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  1. Moussa scores twice as Dee beat Jags at Dens Sofien Moussa scored two penalties as Dundee opened up a four point gap between themselves and bottom club Partick Thistle with a 3-0 win at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership. Mark O'Hara's fourth goal in five matches made the scoreline comfortable, as Thistle remain at the foot of the table.
  2. The ref against Partick Thistle was William Collum. How did you rate his performance in this game?
  3. The Dark Blues travel to Firhill tomorrow in what seems like a important bottom of the table clash. Thistles last win was an impressive 3-1 win over St Johnstone away from home, they have drawn against Motherwell and lost 2-0 to Rangers in their last league game. Thistle gave the champions a scare last week in the cup when they lost 3 - 2. The Dark Blues lost 3 - 2 during the week to Kilmarnock, just when it looked like the visitors could snatch three points, the home side came back after being 10 men down to win the game. This was a game which Neil McCann lambasted the players performance "criminal" and "unprofessional". A win at the weekend would put more space between us and the bottom three side, County, Hamilton and Partick and would move us away from that 'Danger' area. However, a loss could propel us further down the league. County have a tough tie against the in form team of the moment Hearts, Hamilton are at home against Rangers and St Johnstone are away to Celtic. Motherwell and Kilmarnock face each other in the top half of the table. With all these ties, most of the lower sides are facing the top half teams, and with any luck results could go our way at the weekend. Fingers crossed!
  4. UWTB1893

    Partick Thistle: The View From the Opposition

    Alan Fraser from The Jagcast was ever so kind to talk to us at the last minute and answer some hastily put together questions! This is the first of three very important matches for Partick Thistle. After us you square up away to both Hamilton and Ross County. Could these three games define your season? It's squeaky bottom relegation dogfight time with the present bottom five clubs semi-detached from Motherwell and Kilmarnock at the moment. Of course these are three big games for Thistle and our respective opponents. Hard to not deal in cliches, six pointers etc. HUGE MATCHES! Correct me if I’m wrong but I think Thistle only brought in player in the January window (Defender Baily Cargill). Were you disappointed that Archibald wasn’t involved in more wheeling and dealing? I really don't think we really needed to strengthen in any other area if the players coming back from injury are fit and ready. Losing Jordan Turnbull was a blow and with Milan Nitriansky being released and James Penrice being recalled from his loan spell at Livingston I think Archie did what was required. The squad now looks much stronger than earlier in the season. Thistle have a habit of kicking on in the second half of the season. Are you confident that your club can do it again? Confident? More hopeful than confident I suppose. We have been playing much better recently than earlier in the season. With Kris Doolan still scoring goals and the recent form of Conor Sammon we pose more of a goal threat at present. Time to push on, yes. Our last match seen Dundee run out 3-0 winners with Danny Devine having a fairly forgettable match. Was this result and performance a bit of a shock to you? I was a bit shocked at the scoreline that's for sure. I can't comment on the team performance as I didn't make that match. And if Danny Devine had a forgettable match then I'm prepared to forget about it too. Both teams need a win here massively. I’d be happy with a point at Firhill if Hamilton and County failed to pick up any but how do you think Saturdays match will end? Saturday's match will end with Thistle running out 4-1 winners. This time. Definitely.
  5. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee V Partick Thistle

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  6. The Dark Blues eased to victory with a fine performance to take the three points and a step out of the relegation spots! Two goals from Moussa (from the penalty spots) and O'Hara made it three. Neill McCann certainly got the reaction he wanted after the midweek defeat.
  7. Who was your man of the match against Partick Thistle in today's game?
  8. UWTB1893

    McCann Praises Total Team Performance

    A Sofien Moussa double, both from penalties, and another strike from midfielder Mark O’Hara gave Dundee a much needed 3-0 victory after suffering back-to-back defeats against Aberdeen and Hearts last week. “I’m smiling. I didn’t hide that I was so disappointed (on Tuesday), I’ve said it in a load of interviews about a lack of application and responsibility,” said McCann. “I think we showed that when the application is right, we look a right good side so I am really happy with the performance and some really good individual performances in a great team performance. “The main thing for me was the energy levels. We broke forward with unbelievable good purpose and that put Partick on the back foot.” “It was total team performance. “From how poor we were on Tuesday night, to flip it to how good we were says a lot about them.” Dundee’s victory along with Ross County’s defeat seen the Dee move back out of the bottom two, sitting two points behind Hamilton who are ninth
  9. UWTB1893

    Partick Thistle: The View From the Opposition

    Our next opponents Partick Thistle are sitting bottom of the league but will be buzzing after successfully taking all three points at home to Motherwell on Wednesday and know a win will see them leapfrog the Dee. To look ahead at our ‘Bottom of the Table’ clash, we again spoke to Alan Fraser from The JagsCast. Our last meeting ended in frustration for Dundee who should have easily won the tie but instead Thistle came from a goal behind to register their first win of the season. A great feeling after nine matches without a win? Yes, that last game against Dundee was smash and grab to be fair. Dundee had a load of chances and Tomas Cerny saved us more than once that day. First with the penalty save (in another season he would have been sent off for the challenge). His second half save from Moussa was brilliant although he shouldn't have had a chance with it. And yes it was a great feeling. Things then seemed to be picking up with a draw then win against Hamilton and St Johnstone but since then a bad run has seen the team hit bottom of the league and tonight another defeat. This must have been frustrating to witness? This season has been hugely frustrating. There have been some abject performances, some terrible defending with occasional flashes of good play. Our old campaigners like Chris Erskine and Stevie Lawless have underperformed and the new guys Miles Storey and Conor Sammon have shown no consistency. We can't keep using injuries as an excuse as the guys we have fit have to get on with it. The truth is though that Booth, Elliott, Bannigan and especially Osman are badly missed to give us pace on the flanks and power in the midfield. Last night you stormed back from a 5-1 drubbing at Killie to defeat Motherwell at home. At on point you were 3-0 to the good but ‘Well managed to claw two goals back. I don’t think anyone in Scotland were expecting a first half performance like that from Thistle! Last night in the first half hour Thistle blew Motherwell away in a manner not seen from us in the league this season. We know we are capable of playing like that though. We brushed aside St Mirren in the Right Said Fred Cup in a similar manner. Motherwell nearly clawed it back though. The last few minutes must have been treacherous? Motherwell changed things at half time and really gave us a game in the second half and we were holding on by the final whistle. So it’s the bottom two on Saturday. Whoever losses will be bottom come the final whistle. With the teams all around us still quite near each another, is It time for panic just yet? Especially with the January transfer window just around the corner? Not time for panic as there are plenty of points to be played for and other teams will pick up injuries and go on bad runs (I hope). I'm certainly an Alan Archibald fan if that is what the question is. Speaking of which, do you think Partick will be doing some business to freshen up the squad and if so, who would you like to see brought in or what position needs looked at? As to freshening up in January I'm sure the management team will be having a look at our long term injuries and assessing where we need strengthening and cover. They may have to do a bit of juggling with perhaps young James Penrice returning from his loan spell at Livingston for example. We could also do with a forty goals a season striker. Finally, Predictions? Another 4-1 in memory of the 71/72 Partick League Cup winners? Yes. Partick Thistle will beat Dundee 4-1 on Saturday.
  10. With Motherwell up next at Dens this Wednesday, the Dundee gaffer looks certain to adapt the same philosophy. “It is but no-one is going to come to you and say, ‘There you go’,” when asked if the team are due to give another team a doing. “We have to make it happen but I am confident because we are creating so many chances. “When I took over last season, I said this was a team that had to stop losing games and in order to do that we almost sacrificed a wee bit of our going forward. “I said I would try to change that, to being a team which was really on the offensive when we had the ball. “At times this year we have conceded goals but we have created so many chances. “Looking at it from Saturday, we could have just sat in and attempted to take a point but I am trying to change the mid-set of this club to not accept that a point is OK against Partick Thistle when we have totally dominated the match. “I can’t suddenly turn around and say, ‘Hold on a minute, where are you going?’ when we are trying to go for the winner. “We will talk individually about how we could have stopped their goals but overall I am convinced it will turn.”
  11. TheDarkBlues

