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  1. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee v St Mirren

  2. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 1 St Mirren

    Kenny Miller was able to equalize early in the game to earn his Dundee side a point
  3. Both clubs have endured a nightmare start to their seasons and even at this early stage, realistic possibility that either could be playing Championship football next term is a very realistic possibility. St Mirren’s only win in the league so far since gaining promotion came on the opening day of the season. Dundee should have started their league campaign with an away victory but a howler from Jack Hamilton in the Dee goal along with a missed penalty from Sofien Moussa made it a day to forget for the away fans. This has been St Mirren’s only victory so far and their poor form cost Alan Stubbs his job very early into the season. New manager Oran Kearney overseen a point against Celtic in his first match in charge but since then he has been unable to stop the rot of defeats. Jim McIntyre has yet to pick up a point since he took over at Dundee and with so much riding on this game, every Dee will be hoping and praying that he can eventually get off the mark, beginning with a victory. A draw would buck the trend of defeats we have suffered but it has to be a win for Dundee if we want to change our fortunes on the field. Mcintyre has reported that left-back Nathan Ralph has done well in training since recovering from his injury and he will be further boosted with Paul McGowan and Martin Woods pushing for a starting place. Darren O’Dea and Andy Boyle were both forced off with injuries against Motherwell but Boyle should be fine while O’Dea will be monitored due to his being a head knock. The only piece of news about St Mirren is that club captain Stephen McGinn will more than likely miss Saturdays ties due to a hamstring problem. Last Meeting | St Mirren 2-1 Dundee August 4th 2018 Dundee manager Neil McCann rued Jack Hamilton's "bad error", which helped St Mirren secure an opening-day Scottish Premiership win. Danny Mullen's header gave the Paisley side the maiden goal of the league season, but Elton Ngwatala levelled. Dundee could have gone ahead in the second half after Craig Samson fouled Jean Alassane Mendy, but the goalkeeper saved Sofien Moussa's spot-kick. And Ryan Flynn robbed keeper Hamilton to set up Mullen for the winner. "He just caught himself in two minds. He'll learn from that," said McCann. After St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott had unfurled the Championship flag to mark last season's title triumph, the match inexplicably started a little before the scheduled 15:00 kick-off time and the hosts seemed eager to make an early impression. The endeavour of Cammy Smith eventually led to Paul McGinn crossing for Mullen to net. And following Ngwatala's equaliser, chances also fell the way of Matty Willock and Smith, before keeper Hamilton had to deal with efforts by McGinn and Smith. Dundee, too, were menacing in the final third and, even before Ngwatala had lashed the equaliser in from distance, Mendy and Moussa had threatened for Neil McCann's side. Mendy was too high with a shot after escaping his marker and the Senegalese winger then capitalised on a mix-up between Jack Baird and Samson to win Dundee's spot-kick, only for Moussa to have his tame effort saved. New St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs sent on Flynn in place of Ross Stewart, and the substitute's pressure on the hesitant Hamilton was rewarded as he stole possession, rounded the keeper and squared for Mullen to tap home. (Report: BBC) Line Ups St Mirren: Samson, McGinn, Baird, Kpekawa, Coulson, McGinn, Willock, Magennis (Kellerman 90), Smith (McShane 86), Mullen, Stewart (Flynn 77) Subs Not Used: Heaton, Kellerman, Cooke, King, Rogers Dundee: Hamilton, Curran, Caulker, Meekings, Kerr, Spence, McGowan (Wighton 87), Ngwatala, Madianga, Mendy, Moussa Sub Not Used: Ralph, Kusunga, Parish, Nabi, Moore, Henvey Att: 5,470 Ref: Alan Muir League Head To Head P204 W85 D42 L77 Home P100 W56 D18 L26 Away P104 W29 D24 L51 Top Five League Goal Scorers Tommy McDermott: 8 Alan Cousin: 8 Johnny Bell: 7 Alan Gilzean: 7 Ray Stephen: 7 Biggest Win 9-2: Dens Park, February 29th 1964 Biggest Defeat 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Scoring Match 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Attendance (Dens Park) 34,000: 0-0, February 5th 1949, Scottish Cup 2nd Round Ticket Information Adults: £24 Concessions: £16 Under 18s: £10 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12: £26 Two adults and two children under 12: £50 With additional children under 12: £2 Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group View full match preview
  4. Both clubs have endured a nightmare start to their seasons and even at this early stage, realistic possibility that either could be playing Championship football next term is a very realistic possibility. St Mirren’s only win in the league so far since gaining promotion came on the opening day of the season. Dundee should have started their league campaign with an away victory but a howler from Jack Hamilton in the Dee goal along with a missed penalty from Sofien Moussa made it a day to forget for the away fans. This has been St Mirren’s only victory so far and their poor form cost Alan Stubbs his job very early into the season. New manager Oran Kearney overseen a point against Celtic in his first match in charge but since then he has been unable to stop the rot of defeats. Jim McIntyre has yet to pick up a point since he took over at Dundee and with so much riding on this game, every Dee will be hoping and praying that he can eventually get off the mark, beginning with a victory. A draw would buck the trend of defeats we have suffered but it has to be a win for Dundee if we want to change our fortunes on the field. Mcintyre has reported that left-back Nathan Ralph has done well in training since recovering from his injury and he will be further boosted with Paul McGowan and Martin Woods pushing for a starting place. Darren O’Dea and Andy Boyle were both forced off with injuries against Motherwell but Boyle should be fine while O’Dea will be monitored due to his being a head knock. The only piece of news about St Mirren is that club captain Stephen McGinn will more than likely miss Saturdays ties due to a hamstring problem. Last Meeting | St Mirren 2-1 Dundee August 4th 2018 Dundee manager Neil McCann rued Jack Hamilton's "bad error", which helped St Mirren secure an opening-day Scottish Premiership win. Danny Mullen's header gave the Paisley side the maiden goal of the league season, but Elton Ngwatala levelled. Dundee could have gone ahead in the second half after Craig Samson fouled Jean Alassane Mendy, but the goalkeeper saved Sofien Moussa's spot-kick. And Ryan Flynn robbed keeper Hamilton to set up Mullen for the winner. "He just caught himself in two minds. He'll learn from that," said McCann. After St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott had unfurled the Championship flag to mark last season's title triumph, the match inexplicably started a little before the scheduled 15:00 kick-off time and the hosts seemed eager to make an early impression. The endeavour of Cammy Smith eventually led to Paul McGinn crossing for Mullen to net. And following Ngwatala's equaliser, chances also fell the way of Matty Willock and Smith, before keeper Hamilton had to deal with efforts by McGinn and Smith. Dundee, too, were menacing in the final third and, even before Ngwatala had lashed the equaliser in from distance, Mendy and Moussa had threatened for Neil McCann's side. Mendy was too high with a shot after escaping his marker and the Senegalese winger then capitalised on a mix-up between Jack Baird and Samson to win Dundee's spot-kick, only for Moussa to have his tame effort saved. New St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs sent on Flynn in place of Ross Stewart, and the substitute's pressure on the hesitant Hamilton was rewarded as he stole possession, rounded the keeper and squared for Mullen to tap home. (Report: BBC) Line Ups St Mirren: Samson, McGinn, Baird, Kpekawa, Coulson, McGinn, Willock, Magennis (Kellerman 90), Smith (McShane 86), Mullen, Stewart (Flynn 77) Subs Not Used: Heaton, Kellerman, Cooke, King, Rogers Dundee: Hamilton, Curran, Caulker, Meekings, Kerr, Spence, McGowan (Wighton 87), Ngwatala, Madianga, Mendy, Moussa Sub Not Used: Ralph, Kusunga, Parish, Nabi, Moore, Henvey Att: 5,470 Ref: Alan Muir League Head To Head P204 W85 D42 L77 Home P100 W56 D18 L26 Away P104 W29 D24 L51 Top Five League Goal Scorers Tommy McDermott: 8 Alan Cousin: 8 Johnny Bell: 7 Alan Gilzean: 7 Ray Stephen: 7 Biggest Win 9-2: Dens Park, February 29th 1964 Biggest Defeat 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Scoring Match 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Attendance (Dens Park) 34,000: 0-0, February 5th 1949, Scottish Cup 2nd Round Ticket Information Adults: £24 Concessions: £16 Under 18s: £10 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12: £26 Two adults and two children under 12: £50 With additional children under 12: £2 Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group
  5. TheDarkBlues

    St Mirren 2 - 1 Dundee

    Two goals from Danny Mullen cancelled out a strike from Elton Ngwatala as Saints celebrated their return to the Scottish Premiership with a 2-1 win over Dundee at St Mirren Park. Craig Samson saved a spot kick from Dee's Sofien Moussa at 1-1.
  6. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 2 St Mirren

    Dundee 0-2 St Mirren | William Hill Scottish Cup 2016-17 Fourth Round
  7. UWTB1893

