Dundee 1
Airdrieonians (2002) 1
League (First Division)


Dundee
1 - 1
Airdrie (2002) 

League (First Division)
Saturday, November 1st, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,456
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (66)
Simon Lynch (11)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Kenny Black

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Chris Pozniak
3. Kyle Benedictus
4. Craig McKeown
5. Eddie Malone
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Darren Williams
8. Eddie Mearns
9. David O'Brien
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Bryan Deasley
Stevie Robertson .1
David Nixon .2
Marc Smyth .3
Paul Lovering .4
Stephen McKenn .5
Scott McLaughlin .6
Darren Smith .7
Kevin McDonald .8
Joe Cardle .9
Paul di Giacomo .10
Simon Lynch .11

Bench
12. Ludovic Roy
14. Jim Laughlan
15. Mark Gilhaney
16. Robert Davidson
17. Sandy Nairn
Lee Hollis .12
Matthew Hazley .14
Michael Brown .15
Steven McDougall .16
Stuart Noble .17

Substitutions
Robert Davidson for Bryan Deasley (78)
Mark Gilhaney for Frédéric Daquin (78)
Michael Brown for Kevin McDonald (76)
Steven McDougall for Darren Smith (76)
Stuart Noble for Paul Di Giacomo (83)

Cautions
Bryan Deasley (37)
Eddie Malone (62)
Darren Williams (79)
Kevin McDonald (29)
Darren Smith (56)
David Nixon (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Chris Boyle (Referee)
Gary Cheyne & Roddy Cobb (Assistants)


Match Report


A second half Mickael Antoine Curier goal earned Dundee a draw with Airdrie United in Jacky Scott's first game in charge. Airdrie took the lead in the first half when ex Dee Simon Lynch fired home after finding space in the Dundee box.

Mickael latched onto a pass after Bryan Deasley had dummied the ball in the 66th minute and the Guadeloupe international made no mistake as he blasted the ball into the net for the first goal of Jocky's third reign in charge of The Dees.

Jocky Scott started his third reign in charge of Dundee today guiding his team to their first point in three games. It was a new-look side which took to the park and Simon Lynch's early opener only worked in spurring the home side on in the second half to earn a hard worked point in a game where possession dominated over goal threat.

There were three changes to the starting line-up which lost 2-0 to Morton last week: Rhian Dodds and Eric Paton were dropped from the team completely while Bob Davidson had to settle for a place on the bench, in came Kyle Benedictus to make his debut at centre back while Eddie Means and Bryan Deasley also made the starting eleven. Dundee lined up in the usual 4-4-2 formation with Chris Pozniak switching to right back and Darren Williams protecting the back four, Deasley and Antione-Curier the preferred partnership up-front.

Bryan Deasley had the first chance of the game but his weak shot was held by keeper Robertson but within minutes Airdrie responded with their own opening: Smith's cross from the right was flicked on by Simon Lynch onto the bar beating Douglas, with Paul Di Giacomo left cursing his luck as he somehow headed over from four yards out.

Dundee didn't heed the warning from the visitor's and were ahead on eleven minutes through former Dee Simon Lynch. His low shot found its way past Douglas, bounced off the left upright and along the goal-line before nesting into the net off the far post.

Although leading Airdrie continued to sit-back and defend allowing Daquin and Antione-Curier to test Robertson in the visitor's goal but neither could find a way past the stopper.

The home side thought they had scored in the 25th minute but the referee waved play on: from Daquin's corner McKeown headed at goal with Robertson clambering away after the ball had appeared to cross the line. McKeown again tried his luck but Airdrie bundled it away.

As the interval approached Airdrie found themselves unlucky not to double their advantage Paul Di Giacomo's volley and Simon Lynch's shot both notable efforts that had Douglas on his toes.

Whatever was said at half time worked as Dundee dominated the opening stages of the second forty-five. Curier got into a good position but his run was blocked as he over hit his ball into Deasley who was forced wide and Robertson was able to collect before Eddie Malone found enough space to get down the wing to whip the ball across the box with Airdrie heading behind with Curier waiting Within twenty minutes of the re-start Antione-Curier latched onto Bryan Deasley's through-ball to score the first goal of Scott's new tenure and only Dundee's second in seven games.

Eddie Malone's free kick from deep within his own half was headed down by Curier to Deasley who dummied the ball before sending Curier clear through on goal and the Frenchman didn't disappoint, firing past Robertson to level the score.

Airdrie, and in particular Di Giacomo tried to haul themselves back into the game: he beat Benedictus to the ball and waits for support but decided to go alone, hitting a shot into the side netting

With ten minutes remaining sponsor's man of the match Freddie Daquin and Bryan Deasley were replaced by Mark Gilhaney and Bob Davidson respectively. The latter wasted no time in making his mark, shooting from the edge of the area but his effort was equalled by Robertson.

Pozniak's run down the wing saw the right-back send the ball towards the back post but Robertson again saved at the feet of Curier before saving from O'Brien's rebound.

There were six bookings in the game: Eddie Malone, Darren Williams and Bryan Deasley cautioned for the Dees while Smith, McDonald and Nixon were shown yellow for the visitors.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at November 1st, 2008)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 13 - 146 -
Chris Pozniak27 131131
Craig McKeown23 8 - 8 -
Kyle Benedictus16 1 - 1 -
Darren Williams31 9 - 9 -
Eddie Malone23 14 - 421
Eddie Mearns19 4 - 4 -
David O'Brien24 11 - 352
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 1452514
Frédéric Daquin30 11 - 483
Bryan Deasley20 8 - 456
Mark Gilhaney (sub)23 14 - 14 -
Robert Davidson (sub)22 10 - 5711






League Table (as at November 1st, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


I am pleased to back in the game and delighted to be back home again.

I know the task ahead is a difficult one but I am looking forward to the challenge. My short term goal is to stop losing games and obviously my long term goal, however long it takes, is to get Dundee Football Club back where we belong in the Scottish Premier League.

With your support along the way I am sure that we can make this happen.