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  1. We have a home tie against Queen of the south in the 4th round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Can we win it this year please and get this monkey off our back!
  2. The ex-Ross County boss takes over a Dundee side who sit bottom of the league. Dundee confirmed the appointment from their website: “Dundee Football Club is delighted to announce that Jim McIntyre has tonight been appointed manager of the club. “46-year-old, Jim has enjoyed a successful managerial career over the past 10 years with time in charge at Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South and Ross County. “He won promotion to the top flight with Dunfermline in his first job in management in 2011. “After leaving the East End Park side he went on to manage Queen of the South where he enjoyed success with a 4th place finish in the Championship. “Jim moved to Ross County in 2014 and went on to lead them to their first major trophy with a League Cup win in 2015/16, a season in which he also won the SFWA Manager of the Year award. “Jim joins on a one year rolling contract and will meet the players tomorrow morning before taking training.” McIntyre has been out of management for just over a year since he was sacked from Ross County along with his assistant Billy Dodds. As of yet, there has been no word if Dodds will following him to Dens Park but it would be a brave and silly man to appoint someone as hated among the Dark Blue support as the ex-Dundee striker and assistant manager. Jim McIntyre will be unveiled in front of the press tomorrow at lunchtime.
  3. TheDarkBlues

    Queen Of the South 0 – 0 Dundee

    If you have a match report for this game and would like to help us out, please contact us. Attendance: 1,649 Referee: Tumilty Report: BBC Sport
  4. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 0 Queen Of the South

    For the second match running Paul Hartley made four changes. Benedictus, Nadé and Conroy dropped onto the bench and McBride was out of the squad. Saturday's goalscorer Peter MacDonald started along with Gavin Rae and Martin Boyle who returned. Adam Cummins made his debut in central defence. Dundee have started slowly in the past two matches. Tonight they were much more lively in the opening exchanges. Martin Boyle should have put the Dee in the lead after eight minutes. He played a neat interchange with MacDonald and raced clear. He aimed for the top corner from 12 yards, but Zander Clark pulled off a magnificent save to touch the ball over the bar. Five minutes later another good move ended with MacDonald sending Boyle into the penalty area to shoot wide, but from a more difficult angle than the first chance. The Dee's good start didn't last and Queens came back strongly. They had the better of the last 20 minutes in the first half when the Dee were giving the ball away too easily. Dundee were also conceding too many free kicks in midfield, allowing Mitchell to swing dangerous balls into the box. Midway through the half Reilly took a long ball and forced Letheren to make a good save from his 18 yard shot. Dundee couldn't clear the ball and Paton's shot was blocked by Cummins for a corner. Again Dundee didn't clear the ball when it came over and Burn's shot from the edge of the box flew narrowly wide. Still Dundee didn't learn the lesson and only a minute later gave the ball away to let Lyle test Letheren from a tight angle. Queens centre back Durnan had a couple of half chances from set pieces, but failed to get his headers on target. Boyle and MacDonald linked up well on occasions, but Dundee couldn't give them good possession in dangerous areas often enough. Dundee improved after half time and started to close Queens down more effectively and keep more of the play in the visitors' half. The Dark Blues also started to get players into space down the wings. First Riley and then Boyle broke clear on the right, but neither could pick out a Dundee player with their crosses. The vital goal arrived after 57 minutes. McAlister's free kick from wide on the left found Iain DAVIDSON who rose to head powerfully into the top corner from 10 yards. The goal llfted Dundee, who looked far more comfortable now they were in the lead. For the most part the defence dealt coolly and confidently with the Doonhamers' attempts to get back into the game. MacDonald opened up the Queens' defence with a neat backheel, but Rae's shot from 16 yards flew wide as Dundee threatened to add to their lead. Queens had been offering little in attack after their bright first half, but a mistake by Gallagher triggered an awkward couple of minutes in which the visitors looked dangerous. The centre back tried to knock the ball out for a throw, but played it against Lyle, allowing the the ex-Dee to run into the penalty area and shoot from a difficult angle. Letheren beat the ball away, but Dundee couldn't clear. Burns found himself in space beyond the far post, but scooped the chance high and wide. Christian Nadé replaced Riley after 72 minutes and his ability to hold up the ball proved valuable. Boyle moved to the right wing where he unsettled