    Partick Thistle 0 – 1 Dundee

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  12. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 1 Partick Thistle

    Dundee were unchanged following Saturday’s thrashing of Motherwell, Mark O’Hara having recovered from his ankle knock. Thistle made one change; Christie Elliott came in for Mustapha Dumbuya. The Dark Blues started promisingly, spending the first five minutes in Thistle’s half. Although Dundee were on the front foot, with some good passing movements, they lacked the fierce intensity that was so prominent on Saturday. After a cautious opening Thistle started to move forward and gradually started to look the more composed side. Whereas Dundee’s passing had become scrappy Thistle were making fewer mistakes and holding the ball effectively. Chris Erskine had the first shot of the match after 11 minutes, but failed to connect cleanly from Callum Booth’s pass and scooped the ball into Scott Bain’s gloves from the edge of the penalty area. The closest that Dundee came in the first half was when Mark O’Hara charged down a clearance from Thistle’s keeper Tomas Cerny. Fortunately for the visitors the ball broke to a Thistle player. Ryan Edwards should have done better when Christie Elliott’s cross found him unmarked 16 yards from goal, but he made a hash of his volley. Dundee’s attacking lacked any real conviction, with the midfield struggling to get the strikers into the match. The Jags were looking more dangerous on the break and they served an ominous warning when Erskine led a fast break that ended with Kris Doolan thrashing his shot well wide from a difficult angle. Thistle got it right just before the half hour though the goal had an element of controversy. Darren O’Dea was favourite to intercept a ball down the right but Doolan’s challenge from behind landed him on the turf. The Thistle striker then took possession and hit a fierce low cross to the near post where the ball cannoned off Julen Etxabeguren and into the net. The goal helped Thistle to settle and control the pace of the game. They were holding the ball well and closed Dundee down effectively, forcing repeated errors from the Dark Blues. The second half started as the first had done, with Dundee pressing forward and for 10 minutess they held out the promise that there would be a sustained fightback. Paul McGowan and James Vincent were finding more space, driving at Thistle’s defence and finally bringing the forward players into the game. However, the mini-revival didn’t last and Dundee managed only one shot during this spell when James Vincent’s low drive from 20 yards was beaten away by Cerny. Thistle dug in and played their way through that short, tricky spell. They kept their heads, kept working and kept gnawing away at Dundee till the Dark Blues started to lose their momentum. The game become dreadfully scrappy, full of mistakes, but crucially any mistakes that Thistle made were in Dundee’s half. There were was little to entertain the fans, and the messy midfield war of attrition suited Thistle as they looked increasingly comfortable on their lead. A further worry for the Dark Blues was an injury to Julen Etxabeguren who needed lengthy treatment after a challenge that didn’t look anything out of the ordinary. He was eventually carried off on a stretcher and Kosta Gadzhalov replaced him. Paul Hartley sent on Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Danny Williams to replace Henrik Ojamaa and Craig Wighton, neither of whom had been involved as much as in recent games. The Dark Blues’ passing continued to let them down, however. It wasn’t sharp or accurate enough. Too often passes put the receiving player under pressure, rather than giving him the chance to move play forward. After 78 minutes Doolan ran onto Osman’s pass to shoot high into the net, but from an offside position.`That signalled the start of a late charge from the Dee in which they, at last, put Thistle’s defence under serious pressure. El Bakhtaoui saw his shot in a crowded goalmouth bounce off Elliott. Cammy Kerr and Mark O’Hara worked a fast exchange of passes on the right and Kerr’s dangerous cross to the far post was turned out for a corner before Haber could reach the ball. When the corner came over it was cleared as far as McGowan who chipped the ball to the far post where Darren O’Dea headed wide, Dundee’s best and last chance of the match. There were six minutes of injury time, but it wasn’t enough for Dundee to find a way past Thistle who closed out the match professionally to earn a deserved win. In the last two games the Dark Blues have played thrilling attacking football, but tonight’s performance was flat and well short of the quality this team has shown it can produce. The defeat ended Dundee’s fine run of form at home. They had been undefeated and taken 17 points from their previous seven matches. The last home defeat had been Thistle last visit to Dens in October. This was Thistle’s third win against the Dee this season and the Jags have shown themselves to be highly adept at stopping Dundee playing the game the way they want to. The Jag’s victory lifts them above Dundee into sixth place, and ensures that the Dark Blues are still closer than they would like to the bottom two spots. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Bain Kerr, Etxabeguren (Gadzhalov 68), O’Dea (c), Holt O’Hara, McGowan, Vincent, Wighton (Williams 68) Ojamaa (El Bakhtaoui 64), Haber Unused subs: Gourlay (gk), Hateley, Ross, Gomis. Booked: none. Partick Thistle 3-5-2 Cerny Keown, Devine, Lindsay Elliott, Edwards, Osman, Barton, Booth Doolan (Azeez 85), Erskine (Lawless 76) Unused subs: Ridgers (gk), Amoo, Nisbet, McCarthy. Goals: Etxabeguren og (29). Booked: Barton (foul on McGowan), Erskine (kicking the ball away). Attendance: 5,328 (362 aways fans). Referee: John Beaton. Assistants: Dougie Potter, Joseph Lawson. Fourth official: David Lowe. Report: James Christie.
  13. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 2 Partick Thistle

    The Dark Blues made four changes from Sunday's defeat in Perth. Cammy Kerr came in to play right back with Tom Hateley moving into central midfield. Marcus Haber made his debut in attack, joined by Rory Loy, and Craig Wighton also came in to play right midfield as Dundee reverted to a 4-4-2 formation. James Vincent, Nick Ross, Yordi Teijsse and the injured Faissal El Bakhtaoui dropped out. The Jags were unchanged after drawing at home to Ross County. Thistle started the better side and looked more confident and composed in possession throughout the game. Jags' new English striker Ade Azeez headed against the crossbar from close range after Kris Doolan had headed on a corner. Azeez, a signing fom Wimbledon, was proving a real handful for the Dundee defence. He seemed certain to open the scoring after taking a long ball and turning insideof Kevin Gomis, but Darren O'Dea raced in with a goal saving tackle as Azeez was about to shoot. Thistle were playing neater football through the midfield and were more creative and dangerous than a nervous Dundee team who couldn't hold the ball or make penetrating passes. The Jags took a deserved lead after 28 minutes when Abdul Osman lofted a cross beyond the far post and AZEEZ was unchallenged as he rose to head over the helpless Bain. Late in the first half Kevin Gomis was replaced by Kosta Gadzhalov. Whether it was tactical or an injury wasn't clear, but certainly Gomis had been struggling to cope with Azeez. The Dark Blues managed to put together passing moves only twice in the first half. Each time the move fizzled out before anyone could get a shot on goal. The only two serious efforts on goal before the break were a Cammy Kerr shot from 25 yards and a Darren O'Dea header following a free kick, both missing the post by a couple of feet. Sadly there was no improvement after half time as Thistle settled onto the their lead with ominous ease. The Jags were far more urgent and incisive, and should have added to their lead when Kris Doolan sent Azeez clear. Scott Bain race from goal to make a great save, but was helpless when Thistle were handed a soft goal after 61 minutes. Kevin Holt took a short pass from Bain and was caught in possession by Azeez who rolled the ball across goal to leave Kris DOOLAN with a simple chance. Michael Duffy came on for Rory Loy shortly before the goal, and Yordi Teijsse replaced Danny Williams. Cammy Kerr moved over to play left midfield with Tom Hateley switching to right back. The changes made no difference and Thistle continued to dominate in midfield. The toothless Dark Blues were restricted to optimistic long balls, and crosses from poor positions that were dealt with easily by Thistle's defence. The match seemed over as a contest long before the end. Thistle central defender Danny Devine went close with a header from a free kick and Abdul Osman wasn't far away from 30 yards. Dundee didn't force a save from Ryan Scully until 84 minutes when he beat away an O'Dea header. That was the Jags' keeper's last piece of action because he was injured along with skipper Abdul Osman in a pile up at a Dundee corner. Both had to be substituted, resulting in five minutes of injury time during which Thistle calmly held the ball and ran the clock down. This was Dundee's sixth successive defeat and tonight's performance hammered home the point that Dundee are in trouble at the bottom of the table. The defence struggled against Thistle's forwards and the midfield was second best throughout. Dundee's forwards had poor service and were rarely in the game, especially in the second half. Marcus Haber did show some promising touches in the first half, but couldn't get involved after the break. A big improvement is needed if the Dark Blues are to get out of their current predicament. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Bain Kerr, Gomis (Gadzhalov 34), O'Dea (c), Holt Wighton, Hateley, McGowan, Williams (Teijsse 72) Haber, Loy (Duffy 59) Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Vincent, Etxabeguren, Ross. Booked: McGowan (dissent). Partick Thistle 3-5-2 Scully (Stuckmann 87) Devine, Barton, Lindsay Elliott, Osman (c) (Wilson 87), Edwards, Welsh, Booth Azeez, Doolan Unused subs: Amoo, McDaid, Syme, Gordon, Penrice. Goals: Azeez (28), Doolan (61) Booked: Azeez (dissent), Elliott (foul on Kerr). Attendance: 4,783 (284 Thistle fans). Referee: Steven McLean. Assistants: Michael Banks, Graeme Leslie. Fourth official: Craig Thomson. Report: James Christie.
  14. TheDarkBlues