    League Preview: St Mirren

    We may have had the World Cup to quench our thirst for watching a game of football over the past few months but nothing compares to watching your own team in action. We travel to the Premiership new boys St Mirren who comfortably won the Championship to book their spot back with the big boys following a three-year absence. We caught up with Black & White Army to ask them a few questions following an eventful summer for the Paisley team. It’s been some journey for St Mirren in the last few years to reach the Premiership. From staring relegation to League One in the face in 2016/17 to winning the Championship quite comfortably last season. Fairy tale stuff wasn’t it? It was an amazing journey with Jack Ross and James Fowler. From January 2017 to May 2018 was one of the most enjoyable periods I’ve had supporting the club. We played some terrific football along the way, scoring a load of goals and winning with style. Jack not only rebuilt the club on the park, he reconnected the team with the supporters and created a bond that was sadly lacking during the disastrous reigns of Tommy Craig, Ian Murray and Alex Rae. The man who turned around the club’s fortunes has unfortunately left your club for a crack at the English leagues with Sunderland. With Jack Ross’s stock at a high, was it inevitable you would lose him after the end of the season? Having already fended off approaches from Dundee and Barnsley it was always likely that Scotland’s PFA Manager of the Year was going to attract more interest this summer. We hoped that having secured promotion that Jack would stick around to have a crack at the Premiership but as soon as Ipswich came in for him we feared the worst. It looked like it was a 50/50 with him and Paul Hurst for that job but just when it started to look like they were stalling along came Sunderland to grab him. It was a real blow but difficult to blame him for taking a gig at what is, when all said and done, a huge club with massive potential. Alan Stubbs is the new man at the helm. Is the support happy with this appointment? I’d say the jury is out on that one to be fair! Jack left a huge void and was extremely popular amongst pretty much all the support so his replacement was always going to find it difficult to fill his shoes. Stubbs did well at Hibernian, but obviously it didn’t work out for him at Rotherham so that created a mixed response. He was pretty quick to dismiss a couple of popular members of the title winning squad in Gary MacKenzie and Adam Eckersley which didn’t go down particularly well but as with all managers he’ll ultimately be judged by results on the pitch. How do you feel the club have done in the transfer market this summer? What new signings excite you the most and who are you disappointed to see leave? Difficult to say at the moment. Hayden Coulson (on loan from Middlesbrough) looks a real gem at left back and Matty Willock from Man Utd looked decent on his debut last weekend. Of the others, we haven’t really seen enough to judge properly yet. You made it through to the last 16 of the Betfred League Cup undefeated but you drew with Queens Park and Spartans along the way. Does this worry you or like a few supporters of other teams I’ve spoken to, did these games have a bit of a pre-season feel about them? It was a strange campaign for us. Had you said before we started that we’d get 9 points, finish unbeaten and with a goal difference of +6 I think we’d all have been very happy but the way it ended up was pretty much typical St.Mirren. The opening draw and win on pens at Rugby Park should have guaranteed us a group win and an 11 point total that would have had us seeded in the 2nd round, but as it is we dropped valuable points against Spartans and Queens Park and it nearly cost us very dearly. The emphatic win over Dumbarton was very welcome but they looked really poor to be fair. What’s your expectations for St Mirren this term in the league and cup? First and foremost, we want to preserve our Premiership place. It was a real hard battle to get back up and one look at the Championship this season shows how difficult it is to get out of. Dundee Utd are obviously really struggling down there which I know will please you lads! It demonstrates how tricky it is. 10th would be the obvious target, along with any sort of cup run. I think we need to be realistic and acknowledge that we will probably have the 10th highest budget probably ahead of Hamilton and Livingston. Football isn’t all about money but it does help! Finally, what’s your prediction for the opening league game of the season? We’ve been very good at home for the past 18 months, and the place should be bouncing on our return. I’ve a sneaky feeling we will get a 2-1 win but it will be very difficult. Hoping Glen Kamara doesn’t make it for this one as he looks a class act. Wee Gowser will be sure of a great reception from the West Bank on his return to Paisley. Preview DUNDEE will be hoping to hit the ground running in the hope of improving on last years ninth place finish. Neil McCann has been busy revamping the squad with a considerable amount of players moving onto new clubs. Despite the season only being a few days away, McCann looks like he will still be actively looking to adding to his squad, more than likely in the defensive and attacking areas. So far our business has seen the arrival of Jack Hamilton, Karl Madianga, Elton N'Gwatala, Nathan Ralph, Jean Alassane Mendy and most recently, Adil Nabi. In the Betfred League Cup, The Dee managed to proceed to the last 16 of the competition to face Ayr United following wins against Stirling, Peterhead and Brechin. Our only defeat came against Dunfermline at Dens Park and given the performance that day, has fans worried that we will struggle this season. We still look lightweight upfront, a problem that has followed the team since the summer of 2016 and in all seriousness, I thought we would have seen our frontline being reinforced months ago but alas, we still seem to be scrambling about trying to rectify this problem. On a positive, we do look much stronger in midfield. N'Gwatala and Madianga have impressed me in the few games I've seen them play. Madianga looks like he will be a fantastic signing with both not shy for taking a shot or two either. Add Glenn Kamara into that team and the middle of the park looks like an area that we will solid for us. ST MIRREN went through a managerial change this summer following the departure of Jack Ross to Sunderland. Alan Stubbs was the man appointed to continue to the impressive job that Ross had done at the Paisley club but he will understandably be looking to implement his own style of play. Ex Dee Paul McGinn signed this summer as will feature along side new boys such as Matty Willock (Man Utd), Hayden Coulson (Middlesbourgh) and Danny Rodgers (Aberdeen) who have all signed on loan. There is no doubting that Gavin Reilly and Lewis Morgan will be big losses. The Buddies finished in second place In their League Cup group but just like us, got their name in the hat for the last 16 draw which they were paired with Aberdeen up North. Despite winning just the once against Dumbarton, St Mirren picked up the bonus points against Kilmarnock, Spartans and Queens Park. Though not ideal results, it was enough to see them through. Head to Head All-Time Record P222 W96 D44 L82 Home P112 W64 D19 L29 Away P110 W32 D25 L53 Head to Head: League Home P100 W56 D18 L26 Away P103 W29 D24 L50 Dundee Top 5 Goal scorers vs St Mirren in The League Tommy McDermott: 8 Alan Cousin: 8 Johnny Bell: 7 Alan Gilzean: 7 Ray Stephen: 7 Trivia: Last Dundee To Score A Hat-Trick vs St Mirren George Shaw: 4-0, December 31st 1994 Ticket Information Adults: £22 Over 65s, students, Under 18s and Unemployed – proof required for all concession sales: £12 Children aged 12 and under are £6 With ticket sales around the 1000 sold mark, fans are urged not to travel to Paisley without on and to purchase their from the Dens Park ticket office.
  8. We may have had the World Cup to quench our thirst for watching a game of football over the past few months but nothing compares to watching your own team in action. We travel to the Premiership new boys St Mirren who comfortably won the Championship to book their spot back with the big boys following a three-year absence. We caught up with Black & White Army to ask them a few questions following an eventful summer for the Paisley team. It’s been some journey for St Mirren in the last few years to reach the Premiership. From staring relegation to League One in the face in 2016/17 to winning the Championship quite comfortably last season. Fairy tale stuff wasn’t it? It was an amazing journey with Jack Ross and James Fowler. From January 2017 to May 2018 was one of the most enjoyable periods I’ve had supporting the club. We played some terrific football along the way, scoring a load of goals and winning with style. Jack not only rebuilt the club on the park, he reconnected the team with the supporters and created a bond that was sadly lacking during the disastrous reigns of Tommy Craig, Ian Murray and Alex Rae. The man who turned around the club’s fortunes has unfortunately left your club for a crack at the English leagues with Sunderland. With Jack Ross’s stock at a high, was it inevitable you would lose him after the end of the season? Having already fended off approaches from Dundee and Barnsley it was always likely that Scotland’s PFA Manager of the Year was going to attract more interest this summer. We hoped that having secured promotion that Jack would stick around to have a crack at the Premiership but as soon as Ipswich came in for him we feared the worst. It looked like it was a 50/50 with him and Paul Hurst for that job but just when it started to look like they were stalling along came Sunderland to grab him. It was a real blow but difficult to blame him for taking a gig at what is, when all said and done, a huge club with massive potential. Alan Stubbs is the new man at the helm. Is the support happy with this appointment? I’d say the jury is out on that one to be fair! Jack left a huge void and was extremely popular amongst pretty much all the support so his replacement was always going to find it difficult to fill his shoes. Stubbs did well at Hibernian, but obviously it didn’t work out for him at Rotherham so that created a mixed response. He was pretty quick to dismiss a couple of popular members of the title winning squad in Gary MacKenzie and Adam Eckersley which didn’t go down particularly well but as with all managers he’ll ultimately be judged by results on the pitch. How do you feel the club have done in the transfer market this summer? What new signings excite you the most and who are you disappointed to see leave? Difficult to say at the moment. Hayden Coulson (on loan from Middlesbrough) looks a real gem at left back and Matty Willock from Man Utd looked decent on his debut last weekend. Of the others, we haven’t really seen enough to judge properly yet. You made it through to the last 16 of the Betfred League Cup undefeated but you drew with Queens Park and Spartans along the way. Does this worry you or like a few supporters of other teams I’ve spoken to, did these games have a bit of a pre-season feel about them? It was a strange campaign for us. Had you said before we started that we’d get 9 points, finish unbeaten and with a goal difference of +6 I think we’d all have been very happy but the way it ended up was pretty much typical St.Mirren. The opening draw and win on pens at Rugby Park should have guaranteed us a group win and an 11 point total that would have had us seeded in the 2nd round, but as it is we dropped valuable points against Spartans and Queens Park and it nearly cost us very dearly. The emphatic win over Dumbarton was very welcome but they looked really poor to be fair. What’s your expectations for St Mirren this term in the league and cup? First and foremost, we want to preserve our Premiership place. It was a real hard battle to get back up and one look at the Championship this season shows how difficult it is to get out of. Dundee Utd are obviously really struggling down there which I know will please you lads! It demonstrates how tricky it is. 10th would be the obvious target, along with any sort of cup run. I think we need to be realistic and acknowledge that we will probably have the 10th highest budget probably ahead of Hamilton and Livingston. Football isn’t all about money but it does help! Finally, what’s your prediction for the opening league game of the season? We’ve been very good at home for the past 18 months, and the place should be bouncing on our return. I’ve a sneaky feeling we will get a 2-1 win but it will be very difficult. Hoping Glen Kamara doesn’t make it for this one as he looks a class act. Wee Gowser will be sure of a great reception from the West Bank on his return to Paisley. Preview DUNDEE will be hoping to hit the ground running in the hope of improving on last years ninth place finish. Neil McCann has been busy revamping the squad with a considerable amount of players moving onto new clubs. Despite the season only being a few days away, McCann looks like he will still be actively looking to adding to his squad, more than likely in the defensive and attacking areas. So far our business has seen the arrival of Jack Hamilton, Karl Madianga, Elton N'Gwatala, Nathan Ralph, Jean Alassane Mendy and most recently, Adil Nabi. In the Betfred League Cup, The Dee managed to proceed to the last 16 of the competition to face Ayr United following wins against Stirling, Peterhead and Brechin. Our only defeat came against Dunfermline at Dens Park and given the performance that day, has fans worried that we will struggle this season. We still look lightweight upfront, a problem that has followed the team since the summer of 2016 and in all seriousness, I thought we would have seen our frontline being reinforced months ago but alas, we still seem to be scrambling about trying to rectify this problem. On a positive, we do look much stronger in midfield. N'Gwatala and Madianga have impressed me in the few games I've seen them play. Madianga looks like he will be a fantastic signing with both not shy for taking a shot or two either. Add Glenn Kamara into that team and the middle of the park looks like an area that we will solid for us. ST MIRREN went through a managerial change this summer following the departure of Jack Ross to Sunderland. Alan Stubbs was the man appointed to continue to the impressive job that Ross had done at the Paisley club but he will understandably be looking to implement his own style of play. Ex Dee Paul McGinn signed this summer as will feature along side new boys such as Matty Willock (Man Utd), Hayden Coulson (Middlesbourgh) and Danny Rodgers (Aberdeen) who have all signed on loan. There is no doubting that Gavin Reilly and Lewis Morgan will be big losses. The Buddies finished in second place In their League Cup group but just like us, got their name in the hat for the last 16 draw which they were paired with Aberdeen up North. Despite winning just the once against Dumbarton, St Mirren picked up the bonus points against Kilmarnock, Spartans and Queens Park. Though not ideal results, it was enough to see them through. Head to Head All-Time Record P222 W96 D44 L82 Home P112 W64 D19 L29 Away P110 W32 D25 L53 Head to Head: League Home P100 W56 D18 L26 Away P103 W29 D24 L50 Dundee Top 5 Goal scorers vs St Mirren in The League Tommy McDermott: 8 Alan Cousin: 8 Johnny Bell: 7 Alan Gilzean: 7 Ray Stephen: 7 Trivia: Last Dundee To Score A Hat-Trick vs St Mirren George Shaw: 4-0, December 31st 1994 Ticket Information Adults: £22 Over 65s, students, Under 18s and Unemployed – proof required for all concession sales: £12 Children aged 12 and under are £6 With ticket sales around the 1000 sold mark, fans are urged not to travel to Paisley without on and to purchase their from the Dens Park ticket office. View full match preview
  9. TheDarkBlues