the Queens' defence with his blistering pace. The final change was Ryan Conroy replacing Peter MacDonald on 80 minutes. Dundee had another nervous couple of minutes during which Queens were able to exert some worrying pressure. Again the Dark Blues rallied and should have made the points safe in injury time. The Doonhamers won a free kick on the left, but Dundee cleared the ball comfortably and Boyle raced clear on the right. Instead of picking out the unmarked McAlister in front of goal he shot and Clark saved. The four minutes of injury time felt twice as long, but Dundee held out without further scares to win three more precious points. Yet again it wasn't pretty. It was another tense ordeal for the fans, few of whom can have many fingernails left. The crowd did their bit tonight and got behind the team much more than in last week's draw against Raith. Kyle Letheren won the sponsor's man of the match award. He didn't make any spectacular saves but dealt competently with everything that came his way. Newcomer Adam Cummins looked very much at home and the change didn't unsettle the defence, which was as stingy as ever, recording their fifth consecutive clean sheet. Tonight was yet another example of the importance of a solid defence; stop the opposition scoring and you need to take only the once chance to win. It would be nice to score goals by the barrowload, but it is reassuring that this team have a defence that has conceded fewer goals than anyone in Scotland apart from Celtic and Rangers, who are running away with their divisions. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Letheren Irvine, Gallagher, Cummins, Dyer Riley (Nadé 72), Davidson, Rae, McAlister Boyle, MacDonald (Conroy 80) Unused subs: Twardzik (gk), Lockwood, Beattie, Doris, Reid Goal: Davidson (57) Booked: none. Queen of the South 4-4-2 Clark Mitchell, Durnan, Dowie, Higgins Burns, Kerr, McShane (Carmichael 73), Paton (Russell 73) Reilly (McHugh 79), Lyle Unused subs: Atkinson (gk), McKenna, Kidd, Holt Booked: Higgins (foul on Riley), Mitchell (foul on McAlister) Attendance: 3,999 Referee: Euan Anderson Report: James Christie
  5. TheDarkBlues

    Queen Of the South 0 - 1 Dundee

    Paul Hartley sent out an unchanged line up, and made only one change on the bench. New signing Sean Bonnett-Johnson replaced Cameron Kerr on the bench. Paul Hartley said that he wanted Dundee to play the same style home and away, and the tactical formation was exactly the same as last week. MacDonald was the lone striker, with Boyle and Conroy offering width. McAlister played in the hole behind the striker, while McBride and Rae were holding midfielders. In the first game of the season Queens tore Dundee's defence apart with an aggressive 4-3-3 formation. Today they were playing a more conservative 4-4-2, with a narrow midfield diamond. The full backs Mitchell and Holt provided width and both put dangerous crosses into the box in the early stages. Queens started the better side, but Dundee came back well and after the opening 10 minutes had slightly the better of an even first half. There were few chances for either side before half time. A Gavin Rae volley was deflected over the Queens' crossbar and a fast break by McBride and Boyle ended with McAlister's shot being charged down. Dyer saw a cross shot flash wide after he worked a good move down the left with MacDonald. Queens' best effort was a McShane snap shot from 18 yards that Letheren did well to clutch. The game sprang into life a minute before half time. Martin Boyle raced onto MacDonald's through ball and nudged it past young keeper Jim Atkinson, who bowled Boyle over. It seemed more a matter of the goalie's momentum catching Boyle rather than a deliberate foul, but the Dee striker would have rolled the ball into the open goal. Goalkeepers rarely get the benefit of the doubt in that situation and Mr Cook pulled out his red card after pointing to the penalty spot. Striker Bob McHugh was sacrificed to allow reserve keeper Calum Antell onto the pitch. The newcomer nearly managed to repeat Dan Twardzik's instant heroics from a few weeks ago. He got his fingertips to the ball, but couldn't stop Ryan CONROY's spot kick nestling in the corner of the net. Martin Boyle should have given Dundee a crucial two goal lead early in the second half. First he blazed a MacDonald knockdown well over the bar. Next he ran clear onto a MacDonald pass and slipped the ball past the keeper only to see it roll just outside the post. Boyle then sprinted down the left, skipped past Durnan and cut the ball back for McAlister who miskicked, allowing Queens to escape. The Doonhamers threw on their remaining two substitutes early in the second half, Russell and Lyle replacing Reilly and McShane. They were struggling to get into the game against the Dark Blues who were dominating the midfield and making their extra man count. Queens repeatedly gave the ball away by rushing it forward too quickly. Dundee nearly allowed Queens back into the game by gifting them a golden chance. Benedictus played a careless crossfield pass out of defence straight to Paton, who sent Lyle through on goal. Letheren saved