Dundee 0
Partick Thistle 1
League (Premiership)

0 - 1

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,328
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Julen Etxabeguren (o.g) (30)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Alan Archibald

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
16. Julen Etxabeguren
3. Kevin Holt
30. Cammy Kerr
6. Darren O'Dea
18. Paul McGowan
14. Mark O'Hara
4. James Vincent
21. Marcus Haber
22. Henrik Ojamma
33. Craig Wighton
Tomáš ?erný .1
Christie Elliott .2
Callum Booth .3
Liam Lindsay .5
Danny Devine .15
Niall Keown .17
Abdul Osman .6
Chris Erskine .10
Adam Barton .13
Ryan Edwards .19
Kris Doolan .9

36. Kyle Gourlay
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
55. Kévin Gomis
7. Tom Hateley
17. Nick Ross
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
11. Danny Williams
Mark Ridgers .35
Andy McCarthy .30
David Amoo .7
Steven Lawless .11
Adebayo Azeez .16
Kevin Nisbet .27

Faissal El Bakhtaoui for Henrik Ojamma (65)
Danny Williams for Craig Wighton (68)
Kostadin Gadzhalov for Julen Etxabeguren (69)
Steven Lawless for Chris Erskine (77)
Adebayo Azeez for Kris Doolan (86)

None. Adam Barton (70)
Chris Erskine (71)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)
Dougie Potter & Joseph Lawson (Assistants)
David Lowe (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee couldn’t sustain their recent fine form and went down to a 1-0 defeat by Partick Thistle at Dens Park tonight. The visitors had the edge in a poor game, which they won through an unfortunate first half own goal by Julen Etxabeguren. The Basque defender had a miserable night, being stretchered off in the second half. The Dark Blues might have grabbed a point in a late flurry of pressure, but over the full match they could have no complaints about the outcome.

Dundee were unchanged following Saturday’s thrashing of Motherwell, Mark O’Hara having recovered from his ankle knock. Thistle made one change; Christie Elliott came in for Mustapha Dumbuya.

The Dark Blues started promisingly, spending the first five minutes in Thistle’s half. Although Dundee were on the front foot, with some good passing movements, they lacked the fierce intensity that was so prominent on Saturday.

After a cautious opening Thistle started to move forward and gradually started to look the more composed side. Whereas Dundee’s passing had become scrappy Thistle were making fewer mistakes and holding the ball effectively.

Chris Erskine had the first shot of the match after 11 minutes, but failed to connect cleanly from Callum Booth’s pass and scooped the ball into Scott Bain’s gloves from the edge of the penalty area. The closest that Dundee came in the first half was when Mark O’Hara charged down a clearance from Thistle’s keeper Tomas Cerny. Fortunately for the visitors the ball broke to a Thistle player.

Ryan Edwards should have done better when Christie Elliott’s cross found him unmarked 16 yards from goal, but he made a hash of his volley. Dundee’s attacking lacked any real conviction, with the midfield struggling to get the strikers into the match. The Jags were looking more dangerous on the break and they served an ominous warning when Erskine led a fast break that ended with Kris Doolan thrashing his shot well wide from a difficult angle.

Thistle got it right on the half hour though the goal had an element of controversy. Darren O’Dea was favourite to intercept a ball down the right but Doolan’s challenge from behind landed him on the turf. The Thistle striker then took possession and hit a fierce low cross to the near post where the ball cannoned off Julen Etxabeguren and into the net.

The goal helped Thistle to settle and control the pace of the game. They were holding the ball well and closed Dundee down effectively, forcing repeated errors from the Dark Blues.

The second half started as the first had done, with Dundee pressing forward and for 10 minutes they held out the promise that there would be a sustained fightback. Paul McGowan and James Vincent were finding more space, driving at Thistle’s defence and finally bringing the forward players into the game. However, the mini-revival didn’t last and Dundee managed only one shot during this spell when James Vincent’s low drive from 20 yards was beaten away by Cerny.