    Paisley 2021 Stadium

    St Mirren Park, also known as Paisley 2021 Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is a football stadium in Paisley, Scotland. It is the home of St Mirren. The stadium is the sixth home of the club and replaced Love Street. The stadium was renamed "Paisley 2021 Stadium" to help promote Paisley's bid to become a UK City of Culture in 2021. Talks over a new stadium began on 15 January 2003, when the club met representatives from Aldi and Lidl. The club were looking to sell their ground at Love Street for retail development. Selling Love Street would secure the necessary funding to build the new stadium. Planning applications for a retail development at Love Street were passed on 24 May 2005 and the club subsequently sold the ground to Tesco on 25 April 2007 for £15 million. The new stadium site broke ground on 7 January 2008 and was officially opened on 31 January 2009 at a cost of £8 million. Before the first game at the new stadium there was a parade from Love Street to Greenhill Road to celebrate the opening of the stadium. Club chairman Stewart Gilmour and First Minister Alex Salmond were also present at the first match at the new ground. Alex Salmond unveiled a plaque before the game to commemorate the opening. The game between St Mirren and Kilmarnock finished in a 1–1 draw, with the first goal at the new stadium being scored by Kilmarnock striker Kevin Kyle. Dennis Wyness scored St Mirren's first goal at the new ground, in the same match. The opening match set the record attendance of 7,542, a record which still stands. St Mirren Park has also become the regular home of the Scotland national under-21 football team. In November 2015, St Mirren agreed a two-year sponsorship deal with Renfrewshire Council to rename the stadium as the Paisley 2021 Stadium. This was to promote Paisley's bid to become a UK City of Culture in 2021.
  10. TheDarkBlues

    St Mirren 1 - 2 Dundee

    Dundee made two changes with Kevin Thomson and Kosta Gadzhalov replacing Alex Harris and Luka Tankulic. The changes meant that the Dark Blues adopted a more cautious formation without obvious wide players and Greg Stewart playing as the lone striker. Scott Bain had to be at his best to stop the Dee falling behind in the first few minutes as the home side got off to a flying start. First he pulled off a great low save to push Arquin's header from a free kick round the post. Next he saved with his feet from the unmarked Arquin after Mallan's quick pass had caught out the Dundee defence. The Dark Blues had to play for 10 minutes with 10 men while Harkins'cut head was bandaged. Dundee steadied themselves during this spell and on Harkins' return started to take the game to their hosts. However, the Dee didn't look entirely comfortable with the narrow midfield and couldn't keep possession comfortably against the Buddies' eager pressing. Greg Stewart was making some good runs, but poor touches and passes behind him meant the Dee weren't able to take advantage. James McPake had a free header from a corner, but couldn't get enough power to trouble Ridgers in the home goal. The Dark Blues were struggling to create chances from open play before they fell behind six minutes from the break. Kenny McLEAN was the Buddies' outstanding player and it was no great surprise when he opened the scoring. Picking up the ball in midfield he ran on to whip a great low shot inside Bain's left hand post from 22 yards. The Dark Blues fought back hard to get an equaliser before the break. Ridgers saved superbly from Harkins 20 yard shot that was on target for the top corner. Jason Naismith lost the ball on the wing and Stewart raced away and forced Ridgers to save with his feet at the near post. However, the Dark Blues needed to step up their game after the break, and to the delight of the healthy travelling support they did exactly that. There was an early scare for the Dee when McPake had to hack the ball over his own bar to clear a dangerous cross, but after that Dundee went hunting an equaliser. Dundee's first goal arrived after 52 minutes. McGowan's clever pass freed Stewart. With everyone expecting the Dee's top scorer to shoot he cleverly pulled the ball back to give Gary IRVINE a tap in. It was the full back's fourth goal in seven games, and he showed great striker's instincts to be in the right place at the right time! Dundee were much more solid and composed in defence and the midfield was clicking. It might not have been pretty or stylish, but the Dark Blues were now a much more confident and effective outfit. Greg Stewart was having a tremendous game and with Alex Harris on for Harkins the Dee looked more likely to grab a winning goal than the nervous and hurried Buddies. Midway through the half Stewart won a free kick deep in the St Mirren half. He took it himself and the ball was cleared back to him. He shimmied his way across the face of the penalty area then slipped the ball through for Iain DAVIDSON to score from 15 yards, with the aid of a deflection that sent the ball into Ridger's top corner. St Mirren couldn't repeat the more composed game they were playing in the first half, and lost possession too quickly as they came forward. They had only one chance after Dundee took the lead, and it was a bad miss by John McGinn who should have done better than head Osbourne's cross high over the bar after 74 minutes. After that the Dark Blues coped well with St Mirren's attacks and looked more likely to extend their lead than concede an equaliser. The Buddies' hopes took a huge blow when Yoann Arquin picked up a second yellow card. He'd been booked for fouling Davidson, and when he went down under a challenge by McPake in the penalty area Mr McLean pulled out his car again to book him for simulation and leave St Mirren with only 10 men for the last 11 minutes. Dundee withdrew Gadzhalov and sent on Tankulic, a change that caused St Mirren huge problems. Davidson dropped back into defence, and the extra man in the Dee's attack pulled St Mirren out of shape and disrupted their game even further. There was concern in injury time when Iain Davidson was injured, picking up a gash and twist to his ankle. He was stretchered off and Thomas Konrad came on. In spite of the enforced change the defence continued to look secure. Dundee ensured there was no late Buddies' charge in the six minutes of injury time and kept probing for a third goal. Stewart blasted a Tankulic cross over the bar, and then Tankulic tried a snap-shot from 25 yards that flew too high. This wasn't a classy footballing performance, but it was a great win that depended on graft and character after a poor first half. The players' attitude was crucial today. There was an impressive determination to dig out a win that puts a big gulf between the Dee and the relegation scrap, while closing the gap on the top six. Today was the first time since September 2013, in the Championship against Morton, that the Dee have come from behind to win. It wasn't pretty, but the cheering and applause from the away stand at the end showed how much it was appreciated by the support. St Mirren 4-4-1-1 Ridgers Naismith, McAusland, Goodwin, Tesselaar (Ball 89) McLear (Osbourne 59), McGinn, Mallan, Kelly (Wylde 59) McLean Arquin Unused subs: Kello (gk), Reilly, Morgan, Baird Goal: McLean (39) Booked: Naismith (foul on Thomson), Arquin (twice for foul on Davidson and simulation) Sent off: Arquin Dundee FC 4-3-2-1 Bain Irvine, McPake, Gadzhalov (Tankulic 84), Dyer Thomson, Davidson (Konrad 91) McGowan, Harkins (Harris 64), McAlister Stewart Unused subs: Letheren (gk), Ferry, Clarkson, Wighton Goals: Irvine (52), Davidson (68) Booked: Stewart (foul on McAusland), Bain (time-wasting) Referee: Steven McLean Attendance: 4,010 (726 Dees) Report: James Christie
  11. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 3 St Mirren