    Partick Thistle 1 - 2 Dundee

    Injuries and suspensions forced the Dark Blues to rejig both the team and formation. Kosta Gadzalov, Paul McGinn and Gary Harkins returned to the starting line-up, replacing Thomas Konrad, Julen Etxebeguren and Cammy Kerr. Dundee reverted to four at the back, instead of the three that Paul Hartley has said he now prefers. Only four substitutes were named. Thistle made four changes, bringing in Liam Lindsay, Aidan Nesbitt, Christie Elliott and Kris Doolan instead of Daniel Seaborne, Callum Booth, David Amoo and Matthias Pogba. The Dark Blues started well, probing Thistle's defence with some patient and thoughtful attacks. The home side took ten minutes to get their game together, but then started to put Dundee's defence under pressure with some fast and eager attacks. Scott Bain did well to cut out a hard, dangerous cross from Dumbuya. The Dee keeper then had to race off his line to block Edwards' shot after Lawless's penetrating through pass had set up Thistle's best chance of the first half. Greg Stewart was looking very much in the mood, and his incisive pass allowed Gary Harkins to run clear, but to the delight of the home fans the Dee captain sent his attempted curling finish well wide of the far post. Thistle were soon back on the attack and Welsh's volley was blocked, with Lawless drilling the loose ball wide from the edge of the penalty area. Dundee gradually took the sting out of Thistle's attacks, concentrating on holding possession and building moves patiently from the back. The Dee defence was nearly caught out, however, by a quick, short corner, but Bain blocked Welsh's near post shot. The Dark Blues calm possession game often resulted in Thistle losing concentration and gifting the Dee too much space. Dundee took the lead when Stewart found Paul McGinn in isolation on the right wing. The full back took a touch before crossing hard and low to the near post where Kane HEMMINGS flicked the ball into the roof of the net after cleverly changing his run to lose his marker. Dundee nearly repeated the same move just before the break, but this time Thistle scrambled McGinn's cross clear. The Jags started the second half strongly, pressing Dundee hard as they searched for an equaliser. The home side quickly had a good chance, but Bain saved well from Doolan after Edwards' run had opened up Dundee's defence. The early part of the second half was very open with both sides attacking at every opportunity, and neither goal looking safe. The difference between the side was that Dundee were more composed on the ball, whereas Thistle often lost possession as they tried to launch attacks too quickly. After a tricky spell Dundee's defence settled down and handled Thistle's attacks well. The home defence, on the other hand, always looked vulnerable against Hemmings' raiding and the probing of Stewart, Harkins and Wighton. Ryan Scully pulled off a great instinctive save from Stewart to keep Thistle in the game after wonderful, skilfull play by Wighton left the Jags' defence all at sea. It looked like that save might be a turning point as Thistle started to push Dundee back again. Bain had to punch away a wickedly swerving long range shot by Welsh. Even during this spell of Thistle dominance Dundee still looked dangerous, and Stewart was frustrated to see his shot deflected into Scully's arms after he had cleverly made room to shoot. Thistle finally managed to grab an equaliser after 70 minutes. Abdul Osman crossed from the left for DOOLAN to head home, while the Dundee defence seemed distracted by Craig Wighton lying injured on the far side of the penalty area. Wighton took no further part in the match after a very good display on the left. Cammy Kerr came on and was quickly into action, launching a series of raids down the left wing. A good run by Kerr allowed Hemmings to set up Stewart, but he shot across goal and wide. A minute later another Kerr run gave McGowan the chance to shoot from 20 yards. The shot was deflected into the path of Hemmings, but Scully pulled out another great block. Dundee were pushing hard for a winner, and it took only one more minute for them to fashion a magnificent winning goal. Greg Stewart tracked back to win the ball just inside the Thistle half, but was pinned on the touchline by two players. There seemed to be nothing on for him, but he showed great vision to make just enough space to send a marvellous pass through the defence for HEMMINGS to run on and send and angled shot through Scully's legs. It was a winner of the highest quality! The Dark Blues settled well on their lead and played out the rest of the game in composed style. The Dee looked more likely to add a third than concede again. Stewart saw his dangerous shot take two deflections on its way past the post, and Darren O'Dea headed too high from Kerr's cross as Thistle were pinned back following a corner. There was a final scare for the Dee deep into injury time when a high ball into a crowded penalty area fell to Amoo, who lashed the ball high over the crossbar. Remarkably this was Dundee's third win this season at this venue. It might not have been as convincing as the 4-2 win in January, but Dundee just about deserved the points for their more composed play that created the better chances. Certainly Kane Hemmings second goal, his 21st league goal of the season, was worthy of winning any game. The Dark Blues defence might have been disrupted by injury and suspension, but they handled Thistle effectively for the most part, coping well under pressure in the second half. Up front, Dundee had more quality and coolness and these qualities were decisive today. Partick Thistle FC 4-2-3-1 Scully Elliott, Miller, Lindsay, Dumbuya Osman, Welsh Lawless, Edwards (Pogba 67), Nesbitt (Amoo 58) Doolan (Nisbet 85) Unused subs: Gallacher (gk), Frans, Penrice. Goal: Doolan (70) Booked: none. Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain McGinn, Gadzhalov, O'Dea, Holt McGowan, Ross Stewart, Harkins (c) (Colquhoun 89), Wighton (Kerr 70) Hemmings Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Arturo. Goals: Hemmings (33, 80) Booked: McGowan (foul on Nesbitt), Stewart (foul on Osman) Referee: Nick Welsh. Assistants: Willie Conquer, Graeme Leslie. Fourth official: Willie Collum. Attendance: 2,769 Report: James Christie
  15. TheDarkBlues

