Dundee 0
Greenock Morton 0
League (First Division)

0 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,736
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
David Irons

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Jim Laughlan
4. Craig McKeown
5. Eddie Malone
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Andrew Shinnie
8. Paul McHale
9. David O'Brien
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Colin McMenamin
Kevin Cuthbert .1
Stewart Greacen .2
Allan McManus .3
Chris Smith .4
Ryan McGuffie .5
Alex Walker .6
Steven Masterton .7
Jim McAlister .8
Kevin Finlayson .9
Peter Weatherson .10
Brian Wake .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. David Cowan
15. Chris Pozniak
16. Darren Young
17. Bryan Deasley
Jamie Stephen .12
Colin Stewart .14
Erik Paartalu .15
Ian Russell .16
Allan Jenkins .17

David Cowan for Jim Laughlan (26)
Chris Pozniak for Eric Paton (59)
Darren Young for Frédéric Daquin (90)
Allan Jenkins for Steven Masterton (78)

Paul McHale (23)
Andrew Shinnie (56)
Allan McManus (16)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Brown (Referee)
Graham Chambers & Roddy Cobb (Assistants)

Match Report

It was another two points dropped in the bid for the top as a failure to find the back of the net resulted in a goalless draw with Morton. Rab Douglas was once again in fine form to keep the visitor's at bay despite a penalty claim and melee on the goal line from Davie Irons' men.

It may have been the title of "lowest scorers in the country" which forced Jocky Scott into a change of personnel and formation despite sticking with the same team for the three games previous. Chris Pozniak and David Cowan dropped onto the bench with Paul McHale and Antoine-Curier taking their place. Douglas lined up in goal; Malone, McKeown and Lauchlan his back three with Daquin, McHale, Paton and O'Brien making up the four man midfield. Antoine-Curier partnered McMenamin up front as the team looked to end the run which has seen them score just twice in their last five league outings. The game was slow to start with both teams cancelling each other out in the midfield battle; however Freddie Daquin was receiving plenty of possession on the wing and his cross across the box was too heavy and ran out of play with Curier stretching to make the connection. Another cross from Frenchman Daquin broke in the area for Curier and McMenamin but both seem to get in each other's way before McHale's low shot was collected by keeper Cuthbert.

Man of the match Douglas was called into action on 10 minutes as he first collected Masterton's cross then Weatherson's effort from outside the area. Masterton was again in the thick of the action for The 'Ton, turning a free kick from 18 yards narrowly wide.

After making space for a shot McGuffie's effort from distance was saved but at the expense of a corner with Douglas duly pulling off a top drawer save from the set- piece. Wake unable to bundle home the rebound resulting in a goal mouth melee with McKeown somehow clearing the danger.

Dundee were forced into a substitution as early as the 27th minute as David Cowan slotted in at the back to replace Jim Lauchlan.

McMenamin should have scored his second goal in as many games in the 29th minute as both his and strike partner Curier's efforts were equalled by keeper Cuthbert Morton were creating their own openings with Masterton the danger man from set pieces. From 25 yards the midfielder tested his luck and was unlucky to see his effort clip the post. Curier the set up his countryman after receiving a ball into feet but under pressure from Cuthbert Curier knocked it wide to Daquin whose low cross was collected by the Morton keeper. Another Masterton free kick 30 yards out was pushed away by Douglas as both teams looked for the goal that would take them into the break with the advantage.

The home fans were on their feet a minute before the interval as a deflection off Smith from O'Brien's cross trickled wide of the upright. Daquin's across field pass picked out O'Brien who carried the run forward. From the left his cross eluded McMenamin but Morton full back Smith was on hand to guide the ball out for a corner.

The second half started in much the same way as the first. as both teams looked to gain the edge without creating much in the way of clear cut chances. After wrong footing O'Brien on the by-line, Finlayson swung in a cross but Doulas was on hand to mop up the error. With fifteen minutes of the second half gone Chris Pozniak replaced Eric Paton who had earlier picked up a knock.

Morton managed to work the ball into the middle of the box and it sat up perfectly for Wake who touches it towards goal and Douglas pulled off yet another fantastic save to tip the ball away while at the other end Shinnie and Daquin combined on the right to win Dundee a free kick well into the visitor's half. Shinnie dispatched the ball into the box with McKeown getting in at the back post to put the shot sway and McMenamin's overhead effort it over the bar.

Dundee's best chance to carve the opener came in the 69th-minute when Mickael Antoine-Curier's shot was parried into the path of Colin McMenamin who somehow shot wide when it looked easier to score. McHale played the ball into the feet of Curier who turned his man before shooting straight at Cuthbert who could only parry the effort. McMenamin was on hand to latch onto the rebound six yards from goal but could only succeed in firing well wide of the target much to the disappointment of the home fans as well as the home dugout.

As the clock ticked down Daquin crossed from the right but Greacen headed over with Curier lurking at the back post. From Shinnie's resultant corner Malone could only head it wide from the back post. With minutes to go McHale succeeded in getting the ball into the box for McMenamin whose turn and shot wide from a tight angle summed up a dismal day.

There were three bookings in the game: McHale and Shinnie for Dundee as well as McManus for the visitor's (all for unsporting behaviour).

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 17th, 2009)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 22 - 155 -
Jim Laughlan31 6 - 6 -
Eddie Malone23 23 - 511
Craig McKeown23 17 - 17 -
Eric Paton30 214214
Paul McHale27 161594
David O'Brien24 20 - 442
Andrew Shinnie19 7 - 7 -
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 2173216
Frédéric Daquin30 19 - 563
Colin McMenamin27 162288
Chris Pozniak (sub)28 221221
David Cowan (sub)26 13 - 27 -
Darren Young (sub)30 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at January 17th, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our Scottish Cup exploits were short and sweet at Parkhead last Saturday, however not before we gave a good account of ourselves in the match. Our performance was good for a First Division side playing against the Champions of Scotland and we did not disgrace ourselves with the result.

The support from those of you that were there, around 200 was fantastic and was heard above the Celtic fans often during the game. Hopefully we can carry forward that performance into the remaining league games beginning with Morton our visitors today.

Dave Irons has done an excellent job this season and we know we will have to be at our best today if we want all three points in our quest to catch St Johnstone.

Again your vocal support is vital to our campaign and is much appreciated.

Enjoy the game.