Dundee 2
Queen of the South 0
League (First Division)


Dundee
2 - 0
Queen of South 

League (First Division)
Saturday, November 15th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,630
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Eric Paton (64)
Bryan Deasley (79)
None.

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Kyle Benedictus
4. Craig McKeown
5. Eddie Malone
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Darren Williams
8. Chris Pozniak
9. David O'Brien
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Bryan Deasley
Cammy Bell .1
Andy Aitken .2
Jim Thomson .3
Jamie McQuilken .4
Tom Parratt .5
Paul Burns .6
Neil MacFarlane .7
Steve Tosh .8
Gary Arbuckle .9
Stephen Dobbie .10
Sean O'Connor .11

Bench
12. Ludovic Roy
14. Jim Laughlan
15. Mark Gilhaney
16. Rhian Dodds
17. Robert Davidson
Bryn Halliwell .12
Michael McGowan .14
Scott Robertson .15
Stephen Simmons .16
David Weatherston .17

Substitutions
Jim Laughlan for Kyle Benedictus (51)
David Weatherston for Gary Arbuckle (67)

Cautions
Chris Pozniak (72)
Neil MacFarlane (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)
West Boulstridge & James Burns (Assistants)


Match Report


Jocky Scott's Dundee continued their undefeated run since he took over for a third time at Dens and picked up their first home win since his return as boss.

Eric Paton opened the scoring against his former club with a perfectly placed free kick before Bryan Deasley turned home a second after a great run from Mickael Antoine-Curier down the right.

Two second half goals helped Dundee continue their ascent up the league table as their unbeaten run stretched to three games since Jocky Scott's return. After a goalless first half the team picked up the pace for the second forty-five with an Eric Paton free kick and Bryan Deasley's shot from Antoine- Curier's cutback.

Despite the midweek closed doors game against Dumbarton it was same again as Dundee lined up with the team which beat Dunfermline 1-0 the week previously at East End Park. The game came too soon for Gary Mackenzie but Jim Lauchian retained his place on the bench while QOS hoped to bounce back after their shock defeat at the hands of Morton.

It was an evenly contested first half with plenty of chances and with only five minutes on the clock Queens should have taken the lead. O'Conner's low ball into the area was collected by Tosh and although his shot had the beating of Douglas it crept past the post. Pozniak was then quick of the mark to block McQuilken's free kick.

The Doonhamers didn't have it there own way however as Pozniak's deflected shot had keeper Bell racing across his line but was never in any danger of going in before a succession of Freddie Daquin corner's, one of which found Mickael Antoine-Curier who's sidefooted effort crashed off the bar, heaped pressure on the visitor's but they held out amidst Dundee's spell on top.

The ball was continually passed from end to end and from a Queens's corner Douglas was forced to tip Andy Aitken's header. Dobbie was then gifted too much space inside Dundee's half but his attempt was blocked Malone.

Daquin's new found confidence saw him carve the visitor's open through the midfield and his ball through to Pozniak should have allowed the Canadian to pick his spot but instead the latter's first time effort could only find the stand.

As the first forty-five drew to a close Deasley's shot was blocked by Tosh before play switched to the other end where Burns broke forward but he was lacking support and the chance went amiss.

Curier created the first chance of the second period as he cleared the ball out to Deasley but he was halted as four Queens men chased him down. Benedictus has gained plaudits since his debut against Airdrie United but he was forced off the park with a calf injury with fifty minutes on the clock with Jim Lauchlan the replacement in a straight swap at the back.

The deadlock was broken in the 64th minute with a perfectly. placed Eric Paton free kick. Chris Pozniak was fouled on the edge of the area and from the resultant set piece the former Queens defender curled his shot into the top left corner.

Queen's manager Gordon Chisholm opted for a more attacking option in the 67th minute when David Weatherston replaced Garry Arbuckle. That change seemed to have an impact as the visitor's held Dundee in their own half with Tosh and Aitken creating openings for themselves but the pressure ended as the latter fired wide.

Play then switched to the other end as the Queens defence were forced back to save their keeper's blushes when his poor clearance fell to Deasley in the box but the forward was unable to capitalise on the error with little support from his teammates.

The Dundee fans were on their feet moments later as Pozniak and then Deasley were bundled over in the box with the referee awarding a penalty for the second offence against Deasley but after consultation with the linesman McDonald instead gave a free kick to Queens after advice that Curier has originally drifted into an offside position as the ball was played.

Dundee put the game beyond Gordon Chisholm's side in the 79th minute as Deasley got the goal his play deserved. Craig McKeown's long ball forward was collected by Curier who skipped into the box. The Frenchman's pinpoint pass picked out Deasley who couldn't miss from six yards out.

With ten minutes to go QOS tried to haul themselves back into the game and although forced to defend deeply the defence held out and posted a second clean sheet in as many games.

For the first time in weeks the Dundee fans were on their feet at full time and overall Eric Paton's free kick would be a worthy winner in any game.

In an entertaining match there were two bookings: MacFarlane for the Doonhamers and Williams for the home side.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at November 15th, 2008)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 15 - 148 -
Kyle Benedictus16 3 - 3 -
Eddie Malone23 16 - 441
Craig McKeown23 10 - 10 -
Eric Paton30 153153
Chris Pozniak27 151151
Darren Williams31 11 - 11 -
David O'Brien24 13 - 372
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 1662715
Frédéric Daquin30 13 - 503
Bryan Deasley20 101477
Jim Laughlan (sub)31 1 - 1 -






League Table (as at November 15th, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Two weeks into the job and I am still thoroughly enjoying myself. I have seen plenty in the two weeks to convince me that as a team, we will definitely improve in the coming weeks.

The efforts and application, the endeavour and desire to do well is there for all to see. All that is needed is some fine tuning.

You will already be aware of my first signings for the Club, Ray Farningham & Barry Smith who both join the management team & who I look forward to working with again. I know that you the fans will give them both a warm welcome. The players already have.

Four points from the last two games is a decent start but we have to continue to collect points every week and show consistency in our play if we are to get back among the teams at the top of the league.

After last week's away victory over one of these teams we now welcome Queen of the South who are managed by ex Dens Parker Gordon Chisholm who has done an excellent job during his time at Palmerston.

Today's game will be another difficult encounter during which you the fans can play another huge part with your vocal support as you did against Airdrie.

Enjoy the game.