Partick Thistle 0
Dundee 0
League (First Division)


Partick 

0 - 0

Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, October 4th, 2008
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,556
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Ian McCall Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Jonathan Tuffey
2. Ian Maxwell
3. Marc Twaddle
4. John Robertson
5. Simon Storey
6. Paul Paton
7. David Rowson
8. Gary Harkins
9. Stephen McKeown
10. Simon Donnelly
11. Mark Roberts
Robert Douglas .1
Eric Paton .2
David Cowan .3
Craig McKeown .4
Eddie Malone .5
Frédéric Daquin .6
Rhian Dodds .7
Chris Pozniak .8
Mark Gilhaney .9
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .10
Robert Davidson .11

Bench
12. Craig Hinchcliffe
14. William Kinniburgh
15. Steven Lennon
16. Scott Chaplain
17. Kevin McKinlay
Ludovic Roy .12
Bryan Deasley .14
Eddie Mearns .15
David O'Brien .16
Alex Rae .17

Substitutions
Steven Lennon for Mark Roberts (58)
Scott Chaplain for Stephen McKeown (62)
Kevin McKinlay for Paul Paton (73)
Bryan Deasley for Mickaël Antoine-Curier (63)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Eddie Smith (Referee)





Match Report


Dundee were held to a 0-0 draw at Firhill by Partick Thistle, Although Dundee again struggled to create chances they dominated the midfield more and more as the game went on and it was Rae's men who were pushing for a winner late on.

An injury crisis meant that most Dundee fans travelled to Firhill fearing the worst. A solid Dundee performance however meant that they held Partick to a 0-0 draw and could well have come away with all three points.

A Craig McKeown header early was Dundee's best chance and although Partick had chances through both Simon Donnelly and Steven Lennon it was The Dees who had more attacking pressure.

With seven first team players out through injury it seemed as if wholesale changes were on the cards but in fact only one change was made from the starting eleven at St. Johnstone last week with Bob Davidson replacing Gary Mackenzie. It had been reported Eric Paton would miss out but the right back made the trip to Glasgow and was in from the start.

The injury crisis however hit the rest of the squad and a trialist. was drafted in to make up a place on the bench but didn't make it onto the park.

Partick started off the match playing some nice football but when both Twaddle then Paul Paton played excellent cross field balls Gary Harkins was offside and didn't even have the chance to trouble Douglas. Dundee had the first real effort on goal ten minutes into the match and it was defender Craig McKeown who almost gave The Dark Blues the lead.

Freddie Daquin floated a corner in from the right and McKeown rose to head goal bound but Paul Paton was on hand to clear the ball off the line. Daquin delivered the ball for Dundee's second chance of the afternoon but as Gilhaney headed wide the assistant referees flag was raised so it wouldn't have counted anyway.

The rain was pouring down at Firhill as Dundee kept up the search for what would be their first goal since Chris Pozniak opened the scoring away to Queen of the South in August. Pozniak played it wide to Gilhaney and when his cut back found Daquin the French winger could only put his shot well over on the turn.

The home side had some pressure next as a couple of crosses seemed to cause trouble for Douglas. The second of which fell kindly for Mark Roberts in the box and Eddie Malone had to be alert to get a block on the shot that was heading into the net and clear.

Simon Donnelly had Thistle's best effort of the first half when he found space on the edge of the Dundee box five minutes before the break. The ex Celtic man struck his shot low and it whistled just past Douglas right hand post. Dundee had one more chance to take the lead before half time when they broke with Curier finding Dodds but the on loan Kilmarnock man couldn't find Daquin in the middle.

Paton looked for Curier with an excellent cross at the beginning of the second period but the striker was inches away from making contact. Gilhaney and Davidson linked up on the left as they tried to find an opening down the opposite side but Gilhaney over hit his cross and gave Partick possession.

Davidson then had a shot from distance after work from Curier down the right and three minutes later Bryan Deasley replaced Curier.

Dundee had another spell of pressure but Partick kept them at bay. Eric Paton had a shot well held by keeper Tuffey before the home side had their best spell of attacking play in the second half. Substitute Steven Lennon broke and after cutting inside made Douglas pull off a save with a low hit shot.

Donnelly then found Lennon free on the right hand side of the box and when he took a touch to control he looked odds on to score, but the on loan Rangers man pulled his low shot just wide of the post. A minute later Dundee failed to clear properly from a corner and another sub Scott Chaplain saw his effort go well over.

The Dees ended the game the stronger of the two side and when Davidson broke and found Gilhaney wide they looked to have a real chance with Daquin and Deasley racing forward. Gilhaney went for glory however and got it all wrong as his shot flew over the bar

The final chance of the match came when a burst of pace from Pozniak took him through the middle of the Partick defence but a heavy touch meant that the advancing keeper Tuffey got there to clear before the midfield got a shot away.

A point at Firhill is far from a disaster and after the two recent defeats to Livingston and St. Johnstone it has got to be viewed as a positive for Dundee. The upcoming international break gives some of Dundee's injured players the chance to return to training and put themselves back in contention for the home match with Ross County.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at October 4th, 2008)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 10 - 143 -
David Cowan26 8 - 22 -
Eddie Malone23 11 - 391
Craig McKeown23 5 - 5 -
Eric Paton30 112112
Chris Pozniak27 101101
Rhian Dodds29 2 - 2 -
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 1132212
Frédéric Daquin30 8 - 453
Robert Davidson22 7 - 5411
Mark Gilhaney23 11 - 11 -
Bryan Deasley (sub)20 5 - 426






League Table (as at October 4th, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.