what seemed a certain goal, rushing out to block. The Dark Blues failed to deal with the resulting corner and Russell lashed a shot against the underside of the crossbar. It was Dundee's turn to rattle the woodwork next when substitute Christian Nadé smashed a great 30 yard shot off the post with keeper Antell spectating. Boyle missed another good chance when Irvine sent him through, but Antell saved. Queens tried desperately to get back into the game towards the end, but couldn't open Dundee up in open play. Letheren had to tip over a Durnan header from a corner, but Dundee were able to close out the game relatively comfortably. A win in Dumfries is always a tough task and three points today should be a massive boost for the players. It wasn't the thrilling spectacle that neutrals would have been hoping for, but it was certainly an enjoyable trip for the supporters. The Dark Blues failed to repeat the fireworks of the opening first half last week, but they were solid and professional, doing just enough to deserve all the points. With a bit more composure in front of goal it would have been a more relaxing second half, but I doubt if many fans are complaining as they head up the road. The new formation that the Dee tried out last week worked well again today, and the players looked comfortable operating it. So two games into Paul Hartley's managerial career at Dens and the Dee have six invaluable points from tough fixtures. By anyone's standards that's a good start. Queen of the South 4-1-2-1-2 Atkinson Mitchell, Durnan, Dowie, Holt Kerr McKenna, McShane (Russell 51) Paton McHugh (Antell, goalkeeper, 44), Reilly (Lyle 51) Unused subs: Carmichael, Higgins, Dzierzawski, Young Booked: Dow (foul on Boyle), Russell (dissent) Sent off: Atkinson (denying goalscoring opportunity, foul on Boyle for penalty) Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Letheren Irvine, Gallagher, Benedictus, Dyer Rae, McBride Boyle, McAlister, Conroy (Monti 64) MacDonald (Nadé 66) Unused subs: Twardzik (gk), Lockwood, Cummins, Bonnett-Johnson, Wighton Goal: Conroy (45 pen) Booked: Irvine (foul on Russell) Attendance: 2,152 Referee: Barry Cook Report: James Christie
  6. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 2 - 1 Queen Of the South

    Dundee's only change from last week was that injury doubt Craig Beattie had to take a place on the bench, which allowed 16 year old Craig Wighton to come in for his first start. The pitch might have looked beautiful, but as soon as the players started warming up it was clear that it was absolutely sodden. The ball barely bounced, and the players sent spray splashing as they ran. Not surrisingly both sides defences were cautious in the tricky conditions and preferred to clear early and safely rather than take chances. Queens settled quicker than Dundee and most of the opening 10 minutes was spent in Dundee's half. Neither side was able to bring the ball down and play a good passing game on a pitch that was far too wet to allow the ball to run true. Players who tried to run with the ball at their feet were in danger of leaving it behind as the water held it up. In a rare Dundee attack Gavin Rae's fierce 20 yard shot brought a fine save from Queens' young keeper, Zander Clark, on loan from St Johnstone. Midway through the half Ryan Conroy's 35 yard free kick forced another good save from Clark. The youngster's best save came a few minutes later when Peter MacDonald's well struck 30 yard shot seemed to be dipping into the top corner till Clark stretched to turn it over. The game leapt into life in the last few minutes of the half as both sides traded chances. Declan Gallagher lost the ball in an expedition upfield and Queens broke away for Reilly's shot to be saved by Letheren. Craig Wighton turned Durnan beautifully and sent McAlister free on the left. He switched the ball to Nicky Riley, whose shot from 18 yards was deflected wide. Queen of the South came closest to a first half goal when Reilly reached the byline and fired the ball across the face of goal. Letheren was beaten, but Gary Irvine hacked the ball clear before Russell could turn it into the net. The Dark Blues have been slow starters all season. They have scored only three goals before half time in 15 competitive games. Yet again they reached the interval with a zero against their name. There was more urgency from the Dark Blues after half time. The players were determined to force the pace of the game even if the conditions meant they couldn't play their normal game. Wighton set up McAlister to run into the penalty area, but the ball held up on the pitch and McAlister over ran it. A spell of concerted pressure ended with Derek Young heading a Riley cross out for a corner from almost under the crossbar. After an hour Dundee nearly fell behind to what would have been a freakish own goal. Russell took a fresh air swipe at Carmichael's hard, low cross and the ball pinged off the startled Gary Irvine, flew past Letheren and back off the crossbar. Gallagher cleared and the home support breathed a huge sigh of relief. Craig Beattie came on to replace Craig Wighton after 65 minutes. The young striker had