Dundee 1
Dunfermline Athletic 0
League (First Division)

1 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,003
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eric Paton (66)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Jim McIntyre

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. David Cowan
3. Jim Laughlan
4. Craig McKeown
5. Eddie Malone
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Eric Paton
8. Andrew Shinnie
9. Chris Pozniak
10. David O'Brien
11. Colin McMenamin
Paul Gallacher .1
Scott Peter Wilson .2
Steven Bell .3
Greg Ross .4
Greg Shields .5
Calum Woods .6
Nick Phinn .7
Stephen Glass .8
Scott Muirhead .9
Andy Kirk .10
Rory Loy .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. Kyle Benedictus
15. Paul McHale
16. Darren Williams
17. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
Callum Reid .12
Austin McCann .14
Iain Williamson .15
Simon Wiles .16
Alex Burke .17

Mickaël Antoine-Curier for Chris Pozniak (54)
Iain Williamson for Rory Loy (65)
Simon Wiles for Greg Ross (75)
Alex Burke for Nick Phinn (77)

None. Steven Bell (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Anthony Law (Referee)
Steven Craven & Morag Pirie (Assistants)

Match Report

Dunfermline were on top for a large spell of the first period but the introduction of Antoine-Curier early in the second half saw the Dark Blues gain the upper hand.

Jocky Scott kept faith with the eleven who started against QOS last week with Benedictus and Antione-Curier returning to the bench after injury and illness respectively while Dunfermline looked to keep up with pace setters St.Johnstone.

After a slow start Stephen Glass' volley and Nicky Phinn's turn and shot failed to test Douglas in the home goal. After scoring his first goal of the season against QOS the week previously Colin McMenamin's confidence was at a high and he was unlucky in the 10th minute as Scott Wilson tracked back to block the forward's shot after

O'Brien had won the ball thirty yards from goal.

Although being tested by efforts from Glass, Kirk and Bell's Douglas collected with ease and from a Pars free kick Malone surged forward but was fouled outside the box. Shinnie's cross to the front post saw Dunfermline clear for a corner. Malone connected with O'Brien's corner but a Dunfermline body blocked the shot for another corner although Dundee failed to capitalise.

With half an hour gone Paul Gallacher made a mess of a clearance which fell kindly to Shinnie but Nicky Phinn's challenge before the youngster could get a shot away from distance saved the keeper's blushes. Craig McKeown was then forced to be on his toes at the other end when a long ball forward was flicked onto Kirk who got in behind the defence in the box but his cut back was cleared by McKeown on the six yard line.

With half time approaching a Dundee free kick from inside Dunfermline's half was sent forward by Paton and was knocked towards goal from a melee of players from both sides but Gallacher got down to save and keep the scores level at the interval.

As has been the case on more than one occasion this season Dundee came out of the block fastest after the break with Daquin drifting the ball into the box but neither Pozniak nor McMenamin could get the touch that would see it break past Gallacher.

Ten minutes into the second half Antione-Curier replaced Chris Pozniak as the team reverted to a 4-4-2 formation with the Frenchman partnering McMenamin upfront.

A Dunfermline break is sent out wide to Ross whose low drive across the area was cleared by McKeown. Just as it looked like the deadlock may never be broken Malone played the ball into Shinnie who turned his marker before being pulled over winning a free kick on the edge of the box. Despite Shinnie wanting to take the set-piece himself, Captain Paton stepped up to curl the free kick up and over the wall and into the top left corner to give Dundee the lead.

Manager Jim McIntyre threw on his remaining two substitutions in order to take something from the game: Ross replaced Willis while Burke came on for Phinn. A Pars free kick in the corner on the right was taken by Glass and although Douglas failed to collect his defence managed to get it clear. Shinnie and Daquin were in the thick of the action and the former set up the latter who continued his run into the box and despite beating his man the winger dragged his shot wide.

With ten minutes to go Dundee should have doubled their lead: Eddie Malone's cross in found its way out to Daquin whose cross back into the back post was again cleared. The Frenchman's second low cross found McMenamin who struck his shot at the front post, poking the ball agonisingly off the inside of the post and allowing Dunfermline to scramble clear.

Despite the nervous moments late on with a succession . of three Dunfermline corners but the Dundee rearguard remained resolute to earn their third clean sheet in a row as well as the three points which saw them ascent to fifth place and just four points behind the Pars.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 3rd, 2009)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 20 - 153 -
David Cowan26 11 - 25 -
Jim Laughlan31 4 - 4 -
Eddie Malone23 21 - 491
Craig McKeown23 15 - 15 -
Eric Paton30 194194
Chris Pozniak27 201201
David O'Brien24 18 - 422
Andrew Shinnie19 5 - 5 -
Frédéric Daquin30 17 - 543
Colin McMenamin27 141267
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (sub)25 1973016

League Table (as at January 3rd, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

I hope everyone has enjoyed a good festive period. And I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Up to now we have enjoyed ours with a good win at Dumfries where we have found difficulty coming away with points in the past.

Our first half display was excellent, the passing and movement and creating of goal scoring chances at times were a joy to watch.

Today's opponents Dunfermline Athletic FC at the time of going to print are enjoying a healthy position of second in the league which makes today's game very important. It gives us the opportunity to close the gap on them, but we will have to be at our best as Dunfermline are a good, experienced, strong team.

As always your support is important to us and again we need you to get behind the players from the first whistle.

Hope you enjoy the game.