Dundee 2
Queen of the South 3
League (First Division)


Dundee
2 - 3
Queen of South 

League (First Division)
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,757
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (55)
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (69)
Barry Wilson (43)
Stephen Dobbie (65)
Martyn Lancaster (77)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. David Cowan
5. Eddie Malone
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Andrew Shinnie
8. Paul McHale
9. Georgios Efrem
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Colin McMenamin
Lee Robinson .1
Andy Aitken .2
Martyn Lancaster .3
Jim Thomson .4
Bob Harris .5
Jamie McQuilken .6
Paul Burns .7
Steve Tosh .8
Barry Wilson .9
Stephen Dobbie .10
Sean O'Connor .11

Bench
12. Ludovic Roy
14. Kyle Benedictus
15. Darren Williams
16. Mark Gilhaney
17. Bryan Deasley
Bryn Halliwell .12
David Weatherston .14
Stewart Kean .15
Ryan McCann .16
Neil MacFarlane .17

Substitutions
Mark Gilhaney for Frédéric Daquin
Kyle Benedictus for Gary Mackenzie (68)
Ryan McCann for Jim Thompson (75)
Neil MacFarlane for Barry Wilson (79)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John McKendrick (Referee)
Steven Craven & Cammy McKay (Assistants)


Match Report


Queen of the South travelled the long road back to Dumfries with three well earned points after coming out on top of a five goal encounter at Dens.

A second half brace from Mickael Antoine Curier wasn't enough to earn Dundee even a point as goals from Barry Wilson, Stephen Dobbie and Martyn Lancaster inflicted Jocky Scott's first defeat at Dens since his return the the Dens Park hot seat.

The away side would have been given a lift right from the off as the team sheet reveled the mystery injured man in the Dundee squad to be Colin Cameron who has been instrumental in The Dark Blues midfield in recent weeks. Cameron's replacement in the starting line up was Freddie

Daquin who came back into the side on the right wing and Andrew Shinnie took up the gap left in central midfield. It was the Frenchman returning to the side who had the first chance of the match and could well have given Dundee the lead. An early corner was headed away only as far as the winger on the edge of the box and he caught it well enough on the volley but it the wrong side of the post after going through a crowded area.

Queens first chance came when strikers Sean O'Connor and Stephen Dobbie both tried to twist and turn into the box but after a shot was blocked it fell into the path of Steve Tosh and from the edge of the box he drove a shot wide. Daquin was involved again minutes later and it was to be

the closest Dundee would come in the first period. He got down the right well before finding Giorgos Efrem moving into the box and the on loan Rangers man flicked the ball onto the post with the inside of his boot. Seconds later the Cypriot bent a shot from distance wide of the post and was showing signs of being in the mood.

Midway through the half Queens had a shout for a penalty when O'Connor combined with Dobbie whose shot appeared to come off the hand of David Cowan and the defender must have been relieved when the referee only gave a corner kick.

Dundee worked a free kick which ended in Eric Paton firing over before Efrem had the last of the chances for the home side in the half when he burst from midfield but disappointingly could only scoop a shot wide of goal. That might have been Dundee's last chance of the half but there was still more to come from Queens and it resulted in the opening goal. Left Back Bob Harris was given far too much time when he arrived at the ball on the left. He crossed to the back post and picked out Barry Wilson who pealed off his marker before volleying the ball low into the far comer.

was a first half which neither side had taken control in but Queens were far the happier at the break thanks to Wilson's

It opener. The second half started with Dundee on the front foot. Shinnie placed a shot wide after Efrem saw an effort blocked and Shinnie had another effort this time only finding the side netting after a good run.

It wasn't to be long though before Dundee were back on level terms. Queens stood off Curier and he brought the ball forward and his deflected effort beat Robinson in the goal to bring the equaliser.

Dundee upped the pressure but could only really muster one chance while they were on top for a short period.

Daquin found McMenamin in the box and the striker hit a shot at goal that Robinson did well to hold to his left. From a corner there was more concern but this time for Dundee when Gary Mackenzie needed treatment. He appeared to be ok and after leaving the park return to the field as Queens lined up a corner.

The corner was cleared but worked back out to the right where the always dangerous Dobbie cut inside and slotted the ball into the net from a tight angle. That goal completely killed the atmosphere inside Dens which had built after Curier's goal but less than five minutes later the Guadeloupe nternational was on the score sheet again.

Before that though MacKenzie was replaced by young Kyle Benedictus a blow to the defence which leaves another man on the injury list.

For the goal, a ball was played up the left Curier ran onto it before carrying it forward and passing it low under Robinson and into the net. Dundee's only chance to take the lead came in the form of a free kick which Paton curled straight into the arms of Robinson.

Then out of nothing Dobbie almost produced what would have been one of the best goals scored at Dens for years. A long ball forward was knocked down by Queens substitute Stewart Kean and Dobbie seemed to effortlessly knee the ball up for himself but firing a shot destined for the top. coner had it not been for a superb save from Douglas to tip it over the bar.

The Dumfries side were not to be denied though and from the corner Martyn Lancaster headed beyond Douglas to give them the lead for the third time. There was a few further substitutions in the match as Mark Gilhaney took to the park for Dundee but no further chances.

Queens saw the game out with relative ease and were delighted as the full time whistle went and they left Dens with a vital three points

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at March 10th, 2009)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 28 - 161 -
David Cowan27 17 - 31 -
Gary Mackenzie23 14 - 751
Eddie Malone23 28 - 561
Eric Paton30 274274
Paul McHale27 221654
Andrew Shinnie19 131131
Mickaël Antoine-Curier26 27133822
Frédéric Daquin30 21 - 583
Georgios Efrem19 4242
Colin McMenamin28 223349
Kyle Benedictus (sub)17 7 - 7 -
Mark Gilhaney (sub)24 18 - 18 -






League Table (as at March 10th, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Welcome back to Dens where a fortnight ago against Livingston we had our biggest victory of the season.

As the saying goes, it was "a game of two halves". The first half going to the visitors who had a couple of good chances to lead at half time, however the second half was a different story after Andrew Shinnie's first goal for Dundee. As a team, we grew in stature after that and played some good football and scored another three goals.

Unfortunately we could not repeat that last week at McDiarmid Park where both teams gave their all in what could be described as a competitive Derby game. The little football played during the game, I thought was mainly played by us; however there were no clear cut goal scoring opportunities for either side.

Tonight we welcome Queen of the South managed by ex Dens parker Gordon Chisholm, who are back to their previous form and go into this game on the back of good results.

We therefore, are going to have to be at our best to get all three points.

Enjoy the game.