Dundee 0
Partick Thistle 0
League (First Division)

0 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, December 20th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,569
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Chris Pozniak
3. Jim Laughlan
4. Craig McKeown
5. Eddie Malone
6. Andrew Shinnie
7. Darren Williams
8. Paul McHale
9. David O'Brien
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Bryan Deasley
Jonathan Tuffey .1
Willie Kinniburgh .2
Marc Twaddle .3
Kevin McKinlay .4
John Robertson .5
Simon Storey .6
Paul Paton .7
David Rowson .8
Gary Harkins .9
Liam Buchanan .10
Mark Roberts .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. Craig Forsyth
15. Frédéric Daquin
16. Mark Gilhaney
17. Colin McMenamin
Craig Hinchcliffe .12
Ricky Little .14
Chris Turner .15
Scott Chaplain .16
Simon Donnelly .17

Colin McMenamin for Bryan Deasley (71)
Frédéric Daquin for Darren Williams (71)
Craig Forsyth for Eddie Malone (86)
Simon Donnelly for William Kinniburgh (49)

Darren Williams (40)
Eddie Malone (68)
William Kinniburgh (36)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
Keith Sorbie & Paul Reid (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee made three changes to the starting line up with Jim Lauchlan coming in to make his first start for Dundee, Mickael Antoine-Curier returned to the side after missing last weeks defeat at Clyde due to international duty and Darren Williams came back into the first eleven.

Missing out were Robert Davidson, Eric Paton and Gary MacKenzie. The latter was still suffering from concussion that he got during the closed door game with Hibernian during the week. That meant that Chris Pozniak was handed the role of right back and Paul McHale moved forward in the midfield with Darren Williams playing the holding role.

It didn't take long for the first chance to come and it was Dundee who tested Tuffey in the Partick goal first. Chris Pozniak got free down the right and cut it back into the path of Bryan Deasley. The young striker turned the ball towards goal but Tuffey was down to hold

Three minutes later Curier let the home fans know he was back when he received a pass from Pozniak 25 yards out and forced Partick keeper Tuffey to tip it over the bar with a side footed looping effort. From then on The Jags really took control of the game although they didn't really trouble Rab Douglas in the Dundee goal in the first period.

Liam Buchanan had their first effort when Kevin McKinlay went down the left and crossed to the back post where the former Cowdenbeath man headed back across goal and wide.

Andrew Shinnie had a long range effort which tested Tuffey but Partick kept up the pressure and had a number of corners but couldn't make any of them count.

Dundee finished the half with a couple of chances, first off Pozniak in behind on the right again and with Tuffey advancing he managed to turn it past him and back towards Curier and Deasley waiting in the middle. Either of those two would surely have put Dundee one up but Simon Storey came across to cut it out and clear the danger.

Then right on half time, Shinnie floated a corner across and Curier glanced a header just wide of goal. The second half started in the same manor has most of the first had been played out with Partick getting on the front foot right away.

Mark Twaddle's shot was blocked behind by Pozniak and from the resulting corner David Rowson forced Douglas into the first of many second half saves which would earn Dundee a point.

Partick made the first substitute of the afternoon bringing on Simon Donnelly for Willie Kinninburgh and his first touch almost brought an assist for the opener.

Donnelly whipped a perfect cross in from a free kick only yards in front of the bench where he had watched the match from. Buchanan headed back across goal and over Douglas leaving it up to Paul McHale to clear from the line and behind for yet another corner for the visitors.

Dundee then had a rare spell of pressure in the second half and David O'Brien set the ball rolling with a charging run down the left and shot that Tuffey had to push away. Shinnie then took a corner short and when he received it back made his way into the area and flashed a shot just over.

Twaddle almost shocked Dundee soon after as Thistle broke from that short spell for The Dees on top. Given far to much space the left back unleashed an effort which whistled just wide of Douglas' right hand post.

Six minutes later, Partick should have taken the lead. Paul Paton crossed from the right and Gary Harkins arrived late to plant a header at goal which had Douglas diving to save. Mark Roberts latched onto the rebound and turned it back at goal where Douglas from the ground did superbly to turn it over the bar.

Jocky Scott tried to change things and replaced Deasley and Williams with Colin McMenamin and Freddie Daquin but Partick stayed in the ascendancy but just couldn't find a way through. Some neat football saw them more than once play their way through the Dundee defence, Liam Buchanan having the best chance of the spell with a low drive just past the post.

The home side made one more change with Craig Forsyth coming on for Eddie Malone and the young left back did almost steal all three points for Dundee but not before Tuffey was tested once more by Shinnie.

The on loan Rangers man carried the ball out of midfield and hit a low shot that the Partick keeper had to get low down to to tip round the post. The match's last chance did fall to the substitute Forsyth though.

Dundee broke from Partick having some pressure and Daquin got down the right before crossing to the back post. Forsyth arrived round the back but could only direct his header into the side netting.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at December 20th, 2008)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 18 - 151 -
Eddie Malone23 19 - 471
Craig McKeown23 13 - 13 -
Chris Pozniak27 181181
Jim Laughlan31 2 - 2 -
Darren Williams31 13 - 13 -
Andrew Shinnie19 3 - 3 -
Paul McHale27 131564
David O'Brien24 16 - 402
Bryan Deasley20 131507
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 1872916
Craig Forsyth (sub)19 2 - 4 -
Frédéric Daquin (sub)30 15 - 523
Colin McMenamin (sub)27 12 - 246

League Table (as at December 20th, 2008)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Welcome back to Dens this afternoon. It seems a long time ago since we last played here.

That last game at home was in my opinion a great advert for first division football and the crowd of 7600 shows the crowd potential we still have, providing we are winning games and challenging the leaders. The 2nd half against St Johnstone was the best we have played since my return with the result possibly a fair one.

Last week's game against Clyde was the opposite where we dominated the game for long spells, created plenty chances only for their goal keeper to save most of them, and lose the game due to a rare shot from the opposition. It was a harsh lesson for us to take. It definitely underlined the need to convert chances into goals.

Today we entertain Partick Thistle FC who are going well under the guidance of lan McCall.

Again we need your vocal support behind the team if we are to overcome the opposition. Hope you all enjoy the game and I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.