Thistle dug in and played their way through that short, tricky spell. They kept their heads, kept working and kept gnawing away at Dundee till the Dark Blues started to lose their momentum. The game become dreadfully scrappy, full of mistakes, but crucially any mistakes that Thistle made were in Dundee’s half. There were was little to entertain the fans, and the messy midfield war of attrition suited Thistle as they looked increasingly comfortable on their lead.

A further worry for the Dark Blues was an injury to Julen Etxabeguren who needed lengthy treatment after a challenge that didn’t look anything out of the ordinary. He was eventually carried off on a stretcher and Kosta Gadzhalov replaced him.

Paul Hartley sent on Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Danny Williams to replace Henrik Ojamaa and Craig Wighton, neither of whom had been involved as much as in recent games. The Dark Blues’ passing continued to let them down, however. It wasn’t sharp or accurate enough. Too often passes put the receiving player under pressure, rather than giving him the chance to move play forward.

After 78 minutes Doolan ran onto Osman’s pass to shoot high into the net, but from an offside position.`That signalled the start of a late charge from the Dee in which they, at last, put Thistle’s defence under serious pressure. El Bakhtaoui saw his shot in a crowded goalmouth bounce off Elliott. Cammy Kerr and Mark O’Hara worked a fast exchange of passes on the right and Kerr’s dangerous cross to the far post was turned out for a corner before Haber could reach the ball. When the corner came over it was cleared as far as McGowan who chipped the ball to the far post where Darren O’Dea headed wide, Dundee’s best and last chance of the match.

There were six minutes of injury time, but it wasn’t enough for Dundee to find a way past Thistle who closed out the match professionally to earn a deserved win. In the last two games the Dark Blues have played thrilling attacking football, but tonight’s performance was flat and well short of the quality this team has shown it can produce.

The defeat ended Dundee’s fine run of form at home. They had been undefeated and taken 17 points from their previous seven matches. The last home defeat had been Thistle last visit to Dens in October. This was Thistle’s third win against the Dee this season and the Jags have shown themselves to be highly adept at stopping Dundee playing the game the way they want to. The Jag’s victory lifts them above Dundee into sixth place, and ensures that the Dark Blues are still closer than they would like to the bottom two spots.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at March 1st, 2017)

2016-17 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)25 28 - 96 -
Julen Etxabeguren25 221481
Kevin Holt24 313706
Cammy Kerr21 311471
Darren O'Dea30 283473
Paul McGowan29 284976
Mark O'Hara21 214214
James Vincent27 21 - 21 -
Marcus Haber28 186186
Henrik Ojamma25 5 - 5 -
Craig Wighton19 242707
Kostadin Gadzhalov (sub)27 162403
Faissal El Bakhtaoui (sub)24 222222
Danny Williams (sub)29 24 - 24 -

League Table (as at March 1st, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome to Dens Park for tonight's match against Partick Thistle.

I'd like to start by welcoming Alan Archibald and his backroom staff and both sets of supporters to the game. We are coming into the match on the back of two fantastic results, firstly in the last home match against Rangers then the fine away victory at Motherwell on Saturday.

The first half was so pleasing for us at Fir Park. How we created chances, the goals that we scored, the combination play, what the players took on board, the team shape.

The second half, we know we can keep the ball better than that but we managed the game a lot better.

They threw a lot of balls into the box, we said that the back four were going to be important for us because they'll put balls in to Moult and McDonald, I felt we dealt with that for the majority of the game. We were disappointed with the goal we lost because it was the 2nd phase and we didn't pick up but overall the players have got to take the credit.

I think when you go 5-1 up at half time, you come in a little but surprised but we know the players have that in them to play good football and we managed to take our chance, we were clinical.

We are just playing well just now, the way we've played in the last two games and what we've worked on the training ground and the team shape and how the players have performed, they've got to take a lot of the credit.

We know we are in for a tough game this evening, we have faced Partick twice already this season and both have been difficult matches so we know we will have to be at our best.

The support in the last two matches has been fantastic so the players are looking forward to seeing and hearing you again tonight.

Enjoy to game.