done well, but the difficult pitch meant that the strikers had seen little good service to their feet; the ball had been in the air too much, and the strikers had to battle to control high balls with their backs to goal. As the game wore on the tension mounted and mistakes started to appear in defences that had been dealing well with the conditions. Matt Lockwood's misplaced header game Carmichael space to shoot from the edge of the penalty area, but he dragged his shot wide. The breakthrough came at the other end, and sadly for young Zander Clark it was his mistake. The keeper had had an impressive debut for Queens, but after 76 minutes he spilled Beattie's 18 yard shot. Peter MACDONALD showed great poacher's instincts to reach the ball first and squeeze it into the net from a near impossible angle. The Dark Blues defence had looked composed up till then, but lost concentration and allowed the Doonhamers to equalise within two minutes. The defence failed to clear and when Carmichael fired over a low cross Russell dummied over the ball allowing Derek LYLE to side foot home from 12 yards. It was a well worked goal, but completely avoidable. The two goals opened the game up. Dundee were determined to take full points, and the rapid equaliser gave the visitors hope of winning themselves. However, both sides struggle to create clear chances as the pitch continued to frustate attempts to pass along the ground and run with the ball. Martin Boyle replaced Nicky Riley with five minutes to go and his direct and pacey style unsettled the Queens' defence. Boyle won a throw deep in the visitors' half. Gary Irvine launched a long throw into the penalty area. MacDonald headed on and Craig BEATTIE lashed home the winner from 15 yards. The huge roar that greeted the goal reflected the massive relief that the home support felt. This time the Dee's defence was in no mood to let Queens off the hook. Dundee saw the game out professionally. Deep into injury time Boyle broke free down the right and his well struck shot from 18 yards was turned round for a corner by Clark. Queens couldn't get out of their own half after that and the points were safe. This was an extremely tough game for the Dark Blues and the final score was tough on the Doonhamers. The visitors' performance was far more assured and confident than their recent form suggested. They would have been worth a point, but this Dundee team is turning into an outfit that won't settle for a fair division of the points when there is any hope of taking the lot. This was a real potential banana skin of a game. The Dee had to deal with difficult conditions and determined opponets who had rediscovered some of their lost form. However, the Dark Blues were able to lift themselves to secure a victory. It wasn't pretty, but it was a crucial win that was met with delight and relief by the supporters. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Letheren Irvine, Gallagher, Davidson, Lockwood Riley (Boykle 85), McAlister, Rae, Conroy MacDonald (Doris 88), Wighton (Beattie 65) Unused subs; Twardzik (gk), Kerr, Thomson, Reid Goals; MacDonald (76), Beattie (88) Booked; none Queen of the South 4-3-2-1 Clark Mitchell, Durnan, Higgins, Holt McShane, Young, Dzierzawski Paton (Carmichael 58), Russell Reilly (Lyle 73) Unused subs; Atkinson (gk), Dowie, Slattery, Smith, Orsi Goal; Lyle (78) Booked; Durnan (foul on Conroy) Attendance; 4,387 Referee; Steve McLean Report; James Christie
  7. TheDarkBlues

    Queen Of the South 4 - 3 Dundee

    Dundee's 4-3 defeat in Dumfries today was a painful lesson in how tough this season's Championship will be. The scoreline might look like a nail-biting seven goal thriller, but the sorry truth is that the Dee were beaten comfortably by an impressive Queen of the South. The day started well when Dundee took the lead with an early Peter MacDonald goal but Queens deservedly equalised through Derek Lyle on the stroke of half time. The hosts then tore Dundee apart in a 10 minute spell in the middle of the second half that the Dark Blues defence will have nightmares about. Ryan McGuffie scored with a penalty before Iain Russell and Michael Paton added two more. Late goals from Declan Gallagher and a Calum Antell own goal added a trace of respectability to the scoreline, but there can be no hiding from the fact that this was, well, a hiding. Nicky Riley was injured so Dundee fielded Davidson and McBride in central midfield with Gavin Rae playing in the advanced role behind the strikers. There were worrying signs of the problems to come even before Dundee took the lead after six minutes. Paton beat Benedictus on the right and fired in a dangerous cross. With the goal gaping Lyle sent his header straight to Letheren. Dundee punished Queens for wasting that chance by going up the park and taking the lead. Benedictus's free kick was laid off by Monti for MACDONALD to curl the ball around the keeper and into the net; not so much a shot, more an elegant pass into the net. Frustratingly that was as good as it got for the Dee in the first half. The Dark Blues were only sporadically threatening, and Queens dominated. Queens were full of