    Paul Hartley made two changes to the side, opting for a more attacking formation. Martin Boyle and Luka Tankulic came in for Willie Dyer, who moved onto the bench, and the injured Simon Ferry. The Dark Blues started well, finding space easily and moving the ball smoothly through the midfield. Tankulic looked confident and a fine run nearly took him through on goal but Goodwin nicked the ball away from him as he was about to burst clear. Tankulic then forced a good save from Ridgers with a powerful drive following a poor headed clearance. The resulting corner zipped across the goalmouth with McPake lunging at the ball but unable to turn it in. St Mirren started to knuckle down in the midfield and stopped the Dee having easy possession. A spot of casual defending by Dundee allowed Kennny McLean the space to send a looping shot over the bar the from just inside the area. Dundee failed to heed the warning and conceded a sloppy goal in similar fashion midway through the half. Thomas Konrad slipped, allowing the Buddies to send Tesselaar clear on the left. He pulled his cross back for MCLEAN to score with a fine 15 yard shot across Letheren. The Dark Blues nearly equalised immediately. Gary Irvine burst forward, took the ball from Tankulic and sent an 18 yard shot inches wide. Tankulic then tried his luck from a similar range after making space well, but he sent his shot straight at Ridgers. Paul McGinn's 30 yard shot took a tricky deflection that required a good save from Ridgers to turn the ball over the bar. The resulting corner caused caused chaos. Tankulic's shot was flying well wide till Clarkson managed to get his head to the ball and turn it back into the goalmouth where Mallan headed against his own post. The second half continued much as the first had finished. Dundee had most of the ball and the pressure, but never looked at all convincing. The forwards continually had to come deeper to try and help out an outnumbered midfield and they rarely received the ball in places where they could hurt St Mirren. Isaac Osbourne had been booked in the first half and was extremely fortunate to stay on the park when he made a bad lunge at Kevin Thomson that the referee failed to spot. Thomson reacted angrily and Gary Teale wisely substituted the Saints' midfielder before he picked up a red card. While Dundee were chasing an equaliser they gave the ball away cheaply far too often. Without playing particularly well, St Mirren always looked capable of punishing the Dark Blues' errors. Martin Boyle was replaced by Phil Roberts just after the hour. The newcomer tried to break across the half-way line, but lost the ball to Stephen MALLAN, who ran past a couple of weak challenges before curling a shot round Letheren from the edge of the penalty area. Up till then there was hope that if the Dark Blues could dig out an equaliser they could still go for a win. The second goal snuffed out that hope and made it clear that the points were heading west. St Mirren were now able to relax and play their best football of the day. Gary Harkins had come on for Tankulic shortly before the goal, and Paul Hartley took a chance by substituting Thomas Konrad to send on a further striker, Peter MacDonald. The gamble backfired when the short-handed defence were caught out on the break. Kenny McLean burst into the penalty area where Paul McGinn felled him to bring an inevitable red card and penalty kick. MCLEAN smashed the spot kick high into the net for the third. Without two of the regular back four, and an overloaded front line the Dark Blues lost their shape in the last 10 minutes. St Mirren saw the match out comfortably, and were only mildly inconvenienced by a late consolation for the Dee. Clarkson's shot was blocked and the ball broke to IRVINE, who swept it home from 15 yards. This was another game that Dundee started quite well, but in which they fell away badly. Today the Dark Blues looked good only until St Mirren sorted themselves out and started to fight for the ball in midfield. The Buddies were the hungrier side and punished a passive Dundee team who played as if they were hoping the visitors would cave in. When faced with a resolute and hard working opposition Dundee simply couldn't raise their game to dominate the midfield or unsettle the Buddies' defence. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Letheren McGinn, McPake, Konrad (MacDonald 81), Irvine Boyle (Roberts 62), Thomson, McAlister, Stewart Tankulic (Harkins 67), Clarkson Unused subs: Schenk (gk), Dyer, Davidson, Carreiro Goal: Irvine (83) Booked: McPake (foul on McGinn) Sent off: McGinn (denying goal scoring opportunity) St Mirren 4-4-1-1 Ridgers Naismith, McAusland, Goodwin, Tesselaar McLear (Wylde 66), Osbourne (Ball 61), Mallan, Kelly McGinn McLean (Drury 80) Unused subs: Kello (gk), Marwood, Reilly, Morgan Goals: McLean (28, 79 pen), Mallan (67) Booked: Osbourne (foul on Clarkson), Tesselaar (foul on Boyle) Referee: Don Robertson Attendance: 6,447 (472 away fans) Report: James Christie
  12. TheDarkBlues

    St Mirren 0 - 1 Dundee

    Simon Ferry was listed on the team lines but he had been injured in training yesterday. The injury flared up during the warm up and Kevin McBride came in to take his place in midfield. Willie Dyer was also missing. Gary Irvine came in to replace him at left back. The match started at a frantic pace with early chances at either end. Dundee had two quick corners. Kello failed to collect the second and Tankulic's shot was blocked. Saints broke upfield and McLean found himself in space but shot well wide. Play continued to race from end to end with the home side looking the more lively. Letheren had to dive full stretch to touch Naismith's 20 yard shot round the post. Drury then blazed a good chance over the bar after the Dark Blues had failed to deal with a long throw into the box. Dundee settled down and started to play some good football. A fine move down the right ended with Tankulic switching play to Harkins, free on the left of the home penalty area. He checked inside to give himself a better angle but his shot was deflected wide. Another neat passing move gave McAlister space to test Kello from the edge of the penalty area. Dundee were playing the better football but St Mirren's faster and more direct game was looking dangerous. The home side kept trying to catch out Dundee with quick passes in behind the full backs. Sometimes it looked a dangerous tactic, but often Saints were too rushed and lost the ball. Kenny McLean was St Mirren's most impressive player and his skillful run along the byline created danger but Letheren saved well again. The second half again brought early danger at either end. Naismith's hard low cross flew across the goalmouth with no takers. McAlister then headed over the bar from Irvine's cross. Playing at right back Paul McGinn was often in direct opposition to his younger brother John. In one strange incident the Dundee full back was caught out of position when he was concerned at his wee brother injured on the ground as play raged on. The Dark Blues weren't as fluent as they had been in the first half and were giving the ball away too much. The passing wasn't as sharp, but the defence looked solid and handled Saints' pressure well. On one occasion midway through the half the Dark Blues' defence was opened up. The home side should have taken the lead when Drury blasted a great chance over the bar after a good build up by Thomson and McLean. The Dundee midfield was disrupted when Kevin McBride limped off injured. Iain Davidson replaced him and played out an effective game in the middle of the park. Paul Hartley also sent on Peter MacDonald in place of Tankulic, and replaced Harkins with Martin Boyle. The Dee settled into a 4-4-2 formation for the last 20 minutes, with Wighton joining MacDonald up front. MacDonald had an early chance after coming on. McGowan found him in space, but he was denied by a great save by Kello. The loose ball was scrambled clear just before McGowan could pounce. When the second chance came Peaso's way he left Kello helpless. A Dundee attack seemed to be petering out when McAlister played the ball back into the Dee half. Konrad quickly switched it straight back down the field, catching out the home defence as they ran out. MACDONALD was onside and in the clear. He took a great first touch and ran on to shoot past Kello to the noisy delight of the exuberant Dees behind that goal. St Mirren could have grabbed an instant equaliser when Dundee failed to clear a corner. The scramble ended with Boyle clearing off the line. Dundee dealt well with some frantic late pressure from the Buddies, and it was the Dark Blues who had the best chance to score again. Great play by Wighton on the right ended with him cutting the ball back to Boyle, who scooped it wide. There were three minutes of injury time and Dundee saw them out calmly and sensibly. The final whistle was greeted by a huge roar from the away fans, and an equally delighted cheer from the middle of the main stand where the Dee directors were sitting. Dundee weren't at their best today. The passing and movement were impressive in spells during the first half, but in the second half it was a matter of digging in, working hard, concentrating and grabbing a chance when it came. St Mirren will feel very disappointed they got nothing from the game, but they wasted two good chances then conceded a poorly defended goal. They played very well at times, however, and Dundee needed to put in a great team peformance to take the points. After four games the Dark Blues are still undefeated and have conceded only two goals. They are clearly a hard team to beat and today's win will give the players justified confidence for the campaign ahead. Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Letheren McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Irvine McBride (Davidson 64), McAlister Wighton, Harkins (Boyle 71), McGowan Tankulic (MacDonald 62) Unused subs: Bain (gk), Stewart, Kerr Goal: MacDonald (79) Booked: Irvine (foul on McLean), McAlister (foul on Goodwin) St Mirren 4-1-4-1 Kello Naismith, McAusland, Plummer, Tesselaar Goodwin Drury (Wylde 69), McLean, MGinn, Marwood (Caldwell 58) Ball (Thomson 62) Unused subs: Ridgers (gk), Teale, Osbourne, Kelly Booked: Plummer (foul on McGowan) Referee: John Beaton Attendance: 4,517 (1,011 Dees) Report: James Christie
  13. TheDarkBlues

