, and I think, from open play, they created only one chance in 90 minutes.

Although we should have had a penalty when it was still goalless when Colin McMenamin had the feet taken away from under him, I am not going to make an issue of that, because some decisions you get, some you don't.

However, when we equalised, I thought we were definitely on the front foot.

But we were caught on the counter-attack and a bit of bad defending cost us.

We know how stuffy teams can be at Dens, but we still look relatively solid at the back, so we have to keep things in perspective.

Whilst bitterly disappointed by going out to Partick, our main target this season is undoubtedly winning promotion.

And clearly, the trip to Palmerston two weeks was always going to be a tricky one and so it proved.

We never seem to get any joy down here.

I thought we started the game very, very well. For the first 25 minutes we were very comfortable, but one big punt into the box caused us all sorts of problems and the second and third goal were just diabolical defending, and those two basic errors left us with a mountain to climb.

However, I couldn't fault the lads' endeavour. They worked ever so hard and tried to take the game to them in the second half and then obviously they get their third goal and that kills us, but I thought at that point we were trying to take the game to them.

It wasn't all doom though because Craig McKeown made his competitive debut from the bench in the second half and we really need to get him up to full fitness.

We also really need a wee bit of creativity, so the sooner we get Colin Cameron is back in the mix the better.

He came through the game with Albion Rovers and could be involved for what is a big game this afternoon.

Having been knocked off the top of the table, we must get back on a winning track as quickly as possible.

Indeed with Dunfermline and Livingston, two of our rivals for promotion, here over the next two Saturdays, these are two key games.

In welcoming Dunfermline and their manager Jim Mclnytre, we know that we are in for a very tough afternoon.

Hopefully though, we can erase the two recent reversals and bank whet would be three very important points, even although it is still very early in the season.