    Partick Thistle 2 - 4 Dundee

    Both teams made two changes. Darren O'Dea made his debut, replacing James McPake and Greg Stewart returned from suspension. Thistle brought back Mustapha Dumbuya in the place of Gary Miller and David Wilson came in for the suspended Abdul Osman. The Dark Blues started confidently and slickly on the tricky pitch. They were much the sharper side, stretching Thistle's nervous defence and briskly breaking up the occasional home attack. After only six minutes the Dee won a penalty through Gary Harkins' pressing and skill. He robbed Liam Lindsay on the left wing and ran on into the penalty area. Lindsay managed to track back to cover, but when Harkins cut inside him he downed the Dee captain. Kane HEMMINGS smashed the spot kick high into the net. Dundee went two up less than three minutes later. Home keeper Tomas Cerny couldn't take Greg Stewart's high free kick under pressure from Darren O'Dea and HARKINS collected the ball to stroke it into the empty net. Thistle looked in a state of shock under the falling snow and their defenders had all the composure of Bambi on ice. Dundee threatened to score every time they came forward and number three arrived just before the quarter hour. Paul McGowan won the ball in midfield, allowing Harkins space to pick his pass for Greg STEWART to run in from the right and curl home a predictably sublime goal. Thistle might have been sloppy, but in punishing their hosts Dundee were impressively sharp and ruthless. For a spell it was shooty in at the Thistle end as the Dee ripped their way through the Jags' defence. Cerny made a great save to keep out McGowan's chip, then Hemmings cracked a shot against the post from the edge of the area, and Harkins shot over the bar after the home defence disintegrated under pressure. Thistle managed to pull themselves together to win a couple of corners, and briefly dug themselves back into the game. Bannigan's corner was returned to him, and his cross was nodded on by Lindsay for David AMOO to head past Bain from close range. The Jags took heart from the goal and put Dundee under pressure for 10 minutes. Dundee responded well and gradually took the sting out of Thistle's game to reassert control. With the Dee once again composed and confident the outlook for Thistle was as bleak as the weather. After 36 minutes Dundee ended the game as a serious contest with a goal of stunning quality that surpassed the delightful third. Nick Ross picked up a loose pass in midfield. He played the ball on to Hemmings whose instant flick gave HARKINS time to take a touch on the edge of the penalty area and whip a marvellous shot around Cerny and into the top corner. From then on Dundee were in charge and the points always looked safe. The second half lacked the fireworks of the first 45 minutes as Dundee professionally kept control and saw out the game. The Dark Blues were far more comfortable on the ball and dealt with the tricky pitch much better than Thistle. Dundee made life easier for themselves by keeping possession coolly while Thistle constantly struggled to hold onto the ball. Thistle huffed and puffed, but even when they attacked Dundee always looked capable of adding to their lead with a breakaway. Lindsay picked up a second yellow card when he downed Stewart just outside the penalty area, and the Jags had to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men. Paul McGowan came closest to a fifth goal when he hit the outside of the post from 25 yards. With the game dead and the undertakers gathering Thistle made the scoreline marginally more respectable. Bain had to parry a fierce 20 yard shot from Booth and Kris DOOLAN turned the loose ball into the net. A 4-2 win away to a team in fine form is a tremendous result for the Dee. They handled the conditions and the home side's efforts superbly, keeping their shape and concentration, whilst creating endless danger through Hemmings, Stewart, and especially Gary Harkins who had an outstanding game. The former Partick player contributed two goals and two assists to delight the noisy travelling support. The defence may be disappointed about losing two goals, but for the most part they were comfortable and Darren O'Dea fitted in well alongside Thomas Konrad. Dundee's attack will get most of the attention, but the midfield trio of McGowan, Ross and Low had a highly effective match. All round this was an excellent and very impressive win for the Dee. Partick Thistle 4-2-3-1 Cerny Dumbaya, Lindsay, Seaborne, Booth Wilson (Nisbet, at half time), Welsh Amoo (Elliott 65), Bannigan, Lawless (Frans 78) Doolan Unused subs: Scully (gk), Miller, Leyden, Penrice Goals: Amoo (22), Doolan (89) Booked: Wilson (foul on McGowan), Lindsay (fouls on Hemmings and Stewart) Sent off: Lindsay (two bookings) Dundee FC 4-4-1-1 Bain McGinn, O'Dea (Gadzhalov 86), Konrad, Holt Stewart, McGowan, Ross, Low (Kerr 81) Harkins Hemmings (Loy 87) Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Andrew Black, Wighton, Colquhoun Goals: Hemmings (7 pen), Harkins (10, 36), Stewart (14) Booked: McGinn (foul on Lawless) Referee: Euan Anderson. Assistants: Stuart Stevenson, Ivan Stankovic. 4th official: Willie Collum. Attendance: 3,262 Report: James Christie
  16. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 1 Partick Thistle

    The Dark Blues were unchanged from last week's draw at Inverness. Club captain Kevin Thomson returned from injury to take a place on the bench. Injury and suspension forced the Jags to call upon their goalkeeping coach, the hugely experienced Paul Gallacher, and Kris Doolan replaced Mathias Pogba in attack. Gallacher was quickly into action, and had to save well when Rhys Healey tested him from 20 yards. The Dee were roaring forward in the opening few minutes putting the Thistle defence under serious pressure. However, everything fell apart when the visitors won a corner in their first attack after four minutes. Tall central defender Liam LINDSAY climbed high to score with a powerful close range header. There will be awkward questions about how the Dark Blue defence handled that corner. Like last week Dundee looked uncomfortable every time their opponents were able to send big men forward for a set piece. The bright spell before the goal was the only time the Dee were able to put their game together until the late equaliser. After Thistle took the lead their defence was never under sustained pressure, even though their defensive positioning was occasionally suspect in the first half. Shortly after the goal Rory Loy's 25 yard shot did force a good save from Gallacher. The veteran keeper also had to be alert to block a McGowan shot with his feet following a corner. Apart from that Dundee offered no threat throughout a long and dismal first half. On the half hour mark Healey was unfortunate to be forced out of the match on a stretcher, after a bad challenge from behind. Kane Hemmings replaced him, but there was no change to the pattern of the match. Thistle might have added a second when Thomas Konrad failed to deal with an Amoo cross, but Scott Bain managed to pounce on the ball when Doolan looked like he might nick a goal. The Dark Blues' passing was consistently poor, and they gave the ball away repeatedly when trying to make easy passes. Thistle deserve credit for the way they pressed Dundee, but often there was no excuse for simple mistakes by the Dee. If the first half had been poor there was always hope that Dundee might pull themselves together after half time. That didn't happen. All that changed was that Thistle tightened up at the back. Dundee continued to botch their passes, making life surprisingly easy for a hard working Thistle side. The quality of the football from both sides was abysmal, but at least Thistle could argue that they were successfully protecting their lead, and doing so without any great trouble. Thistle might not have done anything clever, but they were hard working, well organised, and made few mistakes. That put them well ahead of Dundee on the day. Paul Gallacher was called on twice to make routine saves from McGowan and Stewart. However, there was no charge at Thistle, and no real pressure. Play broke down continuously, and it was usually a Thistle player who was first to the loose ball. With 20 minutes to go Riccardo Calder replaced Nicky Low. The Villa youngster found it difficult to get involved in the game as his teammates continued to struggle. Little had been seen of Thistle in attack in the second half, but Bain had to turn over a fierce 20 yard shot from substitute Gary Fraser after 75 minutes. Dundee cleared the corner, but two incidents in the next 60 seconds summed up the Dark Blues' performance. When Dundee broke over the halfway line Hemmings tried to release Stewart, but mishit his pass. Paul McGinn then gave away an unnecessary free kick, from which the unmarked Lindsay powered a header wide. After 85 minutes the Dark Blues surprisingly equalised with a goal that had everything their play had been lacking. Thistle were sitting back looking secure in defence when McGowan slipped a clever ball through for HEMMINGS to stab the ball past Gallacher from 10 yards. For a moment the Dee were slick and sharp; that was enough to salvage a point. In the four minutes of injury time Thistle managed to survive a frantic goalmouth scramble. The added time was far more entertaining than anything on offer in the previous 90 minutes. Both sides tried to grab a winner as the game opened up. The Jags had a short period of very late and dangerous pressure during which Sean Welsh fired over from a half chance. At the final whistle it is unlikely that anyone felt satisfied with the game or the result. Dundee's performance was nowhere near acceptable except for the fleeting promise before Thistle's goal and in the last few minutes after the equaliser. The Jags will feel disappointed they failed to see out a match in which they had rarely looked in danger. Dundee have seldom played as poorly without losing in the Premiership. Every part of the team played well below their best. Paul McGowan never gave up in midfield and kept trying to drive the Dee forward, so it was fitting that he created the equaliser. For the rest it was a matter of good players failing to show their ability and looking well short of confidence. Dundee FC 4-3-3 Bain McGinn, Konrad, Gadzhalov, Holt Stewart, Ross, McGowan, Low (Calder 62) Loy, Healey (Hemmings 30) Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Thomson, Harkins, Skelly, Irvine Goal: Hemmings (85) Booked: none. Partick Thistle 4-2-3-1 Gallacher Dumbuya, Lindsay, Seaborne, Booth Bannigan, Osman Amoo, Welsh, Lawless (Fraser 67) Doolan (Stevenson 84) Unused subs: Waters (gk), Stevenson, Frans, Edwards, McDaid, Fraser, Pogba Goals: Lindsay (4) Booked: Welsh (foul on Loy), Bannigan (foul on Stewart) Referee: Willie Collum. Assistants: Stuart Stevenson, Ross Haswell. 4th official: David Munro. Attendance: 5,067 (359 away fans) Report: James Christie
  17. TheDarkBlues

