Dundee 1
Aberdeen 1
League (Premiership)

1 - 1

League (Premiership)
Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,014
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stephen McGinn (69)
Adam Rooney (36)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Derek McInnes

Starting Eleven
12. Scott Bain
3. Willie Dyer
5. James McPake
4. Thomas Konrad
19. Paul McGinn
48. Stephen McGinn
11. Simon Ferry
10. Kevin Thomson
18. Paul McGowan
47. Alex Harris
16. David Clarkson
Jamie Langfield .1
Shay Logan .2
Andy Considine .3
Ash Taylor .5
Mark Reynolds .6
Kenny McLean .7
Willo Flood .8
Ryan Jack .22
Andrew Driver .29
Adam Rooney .9
Niall McGinn .10

1. Kyle Letheren
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
24. Andrew Black
6. Iain Davidson
15. Greg Stewart
49. Paul Heffernan
33. Craig Wighton
Scott Brown .20
Donervon Daniels .28
Barry Robson .15
Peter Pawlett .16
Cammy Smith .14
David Goodwillie .17
Lawrence Shankland .25

Greg Stewart for Simon Ferry (65)
Paul Heffernan for David Clarkson (73)
Craig Wighton for Alex Harris (82)
Peter Pawlett for Andy Driver (66)
Paul Heffernan for David Heffernan (73)
Craig Wighton for Alex Harris (82)

Willie Dyer (58)
Greg Stewart (83)
Adam Rooney (89)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
Willie Conquer & Stephen Mitchell (Assistants)
Stephen Finnie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee returned to action after their three week break with a deserved point in an entertaining battle against Aberdeen at Dens in the lunchtime game. The Dons had the better of the first half and took the lead through Adam Rooney. The Dark Blues fought back well and Stephen McGinn equalised with his first goal for the club midway through the second half.

Dundee made three changes from the last game. Gary Harkins was injured, Jim McAlister recuperating from an operation, and Greg Stewart was only fit enough for a place on the bench. Simon Ferry, Paul McGowan and David Clarkson all returned to the starting eleven.

Aberdeen dominated possession in the opening stages, pushing the Dark Blues back for most of the opening quarter of an hour. However, they didn't pose any serious problems for the Dee defence, who dealt well with a succession of set pieces.

It took Dundee 17 minutes to launch a serious attack, when they won their first corner. That signalled a change to the game, which became much more open and even. Aberdeen had struggled to turn territorial domination into goal threat, but Dundee quickly created two dangerous opportunities.

Stephen McGinn opened up the Dons' defence with a lofted pass for Paul McGowan. The diminutive midfielder tried to nod the bouncing ball past Jamie Langfield as the keeper came charging out. Whether or not Langield made any contact with the ball he certainly connected forcefully with McGowan. Not for the first time the referee, Mr Thomson, gave the benefit of the doubt to the defence.

Stephen McGinn then sent a 20 yard daisy cutter shaving past the outside of the post after a fine passing move through the middle. The game had opened up nicely now and Dundee were very much in contention.

Disappointingly the Dark Blues conceded an avoidable opening goal just as they had started to get their game together. After clearing a Dons' attack the defence failed to move up together. The midfield hesitated allowing Andrew Driver to nip in and take the ball. He found Adam ROONEY, who was left onside by the ragged back line, and the Dons' top scorer finished superbly from 15 yards. Scott Bain was in commanding form in the Dundee goal, but didn't have a hope of preventing the goal.

Just before the break it was Dundee's turn to get the benefit of the doubt from Mr Thomson. Niall McGinn blasted the ball against Willie Dyer's arm and, to the fury of the Dons' players, the referee awarded a corner.

Early in the second half Scott Bain pulled off the crucial save of the match. A quick second goal after the break might have taken the game out of Dundee's reach, but he stretched magnificently to turn away a glancing header from Rooney. Again the chance resulted from hesitancy in the Dee midfield that allowed Logan the chance to flight in a dangerous cross.

That was the last of the danger from Aberdeen for a long spell as the Dundee defence looked increasingly composed amd the midfield battled to nullify their Dons' counterparts.

After an hour the Dark Blues should have equalised when Ferry's cross found Harris and Clarkson in space. Harris nodded the ball on for Clarkson who hooked it over Langfield only for the ball to drift agonisingly wide of the post.

The Dark Blues had been battling effectively in midfield, but sometimes had let themselves down with sloppy passing or poor decision making as they moved toward the Dons' penalty area. However, it was a catastrophic decision by Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack that led to the Dee's equaliser.

Jack chased a ball to the Dons' corner flag that would have gone for a Dundee throw. He saved the throw by backheeling it, only to set up Alex Harris to fire over a great low cross to the near post where Stephen McGINN's smart flick sent the ball flying inside Langfield's right hand post.

Greg Stewart had come on for Simon Ferry shortly before the goal, and the change introduced more creativity and fluency to the Dundee attacks.

The last 25 minutes remained even and open. Neither side was able to create a good chance. Niall McGinn headed dangerously across the face of Scott Bain's goal, but the keeper managed to paw it away before Rooney could reach it.

Paul Heffernan and Craig Wighton replaced David Clarkson and Alex Harris for the final stages. Aberdeen tried frantically to raise their game and put the Dark Blues under pressure, but Dundee handled it well, breaking up most of the attacks before they could reach the danger area. There always seemed to be a chance that Dundee could catch out an Aberdeen defence that was sometimes eager to push up. However, the game drifted to a conclusion with neither keeper being seriously challenged.

A point today against the high flying Dons is a decent result for Dundee, and it took a good, hard working performance to win it. The solidity of the defence was especially pleasing and Aberdeen had few chances apart from their goal. For much of the game there was a lack of penetration and composure in the final third, which was hardly surprising given the absence of so many of Dundee's more creative players. Nevertheless, the players dug deep to win a deserved point. After that long three week mid season break it was great to see the Dee back in action and earning a good draw in the spring sunshine.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at March 21st, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 20 - 20 -
James McPake30 301301
Willie Dyer28 17 - 43 -
Paul McGinn24 302302
Thomas Konrad25 292292
Stephen McGinn26 6161
Alex Harris20 101101
Paul McGowan27 271271
Kevin Thomson29 20 - 20 -
Simon Ferry27 171171
David Clarkson29 208208
Greg Stewart (sub)25 31143114
Craig Wighton (sub)17 131273
Paul Heffernan (sub)33 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at March 21st, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

This afternoon we welcome Aberdeen back to Dens for their third visit of the season. I'd like to welcome manager Derek McInnes along with his backroom staff, and both sets of supporters back to Dens.

It has been a long lay off since we last had a game with other teams taking part in cup competitions meaning our matches had to be moved.

The hard work has continued through this period so we can have the boys ready for the tough run in as we try to finish as high up the table as possible.

We have probably got the most difficult run in of any team. It's a hard finish but that's just the way the fixtures have worked out for us.

We can't rely on anybody else with the games we have, we have to do it ourselves. As a club, we want to finish the season as strongly as we can.

We don't set any targets for ourselves, it's just a case of getting as many points as we can on the board. At the end of the day, it is all down to us.

The games don't come any harder than what we have and we start with a real tough one today.

Ourselves and Aberdeen have played out some high scoring matches this season, the last one at Pittodrie was a great game and it was a performance that I was really pleased with.

We'll be in for another tough game this afternoon and we are looking to get three points on the board before another break from fixtures with international matches next weekend.

Enjoy the match