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  1. It has took Hemmings some time to look settled in this Dundee team but the past few matches have seen the big forward reproduce the performances he was able to show during his first spell with the club and followed it up with two well taken goals to fire the Dark Blues into the lead. Hemmings had two chances to fire claim a hat-trick in this match. He first chose to set up substitute Sean Mackie at the back post, who fired home his first goal for the club. Then, he blazed the ball over with the goal gaping after Declan McDaid crossed the ball as he ran in at the back post unmarked . “Raging I never got the third,” laughed Hemmings as he spoke to BBC reporter Kenny Crawford after the match about his performance. “To say I messed it up was an understatement but listen, it was a tough place to come. I’ve come here a lot of times in the pass and they (Alloa) are always a good team. “Ultimately, you’re a striker so you are always going to be judged on the goal but I think the way we have set up in the past couple of weeks, I’ve been happy with my performances, on and off the ball. The goals just haven’t come so it was just a matter for me of biding my time.” When asked what his team mates said to him in the changing room after passing up the glorious opportunity to claim a hat-trick, Hemmings answered: “They were just asking what happened!” “I was going to take it on my left then I was gonna lash it with my right then at the last minute I thought, nah I’ll just roll it into the corner and it’s just hit off my big toe and went over the bar and I just started laughing and though, what am I doing! When asked if Paul McGowan was sympathetic about his miss, Kane Answered: “Gowser has always got something to say about something anyway. It’s Gowser isn’t it.” This is Hemmings second spell with the cub along with spells with The Rangers and Cowdenbeath and despite leaving Dundee the first time around to be closer to his family, he was quick to speak highly of living in Scotland. “It’s a weird one for me, I’ve told people that I’ve spent more time in my adult life in Scotland than I have in England and that’s were I’m from. I love it up her and I don’t mind. I love the banter, I love the people, I love how aggressive people are, so I feel right at home.”
  2. The Dark Blues fell behind early on when but quickly managed to get back on level terms. The first half was an entertaining affair with Dundee having the best chances to put themselves into the lead but the tempo whittled down during the second 45, with Dundee failing to cause any real threat except from a Graham Dorrans free-kick. Queens looked more dangerous on the break as Dundee found themselves in familiar territory of being unable to break down the opposition defence. Post Match, James McPake spoke of his frustration after another uneventful evening for his strikers and ultimately, another match without a victory. “It’s another missed opportunity and another game where the main problem was in the final third. “The frustration is we’re just not winning enough games, whether it’s home or away. That has to turn. “I’m picking positives so I don’t sound like a broken record – there was a lot of character shown after going a goal down. We then controlled the game. “We need to be better at the top end and that’s where my frustration lies tonight. “It was similar last week. We had chances to win. It’s a point but for me it’s two points dropped. “We know it will turn. We’re back at home next week and we need to be ready for it.”
  3. After declaring his interest in bringing his old teammate to Dundee last week, it seemed all had gone quiet on that front but McPake has managed to get the deal over the line and Dorrans will now be in tomorrows squad for our visit to Greenock to take on Morton. The ex-Scotland international has had to endure an injury ravaged Rangers career but will no doubt see this as the ideal opportunity to kick-start his career. There was rumoured to be interest from other Premiership clubs along with some interest from England but McPake has got his man and the fans will be hoping this move gives the team that vital creative spark that seems to have been missing.
  4. Has anyone watched the highlights yet on DeeTV? Kinda looks like the Alloa defender gets the ball cleanly from Kerr. At the time in the Coxy, it looked like a stone waller but not so sure now.
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    McPake Confirms Interest In Dorrans

    The Dundee manager was full of praise for the free-agent but did mention that any potential deal would have to be within budget. Dundee’s owner Tim Keyes today did however say in an interview with The Courier today that they “increased the budget a little” to bring in Kane Hemmings and that “the budget is always fixed but flexible,” so It may give McPake some hope that a deal can be struck to add Dorrans into his squad. “When a player like that pops up you'd be mad not to try and have a look at it," McPake said. "Would I like him? Absolutely, but I'm also very aware of the budget the board have already given me. "Graham will have a lot of options. I like him as a person, as a footballer. We've spoken about a lot of stuff but not money. If I had a chance to bring him here within budget and make it work then I would. "When I got the job, I jokingly said to him over a beer and a bite to eat 'I'm going to get you to Dundee' - I don't know if it's an option now or not.” "There's a hunger there, and a frustration from the last two years that his boyhood club hasn't worked out for him, but that's completely down to injury. "I know he's desperate to play football. He feels he's in good condition. He's had a real bad time of it with his knee. "He is looking to play football at a place he can reignite his career - he is far from finished and will be a good addition for someone."