    Partick Thistle 0 - 1dundee

    Dundee made only one change to the side that played Inverness Caley Thistle before the international break. Gary Harkins replaced Paul McGowan, who had picked up a knock in training. Thistle made four changes, bringing back Kris Doolan and Ryan Stevenson, and giving debuts to Mustapha Dumbaya, who was with Notts County last season, and Dundee United loanee Robbie Muirhead. The Dark Blues were very fortunate to survive a hairy opening 15 minutes. The Dee defence was living on the edge as Thistle stormed forward impressively. Muirhead should have done better than scoop the ball into Scott Bain's gloves when James McPake fluffed a clearance. Doolan then shot narrowly wide after a fast move had opened Dundee up. The Thistle striker went even closer when he thrashed an overhead kick against the crossbar. While Thistle were passing and moving cleverly and confidently Dundee were sloppy and struggling to get their game together. Far too often the Dee were making the wrong decisions and hitting inaccurate passes. There was further concern for the Dark Blues' support when James McPake limped out of the match after 22 minutes. He was replaced by Julen Etxabeguren who settled down into a calm and confident performance alongside Thomas Konrad. Gradually Dundee settled down and started to compete more effectively. The middle of the first half was mercifully boring after the fright that the Dark Blues got in the opening quarter of an hour. The game sprang back into life in the last five minutes of the half when Dundee twice went close. A poor Černý clearance created confusion in the Jags' defence and Nick Ross set up Nicky Low, who wasted a great chance by shooting wastefully into the side netting. Gary Irvine ghosted onto a Stewart pass and a desperate Černý block prevented a goal. In between those two Dundee chances Thistle had gone agonisingly close after a fast break had left Dundee exposed. Muirhead sent in Stevenson to crack a fierce shot against the inside of Bain's post. When the second half opened Dundee were much more composed throughout the team. Thistle had more difficulty trying to play through the midfield and Dundee were looking much more dangerous in possession. Up front Hemmings was receiving better support. Irvine had a dangerous snap shot from 22 yards, but Černý saved well. Just after the hour Riccardo Calder came on, replacing Nicky Low. The youngster showed some good touches, but the real significance was that Stewart moved to the right where Thistle struggled to contain him. Before Dundee could see any benefit from the change they had to survive another great escape. Dumbuya's cross found Stevenson with the time and space to pick his spot, but he headed against the crossbar when the opening goal seemed certain. Dundee made another attacking change, with Rory Loy replacing Gary Harkins. Loy quickly injected more urgency into Dundee's attacks, linking effectively with Hemmings and Stewart. He had a quick opportunity when he seized a loose ball and drove his shot just past the post. The game's only goal finally arrived after 76 minutes and what a peach it was. STEWART picked up the ball wide on the right on the halfway line. He drove at the Thistle defence, jinked inside Lindsay, and from just inside the penalty area curled his shot round Černý and inside the post. As soon as he made the space for the shot the Dee support just knew what was going to happen! Loy almost added a quick second when he flicked Calder's cross narrowly wide. Stewart should have sealed the win when he and Loy passed their way through the Jags' defence. Černý managed to take the sting out of Stewart's shot leaving the ball bobbling towards the goal line. Loy beat the defence to tap it home, but the linesman's decided he had started from an offside position. Thistle kept plugging away, but Dundee's defence and midfield was far more solid than they had been in the first half and the Jags struggled to create any opportunities despite some fierce pressure. Dundee always looked capable of adding another goal on the break, but no-one could complain about a single goal victory. Thistle were extremely unfortunate not to take anything from the match. They were punished ruthlessly for their failure to turn their first half dominance into goals. During that opening 45 minutes they looked far better than a team at the bottom of the table, where they find themselves tonight. Dundee will be delighted to get maximum points from a mixed performance. There were good moments, but too many poor ones, especially early on. In the end it was the extra quality that the Dark Blues were able to call on that proved decisive. The longer the game went on the more likely Greg Stewart looked to hurt the Jags and he fully deserved the goal that capped an excellent performance. Partick Thistle 4-2-3-1 Černý Dumbaya, Frans, Lindsay, Booth Bannigan, Osman Muirhead (Welsh 81), Stevenson (McDaid 77), Lawless (Amoo 70) Doolan, Unused subs: Scully (gk), Miller, Seaborne, Wilson Booked: none Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain McGinn, Konrad, McPake (Etxabeguren 22), Irvine Thomson, Harkins (Loy 68) Low (Calder 62), Ross, Stewart Hemmings Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Gadzhalov, Healey, Holt Goal: Stewart (76) Booked: none Referee: Willie Collum . Assistants: Alistair Mather, Frank Connor. Fourth official: Euan Anderson Attendance: 2,946 Report: James Christie
  18. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 0 Partick Thistle

    Dundee made four changes from last week's cup tie. Paul Heffernan came in for his debut and Alex Harris returned; both players were cup tied last week. Thomas Konrad and Paul McGinn also came into the starting line-up. Willie Dyer, Craig Wighton and David Clarkson dropped onto the bench and Greg Stewart was suspended. There were narrow escapes at either end in the opening minutes. The Dee defence was caught out by a high, looping ball that McDaid challenged for. The ball broke back to Lyle Taylor whose 15 yard shot skimmed past the post. The Dark Blues then nearly grabbed an early goal with a lightning fast break. Scott Bain sent an accurate quick kick out to the right wing. Alex Harris raced onto it and flighted a neat ball into the penalty area. Jim McAlister took a great first touch to set up a chance but Scott Fox managed to block. The first few minutes were even, but Thistle then started to exert control in midfield and put the home defence under some uncomfortable pressure. Dundee didn't look comfortable defending crosses, especially from set pieces. Midway through the half Thistle had five corners in as many minutes. Scott Bain's handling of everthing that he came for was impeccable throughout, but when the ball was out of his reach Dundee's defending wasn't convincing. For most of the first half Dundee lacked composure and imagination in midfield. Thistle's defence was well protected by their midfield, but on occasion the Dark Blues showed hints of promise. Twice in quick succession Jim McAlister had fleeting half chances during a spell of pressure. For the most part the match was a nervous affair of Thistle probing and the Dundee defence handling them well in open play, though less so from set pieces. The Dark Blues twice came close to breaking the deadlock at the end of the first half. Fox pulled off an great full length save to keep Harris's 25 free kick out. The resulting corner caused chaos in the Thistle goalmouth. Irvine seemed to be pushed as he went for the ball. Konrad did manage to get his head to it, but the ball was scrambled off the goal-line. Gary Irvine needed treatment following that incident, and had to be substituted at half time; Willie Dyer came on. Gary Harkins was also thrown into the action, replacing Kosta Gadzhalov, as Paul Hartley tried to introduce some composure to the midfield. The Jags also made a change. Goalkeeper Scott Fox was replaced by Paul Gallacher. Fox had had a good first half, so the change must have been forced by injury. Dundee certainly improved after the break, though it was hardly a commanding performance. Harkin's ability to hold the ball and make penetrating passes helped Dundee attack from midfield and find more space out wide. The whole midfield stepped up their game and Thistle found it harder to build attacks. Early in the half Harris and Paul McGinn flashed dangerous low balls across the goalmouth, but after that the Thistle defence looked comfortable. With Thistle finding it equally difficult to create chances a goalless draw looked inevitable. Craig Wighton replaced Paul Heffernan for the final 20 minutes. He found it tough when had to deal with Thistle's central defenders with his back to goal, but he looked clever and dangerous when he was able to turn and attack the defence. As the match drifted into injury time, and the supporters started to gather around the exits, Thistle launched a dangerous break. It was stopped by a superb Konrad tackle on the edge of the penalty area, and Dundee charged upfield to score the winner with their best move of the game. Harkins took the ball down the left and passed inside to Wighton. The youngster played a superb pass to send Harkins through on goal at an angle. With the fans leaping to their feet expecting a shot Harkins coolly played the ball across the six yard box for Paul McGOWAN to roll the winning goal into the back of the net. Thistle launched the ball forward from the restart and managed to win a corner. Dundee dealt with it comfortable and the referee blew the final whistle. This wasn't a great game of football, far from it. However, three points and an injury time winner was enough to send the fans on their way with a smile. A clean sheet was also pleasing. Dundee have now taken an impressive 15 points from a seven game undefeated run in the league. It would be hard to argue that Dundee were worthy winners today. The late winner was harsh on Thistle, who will certainly be disappointed to come away with nothing. A draw would have been fair but this was a very welcome win on a day when Dundee's team selection was disrupted by injuries and suspension. Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain Paul McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Irvine (Dyer HT) Stephen McGinn, Gadzhalov (Harkins HT) Harris, McGowan, McAlister Heffernan (Wighton 69) Unused subs: Letheren (gk), Clarkson, McBride, Black Goal: McGowan (91) Booked: McGowan (goal celebration) Partick Thistle 4-2-3-1 Fox (Gallacher HT) O'Donnell, Frans, Balatoni, Booth Osman, Bannigan McDaid, Fraser (Stevenson 74), Elliott Taylor (Doolan 68) Unused subs: Higginbotham, Lawless, Craigen, Richards-Everton Booked: Bannigan (foul on McGowan), Booth (foul on Paul McGinn), Elliott (foul on Stephen McGinn) Referee: Craig Thomson Attendance: 5,560 Report: James Christie
  19. TheDarkBlues