confidence, hard running and enthusiasm. Their front three, with Paton and Russell playing wide of ex-Dee Derek Lyle, repeatedly found space behind the Dundee wing backs and pulled the centre backs wide. Chris Mitchell's fiercely driven set piece deliveries caused repeated problems in the Dundee defence. The Dark Blues were fortunate to escape one scramble when McGuffie's header from a corner was blocked on the line. Iain Russell wasted a great chance to equalise when the ball broke to him 15 yards out, but he shot yards too high. With the referee about to blow for half time Matt Lockwood gave away a silly free kick wide on the Dundee right. Chris Mitchell whipped the ball in, finding LYLE in space at the far post to head across Letheren and score, despite Benedictus's desperate acrobatics on the goal line. That was the last action of the half as the half time whistle sounded as soon as Dundee kicked off. Queens certainly deserved to reach half time on level terms, but John Brown would have been furious about conceding such an atrocious and avoidable goal so late in the half. There was little sign of improvement after half time, and Dundee still looked uncomfortable defending set pieces. Just before the hour they came unstuck again, when Davidson seemed to hold McKenna as Mitchell's corner was coming over. That was the referee's decision anyway, and MCGUFFIE stroked the penalty home. After opening up the Dee defence at set pieces Queens now carved them open twice with fast, simple moves in open play. Lyle headed the ball into the path of RUSSELL, who lashed the ball under Letheren from 12 yards. Russell then picked up a loose header from Davidson and surged through the middle. He found PATON on the right, who cut inside and shot across Letheren for a ridiculously simple fourth goal. Queens were threatening to run away with the game and build up a truly humiliating score. After a lengthy passing move Lyle's volley forced a good save from Letheren. John Brown withdrew Lockwood and Monti, sending on Steven Doris and Martin Boyle, as Dundee struggled desperately, and in vain to turn the game around. Surprisingly the Dee pulled a goal back after 79 minutes when GALLAGHER headed in Conroy's corner at the near post. On 87 minutes Queens' keeper Calum ANTELL made a mess of a McBride free kick, dropping the ball into his own goal under pressure from Davidson. Sadly Dundee had failed to worry the Queens' defence in open play throughout the game, and couldn't change that in the last few minutes. Queens survived comfortably and thoroughly deserved the win. The Dark Blues were second best all over the park today and will have to admit that all the plaudits must go to Queen of the South who gave the Dee a 4-3 thrashing! The midfield was one paced and couldn't protect the defence or create any dangerous opportunities for the strikers, who were left isolated and ineffective. The defence was constantly pulled about by Queens' pacey attacking down the wings and didn't look comfortable at any stage. There are clearly lessons to be learned from today's defeat. At least no-one can be under any illusions that this will be an easy campaign for the Dee. On the evidence at Palmerston Park today it's going to be a tough season. Queen of the South 4-3-3 Antell Mitchell, Dowie, Higgins, Holt McKenna, McGuffie, Burns Paton (Carmichael 86), Lyle (Reilly 86), Russell Unused subs; Atkinson (gk), Durnan, McShane, Slattery, Orsi Goals; Lyle (45), McGuffie (59 pen), Russell (62), Paton (69) Booking; Burns (foul on Doris) Dundee FC 3-4-1-2 Letheren Benedictus, Lockwood (Boyle 66), Gallagher McAlister, Davidson, McBride, Conroy Rae MacDonald, Monti (Doris 63) Unused subs; Kerr, Dyer, Reid, Wighton Goals; MacDonald (6), Gallagher (79), Antell (87 og) Bookings; Gallagher (foul on Russell), Benedictus (foul on Russell), Davidson (foul on McKenna for penalty), McBride (dissent) Attendance; 2,644 Referee; Brian Colvin Report; James Christie
  8. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 1 Queen Of the South

    The Dark Blues took the lead with a long range effort from Stephen O'Donnell but were pegged back by a late equaliser from Chris Higgins and Queens finished the stronger side. With Matt Lockwood serving a one game suspension Rhys Weston returned to the starting line-up. He played at right back and Gary Irvine moved to the left. The changes unsettled both sides of the team. Dundee badly missed Irvine's penetrating runs up the right. The full back was comfortable in defence on the left, but in attack he wasn't able to support Ryan Conroy as Lockwood does. Dundee struggled to build a passing game on the greasy pitch and for most of the game there was little to indicate that this was the second placed club at home to the bottom side. The first half saw plenty of long and hopeful balls, possibly in the hope of an error in the tricky conditions. On a few occasions Dundee were able to sustain a passing move that ended with a dangerous ball into the box, but each time Queens were able to scramble the ball clear. By far the best chance of the first half fell to the struggling visitors. Gary Irvine allowed a long punt from