    St Mirren 1 - 2 Dundee

    The Dark Blues took charge when St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin was red carded midway through the second half and were determined to head for home with all three points. It was no surprise when Finnigan headed the winner with nine minutes left and Dundee saw out the match comfortably on top. St Mirren were the better team in the early stages, but although they were trying to play a high tempo game they were too casual to create clear chances. The final balls were never sufficiently accurate or well judged to open up the Dundee defence. St Mirren's central defence wasn't looking comfortable in the swirling wind and they were lucky to escape when Toshney's cross from the right caused chaos in the home goalmouth. McAusland couldn't clear the first ball, then Samson failed to stop Baird turning the ball back into the danger area where McAlister's shot was blocked. When the ball was half cleared it found only Kevin McBride, whose precise dipping shot from the edge of the penalty area rattled the cross bar. Dummett managed to beat Harkins to the loose ball to force the ball out for a corner. Jim Goodwin in particular was looking uncomfortable playing in central defence, and frequently had to resort to manhandling John Baird in order to keep the striker under control. He eventually got a yellow card for scything down Jim McAlister with a late challenge. The Buddies' central defenders were caught out again when the Dee took the lead six minutes before half time. McAusland made a hash of Toshney's ball down the right. Baird pulled the loose balll down and found McALISTER who turned and shot past Samson from 12 yards. St Mirren looked rattled as their early dominance had slipped away and they struggled to get back into the game. Just before half time Thompson screwed a shot wide from the edge of the area after the Dundee defence failed to handle the wind. The veteran St Mirren striker is playing as well as he has done at any point in his career; he was the man who pulled the home side back into the match early in the second half. It was a terrible goal for the Dundee defence to conceded, however, as THOMPSON was able to head home at the far post from a Teale corner. It was a desperately disappointing goal to concede when Dundee were looking fully capable of pushing on to take control. However, Dundee responded marvelously and kept their composure as they went chasing a winner. The match turned completely Dundee's way in a sixty second spell in the middle of the half. First, Steve Simonsen pulled off a stunning save from McGinn's close range header after a good cross from Carey on the left. Jim Goodwin had already pushed referee Craig Thomson's patience to the limit with a fouls on Baird and Finnigan. When he chopped Finnigan down from behind just after Simonsen's save the red card was probably the easiest decision the referee had to make all afternoon. The St Mirren fans in the Main Stand behind us were screaming furiously, but at the home dugout rather than the officials. Goodwin's red card was a clear and obvious danger and the supporters were furious that Goodwin hadn't been replaced by Lee Mair. The ex-Dundee defender was immediately sent on and promptly added much needed composure to the Buddies' defence. The extra man allowed Dundee to take over and John Brown made it clear that the Dark Blues were never going to settle for just one point. Cark Finnigan had already replaced John Baird, but now Nicky Riley and Ryan Conroy were thrown on in place of Lockwood and Davidson. At times Dundee's formation looked like 2-5-3, as the wing backs pushed forward aggressively while Harkins and Riley took every opportunity to support Finnigan. Gary Teale eased the pressure on St Mirren with a great run from his own half, but Jim McAlister tracked back to rob him just outside the Dundee penalty area and the Dee were straight back onto the attack. A good move the length of the field ended with Harkins teeing up Easton, whose shot from 15 yards smacked off the post and back into play. The tension was mounting as Dundee kept up the pressure and they had to wait only another couple of minutes for the winner. Harkins took the ball on the left from Easton, jinked one way then the other before dinking a delightful cross into the goalmouth with the outside of his right foot. FINNIGAN launched himself at the ball and his diving header pinged off the underside of the crossbar bouncing down and spinning back out. Had it crossed the line? Yes, according to all the Dees behind the goal and, most importantly, the assistant referee who immediately signaled the goal and raced back up the touchline. Carl Finnigan celebrated with an ecstatic dash to the Dundee bench where he got a well deserved embrace. St Mirren with a man down simply couldn't get any impetus for a late charge as Dundee defended their lead by pressing far up the park and keeping the Buddies defence under constant pressure as time ran out. Steve Simonsen had little to do after his wonderful save from McGinn and his late involvement was restricted to collecting the odd through ball and dealing with occasional backpasses. Dundee didn't manage to grab the third goal that they threatened, and would have deserved, and the final whistle was greeted with a delighted roar from the away stand. The whole squad went over to take the applause from the fans, who quite rightly believed that the players made a real statement today. This Dundee team isn't going to go down tamely. As John Brown said after the match, these players will keep fighting to the final whistle. This was another great team performance. Everyone played well. Everyone did their job. Everyone gave their all to make sure that the Dee live on in the SPL - for one more week at least. St Mirren 4-4-2 Samson Van Zanten, McAusland, Goodwin, Dummett Teale, Newton. McGowan (McGinn 23), McLean (Carey 57) Thompson, Guy (Mair 68) Unused subs; Adam (gk), Parkin, Carey, Mair, Puri, Imrie Goal; Thompson (51) Bookings; Goodwin (fouls on McAlister and Finnigan) Sent off; Goodwin Dundee FC 3-5-1-1 Simonsen Benedictus, Lockwood (Riley 68), Gallagher Toshney, McBride, Davidson (Conroy 71), McAlister, Easton Harkins Baird (Finnigan 58) Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), Irvine, Kerr, Barrowman Goal; McAlister (39), Finnigan (81) Bookings; Bendictus (foul on Newton) Attendance; 4,002 (436 Dees) Referee; Craig Thomson Report; James Christie
  14. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 2 - 1 St Mirren