    Partick Thistle 1 - 1 Dundee

    Scott Bain was injured, allowing Kyle Letheren to return in goal. Kevin Thomson, Willie Dyer and Greg Stewart came into the starting line up, replacing Philip Roberts, Martin Boyle and the suspended Gary Harkins. Boyle and Roberts dropped onto the bench. The surprise in the starting formation was Paul McGinn playing in the right midfield slot. Gary Irvine crossed over to right back with Dyer playing at left back. Dundee started very cautiously, looking much more secure than last week, but offering nothing in attack for the first 10 minutes. Thistle pressed, playing some neat football through the midfield, but they were unable to find the right passes to open up the Dee defence. Ryan Stevenson had the match's first shot after 10 minutes, but his effort from the edge of the penalty area was well over the bar. The Dark Blues started to venture forward more; Stewart was combining well with Clarkson as the Dee built some patient moves. Stewart had a half chance when the ball broke to him when Dyer charged down a clearance, but from 16 yards he shot too high. Gary Irvine fired an angled shot narrowly wide after intercepting the ball as Thistle tried to break out of defence. James Craigen had the best opportunity of the first half when he broke through the middle. He had to shoot quickly from 20 yards as the defence closed in and Letheren saved well. Kevin Thomson came close with a 15 yard volley after good build up play by Irvine, Clarkson and Stewart. Irvine then headed wide from a corner when the Thistle defence struggled to deal with Dundee's massed late charge into the penalty area. The game became increasingly scrappy as the half wore on, with Thistle being particularly guilty of overhitting their passes. The second half started in the same vein, with the home side dominating possession, but unable to do anything of note. Dundee sent on Martin Boyle early in the half, replacing Simon Ferry. The change injected greater urgency into the Dark Blues' game and they had a promising spell of attacking. Paul McGinn ended a lengthy passing move deep in the Thistle half by shooting over the bar from 20 yards. However, any optimism amongs the Dee support vanished when the Jags took the lead with a sucker punch. Dundee should probably have been given a throw just inside their half. The decision went to Thistle who caught out the Dee by taking it quickly, allowing Stevenson to reach the byline. He bulleted a fierce low cross into the goalmouth where James CRAIGEN stabbed in the opener. The goal turned the game firmly in Thistle's favour. They were now picking their passes more carefully and stretching the Dundee defence with clever driving runs from a midfield that was always looking to burst beyond Dundee's back four. Gary Fraser went very close with a low shot from 25 yards. Craigen then wasted a far better chance after Stevenson had led a fast break out of defence, but he carelessly shot well over the bar. Midway through the half Paul Hartley went for broke, sending on Philip Roberts and Luka Tankulic to replace Kevin Thomson and Paul McGinn. The Dark Blues were now playing a very aggressive formation that was verging on 2-3-5 at times. The changes saw Dundee spending more of the game in the Thistle half, but they offered little more threat to Paul Gallacher's goal. 10 minutes from time Gallacher had an easy take from a McPake header following a corner and that was his first save of the match. The more that Dundee attacked, the more likely it seemed that Thistle would pick up an easy goal on the break. The home side continued to look more dangerous with less of the ball. The game was in the final minute of normal time the Dark Blues scored an unexpected equaliser that was greeted with huge joy and relief in the away support. David Clarkson did well to hold onto the ball just outside the penalty area, and he found Philip Roberts on the left. The substitute cut inside and hit a fierce shot across goal. It might not have been goalbound, but the ball flew off BALATONI's outstretched leg and past the helpless Gallacher. That was enough to stop the bad run and give the Dark Blues a point. They will have to do much better than this, however. In particular they will need to show more coming forward. David Clarkson worked hard, but yet again his teammates didn't create a single chance for him. In defence the Dark Blues were much more solid than last week, and only looked vulnerable when they were chasing the game. However, this was mainly due to the more cautious midfield line-up. When Dundee re-organised and had to push forward they looked more likely to concede again than to equalise. The passing and movement weren't really any better than in the recent defeats, and Paul Hartley will surely still be looking for improvement - a lot of improvement. After falling behind Dundee could do little to trouble Thistle who will be kicking themselves that they had to share the points. Partick Thistle 4-1-4-1 Gallacher O'Donnell, Balatoni, Seaborne, Bannigan Osman, Elliott, Craigen, Fraser, Higginbotham Stevenson (Doolan 79) Unused subs: Fox (gk), Lawless, Eccleston, Wilson, Lindsay, McDaid Goals: Craigen (57) Booked: Higginbotham, Seaborne, Fraser Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Letheren Irvine, McPake, Konrad, Dyer Thomson (Roberts 65), Ferry (Boyle 51) McGinn (Tankulic 65), Stewart, McAlister Clarkson Unused subs: Schenk (gk), Davidson, McBride, Carreiro Goal: Balatoni (89 og) Booked: Irvine, Tankulic Referee: Craig Thomson Attendance: 3,203 (621 Dees) Report: James Christie
  20. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 1 Partick Thistle