the Queens' defence to get past him and Carmichael raced clear. Douglas rescued the Dee with a marvellous tip round the post. Dundee came close when Ryan Conroy wisely kept his 20 yard free kick low. It skidded off the greasy pitch in front of keeper Robinson, who couldn't hold it. None of the Dundee players were able to react quickly enough and the ball was hacked clear. Queen of the South headed straight for the Dundee goal at the start of the second half and within six seconds managed to win a corner that created a scramble in the penalty area. A dangerous looking 20 yard shot from 18 yards was deflected just wide for another Queens' corner. Dundee had more luck with a deflection at the other end when they broke out of defence. McCluskey teed up O'DONNELL to blast a fierce shot from 25 yards. The ball took a slight deflection off Milne that left the keeper helpless and flew into the net off the underside of the bar. Queen of the South didn't lose heart and it took a fine tackle from Gary Irvine to deny Carmichael, who seemed about to score. Gradually Dundee started to look more comfortable on the ball and were holding possession better, with Fotheringham on for McCluskey. However, the only real threat of another goal was from long range shots. Kevin McBride hit a beautifully struck shot from 30 yards that Robinson did very well to tip over the bar. Leighton McIntosh then went close from 20 yards. Queens were finding it harder to break through the Dundee defence, but they were able to win a steady stream of corners. The Dee didn't look particularly comfortable dealing with them, and it was no great surprise when they were eventually undone at a corner. The ball seemed to have been cleared, but was quickly swung back in by Carmichael. The defence had started to move out and were caught out by the speed at which the ball came back. Douglas came to punch, didn't get enough on the ball, and HIGGINS was able to send a header looping gently over the keeper and into the net. Barry Smith immediately threw on his two remaining substitutes, Hyde and Riley replacing Milne and Benedictus. Gary Irvine moved to right back and Ryan Conroy shifted to left back. The change made no difference and the newcomers never got into the match. It was Queen of the South who sparked into life after the goal and they pressed forward optimistically, hoping for the win that would have taken them off the foot of the table. Fortunately for Dundee they couldn't create any further chances and the teams had to settle for a point apiece. Dundee were never able to repeat the fluent attacking that brought them seven goals in the previous two games and were a long way short of their best tonight. The changes obviously disrupted the team, but that is not a good enough excuse. The players played well as a team on Saturday, but tonight they were nowhere near as effective, as individuals or collectively. It's frustrating that Dundee couldn't repeat Saturday's confident performance against against the side at the bottom of the division. However, Queens played with far more spirit and conviction than Falkirk did on Saturday, and to be honest they showed more than Dundee did. This was a dire and disappointing match, and only one team deserve any plaudits. That's Queen of the South. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Weston, McKeown, Benedictus (Riley 81), Irvine McCluskey (Fotheringham 69), O'Donnell, McBride, Conroy Milne (Hyde 81), McIntosh Unused subs; Gibson (gk), Chisholm Goal; O'Donnell (52) Bookings; McKeown (foul on Smith), Irvine (barging Alan Reid who was timewasting) Queen of the South Robinson Craig Reid (McGuffie 34), Higgins, Potter (McKenna 74), Alan Reid Carmichael, Johnson, Simmons, McLaughlin (Smith 63) Parkin, Clark Unused subs; Atkinson (gk), Reilly Goal; Higgins (81) Bookings; Alan Reid (foul on McCluskey), Simmons (timewasting) Attendance; 3,371 Referee; John Beaton Report; James Christie
  9. TheDarkBlues

    Queen Of the South 1 - 1 Dundee

    Although Dundee had plenty of possession they rarely looked dangerous and offered little threat after Queens took the lead through Sam Parkin just before half time. Barry Smith made only one change to the team that drew with Hamilton last Saturday. Rhys Weston came in to play right back with Gary Irvine moving into midfield and Ross Chisholm dropping onto the bench where he joined Nicky Riley, just back from injury. On a sticky, bobbly pitch Dundee struggled to worry the Queens' defence in a poor first half. The Dee had more of the ball, and played some neat passes, but the patient and intricate approach play rarely amounted to a serious threat. Queens had less of the ball, but looked more dangerous due largely to hesitancy in the Dee defence. Nicky Clark had two early half chances when Dundee were snoozing in the middle. Luckily for the Dee he couldn't get a dangerous shot away on either occasion. Dundee then had a long spell in which they played the better football, but they never looked entirely comfortable defending through the middle, where Parkin's bulk and strength in the air was a constant problem. Neil McGregor was perhaps slightly