    St Mirren ripped the Dundee defence apart in the first 45 minutes. When the half time whistle sounded those home fans who weren't booing were breathing a huge sigh of relief that the Dark Blues were trailing by only a single goal, scored by Dougie Imrie. It took a marvellous performance from Robert Douglas to keep Dundee in touching distance. Dundee re-organised at half time and grew stronger the longer the game went on. They totally dominated the last half hour and took all three points with goals from John Baird and Jim McAlister. St Mirren set the tone for the first half when they got their first shot on target after 28 seconds. Paul McGowan burst through the middle and shot straight at Douglas. A minute later the same player sent his lob too high from 20 yards. Only a minute after that Douglas had to come to the edge of his area to block as Guy raced clear. Sam Parkin took the loose ball and seemed sure to score, but Jim McAlister's challenge rescued the Dark Blues. From the resulting corner Gary Irvine had to clear Parkin's header off the line. Dundee then seemed to settle and played some nice football without ever giving the St Mirren defence the sort of problems that the home defence was having. However, it was no surprise when the Buddies scored after 19 minutes. Newton hit a fine diagonal pass over the top of the Dundee defence. Guy chested the ball back into the path of IMRIE who controlled it and scored with a fierce shot across Douglas. This was a bad start for the Dee, but the following 26 minutes shredded the nerves of the home support, some of whom doubtless fled for the comfort of nearby pubs as Dundee seemed to be facing a thrashing. Every time St Mirren had the ball their pace and accurate passing into the space behind the Dundee defenders caused havoc. Dundee's narrow three man midfield forced the full backs to push forward, and St Mirren exploited the space behind them. In particular, they sent a stream of passes into the gap behind Gary Irvine. Irvine and Grassi got into an appalling mix up on the right wing and allowed Lewis Guy to run clear, but Douglas saved his defenders' blushes. Graham Carey then burst down the left and Douglas again had to save well to keep out Parkin's header. Deja vu was setting in for the home supporters as Carey and Imrie combined smartly down the Buddies' left to give Parkins another header, but Douglas saved yet again. St Mirren were looking equally dangerous from corners. Iain Davidson cleared a McAuslan header off the line. Then Parkin missed the ball when he seemed to have a clear header and the ball fell to Lee Mair, who shot over. Dundee put a few pretty, but ineffectual, moves together, none of which gave the St Mirren defence any real concern. At half time it was clear that serious action was required. The lack of width was crippling the Dee attacks, and also leaving the full backs horribly exposed. Nicky Riley and Ryan Conroy were sent on to replace Kevin McBride and Steven Milne. In fairness to the players who went off, the formation was all wrong; it wasn't that they were responsible. The second half nearly got off to a bad start when Dundee defended another corner poorly. Parkin's header struck his teammate Lewis Guy and flew over the bar. The Dundee defence then settled down to impose themselves much more confidently on Parkin and Guy. The better shape in midfield protected the defence and stopped St Mirren passing their way into the danger area. The next 20 minutes was quiet; the Dee were much more secure, but they took a while to get their own game together with the changed formation. Nicky Riley gave a hint of what was to follow with a fine mazy run that ended with a comfortable save by Samson. Half way through the second half Dundee made the breakthrough that changed the game. John BAIRD controlled a bouncing ball 40 yards out, got the break of the ball when he went past a defender, then curled a lovely shot from 20 yards round Craig Samson. St Mirren seemed startled that the game was starting to slip away from them. Grassi put in a great challenge to stop Lewis Guy, but the game was being played increasingly in the Buddies' half. The visitors' formation was perfect to expose Dundee's flaws in the first half, but when Dundee changed their shape St Mirren couldn't respond. It was now Dundee's turn to find huge areas of space as they poured forward. Nicky Riley nearly managed to wriggle into space following a corner, but desperate defending staved off the danger to Samson's goal. With 15 minutes to go Carl Finnigan came on, after a year out injured, to replace John Baird. Both players got a big round of applause as they swapped. The winning goal arrived almost immediately, and it was pure dead brilliant GGH! Ryan Conroy had swapped wings, and found Harkins with a neat piece of skill. Right in front of the South Enclosure Harkins then toyed with the St Mirren defence, twisting and turning past one defender after another. Making space on the edge of the area he floated a lethally dangerous ball into the goalmouth. Carl Finnigan seemed to be pushed as he went for the ball, but Nicky Riley picked it up beyond the far post. Instead of shooting he cut it back to Jim McALISTER, who swept it home ecstatically. Brian Easton then made a great challenge to block Goncalves' shot, and St Mirren never came as close again. The Buddies had thrown on all three substitutes just before the winning goal, and couldn't change the flow of the game, which was now flooding Dundee's way. The Dark Blues looked dangerous every time they got the ball, surging forward into space confidently, with Carl Finnigan obviously enjoying himself hugely. Gary Harkins was imperious in the last 15 minutes, playing with the confidence and panache that Dees adore. The two minutes of injury time was spent in the in the St Mirren half as Dundee ran the clock down against a team that had been totally dominant in the first half, but now looked broken. It's hard to remember a game which turned round in such a massive way, from a horrible first half, to a marvellous second half. That's what makes football such a wonderful sport, and that's what keeps us supporting the Dee! Great! I loved it tonight! Dundee FC 4-3-1-2 Douglas Irvine, Grassi, Toshney, Easton Davidson, McBride (Riley 45), McAlister Harkins Mline (Conroy 45), John Baird (Finnigan 76) Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), Benedictus, Stewart, Morgan Goals; Baird (67), McAlister (77) Bookings; Irvine (foul on Imrie), Baird (handball), Harkins (foul on Mair) St Mirren 4-1-2-2-1 Samson Van Zanten, Mair (Dummett 76), McAusland, Carey Newton McGowan, McLean Guy (Thompson 76), Imrie Parkin (Goncalves 76) Unused subs; Adam (gk), McGinn, Robertson, Teale Goal; Imrie (19) Booking; Parkin (foul on Irvine) Attendance; 3,674 Referee; Stephen Finnie Report; James Christie
  15. TheDarkBlues

    St Mirren 3 - 1 Dundee

    Steven Thompson gave St Mirren a first half lead. Although Ryan Conroy equalised from the penalty spot in the second half Saints ran out winners with another goal from Thompson again and then Imrie at the death. Dundee couldn't field an unchanged team for the fourth match. Matt Lockwood was missing and was replaced at left back by Ryan Conroy. Dundee started the match slowly as the home side were keen to get forward and shoot at every opportunity. The Dee gradually worked their way into the match and started to build some good moves. These mostly involved Colin Nish, who was linking well with Steven Milne. It was a huge blow to the Dee when the big striker was sent off after 26 minutes. He lost control of the ball and, trying to recover it, he lunged in recklessly on Paul Dummett. Referee Willie Collum decided it deserved a straight red, and Dundee were left with a huge problem, over an hour to play and down to 10 men. Things quickly got worse. McLean sent Guy clear with a neat pass through the inside left channel. The striker took the ball past Douglas, seemed to have carried it too far, but pulled it back across goal for THOMPSON to fire into the roof of the net. Dundee were forced back for the rest of the first half. Dundee had been breaking quickly from defence, moving the ball up to Nish who had been holding it and bringing others into the game. But now Milne was isolated up front and Dundee couldn't keep possession when they came out of defence. The ball was always quickly lost and returned to keep Dundee under pressure. Another good pass from McLean released Dunnett down the left and his cross was fired wide by Goodwin. McGinn tried to catch out Douglas with a chip from 18 yards, but the big keeper stretched After half time Riley and McAlister started to play slightly further infield to offer more support to Steven Milne. Both sides were working very hard and St Mirren were matching Dundee for effort, which allowed them to make their one man advantage count. Kenny McLean's penetrating passes from midfield were posing problems for the Dee defence, and the central defenders had to be at their best to keep out St Mirren. At the other end Riley cut in from the left to sting Samson's hands from 25 yards. Teale and McLean both shot narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area and Douglas had to pull out a fine save to keep out a Thompson header. Dundee were meanwhile able to apply a spell of pressure, but struggled to get into positions from which they could give the home defence serious problems. Midway through the half Dundee got back into the game from the penalty spot. Conroy took a free kick from wide on the left. Gallagher headed on and the ball seemed to be going out of play. Milne chased it and tried to hook it over his head into the goalmouth, but Goodwin was jumping behind him and blocked the ball with his outstretched hands. Mr Collum seemed unsure at first, but pointed to the spot on seeing his assistant's signal. Ryan CONROY rammed the ball just inside the post and Dundee were back in the match. The game had never been leisurely, but the tempo got even faster as Dundee were playing with more confidence while St Mirren were trying to restore their lead. 20 minutes from time St Mirren won a free kick wide on the left. Gary Teale's crossing had been impressive all afternoon, and again he hit a good ball to the near post where THOMPSON was able to twist and send a fine header past Douglas and just inside the post. Dundee fought hard to try and get another equaliser, but as they chased the game with a man short they left themselves exposed to St Mirren's breaks. They were eventually caught out after 86 minutes when McAusland launched a long ball down the right. Substitute IMRIE took the ball, cut inside and lashed a fierce angled shot past Douglas to tie up the points for St Mirren. The Buddies might have grabbed a fourth that would have been very harsh on Dundee right at the end when Gallagher under pressure had to turn the ball just over his own bar. St Mirren certainly deserved their win, but Dundee were in contention till the third goal. In such a tight game the sending off proved crucial, and St Mirren made sure their advantage counted. Things didn't work out for Dundee today, but there was still plenty off effort and spirit from the Dark Blues. Sadly that wasn't enough with 10 men against a St Mirren team who were able to shake themselves out of their recent dreadful run. In particular Saints had vital contributions throughout from McLean and Teale who were able to deliver the passes that hurt Dundee and ensure the Buddies merited their victory. St Mirren FC 4-4-2 Samson van Zanten, Mair, McAusland, Dummett Teale, McLean, Goodwin, McGinn (Imrie 73) Thompson, Guy (Parkin 73) Unused subs; Smith (gk), Carey, Barron, Reilly, Robertson Goals; Thompson (30, 71), Imrie (86) Bookings; Dummett (foul on Riley) Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Irvine, Benedictus, Gallagher, Conroy Riley (Boyle 89), McBride, Davidson, McAlister Nish, Milne (John Baird 78) Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), McGregor, Toshney, Webster Goal; Conroy (63 pen) Sent off; Nish (foul on Dummett) Attendance; 4,825 (975 Dees) Referee; Willie Collum Report; James Christie
  16. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 2 St Mirren