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    Dorrans a Target for Dundee?

    Dorrans left Rangers at the start of September despite having a year left on his contract following his move to the Glasgow club from Norwich for £750,000 in 2017. His time at Ibrox has been ravaged by injury with the midfielder only making three-appearances all of last season and a total of 19 over the whole course of his career. Despite this, Dorrans is looking to get his career back on track and isn’t short of admirers. Kilmarnock remain keen on him as do English side Bolton along with some foreign options. If Dundee do have solid interest in the midfielder, the ex-Scottish international won’t come cheap or at least, he will have to take a considerable drop in wages to drop down a division. In Dundee’s favour is his friendship with manager James McPake who he was a teammate with during their Livingston days. While there will remain question marks over his fitness, there is no denying that Dundee are in dire need of someone of his quality in our team right now. For the player himself, this could be a smart move. A drop down into a division in which he would be one of the best players if he stayed clear of injuries could potentially see him kick-start his career and either help the club to a quick return to the Premiership or at least, put himself back into the shop window.
  8. Despite sending out a strong team against the part-time League Two club, the players failed to reward the fans with a moral boosting victory after last weeks Derby defeat, much to the annoyance of manager James McPake. “It doesn’t matter who you are playing against because that second-half performance is nowhere near acceptable for a club of this size,” said McPake. “It was another level of performance that was really poor, to be honest. “You ask for a reaction and you’re looking for one, but we didn’t get it. “There was no complacency as you saw by our team selection. We went very strong and it just was not good enough. “So no, there wasn’t complacency – we just weren’t good enough. “It was a very strong team and it was a team that if they were right and they did things properly then they should have won the game of football.”
  9. Dundee have been linked with a move for the highly rated 17-year-old and look to have beaten off competition from Ross County and St Johnstone to land the youngster. The deal will be until January but there will also be an option for it to be extended until the end of the season. Speaking after today's narrow defeat at home to Aberdeen in the League Cup in which Josh McPake was a spectator, James McPake said: “Hopefully we will get a deal over the line for Josh and he will join us. “I could have done with him today instead of bringing a centre half on late in the game. “But he’s a player we hope to sign and once again the board have backed me, like they have done with every manager here.”
  10. Is your water riddled with sh*te?
  11. Just under two-weeks ago, the club announced that sales had topped 3100 but it would seem since the signing of Kane Hemmings last week, it has sold fans who were maybe sitting on the fence to purchase a season ticket with supporters and even the official club shop Twitter account reporting the ticket office being busy constantly throughout the last few days. Even on the day of our first home match of the Championship on Saturday, the queue for tickets was standing well outside the door from midday up until kick-off. The last day to purchase a season ticket at the 'Early Bird' price ends tomorrow at the close of business. If you attended Saturdays match against Ayr, you're advised to bring your ticket from that game and the price from that game will be deducted from your season ticket price. The ticket office is open from 10am-5pm. For more details - Click This Link
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  13. The talk before the match was all about returning hero Kane Hemmings, who found himself put straight into the starting XI but this meant Andrew Nelson was the unlucky forward to drop to the bench with Danny Johnson favoured to partner Hemmings up top. With the match still at 0-0 and Dundee struggling to find a way to break down a stubborn Ayr back-line, McPake replaced Johnson with Nelson and the substitute only took six minute to put the Dee ahead with a glancing header from a pin-point Jordan Marshall cross. McPake said: “Andy probably feels hard done by. “I had a front two that didn’t include him and that's no reflection on Andy who's had a good pre-season. “It was a tough decision to leave him out but that's football for you. “But I really love working with Andy. You get everything from him and he showed that again for how long he was on the park here. “His goal was great, a brilliant header. There’s so much more to come from him. We know he can make a massive contribution with goals allied to his overall play. “We’re just delighted to get off the mark. It was a tough, tough game. Ayr are a very dangerous side. “We’re going to need this grit and determination. We’re going to have a lot of teams coming to Dens and trying to frustrate us, and I felt we handled that well.”
  14. The striker left Dundee in 2016 after scoring 28 Goals in 44 matches for the Dark Blues which also earned him a PFA Player of the Year nomination along with fellow strike partner, Greg Stewart. Kane left Dundee to move to Oxford United after the club triggered a release clause which seen the big striker leave for a reported £250,000. He scored 15 times with Oxford before he was loaned out to Mansfield Town where he scored a further 15 times for them. Last season, Hemmings moved to Notts County and found the back of the net 14 times. There was speculation that St Johnstone had enquired about the availability of loaning Hemmings but his old club were quick to swoop and offer him a permanent move.
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