fortunate not to be penalised for pulling Clark when the Queens' striker tried to break past him. Stephen O'Donnell had a good shot from 25 yards turned round for a corner by home keeper Lee Robinson. Dundee looked most likely to grab a goal in the first half from a corner as the home defence dealt unconvincingly with the ball dropping into a crowded goalmouth. Jamie McCluskey passed up Dundee's best chance when he raced through on the end of a great cross-field pass from O'Donnell, but Robinson parried his angled drive. After a long spell of Dundee dominating play unconvincingly Queens put the Dee defence under serious pressure in the dying minutes of the half and were rewarded with a goal. A McGuffie header flashed narrowly over and then Parkin beat Douglas to the ball on the byline and rolled the ball back for McLaughlin who couldn't force his shot through a crowd of defenders. The goal that Queens had threatened arrived moments later when PARKIN again beat Douglas to a low cross to the near post and his flick crept over the line. The second half continued in much the same vein as the first with Dundee unable to turn possession into chances. The home side threatened first when Parkin headed over. Dundee had the better of the game for another long spell without ever looking like equalising. For all Dundee's attacks the home keeper didn't have a single save to make. When Dundee did try to inject some urgency into the game and move the ball on more quickly they always lost possession. Queens looked more likely to grab a killer second goal with less of the ball, but a more direct approach. John Potter glanced a header inches wide from a free kick as Queens grew in confidence a started to attack Dundee with conviction. The Dee defence was unsettled by injuries to McGregor and Weston, who were replaced by Chisholm and Benedictus, with Irvine returning to his usual right back spot. Nicky Riley replaced Jamie McCluskey for the last 15 minutes, but didn't see a great deal of the ball. Dundee pushed forward desperately in the last few minutes and stunned the home supporters with an equaliser that had looked highly improbable. Gary Irvine exchanged passes with Riley and made space to cross. Jake Hyde flicked the ball on and Matt LOCKWOOD in space running in from the wing thrashed a beautifully struck cross shot past Robinson. 88 minutes gone, and it was the first moment of real quality from Dundee. Dundee chased a winner in injury time that would have been outrageously unfair on Queens, but both sides had to settle for a point that will have pleased nobody. Queen of the South really deserved more, and Dundee certainly needed all the points as they try to close the gap on Ross County. I don't accept that the poor performance was down to a lack of work. There was effort aplenty from the Dundee players. However, today Dundee couldn't adjust their passing game to deal with a mudheap and nothing they tried came off till Matt Lockwood's marvellous equaliser. The Dee haven't lost an away game in the league since September, but they will certainly have to do a lot better than this if they are to keep the run going at Falkirk on Tuesday. Queen of the South 4-4-2 Robinson Craig Reid, McGuffie, Potter, Alan Reid Carmichael, Johnston (Reilly 72), Simmons (McKenna 66), McLaughlin Parkin, Clark Unused subs; Atkinson (gk), Brighton, Higgins Goal; Parkin (44) Bookings; Simmons (foul on Irvine), Carmichael (foul on Lockwood) Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Weston(Benedictus 80), McGregor (Chisholm 66), McKeown, Lockwood McCluskey (Riley 75), Irvine, O'Donnell, Conroy Hyde, Milne Unused subs; Gibson (gk), Bayne Goal; Lockwood (88) Bookings; McKeown (foul on Carmichael) Attendance; 1,682 Referee; Steve Conroy Report; James Christie
  10. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 2 - 1 Queen Of the South

    When the visitors pulled a quick goal back after half time and Nicky Riley was needlessly sent off the Dee's dominance was disrupted and the rest of the game was far more tense and anxious than the home fans had been expecting. Dundee took charge from the start and play was soon flowing towards the visitors' goal. However, it was Queens who had the first serious shot. Kevin Smith worked his way in from the right and his 20 yard shot was parried away by Douglas. Dundee went straight back up the park to take the lead. Riley set up Irvine to float a cross beyond the far post allowing Milne to control the ball and shoot. Jake HYDE poaching in the goalmouth got a touch to leave keeper Robinson helpless. The Dee were full of confidence and were stretching the Queens' defence with good passing and movement. Matt Lockwood ended a good move with a low shot from 20 yards that Robinson did well to turn round the post. It was no surprise when Dundee extended their lead midway through the half. Ryan Conroy's fine cross from the left eluded Milne, but RILEY charging in from the right took the ball on the volley. Robinson got a hand to the ball but couldn't keep it out. Nicky's celebration took him off the pitch and into the arms of fans in the Bobby Cox Stand. Referee Charlie Richmond pulled out