    The Jags rocked the Dee with a ferocious start. Bannigan missed a sitter after two minutes, wastefully heading O'Donnell's cross wide with the away fans already starting to cheer. Dundee's escape was short lived; Thistle scored less than a minute later. The ball was laid back to Gary FRASER who struck a beautiful rising shot past Letheren from 22 yards. Partick's energetic pressing in midfield unsettled Dundee, who struggled to build moves from the back. When Thistle did have the ball their brisk passing, movement and hard running posed real problems for the Dark Blue defence. Another O'Donnell cross was turned on at the near post by Stevenson, but Letheren parried. Paul McGinn was caught out when the ball freakishly failed to bounce in the six yard box, and Letheren had to move smartly to block from Bannigan. Although the Dark Blues were second best they were not out of contention. The Thistle defence was vulnerable to diagonal balls behind the full backs and Dundee looked capable of creating danger. Nevertheless, Scott Fox had an easy first half as Dundee failed to get a serious shot on target. A MacDonald 25 yard free kick that drifted wide, and a lovely turn and cross by McGowan, which flew across goal, were as good as it got for the Dee. On the stroke of half time Willie Dyer took a knock and had to be replaced. Gary Irvine came on to play at right back, with McGinn switching to left back. Thistle meanwhile had already lost their left back, when McMillan limped off to be replaced by Keenan. The Dundee strikers had not been linking well enough with each other or the midfield. It was no surprise when Paul Hartley reorganised at half time; young Craig Wighton replacing Luka Tankulic. The improvement was immediate and Dundee went on to dominate the rest of the game. Gary Harkins nearly scored a cheeky equaliser when Dundee were awarded a free kick om the right touchline, 30 yards from the corner flag. With everyone expecting a conventional cross, Harkins went straight for goal, catching out Fox who was relieved to see the ball bounce off the bar and out of play. Craig Wighton's touch and vision added hugely to the effectiveness of Dundee's attacks. When the Dark Blues went forward now the ball was under control and the away defence was forced onto the back foot. The equaliser arrived after 53 minutes, at the end of a spell of intense pressure. Jim McAlister drove into the box and played the ball into space for WIGHTON to race in, take an immaculate touch and slip the ball under Fox. It was a goal that oozed class, and showed far greater maturity than anyone could expect from a 17 year old. The match had turned on its head, and five minutes later we had a huge talking point. Harkins whipped a free kick into the penalty area where Seaborne pulled down James McPake. Mr Charleston pointed to the penalty spot and booked Seaborne. During the ensuing discussions Scott Fox pushed Paul McGowan in the face, right in front of the referee. Inevitably Mr Charleston pulled out his red card and the penalty kick was further delayed whilst Thistle sorted out the substitution. Paul Gallacher came on for midfielder Lawless, and saved Harkins' weak penaly with his legs, a full four minutes after the spot kick had been awarded. Dundee were able to dominate the midfield now. Thistle were pushed back and had to dig in for a point. Craig Wighton was outstanding as he glided around the pitch, taking the ball under fierce pressure and moving it on smoothly for his teammates. In spite of some good play and sustained pressure Dundee found it hard to create clear chances against a defence whose backs were firmly against the wall. Peter MacDonald came closest, but his far post header from Harkins' cross was well saved by Gallacher. Harkins was then replaced by Boyle, who added a new threat with some dangerous runs and crosses. Wighton made space superbly on the right but his cross evaded everyone, and McGowan's 25 yard follow up fizzed over the bar. It was no surprise when Wighton was named as man of the match, an accolade that was all the more impressive given the identity of the judges; none other than Jocky Scott and Craig Brown, a pair of wise old experts who know a fine player when they see one. Surprisingly Mr Charleston played only four minutes of injury time. Thistle were able to hang on, by their fingertips at times. The Jags were sitting back so far that McPake was able to play as an extra striker in the dying stages. Over the course of the whole game a draw wasn't unfair. When Thistle were the better side, which they were for most of the first half, they were much better. When Dundee took over they totally dominated, even before the sending off. However, the Dark Blues fans will certainly be the more frustrated after the Dee failed to ram home their advantage. After three games Dundee are still undefeated, but they really need to get a win and they passed up a great opportunity today. The defence played well throughout, and certainly needed to keep their wits about them in a very tough opening 20 minutes. In midfield Dundee responded well to Thistle's pressing game. McAlister proved a very capable replacement for Kevin Thomson, especially when the Dee midfield took charge after the break. Both strikers played very well in the second half and it will be very interesting to see what changes Paul Hartley decides to make after this match. Dundee FC 4-3-1-2 Letheren McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Dyer (Irvine 44) Ferry, McAlister, McGowan Harkins (Boyle 77) MacDonald, Tankulic (Wighton, half time) Unused subs: Bain (gk), Stewart, Davidson, Benedictus Goal: Wighton (53) Booked: none Partick Thistle 4-2-3-1 Fox O'Donnell, Balatoni, Seaborne, McMillan (Keenan 14) Osman, Fraser, Lawless (Gallacher, GK, 61), Higginbotham (Elliott 67), Bannigan Stevenson Unused subs: Muirhead, Craigen, Doolan, Duggan Goal: Fraser (3) Booked: Bannigan (foul on McAlister), Balatoni (foul on MacDonald), Seaborne (foul on McPake for penalty) Sent off: Fox (violent conduct) Referee: Craig Charleston Attendance: 6,453 Report: James Christie
  21. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 3 Partick Thistle

    At least last week Dundee lost to the best team in the division. Partick played well today, but they are a long way from the top of top of the table. In fact, they are still in the bottom half, but they won today with embarrassing ease. Barry Smith made four changes from last week. Centre backs McKeown and Benedictus were replaced by McGregor and Weston. McCluskey returned from injury in place of the suspended McBride, and Hyde came in for Milne up front. On a few occasions Partick threatened to play runners through the Dundee back line, but it never quite came off. They might have had a penalty when Bannigan hurdled an Irvine tackle and got an earful from his manager for dodging the challenge. A good Thistle move through Erskine, Cariney and O'Donnell ended with Douglas saving for a corner. However, the first half hour was as dull as anything we've seen at Dens this season, with precious little in the way of entertainment. Unfortunately when the match livened up it wasn't any more enjoyable for the Dundee support. Partick had been having marginally the better of a poor game, but Dundee had offered virtually nothing in attack and had looked sleepy in midfield, so it wasn't much of a surprise when the visitors took the lead. Jamie McCluskey saw a good 20 yard shot pushed round the post by Fox. This looked mildly encouraging, but from the corner Partick broke upfield to score. Mark McGuigan ran clear, but Neil McGregor caught up with him to make a great tackle. Erskine was first onto the loose ball, dragged it clear of Weston and McGregor and switched the ball across goal for CAIRNEY to pass it into the net. Jamie McCluskey needed treatment late in the first half and was struggling. It was no surprise when Riley replaced him at half time. Partick could have put the match out of Dundee's reach when they were awarded a penalty early in the second half. Weston held McGuigan just inside the penalty area as the Partick striker tried to spin past him. Cairney's penalty was too close to Douglas, who saved well. The Dundee midfield were giving very poor service to the strikers, who in turn were struggling to hold the ball up. Hyde had been doing his best, with little support, but was forced out of the game with a knock after an hour. Riley moved into a central striking role, with Irvine pushing down the right and Benedictus coming on to play right back. Whatever cohesion Dundee had, it now vanished, and the rejigged team never looked remotely comfortable. Dundee were caught horribly out of position for the killer second goal. An attack broke down when Nicky Riley tried to shield the ball, but was caught from behind. The ball was quickly played upfield to find CAIRNEY in a vast amount of space coming in from the left. He ran on and calmly lifted the ball over Douglas to score. Thistle won a second penalty in in jury time when Thistle substitute Elliot seemed to push Weston who was going for a cross. McGregor, trying to recover brought down Welsh and received a rather harsh red card. This time CAIRNEY hammered home the penalty to give Douglas no chance. This was the worst I've seen Dundee play in a long time. Partick won at a stroll in the end, but were never any better than competent. They were occasionally shaky in defence, but Dundee never looked like punishing them. When the visitors came forward all they had to do was keep running, play simple balls, and wait for the openings to come. I suspect there will be many harsh words in the Dundee dressing room as I write. The Dee have many players who take a pride in their performances. Today's display was shocking and plain embarrassing. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Irvine, McGregor, Weston, Lockwood McCluskey (Riley 45), Fotheringham, O'Donnell, Conroy Hyde (Benedictus 60), McIntosh Unused subs; Gibson (gk), McKeown, Chisholm Bookings; O'Donnell (foul on Cairney), Weston (foul on Cairney) Sent off; McGregor (denying Welsh a goal scoring opportunity) Partick Thistle 4-4-2 Fox Balatoni, Robertson, Archibald, Bannigan O'Donnell, Erskine (Elliot 81), Paton, Welsh McGuigan (Burns 85), Cairney Unused subs; Scully (gk), McAteer, Griffin Goals; Cairney (34, 80, 90 pen) Bookings; Bannigan (foul on McCluskey), Cairney (confronting Douglas after 3rd goal) Attendance; 3,682 Referee; Kevin Clancy Report; James Christie
  22. TheDarkBlues

