Jim McIntyre first game at Dens Park ends in defeat as Hearts romp 3 - 0 winners to go six points ahead in the Scottish Premier League.
When they say 'When it rains, it pours' and this could possibly sum up how most Dundee supporters feel right now. Two heavy defeats in succession leave Dundee firmly rooted to the bottom of the league and this doesn't look like changing anytime soon.
If the Dundee board were looking for the new manager bounce, they defiantly got the other end of the stick and it could get worse when Celtic visit Dens Park next Wednesday night.
New manager McIntrye made a few changes to the team which got their asses handed to them on Saturday. Hamilton came in for Parish, Darren O’Dea, Jesse Curran and Elton Ngwatala came in for Andy Boyle, Kharl Madianga and Sofien Moussa.
Jim McIntrye's first home game in charge got off to the worst possible start. Most fans didn't even get a chance to settle in their seats and Dundee were a goal behind. Lewis Spence gave away a free-kick just outside the Dundee box after he clattered into Harry Cochrane. Oliver Bozanic curled a shot over the Dundee wall to Jack Hamilton's left-hand post, the Dundee keeper managed to get a hand to the ball but not enough to stop it from crossing the line.
As the Dundee players were starting to recover from the early goal, they found themselves further behind before the first quarter hour.
Elton Ngwatala must have dazzled himself with his own fancy footwork because he was easily dispossessed off the ball by Sutchuin-Djoum when he should have played the simple ball. Hearts went on a quick counter attack leaving the Dundee midfield standing still, the Dundee defence found themselves turned inside out - allowing Steven Naismith to easily tap the ball into the back of the net from the far post.
In the 22nd minute, Jim McIntyre's men looked to have been given a lifeline and also a way back into the game. Benjamin Källman was trundled down in the box by Jimmy Dunne and Craig Thomson immediately pointed to the spot and Dundee penalty kick. Young Calvin Miller was given the task, but unfortunately, the Celtic loanee blasted the ball well wide of Zlamal’s goal post.
The Dark Blues could have been further behind just before the close of the first half. Luckily for the Dundee players, the crossbar moved quicker than the Dundee defence and blushes were spared when Steven MacLean’s shot rebounded back off the bar and Jesse Curran knocked the ball out for a Hearts Corner kick.
Dundee was making it easy for Hearts. Lewis Spence with a header in the wrong direction was picked up inside the Dundee half by Steven Naismith. Naismith made a surging run towards goal and found Steven MacLean unmarked just outside the penalty box, however, Hamilton did well to come off his line and block the impending shot.
The second half started as the first half. The only difference was it only took Hearts 21 seconds to score and by then it was pretty over for Dundee. Sutchuin-Djoum won the ball in the Dundee box, his ball across the Dundee goalmouth found an unmarked Morrison, he turned the ball back into the danger area and Steven McClean made no mistake this time in finding the net.
Dundee can have no complaints about tonight's score, they were second best in every department and made it easy for Hearts in their win. There was nothing in tonight’s performance that could have given any Dundee fan a glimmer of hope or any inclination that we were heading in the right direction.
Dundee will face Celtic next Wednesday at Dens Park.