    Dundee wasted a series of good chances and found Craig Samson in good form when they did get the ball on target. That's a lesson Dundee will have to take on board, and quickly, as they adjust to life in the SPL. Total concentration will be required at all times, and poor finishing will be punished. Barry Smith made two changes to the starting line-up. Neil McGregor and Kevin McBride joined the injured list and were replaced by David Grassi, making his debut, and Stephen O'Donnell returning from injury. The first half was poor with neither side able to work the ball into the box and create chances. The Dundee defence looked slightly nervous early on and Douglas was called upon to deal with a succession of crosses, which he deal with impeccably. The half boiled down to a tale of two cracking long range shots - Saints' effort went in, and Dundee's smashed off the post. After 38 minutes without a sniff of a chance St Mirren took the lead with a goal of far higher quality than the game had seemed likely to provide. A mix up between Grassi and Douglas had drastic consequences for the Dee. The new boy seemed unsure whether the advancing Douglas was going to take the ball and had to clear it hurriedly under pressure from Thompson. MCLEAN picked up the ball and flighted a beautiful shot over Douglas from 40 yards, with the keeper possibly still out of position. Dundee might have grabbed an equaliser just before half time. Ryan Conroy tried his luck from 25 yards but his rising shot flew past Samson and smacked back off the post. Former Dundee keeper Craig Samson had a quiet first half, but was soon called into action after the restart. Douglas cleared a long ball through the middle that caught the visitors' central defence out. Jamie McAlister nicked the ball round the last defender, but Samson was off his line quickly to make a great save. Dundee then had a string of corners, one of which found the visitors' defence sleeping. Iain Davidson was in an astonishing amount of space 12 yards out and had time to control the ball but he shot wastefully over the bar. St Mirren centre forward Stephen Thompson was attracting some critical attention from the home support who remembered his days at Dundee United. He was fortunate to stay on the park after being booked for a thumping challenge on Iain Davidson, then minutes later catching Kyle Benedictus in the head with a very high boot. He was clearly given a final warning by the referee and St Mirren manager Danny Lennon wisely hooked him to stop the Buddies going down to 10 men. The big turning point of the match came just after the hour. Ryan Conroy sent Mark Stewart clear into the penalty area, and as he was about to shoot he was brought down from behind by McGregor and the ball trickled through to Samson. Did the St Mirren player get the man or the ball? It was a tough call, but Mr Allan gave the decision St Mirren's way. St Mirren went up the park to take full advantage of their let off with a classic sucker punch while Dundee had switched off and were thinking of what might have been. Imrie's cross from the left found PARKIN with space in the penalty area. He had too much time to bring the ball down and pass it across Douglas and into the net. The Dee should have pulled a goal back quickly from a good move down the right by Baird and McAlister, whose fine cross to the far post found the unmarked Mark Stewart. Sadly he headed carelessly over when he should have buried the chance. Dundee didn't give up and kept pressing. Conroy set up Baird to shoot from 18 yards, but his curling effort was well saved by Samson at full stretch. Davidson nodded the ball into the empty net, but the flag was up for offside. Most of the play was in the St Mirren half as the visitors concentrated on protecting their lead. They didn't have any more real chances, though Grassi had to block a McGowan drive after a stramash in the penalty area when a cross wasn't cleared. Dundee threw on Leighton McIntosh and Graham Webster in place of Stewart and O'Donnell, but St Mirren were able to see out the game fairly comfortably. Dundee should still have pulled a goal back right on the final whistle, but yet again they blew a great chance. Leighton McIntosh was coming back from an offside position when Iain Davidson's powerful return header from a clearance sent the ball flying back into the penalty area. The defence were looking at McIntosh who left the ball alone, knowing he was offside, allowing John Baird to run through from an onside position and lift the ball over the stranded Samson. The ball drifted the wrong side of the bar, and that summed up Dundee's day. The Dee had plenty of chances to win this game, far more than in either the game against Peterhead or St Mirren. It was encouraging that Dundee kept playing football and creating chances, without being anywhere near their best. This is obviously going to be a hard season and there will be many games when Dundee will have fewer chances than they created today. They simply must take the sort of great chances that they created today. We are no longer in a division where we can get away with carelessness at either end of the pitch. This game hung on a few moments at either end, and St Mirren showed their SPL experience in ensuring they came out on top. Dundee will have to learn quickly. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Irvine, Benedictus, Grassi, Lockwood McAlister, Davidson, O'Donnell (Webster 78), Conroy John Baird, Stewart (McIntosh 75) Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), Milne, Gallagher, Reid St Mirren FC 4-4-2 Samson Van Zanten, Mair, McGregor, Carey Robertson (Teale 90+2), McLean, McGowan, Imrie (McAusland 80) Parkin, Thompson (Reilly 58) Unused subs; Chris Smith (gk), Barron, McGinn, Jack Smith Goals; McLean (38), Parkin (62) Bookings; Van Zanten (foul on Conroy), Thompson (foul on Davidson) Attendance; 5,984 Referee; Crawford Allan Report; James Christie
  17. UWTB1893

    Pre-Season Fixtures/Dates/Prices

    We then make the short journey to Arbroath and then Brechin before finishing up with a home tie against Sky Bet Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers at Dens Park. 4th July, 7.45pm – St. Mirren, 2021 Paisley Stadium 8th July, 3pm – Arbroath, Gayfield 11th July, 7.45pm – Brechin City, Glebe Park 14th July, 7pm – Bolton Wanderers, Dens Park Ticket Prices are as followed: St Mirren: Adults £10, OAP + Children £5, Kids U18s go FREE if accompanied with a paying adult. Arbroath: Adults £10, OAP + Children £5, Parent + Child £12 Brechin City: TBA* Bolton: TBA* *To be updated when announced
  18. Despite The Dark Blues eyeing up St Mirrens Jack Ross, Jim McIntyre's name has popped up as a potential candidate for the Dundee managers position. MacGregor said: "We have had no approach and would not welcome any approaches." Dundee had earlier today asked for permission to speak to Jack Ross rejected by the St Mirren board but are expected to go back in for him in the coming few days.
  19. For the Dark Blues, there is little doubt the January interval came at the wrong time. As they beat St Johnstone 3-0 in the last game before it, they were flying and probably would have preferred the next game to come as soon as possible and not three weeks later. And when the games did come round again, they were denied the services of skipper and influential defensive presence of Darren O’Dea. He’s had to sit out the last two matches because of cup and league suspensions. And while the displays against the Buddies and Dons were not good, luck has not been on Dundee’s side. In the cup-tie, Marcus Haber was denied by the crossbar and, with the scores still level, the same happened to Paul McGowan up at Pittodrie. On Friday night, what looked a dodgy linesman’s flag for offside against Haber also denied Craig Wighton what would have been the opening goal of the game. But when centre-half Julen Etxabeguren looks back at those defeats, all he sees are excuses — lame ones. And the big Spaniard is having none of it. He puts the recent woes down to just one thing — poor play by him and his team-mates. He knows that’s got to change if the team are to get to where they feel they should be this season. “We need more consistency if we are going to get better results,” he said. “We want to be top six and we can be top six. “If we are going to do that, we have to play the best way we can week in, week out. Just now it is not happening. “We cannot play so well against St Johnstone and then play the way we have against St Mirren and Aberdeen. We must sort it out, we have to. “We have two good games when we play well and get good results, then we have games like the last two and it is not good enough. “It is something we have to improve on if we want to be top six and if we want to have a good end of season.” Looking back to the Aberdeen defeat, the 25-year-old admits the fact Dundee lost to an in-form side, who consistently operate at the top end of the Premiership table, will not have surprised many people. His view, though, is there is a way to lose and Friday wasn’t it. “I think we started well but then we weren’t good enough and we didn’t show all the things we can do. “We didn’t turn up and it was a fair result — it could have been more! “I know we maybe should have had the first goal but on the pitch I was not able to see if it was offside or not. “If it had counted, it could have changed the game. “But it would be wrong to use that to say why we did not play well after. “We cannot use it as an excuse because it does not justify how we have played the rest of this game. “We were thinking at half-time if we score one goal we are back in the game but I do not think we even had one chance in the second half. “After it was 2-0, we never got close to getting back into the game and that is what we must change. “We know that Aberdeen is a hard place to go and you can lose games there because they are a very strong team. “That is a fact, but it was the performance that was very disappointing. We could have done much better.”
  20. That is the opinion of midfielder Tom Hateley as the Dark Blues prepare for tonight’s Premiership clash against Aberdeen at Pittodrie. The gloom and doom hung over Dens Park for a while after last Saturday’s surprise Scottish Cup 2-0 home defeat to the Buddies, who are detached at the foot of the Championship. It was a result that sent the Dundee fans away in a bad mood as well as bursting a few fixed-odds coupons. Hateley conceded that it was as grim as it gets and stressed that the players have accepted full responsibility for letting everybody down. Nevertheless, he thinks that a line should be drawn under the cup exit with the Dons lying in wait. He said: “It was just so disappointing for everyone involved. “Every player would have loved a good cup run and it would have been great for the club and the fans. “It just wasn’t meant to be. “It was a poor performance from us and there is no trying to get away from that fact. “We had been playing well at home but it just wasn’t really our day. “Although we didn’t play well I still thought we created a couple of chances. “What we have to do is hold our hands up as players and take the criticism on the chin. “It’s all part and parcel of the game but hopefully we can do much better at Pittodrie and go on from there. “It’s about putting it to the back of your mind and looking forward to the Aberdeen game. “We are in a very tight league and if you have couple of off-weeks then you can be straight back down to the bottom again. “You don’t want to dwell on it (the cup loss) too much because this can be an unforgiving league. “So we need to get the focus back on the Premiership now.” Hateley was asked if the players feel that they owe the fans one for letting them down against the Buddies. He replied: “Yes, of course we do. “We had a great couple of weeks’ training leading into the game and nobody saw that result coming. “So I can understand the fans’ frustration because it was a result they not only didn’t want but probably didn’t expect. “Of course we would now love to go up there and turn Aberdeen over and get the supporters back onside. “It would be nice to do that. “It will be a tough game. “They have been doing well but you could have said the same about us before last weekend. “Football can be a funny game sometimes. “We have put in some good away performances without maybe getting the results, such as against Celtic at Parkhead. “So we will be going up the road and trying to win the game. “You are maybe just as well giving it a good go. “This will be my first trip there as a Dundee player so I’m looking forward to it. “It is good to go and play at tough venues against quality teams. “It will be good to get back out there after the St Mirren game.” The Dons have just snapped up Ryan Christie on loan from Celtic, yet another bit of quality to be added to an already strong squad. Hateley said: “He will have to tightly marked if he plays but there are a few of them. “They have good players all over the park. “But that’s something we will be set up to deal with and will be aware of. “Most of our lads have played against Aberdeen a few times and know what to expect from them. “We have good attacking players, have pace and height, and also strength when we need it. “We know their threats but we have our own as well.”
  21. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee seek redemption at Aberdeen tonight