the yellow card, a booking that would prove costly for Dundee. Kevin Holt had already been booked for a wild tackle on Riley and within two minutes of the second goal he pulled the winger down as he raced past him. Mr Richmond brought out both cards, and Queens were down to 10 men. It took a brilliant save by Robinson to prevent an own goal from McKenna who thrashed wildly at Conroy's dangerous cross after yet another good Dee move. Queens managed to hang on until half time without suffering any further damage, but Dundee were in complete control. Worryingly Stephen O'Donnell, who had been playing well in midfield, failed to reappear after half time. Kyle Benedictus came on to play right back and Gary Irvine moved into midfield. Ten minutes into the second half the game turned upside down with two blows to the Dee in rapid succession. Matt Lockwood fouled Carmichael near the corner flag. McLaughlin's free kick was perfect and HIGGINS was unmarked as he glanced a header past Douglas from close range. We then had the incident that will have the fans talking all night in the pubs. Nicky Riley cut inside Alan Reid and went down. Mr Richmond decided it was a dive and pulled out another yellow to send Riley off and put him out of next week's crucial game against Ross County. Queen of the South had looked forlorn and hopeless in the first half, but the quick goal and sending off gave them a huge lift. Up till then it had looked as if the afternoon would be a matter of damage limitation. They now believed they could save the game. In turn Dundee were shaken and sat back for a while as Queens came out of their shell and looked for an equaliser. The visitors were playing neat football as they approached the penalty area. Veteran former Scottish international Alan Johnston was conducting their play intelligently, but they lacked any serious goal threat and struggled to get through the Dundee defence. As Queens chased the game Dundee started to look dangerous again. Callum Elliot came on for Jake Hyde and nearly scored a sensational third goal that would have killed the game. He picked the ball up on the left, beat three men as he ran into the penalty area, but shot narrowly wide as the crowd were anticipating a brilliant solo goal. Dundee were holding possession well and creating lots of space as they attacked but they couldn't find the goal they needed to ease the nerves of the fans, who were trying to roar them on to three points. Queens at last got in a dangerous shot two minutes from the end when they broke away and Douglas pulled off a marvellous save to turn Smith's 20 yard pile-driver round the post. It would have been a highly controversial goal because Gary Irvine seemed to have been fouled as Dundee played the ball around the Queens' penalty area. Mr Richmond surprisingly didn't see it and the Dee were nearly caught out on the break. Dundee should have sealed matters in injury time as Queens threw men forward with abandon. Gary Irvine mishit a pass that would have sent Callum Elliot clear, and Ryan Conroy hit a fierce shot just too high. In injury time Queens' keeper Lee Robinson even charged forward with the ball into the Dundee half, but his loss of control showed why he's a goalkeeper. The visitors' desperate effort were to no avail. They lacked a cutting edge, and even when they got back into the game they were only able to force that one save from Douglas. Dundee still carried far more threat, even without Riley, and thoroughly deserved the victory. They were overwhelmingly on top in the first half, and even when Queens were at their best it was still an even game. The visitors deserve plenty of credit for the way they kept going when the match seemed far beyond them, and for the way they chased an equaliser that had looked utterly improbable before their goal and Riley's red card. When Dundee were well on top today the team was humming along like a finely tuned engine. The midfield were excellent, and the strikers were linking up well with each other and the supporting players. When Queens tried to exert pressure the Dundee defence looked solid, but they'll know that they conceded a disappointingly soft goal. So it's on to Dingwall next week for the crucial match against runaway leaders Ross County. How important will Riley's suspension be? Will Stephen O'Donnell be available? These are the questions that will be troubling Dundee fans this evening. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Irvine, McGregor, Weston, Lockwood Riley, Rae, O'Donnell (Benedictus 46), Conroy Hyde (Elliot 72), Milne (McCluskey 81) Unused subs; Gibson (gk), McKeown Goals; Hyde (7), Riley (24) Bookings; Riley x 2 (celebrating goal, dive), Lockwood (foul on Carmichael) Sent off; Riley Queen of the South 3-1-5-1 Robinson Black (Brighton 85), Craig Reid, Higgins (Clark 77), McKenna Carmichael, Johnston, Simmons (Alan Reid 28), McLaughlin, Holt Smith Unused subs; McKenzie (gk), McCusker Goal; Higgins (54) Bookings; Holt x 2 (2 fouls on Riley), Smith (foul on Conroy) Sent off; Holt Attendance; 5,019 Referee; Charlie Richmond Report; James Christie
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