    Partick Thistle 0 - 0 Dundee

    Not surprisingly Dundee were unchanged from Tuesday night's cup tie at Kilmarnock, but the Dee struggled to repeat the fluent football they've played recently. The first half was a grim affair in which any attempts to play good football were thwarted by the poor pitch, awful swirling wind and gusting showers. Dundee were the better side and showed more composure, making fewer mistakes. The Dee should have taken the lead after six minutes, but wasted a great opportunity when they tried to walk the ball into the goal. Chisholm slipped a fine pass through to send Conroy clear into the penalty area. He checked inside to get a better angle but his shot was blocked. McCluskey followed up but instead of shooting he passed to Milne whose shot was blocked on the line. Thistle were having more difficulty handling the wind, which repeatedly caught them out. However, their best chance was created by the wind, which caught out Irvine and allowed Elliott to break on the right. He set up Stewart to fire carelessly well over the bar. Gavin Rae caused Thistle problems throughout the first half breaking up attacks and switching play quickly upfield. Twice he set up Milne to race forward, forcing a good save from Fox the first time and then shooting narrowly wide. Sadly for Gavin he pulled up clutching his thigh after being tackled late in the half and had to be replaced at half time. Jake Hyde came on and Dundee switched to 4-4-2. Dundee handled the conditions better than in the first half and always looked capable of opening up the Thistle defence. However, it was Thistle's more direct play that came closer to bringing a goal. Sinclair broke down the left and his deep cross was met with a diving header from the Jags' Stephen O'Donnell, but Douglas saved well. That save was just a warm-up for Big Rab's moment of brilliance 20 minutes from time when Cairney's cross from the left was met perfectly by the head of Kris Doolan, only six yards out. The Thistle fans were already starting to celebrate and looked on horrified astonishment when Douglas somehow managed to push the ball away. The quality of the football might still have been disappointing, but at least there was no shortage of entertainment now as play swung from end to end with both teams going for the win. Dundee had lots of possession and frequently stretched the Thistle defence, but didn't cause Scott Fox enough problems. A good move by McCluskey and Hyde gave Conroy the chance to shoot. Fox saved well and managed to grab the loose ball just before Milne could run it into the net, and that was Dundee's only real chance of the second half. The Jags might have had a penalty when McGregor slid in on Cairney who jumped out of the way and lost the chance. The home side had the last chance when they broke quickly down the right after a Ryan Conroy free kick was deflected into Scott Fox's hands. O'Donnell crossed and Doolan's header shaved the outside of the post. Dundee had to reorganise midway through the second half when Lockwood went off injured. Weston came on to play right back, with Irvine moving to left back. This seemed to unsettle Dundee on both wings. Not long afterwards McCluskey and Conroy swapped wings, so Irvine and McCluskey were re-united, which helped. Dundee will have to be happy with this point and Thistle will undoubtedly be more disappointed at the score. An away draw in very difficult conditions against a Thistle team who were really fired up to attack Dundee has to be an acceptable result. Partick Thistle FC 4-4-2 Fox O'Donnell, Robertson, Cole, Sinclair Cairney, Paton, Rowson, Naismith Stewart (Erskine 70), Elliott (Doolan 70) Unused subs; Scully (gk), Kinniburgh, Bannigan Bookings; O'Donnell (foul on McCluskey) Dundee FC 4-4-1-1 Douglas Irvine, McGregor, McKeown, Lockwood (Weston 64) McCluskey, Chisholm, O'Donnell, Conroy Rae (Hyde 45) Milne Unused subs; Gibson (gk), Bayne, Hyde, Weston, Benedictus Bookings; McGregor (foul on Doolan) Attendance; 2,425 (653 Dundee fans) Referee; John McKendrick Report; James Christie
  23. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 1 Partick Thistle

    Thistle were able to capitalise on their numerical advantage and defend the winning goal they scored from the penalty that followed Douglas's sending off However, the Jags had to ride their luck at times as Dundee were still able to create, and sadly miss, good chances as the Dee served up a far better performance than the nervous displays that we saw in the previous defeats. Predictably Barry Smith chose exactly the same side that played in last week's excellent win at Ayr. Thistle played an adventurous 3-5-2 formation that allowed them to break quickly, but meant that they were vulnerable down the wings, especially the Dundee right. Nicky Riley repeatedly exploited the space behind Sinclair who looked impressive coming forward but rather naïve about his positioning. The first 20 minutes was finely balanced, though Thistle should have taken the lead when McGregor slipped, allowing Elliot to run through on Douglas who saved well. A smart passing move released Erskine who took the ball round Douglas, before hitting the deck when Matt Lockwood challenged him for the ball. Controversially and mistakenly, referee Steven McLean decided that Rab Douglas had tripped Erskine and red-carded the furious keeper. The film of the incident showed there was no contact by Douglas, and Erskine claimed after the match that it was Lockwood's challenge that caused him to go down, a claim that Matt had some issues with! At only 18 years old Leighton McIntosh's experience cost him his place and he had to make way to let John Gibson come on in goal. Paul CAIRNEY wasn't distracted by the delay and scored with a solid penalty. Shortly afterwards Gibson turned an Elliot 20 yarder round the post, a good save that should have given him confidence. Surprisingly Thistle lost some of their passing fluency in midfield after the sending off and failed to stretch Dundee with the extra man. Dundee had the better of the remainder of the half, and might have equalised but for two good saves by Scully in the away goal. First he saved well from Irvine's 18 yard shot, then pulled off an even better one to deny Gavin Rae after O'Donnell had nodded the ball down. Mr McLean was infuriating the Dundee players and supporters with his erratic use of the cards, and when Archibald body-checked Nicky Riley it was the Dundee winger who was booked, the referee signalling that he disapproved of Riley waving his arms around in frustration. The defender, however, was not spoken to. The second big moment of the game came just after half time. Chris Erskine, who'd already been booked for taking a dig at Gavin Rae, led recklessly with his elbow in an aerial challenge. He caught Neil McGregor in the face, leaving the Dee defender pole-axed and needing treatment. Astonishingly the referee waved play on. Dundee had the better of the second half, and Nicky Riley was outstanding. Frustratingly, the need to support Milne meant he kept having to drift infield, instead of being able to concentrate on exploiting the space behind between Archibald and Sinclair on the Thistle left. Dundee kept their heads and kept passing patiently. They were rewarded by creating good chances, but sadly got no reward in terms of goals. Scully miskicked and half cleared a passback, but Milne couldn't get enough height into his return lob to worry the keeper. Riley showed great skill on the right to get away from Cairney and Sinclair then cross, but Scully saved brilliantly, pawing Conroy's close range header away. Hutton lost the ball to Riley who raced into the penalty area to shoot. Scully parried and Lockwood fired over the bar. Next, Riley slotted the ball through for Gavin Rae, who clipped his shot just too high. Thistle looked sporadically dangerous on the break and substitute Stewart shot just over from distance, then forced a good save from Gibson. For the last 15 minutes Craig McKeown replaced Matt Lockwood. Dundee played three at the back, with Irvine and Conroy playing as wing backs and Riley playing more through the middle. As the clock ran down Thistle were able to stretch Dundee for the first time as the Dee chased an equaliser. The Jags should have scored a second at the death when they managed to outnumber the Dundee defence on the break, but Gibson pulled off a great save from Cairney. The visitors saw out the four minutes of injury time professionally, taking the ball into the corners when they had possession and working hard to close down Dundee when they didn't have the ball. In previous defeats this season the Dundee players have looked nervous and short of confidence when they fell behind. It wasn't like that today. Dundee kept their composure after Thistle scored and deserved to avoid defeat. Thistle were possibly the best side to come to Dens this season, but Dundee should still have got something from the game. That's scant consolation to the fans though, and the danger is that patience will run out before Dundee snap out of this tricky spell. I hope that today's launch of “It's all about the memories” the book about last season will remind the supporters just how important their contribution is in helping the players overcome obstacles, or run through them! Blaming bad luck is an easy cop out, but maybe the players need a wee bit of good luck at home to turn the corner, and good luck is something that's been sadly missing at Dens so far this season Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Irvine, McGregor, Weston, Lockwood (McKeown 76) Riley, Rae, O'Donnell, Conroy (McCluskey 88) Milne, McIntosh (Gibson, 24, goalkeeper replacing Douglas) Unused subs; Chisholm, Benedictus Booked; Irvine (foul on Cairney), Riley (dissent), Weston (foul on Elliot), O'Donnell (foul on Sinclair) Sent off; Douglas (denying a goal-scoring opportunity) Partick Thistle FC 3-5-2 Scully Paton, Balatoni, Archibald O'Donnell (Stewart 63), Cairney, Hutton, Rowson, Sinclair Erskine (Bannigan 80), Elliot (Doolan 76) Unused subs; Wightman (gk), Lindsay Goal; Cairney 25 (pen) Booked; Sinclair (foul on Riley), Erskine (foul on Rae) Attendance; 4,236 Referee; Steven McLean Report; James Christie
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