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Match Aftermath: Dundee 2 - 2 Kilmarnock (06 Feb 2019)

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Second half Clarke brought on Mulumbu who I felt took control of the game and we tired. Think McIntyres subbies were poor and would have loved for that penalty to burst the net but a decent point I suppose. 

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Mental game of football.

A game of two halves personified.

Stunning first half performance.

They were knackered second half.

Lucky to get the point in the end the despite the penalty miss.

Some game.

Night and day from the boredom under the last manager.

Wingers 😍

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Craig Curran is without a doubt my new favourite Dee. The perfect partner upfront for Nelson. The boys work rate is immense. Heart of a lion, totally committed and will create opportunities through dogged determination alone. He’s nae Pele but he’ll do me and he’s exactly what we need right now.

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2 minutes ago, Boba Fett said:

Craig Currann is without a doubt my new favourite Dee. The perfect partner upfront for Nelson. The boys work rate is immense. Heart of a lion, totally committed and will create opportunities through dogged determination alone. He’s nae Pele but he’ll do me and he’s exactly what we need right now.

He's more than a 'muddy shorts' player although I fear he'll not score enough himself for some.

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superb first half, we dominated, fell out of it second half. nae midfield!!

terrible subs.

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25 minutes ago, Boba Fett said:

Craig Currann is without a doubt my new favourite Dee. The perfect partner upfront for Nelson. The boys work rate is immense. Heart of a lion, totally committed and will create opportunities through dogged determination alone. He’s nae Pele but he’ll do me and he’s exactly what we need right now.

He has terrific work rate and never gives up. Wins his fair share of headers too. I really like him as a player and someone who we have needed in our relegation scrap.

Don’t think he will score many though and I can’t remember if he’s even had a shot on goal in the games he has played so far.

Another player who I think has gone unnoticed tonight is Ryan McGowan. He has without a doubt improved our defence.

Also thought Horsfield was decent enough and a tiny bit more composed than Kerr.

The big Swede though was pretty poor and  rightly hooked.

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Just watched on alba having avoided the score. Drained now.

Burst out laughing at the penalty miss, it just seemed so Dundee. We were so lucky to get a point. I've never in my life seen a Dundee team play so obviously for a point against a team outside the OF. But I understand it as we were totally unable to attack.

I just wish that last minute didn't happen. 

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Unless we needed the subs for injuries,I would have left the eleven on the park. We were weakened by the subs and appeared to be physically weak in the second half. We have to get the starting eleven tonight up to 90 mins fit by Livvy game and they will be a good side.

Having just seen Alba I am not even sure it was a pen. Not even a yellow for the goalie. Their free kick goal was a cert from the Coxy....wall too small and not lined up in the right place. We knew Burke just had to pick his spot.

lots to like tonite first half but second half we were  run over and Killie will feel they also dropped two points.

 

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8 minutes ago, J_Kitamirike said:

He has terrific work rate and never gives up. Wins his fair share of headers too. I really like him as a player and someone who we have needed in our relegation scrap.

Don’t think he will score many though and I can’t remember if he’s even had a shot on goal in the games he has played so far.

Another player who I think has gone unnoticed tonight is Ryan McGowan. He has without a doubt improved our defence.

Also thought Horsfield was decent enough and a tiny bit more composed than Kerr.

The big Swede though was pretty poor and  rightly hooked.

I was a bit disappointed in the Swede myself. Thought he looked a bit out of place.

Robson fit though does seem to have potential to be a great player so hopefully he is fit to go at Livi.

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Just watched the match on Alba. First half we were really good. Second half we weren’t really in it and really thought (sorry) Killie were the team who were most likely to score. Sick as a parrot when Kenny Miller missed the penalty and seeing Hamilton won. Livingston game on Alba on Saturday. I don’t know if my nerves can take it. Come on Dundee.

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First half the tempo we played at seemed to have Killie on the back foot .

I think what tonight shows is we will be able to compete by sheer work ethic alone .

We will be buzzing around and closing the opposition down at a high tempo all of that is good but I've said it before that will only get us so far at this level .. 

What is a worry for me is once teams wither the storm , once the game settles down and we start to tire as will inevitably happen when we are putting so much in to the grafting side of the game , then teams will simply play around us and we don't seem to have any kind of back-up plan certainly not In terms of having any real quality coming from the middle of the park .

