Dundee 0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2
League (Premiership)

0 - 2
Inverness CT 

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,574
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Billy Mckay (2)
Alex Fisher (10)

Team Managers
Neil McCann
Richie Foran

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
55. Kévin Gomis
3. Kevin Holt
30. Cammy Kerr
6. Darren O'Dea
18. Paul McGowan
14. Mark O'Hara
17. Nick Ross
4. James Vincent
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
21. Marcus Haber
Ryan Esson .1
Dave Raven .2
Gary Warren .5
Louis Laing .21
Brad McKay .22
Liam Polworth .7
Ross Draper .8
Greg Tansey .16
Iain Vigurs. 11
Billy McKay .13
Alex Fisher .18

Calum Ferrie
Sam Dryden
45. Daniel Higgins
22. Henrik Ojamma
54. Ian Smith
33. Craig Wighton
11. Danny Williams
Daniel Hoban .42
Jamie McCart .12
Kevin McNaughton .4
Larnell Cole .29
Jake Mulraney .15
Henri Anier .23
Dean Ebbe .9

Daniel Higgins for Kévin Gomis (46)
Henrik Ojamma for Marcus Haber (55)
Craig Wighton for Faissal El Bakhtaoui (72)
Henri Anier for Billy Mckay (66)
Kevin McNaughton for Alex Fisher (85)
Jamie McCart for Iain Vigurs (89)

None. Iain Vigurs (65)
Henri Anier (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)
Frank Connor & Sean Carr (Assistants)
Colin Steven (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee stumbled to a 2-0 defeat against bottom club Inverness Caledonian Thistle tonight in the final home match of the season. After the Dee’s place in next season’s Premiership was confirmed last night interim manager Neil McCann watched his team lose for the first time and will have seen little to please him, especially in defence. The Dark Blues never recovered from gifting the visitors two early goals. Caley Thistle may have ridden their luck occasionally in the first half, but Dundee’s defence looked like conceding a goal every time Inverness attacked. In a poor second half Caley Thistle held onto their lead comfortably to take three well deserved points and ensure the relegation battle will go to the final day.

The Dark Blues made only one change. Nick Ross kept his place after coming on for the injured Tom Hateley in Saturday’s draw against Ross County. Caley Thistle brought in Liam Polworth and Iain Vigurs, replacing Jake Mulraney and Henri Anier.

Dundee started sloppily on Saturday but the defence was even slacker in the first half tonight. Scott Bain carelessly dallied over a pass back in the first minute and hit his clearance off Billy McKay, with the ball cannoning inches wide.

The Dark Blue defence was still dozing only 30 seconds later when Liam Polworth turned the ball on for Billy MCKAY, in a surprising amount of space, to score easily from eight yards.

Dundee responded well, putting Caley Thistle under pressure, but in the visitors’ next serious attack Dundee’s defence went missing once again. Greg Tansey’s pass through the middle found Alex FISHER all on his own and he took the ball on his chest before scoring from 10 yards. It was a fine finish, but there was a conspicuous lack of defenders to trouble him.

This set the pattern for the first half. Dundee played some attractive attacking football, winning one corner after another but Caley Thistle’s defence held out. Every time the visitors ventured forward the Dark Blue support held their breath.

Darren O’Dea headed over twice from corners, and should probably have scored from the first. Faissal El Bakhatoui, Mark O’Hara, Cammy Kerr and Kevin Holt all sent over inviting crosses, to no avail. An El Bakhtaoui cross that was deflected narrowly past the post was the closest that Dundee came from these efforts.

The Dundee full backs were pushing far up the field and the centre backs always looked vulnerable with too much to do when Caley Thistle broke. Kevin Gomis did well to block a Billy McKay shot at the expense of a corner on the half hour. A second corner followed immediately and Dundee’s defence looked unconvincing as Scott Bain saved Ross Draper’s header.

The Dark Blues had a lucky escape when James Vincent lost the ball to Greg Tansey leaving Caley Thistle with three players attacking one defender. Fortunately for the Dee Tansey’s pass found Billy McKay in an offside position when Inverness should have helped themselves to a third goal. The sloppiness continued. A wayward pass across his own penalty area by Kevin Gomis went straight to Alex Fisher, who shot wide.

Late in the half Mark O’Hara set up a great chance turning Nick Ross’s pass on for Marcus Haber, whose shot squeezed under Ryan Esson, only to be booted clear by Gary Warren as it bobbled towards the goal line.

At half time young Daniel Higgins replaced Kevin Gomis. Dundee’s defence did look more comfortable, but Inverness were concentrating on holding onto the ball and protecting their lead. They did both all too easily. Dundee might have been very poor when the ball was in their own half in the first 45 minutes, but they did attack convincingly. Instead of a spirited fightback after the break the tempo, and the overall performance dipped badly.

Henrik Ojamaa replaced Marcus Haber after 54 minutes but never managed to get into the game. Mark O’Hara did get onto the end of an El Bakhtaoui cross, but sent his header straight at Esson. It was hardly a great chance, but it was the best that the Dark Blues could muster.

In a rare flurry of attacks Inverness won two corners, and Scott Bain had a straightforward save from Brad McKay’s header. For most of the second half Dundee stuttered to and fro in front of a resolute Caley Thistle defence, who continually forced their bodies in the way of every Dundee shot. In the half hour after O’Hara’s header the Dark Blues never again had a clear sight of goal and the match drifted to a conclusion with Caley Thistle under pressure, but facing no real threat.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at May 17th, 2017)

2016-17 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)25 38 - 106 -
Kévin Gomis28 22 - 22 -
Kevin Holt24 413806
Cammy Kerr21 401561
Darren O'Dea30 385575
Paul McGowan29 3841076
Mark O'Hara21 315315
Nick Ross25 20 - 621
James Vincent27 31 - 31 -
Faissal El Bakhtaoui24 303303
Marcus Haber28 279279
Daniel Higgins (sub)19 4 - 4 -
Craig Wighton (sub)19 342807
Henrik Ojamma (sub)25 13 - 13 -

League Table (as at May 17th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome to tonight's match with Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Dens.

I'd like to extend the welcome to Richie and everyone from Inverness. A point against an in-form Ross County side isn't bad although, I have to admit, I was disappointed not to get three. The pleasing thing is that the players shared in my disappointment... proof that our team has turned full circle in mentality. They showed character when, on going a goal down and after an initial slow and somewhat nervous twenty minutes, we started to take control of the game. During that twenty minute spell, I had sensed a tension in our play and took the opportunity to gather the boys in for a few words during an injury stoppage. I told the boys to trust in themselves and to do what we had worked on in the last few weeks. They did this and, in my opinion, dominated from that point on. We were unlucky not to win the match.

As of writing, I'm unaware of the results of the other games which can affect our standing in the table but regardless, the message has been consistent, we wanted to finish top of the group in the five games we had left. We are in confident mood and for the boys to be disappointed in taking seven points from a possible nine shows the belief in the dressing room.

We will respect our opponents tonight. Richie will be looking to get a strong performance from his side and regardless of their position, they will pose a threat.

The numbers that turned out for us on Saturday were fantastic and your support really did spur us on. I know the fans saw a team who gave everything to win the game. Tonight and Saturday against Hamilton will be no different as we go all out to ensure that Dundee are a Premiership team next season. I know you will be there to support us all the way.