Dundee 0
Hibernian 3
League (Scottish Premiership)

0 - 3

League (Scottish Premiership)
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,076
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Florian Kamberi (51)
Martin Boyle (54)
Thomas Agyepong (88)

Team Managers
Neil McCann
Neil Lennon

Starting Eleven
12. Elliot Parish
23. Andrew Boyle
15. Ryan Inniss
2. Cammy Kerr
17. Calvin Miller
8. Glen Kamara
22. Kharl Madianga
18. Paul McGowan
14. Adil Nabi
10. Elton Ngwatala
19. Benjamin Källman
Ádám Bogdán .31
David Gray .2
Paul Hanlon .4
Mark Milligan .5
Lewis Stevenson .16
Efe Ambrose .25
Daryl Horgan .7
Vykintas Slivka .8
Stevie Mallan .14
Martin Boyle .10
Florian Kamberi .22

1. Jack Hamilton
6. Darren O'Dea
55. Cameron Dow
27. Jesse Curran
28. Lewis Spence
46. Matthew Henvey
11. Jean Alassane Mendy
Steven Whittaker .3
Thomas Agyepong .17
Oli Shaw .32
Ross Laidlaw .21
Ryan Porteous .36
Marvin Bartley .6
Emerson Hyndman .20

Jesse Curran for Kharl Madianga (46)
Jean Alassane Mendy for Calvin Miller (70)
Matthew Henvey for Benjamin Källman (88)
Steven Whittaker for David Gray (46)
Thomas Agyepong for Martin Boyle (72)
Oli Shaw for Florian Kamberi (85)

Calvin Miller (20)
Kharl Madianga (37)
Lewis Stevenson (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee lost 3-0 at home to Hibs this afternoon as Florian Kamberi, Martin Boyle and Thomas Agyepong scored the goals that leaves the Dark Blues without a point after six matches. Dundee started well and were in contention throughout the first half. When Hibs stepped up a gear after the break, however, Dundee had no answer.

There were three changes to the Dee’s line up. Ryan Innis came in for his first start. Glen Kamara returned from injury, and Adil Nabi started after coming on as a substitute last week. Darren O’Dea and Jesse Curran switched to the bench and Kenny Miller was suspended. Hibs made three changes; Paul Hanlon, Mark Milligan and Vykintas Slivka came in for Ryan Porteous, Steven Whittaker and Emerson Hyndman.

The Dark Blues started brightly, moving the ball around neatly in the Hibs half. After two minutes it took a fine save by Adam Horgan to stop Dundee taking an early lead. After a patient move Adil Nabi found space just outside the penalty area, but the Hibs keeper at full stretch turned his curling shot round the post.

Dundee were playing confidently and looked the better side for much of the first half. The visitors took a long time to get their game going, but gradually worked their way back into the match and finished the half on top. Ominously they fashioned the best two chances of the half in the 15 minutes before the break. Daryl Horgan headed wastefully back across goal and wide when he found himself free on the end of a cross from Martin Boyle. Another dangerous Hibs attack ended with David Gray working his way into space on the right and his cutback arrived perfectly for Florian Kamberi who was denied by Elliott Parish’s great instinctive save with his feet.

After the opening 20 minutes Dundee were finding it harder to penetrate Hibs’ penalty area. The only time they opened up the defence Kharl Madianga went down in the penalty area under a challenge. Mr Dallas produced a yellow card for simulation, a decision that might have gone either way. Madiange didn’t reappear after half time and Jesse Curran came on to replace him.

The trend of the first half had been one of gradual improvement for Hibs and increasing difficulty for the Dee. Sadly that foretold how the second half would pan out. Hibs launched themselves at Dundee straight from the restart and didn’t ease up until they had killed off the Dark Blues with two goals in the first 10 minutes.

Hibs almost opened the scoring within a minute when Kamberi curled a shot against the post from wide on the left of the penalty area. Steven Whittaker, who had come on as a half time substitute, followed up but Parish turned the ball out for a corner. Dundee’s luck held out for only a few more minutes and they were opened up by a simple pass by Boyle through the central defence for KAMBERI to touch the ball past Parish and over the line.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Efe Ambrose swung the ball out to BOYLE on the right and the ex-Dee had space to run at the defence before scoring with a beautifully struck low cross shot. The two quick goals deflated the Dee and Hibs were never in any danger from then till the final whistle.

While Dundee’s attempted attacking was ponderous Hibs were calmly efficient as they moved the ball forward, finding space easily and exposing the Dark Blues’ defensive frailty. If Hibs had maintained the ferocious tempo that blew Dundee away at the start of the second half the scoreline might have been dreadful long before the end. As it was, only one team looked like scoring again. Kamberi went close with a header, and there was a succession of shots that sailed high or wide, or posed little trouble to Parish.

It seemed possible that Dundee might reach the final whistle without further punishment but Hibs substitute Thomas Agyepong ended that faint hope with a late third goal. Granted too much space to run in from the right AGYEPONG, in a repeat of Boyle’s goal, ran on to lash a low shot across Parish and inside the far post.

The Dark Blues did offer the fans some hope with their brisk start to the game. There was lots of attractive passing and movement against a sluggish Hibs team. However, there was only one serious effort on goal, when Nabi almost gave the Dee an early lead. After that the Dark Blues showed how fragile they are against opponents who are organised and determined with a dangerous cutting edge. Once the game swung against the Dee there was little response; they were impotent in attack and vulnerable in defence. The uncomfortable truth is that both teams came out of the match with what they deserved.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 22nd, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Elliot Parish (GK)28 4 - 32 -
Andrew Boyle27 2 - 2 -
Ryan Inniss23 2 - 2 -
Cammy Kerr23 9 - 1071
Calvin Miller20 3 - 3 -
Glen Kamara22 4 - 50 -
Kharl Madianga24 111111
Paul McGowan30 1011609
Adil Nabi24 6 - 6 -
Elton Ngwatala25 111111
Benjamin Källman20 5151
Jesse Curran (sub)22 11 - 25 -
Jean Alassane Mendy (sub)28 9292
Matthew Henvey (sub)18 3 - 71

League Table (as at September 22nd, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to today's match against Hibernian.

It's been a tough time lately, it's frustrating for the team to work so hard all week and have nothing to show for it come a Sunday. In all our league games so far we have made the task more difficult by conceding first.

I'd love to see the team take the lead and see what effect that would have on us. I believe it would have a hugely positive one. To see us play with a release of pressure would see us go on to show how good we can be

No matter what happens in a game of football, we must be strong enough as a group to do the things we have trained all week to do. Someone said to me after Saturday's defeat to Rangers that I must be encouraged that our lads never seem to give in

I told him that our team won't and will fight to get that first win under our belts I know you will support your team today as you always do, together we will give everything to get the right result