Once our legs went early in the second half we couldn't get near Killie .

 

Positives are another point away from the bottom spot and a point against one of the top sides should be looked upon a positive due to the spot we find ourselves in .

Nelson looks a really good  raw talent and certainly seems to know where the goal is and in the first half the lad scott wright looked to be the type of quality player we have been screaming out for since Scott Allan left .

 

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If someone had said before the break that we'd return with a brand new team and playing style, with pacey wingers and big hard working brutes all over the park and that we'd take 5 points from Hearts & Hamilton away and high flying Killie at home I'd have told them to lay off the drugs. Livie away now doesn't look so daunting and 8 points for 12 would be a fantastic return from 4 tough games.

Onwards and upwards.

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Glass Half-empty = 4 points dropped in last 2 games

Glass Half-full = 2 points gained in last 2 games

Whatever we we paint it, we've moved ahead of St Mirren BUT we've lost 2 points on Accies.  We need to keep on their tails and keep the pressure on but I'm heading towards thinking 11th is looking more likely than 10th. Just basing that on Accies new man having a good start and us seeming to be out of luck.

 

 

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4 hours ago, J_Kitamirike said:

The big Swede though was pretty poor and  rightly hooked.

 

4 hours ago, Harry94 said:

was a bit disappointed in the Swede myself. Thought he looked a bit out of place.

Funny old game. I though the first half he and woods dominated the middle of the park and didn’t allow killie a sniff (their goal aside when broadfoot strolls forward to play the boy through) second half he was clearly knackered along with quite a few others 

 

eta by the way, if we hadn’t had so many good performances in the first half I’d imagine we’d mostly all be raving about Nathan Ralph again. He has really moved his game onto another level the past few weeks and looks to be playing with massive confidence. 

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3 hours ago, Dblair said:

 

Funny old game. I though the first half he and woods dominated the middle of the park and didn’t allow killie a sniff (their goal aside when broadfoot strolls forward to play the boy through) second half he was clearly knackered along with quite a few others 

 

eta by the way, if we hadn’t had so many good performances in the first half I’d imagine we’d mostly all be raving about Nathan Ralph again. He has really moved his game onto another level the past few weeks and looks to be playing with massive confidence. 

If they haven't already contract extension  talks with Ralph need started 6 weeks ago .. We have a very good LB on our hands here who will only get better.

Lets not do the usual here and wait until he has a year left because it will be far too late then !

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5 minutes ago, DBDU said:

If they haven't already contract extension  talks with Ralph need started 6 weeks ago .. We have a very good LB on our hands here who will only get better.

Lets not do the usual here and wait until he has a year left because it will be far too late then !

The problem is that the player himself might either think he's outgrown us or be willing to stay for a wage that makes us wince. These guys who have agents who seem to be all about the cash.. I'd be delighted if we could extend his contract though, he's been a real find (from the evil Darth McCann...... ).

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Still absolutely gutted how that ended. Bloody sore one, like I said before this seasons Dundee have no luck at all. That said there was alot of good performances, mainly in the first half sadly.

Dieng - 7. Despite the pressure from Killie he didn't really have to do much, dealt with everything bar one thing. He should have saved the free kick, easily could have been half a yard even a yard closer to the post left to much of a target to hit.

Horsfield - 7. Better than Cammy I'm afraid to say, bit slower than him and had some tough moments v Jones but looked solid on the whole.

Ralph - 8. Very good from him again. New contract please!

Oz McGowan - 8. Very good from him too. Didn't put a foot wrong.

Kusunga - 7. Some dodgy moments as per, but looked solid mostly. Can't really blame him for the first goal, left with little choice as the midfield were missing.

Dales - 8. Constant threat in the first half, faded in the second but still looked to do damage when the rare chances to run came up. Good game.

Hadenius - 6.5. Did the dirty/physical stuff well enough but I felt some moments passed him by. But it was noticed when he left the field for Gowser, as we lack any real physicality in the middle.

Woods - 7. Great in the first half, but like others faded badly in the second. Was a passenger for the last 15.

Wright - 7.5. Very good in the first half, looks a real player. Couldn't get a look in the second sadly, but he could be a key player for the rest of the season.