    He could field the same starting XI who suffered that shock Scottish Cup defeat to St Mirren last weekend for the Pittodrie clash. With skipper Darren O’Dea suspended and James McPake and ex-Don Nicky Low not yet fit enough for first-team action, Paul will choose from an unchanged squad tonight. He has considered making changes but letting the players redeem themselves is also on his mind. “Last week that was the same team I put out as the one who beat St Johnstone in the last game before the break,” he said. “I didn’t change anything. “The players just didn’t perform and I’m sure there will be a big reaction from them against Aberdeen. There has to be. “They know they are better than what they showed, so they have a great opportunity in front of the TV cameras to go and put on a good show.” Paul will finalise his team in the next 24 hours and, if he does decided on a change, it could come at the back in the shape of defender Kevin Gomis. The Frenchman was subbed at half-time after a below-par performance in the pre-Christmas win over Hearts at Dens Park. He hasn’t featured in the three games since but, with O’Dea out, his experience could earn him a recall. Meanwhile, the hunt for new talent in this transfer window is continuing but no business is likely to be done prior to the game. “It’s really difficult to get the right type of player. We will try our best right up till the window,” added Hartley.
  22. The 21-year-old doesn’t mince his words when he sums up the lack of quality in last weekend’s performance that saw the Dark Blues crash out of the Scottish Cup to St Mirren. But he also knows it’s time to push that defeat to one side and concentrate on maintaining the Premiership form that took Paul Hartley’s team to within a point of the top six at the winter break. “I think we all know ourselves last week wasn’t good enough and it’s not the way we really are,” said Kerr. “This is a perfect opportunity to go out there and show everyone what we’re made of. “Everyone is raring to go because we want to show we’re better than last week suggests. “We will go up to Pittodrie and be confident, play the way we were before the weekend and, hopefully, that gets us something. “We have to do that because, as disappointed as we were last week, we have a big game now and that’s what is important. “At training this week we’ve been bang at it and working hard. “We are just outside the top six and we want to show that’s where we should be.” As a right-back Kerr knows this game will see him coming up against two Dons who’ve been in the headlines a lot in this transfer window. Johnny Hayes has been the subject of two bids from Cardiff City, while Tuesday night saw Aberdeen add Ryan Christie on loan from Celtic. He rates both highly but the challenge of attempting to keep them quiet and preventing them providing a supply of crosses for centre-forward Adam Rooney is a task he is relishing. “Every week I play, I look at who I’ll be up against and every week I feel I’m learning because it’s good players. “Coming up against wingers like Hayes and Christie, it’s not about upping your game because you are also giving your best. It does make you more aware of what they can do when they’re on the ball. “I enjoy playing against good players, it’s a test and you learn from it. Every week I am just trying to go out and do my job for the team and help. “I maybe don’t have the goalscoring threat of others in the team but I know I can do my bit in terms of defending and that side of things. “If I help keep them quiet, I’ve done my job. “It won’t be easy. Hayes is a very good player and Christie played against us for Celtic at Parkhead when we got beat 2-1. “He looks a tricky and intelligent player on the ball, so he’s another one we have to watch but we feel we have players who can stop them.” Kerr reckons one of the best way of stopping those two will be to get on the ball and attack. Dundee sitting in their own half and hoping for a draw is not an option. “You can’t do that. We have to get forward as well and, especially with Marcus Haber here now and Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Craig Wighton, we are dangerous up there. “The things they can come out with are great. “We know if we can get the ball up to these players and they are on form, there’s very few who can cope with them. “That’s great, because when you can trust the boys in your team to do the things they can do, it makes it a lot easier.”
  23. TheDarkBlues

    Hartley’s Message to Dens Drop-Outs

    The Dens Park boss could start with the same line-up that crashed out of the trophy when they went down 2-0 at home to the Championship’s rock-bottom side St Mirren. With skipper Darren O’Dea suspended and James McPake and ex-Don Nicky Low not yet fit enough for first team action, Hartley will choose from an unchanged squad. He has considered making changes, but letting the players make amends is also on his mind. He said: “The team I put out last week was the same team that beat St Johnstone 3-0 in the last game before the break. I didn’t change anything. “The players just didn’t perform and I’m sure there will be a big reaction from them against Aberdeen. There has to be. “They know they are better than they showed, so they have a great opportunity in front of the TV cameras to go and put on a good show.” Meanwhile, the hunt for new talent in this transfer window is continuing. Hartley added: “It’s really difficult to get the right type of player. We will try our best right up till the end of the window.”
  24. TheDarkBlues

    More Cup Despair For Dundee

    As we all now know painfully well, what was conjured up in that game was a vastly different story. St Mirren were the visitors to Dens Park last Saturday. Their season has been utterly horrific for them so far. Rooted to the bottom of the Championship, seven points away from second bottom and only thirteen points picked up so far. Oh how easy it should have been for Dundee. Oh, how wrong were we! Followed by a healthy traveling support, this St Mirren team who were sporting FIVE former Dundee players, showed up and looked far more hungrier than their Premiership counterparts. Dundee did have a few chances early on and rattled the post but as soon as we gifted them their first goal, we totally fell out of the game. To sum it up as quick and politely as possible, the performance was shambolic. We have been prone to a good few cup embarrassments in my lifetime but given our recent exploits in the League Cup this season and previous, the fans were very vocal in venting their frustration and anger that we are unable to even muster up a decent cup run. The anger was too much for some fans around me when during the match, St Mirren fans sang “…if you hate Paul Hartley clap your hands…”, they joined in by clapping theirs. It was another cup disaster for the Dee. So much has been said in the press by the players and management about delivering silverware to Dens Park but we always see the same outcome. No matter how upset I am at being defeated by lowly opposition in these competitions, it’s one that I’ve unfortunately become accustomed to. One highlight to the cup weekend was seeing a boozed up Rod Stewart help conduct the draw for the next round. He clearly over indulged in the hospitality for the Albion Rover versus Celtic game that afternoon! Moving swiftly on from any cup nightmares that we may still be having, league duty resumes for the Dark Blues this Friday night when we travel up to the Granite City to take on Aberdeen. If you are ever looking for the ideal hangover cure, a trip to Aberdeen to do battle with the Dons would be very far from the top of the list. Irn Bru, yes. McDonalds, yes. Aberdeen away…..nah! Our current away form this season consist of two wins, one draw and seven defeats. A defeat or draw on Friday will mean that we will have gone five games away from home without a win. If I hadn’t depressed you enough already, that should have done it! God knows what Dundee side we will see turn up. It would be brilliant if the team that ripped St Johnstone apart 3-0 showed their faces because we would stand a magnificent chance of securing a result up there. Despite confidence in my team being pretty low just now, once we kick off on Friday night, I’ll be overcome by a new found enthusiasm, a new found hope, a new found belief. You see, no matter how low I may be regarding my team, they will have my full support every minute of any match they play. Mon The Dee! Daniel Smith
  25. Hartley was left perplexed by their poor performance as the Ladbrokes Championship's bottom club St Mirren inflicted Dundee's first home defeat in six matches to knock them out of the William Hill Scottish Cup. But Hartley felt it was more important to focus on Friday's Premiership encounter at Aberdeen rather than pore over their 2-0 loss. "We have got to pick ourselves up," the Dundee boss said. "We had a disappointing weekend, we have tried to find answers with what went wrong, but that's the same team that beat St Johnstone convincingly. "So the players let themselves down. They didn't perform, they performed badly. We didn't see it coming but we have had to pick them up on Monday, that is part and parcel of the game. "Since the players came in on Monday we have focused on the Aberdeen game, because we are going to face a really good team who are high in confidence. So we have to make sure we are right for that. "The players know themselves they didn't perform to the best of their ability. We can talk all day but it's action. "I don't really need to tell them that much, they know they didn't perform and they saw the reaction of the supporters. They know they are better than what they showed, so they have got a great opportunity on Friday night in front of the TV cameras to go and put on a good show." Hartley has also experienced more frustration in the transfer market as he looks to make his first signing of the window. "It's really difficult to get the right type of player," he said. "We will try our best right up until the window. "We want to add to the squad but it has to be a little bit of quality, that's what we are looking for in the final third. But that's hard to come by and they cost money. We have been priced out of a few players so far."
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