Dundee 0
Celtic 1
League (Scottish Premiership)

0 - 1

League (Scottish Premiership)
Sunday, March 17th, 2019
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,608
12:30 PM Kick-off

None. Odsonne Edouard (96)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Neil Lennon

Starting Eleven
31. Sieng Dieng
29. James Horsefield
5. Genséric Kusunga
15. Ryan McGowan
6. Darren O'Dea
3. Nathan Ralph
7. John O'Sullivan
16. Ethan Robson
4. Martin Woods
20. Kenny Miller
10. Scott Wright
Scott Bain .29
Jeremy Toljan .2
Mikael Lustig .23
Kristoffer Ajer .35
Kieran Tierney .63
Scott Brown .8
Scott Sinclair .11
Callum McGregor .42
James Forrest .49
Odsonne Édouard .22
Mikey Johnston .73

12. Elliot Parish
2. Cammy Kerr
27. Jesse Curran
17. Andrew Dales
28. Andreas Hadenius
45. Callum Moore
23. Craig Curran
Dorus de Vries .24
Filip Benkovic .32
Jonny Hayes .15
Ewan Henderson .52
Vakoun Issouf Bayo .10
Oliver Burke .25
Timothy Weah .30

Craig Curran for John O'Sullivan (71)
Jesse Curran for Kenny Miller (72)
Andrew Dales for Scott Wright (94)
Jonny Hayes for Mikey Johnston (59)
Filip Benkovic for Kristoffer Ajer (73)
Timothy Weah for Jeremy Toljan (78?

Ethan Robson (21)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)
Graeme Leslie & Ralph Gordon (Assistants)
John Beaton (Fourth Official)

Match Report

It was the ‘pain of six’ for Dundee at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park this afternoon when Odsonne Edouard snatched victory for Celtic with a 96th minute winner. Despite the visitors enjoying most of the possession, the Dark Blues were on course for a well earned point after a performance of courage, determination and grit until Celtic’s last second winner. The Dee had been resolute, compact and dangerous on the break but when the Fourth Official held up the board to indicate six minutes of injury time, there were groans and disbelief amongst the home support as no one could understand where all the additional time had come from and The Hoops took full advantage.

Dundee lined up with two changes from last weekend’s game against Hearts with Kusunga and O’Sullivan coming in to replace Dales and Craig Curran as The Dark Blues lined up with five across the back in an attempt to be solid at the back and hit Celtic on the break.

Predictably The Bhoys attacked Dundee from the off but it was The Dee who had the first real chance when Ethan Robson fired over the bar from the edge of the box. Sixty seconds later Celtic went right back up the park and tried a long range effort themselves but Kieran Tierney’s shot was deflected behind for a corner.

Ryan McGowan headed that corner away and it was the first of a series of crosses that were sent into the Dundee box which were comfortably dealt with by Dundee’s central defensive trio of McGowan, O’Dea and Kusunga.

As the first half progressed Scott Sinclair and James Forrest had multiple efforts on goal before Callum McGregor tested Seny Dieng from distance. The goalkeeper looked less convincing when he blocked a Scott Brown 20 yard shot but he recovered well to palm away Edouard’s rebound.

Dark Blue hearts were in their mouths again when Celtic attempted a training ground move at a corner when McGregor found Forrest on the edge of the box but the Scotland winger’s volley was blocked inside the six yard box.

Dieng was called into action again five minutes before the interval when Sinclair tried to curl a shot into the top right hand corner but Dundee’s Swiss goalkeeper was able to palm the ball away to safety.

Despite all this pressure on the home goal it was Dundee who had the best chance of the first half and it came just before the break. Kenny Miller fed Robson who in turn released Scott Wright through on goal but when he ran into the Celtic box he found Scott Bain had rushed off his line to meet him and smother the forward’s shot.

After half time there was no let up from Celtic in terms of possession and territory but chances became more scarce as the Dark Blue defence stood firm. Johnston flashed an effort across the Dundee six yard box and Sinclair lifted an effort towards goal but it was deflected wide.

McGregor was another whose shot was deflected, this time into the arms of Dieng while Forrest had a shot blocked by Horsfield.

Kenny Miller was leading the Dundee line well and he got a rare sight of goal ten minutes into the second half when his ambitious effort was deflected behind for a corner. Scott Bain then had to punch the Woods corner from under his crossbar and it gave the Dundee support some hope that they might be able to snatch something.

Both sides made changes as the game moved into its latter period but the flow of the game remained the same. Celtic probed and pushed inside the Dundee half as the Dark Blues defended valiantly but they tried to counter whenever possible.

Unfortunately it was from one such advance that The Dee were undone. By then five minutes of the bizarre six additional had been played and substitute Andy Dales had broken upfield and into the Celtic box to set up Dark Blues’s captain Martin Woods . His shot was deflected into the arms of Bain and within seconds The Celts were back up the other end. Edouard played a one-two with Forrest inside the Dundee area and when he received the ball back, smashed it home though a crowded six yard box.

The away fans were delirious as their manager ran down to the corner flag to celebrate with them with the despondent Dees starting to trudge home. Jim McIntrye was at pains to stress that the unexplained long injury time was not the reason his side lost but rather the lack of taking their chances and losing possession late on was more of a factor.

There was no faulting the players’ efforts and the desire was there to see but points are desperately required. Perhaps chasing that win late on ultimately cost the Dark Blues a valuable point but the hard luck stories of recent weeks need to stop and that needs to start in Paisley in a fortnight.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at March 17th, 2019)

2018-19 All Time
Sieng Dieng (GK)24 11 - 11 -
James Horsefield23 7 - 7 -
Genséric Kusunga31 231332
Ryan McGowan29 7 - 7 -
Darren O'Dea32 16 - 965
Nathan Ralph26 25 - 25 -
John O'Sullivan25 5 - 5 -
Ethan Robson22 5 - 5 -
Martin Woods33 191191
Kenny Miller39 277277
Scott Wright21 7272
Jesse Curran (sub)22 322462
Andrew Dales (sub)24 11 - 11 -
Craig Curran (sub)29 10 - 10 -

League Table (as at March 17th, 2019)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to Neil Lennon, his backroom staff and both sets of supporters to today's match with Celtic.

Looking back to last weekend's defeat against Hearts we can't be disappointed with the effort the team gave us.

What we can be frustrated with is the amount of chances and good areas we are getting into without putting them away or taking care of the final pass, defensively I thought we did well against a really physical and direct team. The one moment we didn't deal with they scored. I felt there was enough in the performance to deserve at least a point.

We are fully aware that in order to pick up the points required to move up the table we need to be better in both boxes.

Today presents another tough match but it is another opportunity to play at home and it's another match are looking forward to. As always against Celtic we know we will have to stand up and be counted and give everything we have to keep the points at Dens.

Enjoy the game.