Curran - 9. Brilliant from him, less so in the second but I like him. Not a good footballer (he wasn't brought in to be) but is very strong, ridiculously good in the air despite his lack of height and a bloody pest. Never gave Killie a second, like the Accies game he was badly missed when he went of. Think he might have had a knock though.

Nelson - 10. Well he looks as if he can be a wonderful player. All of the strength, aerial ability and work rate you could want in a striker but with all the ability as well. He was brilliant, took his goals so well and really unlucky with a header as well. Like Curran, badly missed when he went off. Massive player for the rest of the season.

Subs - Odea - 3. Pointless sub, he did nothing but chase shadows. To be fair, he is not a defensive midfielder. Gowser - 1. Looks so poor just now, offered nothing in the midfield when he came on. Miller - 0. Asked to do a thankless task but he wasted the chance when through 1v1 and simply has to burst the net with the penalty. Seething lol!

The Gaffer - 6. Starting 11 and tactics were spot on in the first but in the second his subs probably cost us, it brought unnecessary pressure and we lack any threat at all bar the breakaway for the penalty. Needs to re-think his subs but i don't think he will tbh.

Everyone bar Nelson would have had an extra mark if the first half continued into the second but sadly it just didn't happen. Miller would have had plus 100 if he scored haha! If we play like the first half most weeks, we will finish 10th I have no doubt but I am not going to hold my breath on that just yet.

 

 

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Kusunga  made a dad error for their first goal .Other than that he played well but has to cut out that through ball.I like him but he is accident prone.

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1 hour ago, DBDU said:

If they haven't already contract extension  talks with Ralph need started 6 weeks ago .. We have a very good LB on our hands here who will only get better.

Lets not do the usual here and wait until he has a year left because it will be far too late then !

Exactly how I see it. He’s had a good half season and we know how good he is (ie he’s no gamble to get signed up on a longer deal, providing we stay up). 

 

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DFC players, under the guidance of JM, in this first half, gave a real indication of just what they are capable of.

Maybe it's something to do with the "alignment of stars" or something in the players pre-game liquid refreshment.

But whatever it was, they were totally committed & fired up, from the off. The DFC fans who were lucky enough to

see the game live, must have thought in this first 45 minutes they had entered the wrong ground. What a display !!

Killie  and their manager, must surely have wondered what hit them, when the starting whistle kicked off the game.

The first half which must be right up there with DFC's best display showed real intent & hunger a full range of skills.

It was not surprising many looked exhausted (imo) after giving so much. Maybe JM did make mistakes in his subs.

But only he and the DFC players know the real reason behind them. Not wishing to go into further detail at this time.

But if I were a neutral, I'd think the result was fair in an exciting game. I'm "hurting again" but I still believe (based on

this display & recent games) we will not be relegated & may even avoid the play-offs. Well Done to JM & Players:chaplin:

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These draws have to be turned into wins. Was not at the match as I was returning from a weeks holiday. Saw it on Alba. Nelson is a find and his two goals came from nothing with a posse of defenders in front of him. McGowan seems to be regaining the form he showed at Hearts. Curran makes a nuisance of himself. Dales and Wright faded badly in second half. Mulumbu bossed the midfield when he came on showing up Woods for what he is, nothing but a lumberjack. It was a promising display from us in first-half but our midfield is garbage. Gowser has to start instead of Woods with Robson there as well. We need creativity and I know Gowser had not been at his best this season but surely he offers more than that plank JM continues to play.

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5 minutes ago, Iain T Campbell said:

Gowser has to start instead of Woods with Robson there as well. We need creativity and I know Gowser had not been at his best this season but surely he offers more than that plank JM continues to play.

Couldn’t disagree more. Woods as well as being able to do the physical stuff is far more composed on the ball then Gowser. 

Mans we now have creativity in both dales and Wright. But they are only able to play if we are solid in the middle which for most parts last night we were  

Did woods shag yer wife by any chance? 🤨

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10 hours ago, Billy Campbell's Ghost said:

Unless we needed the subs for injuries,I would have left the eleven on the park. We were weakened by the subs and appeared to be physically weak in the second half. We have to get the starting eleven tonight up to 90 mins fit by Livvy game and they will be a good side.

Having just seen Alba I am not even sure it was a pen. Not even a yellow for the goalie. Their free kick goal was a cert from the Coxy....wall too small and not lined up in the right place. We knew Burke just had to pick his spot.

lots to like tonite first half but second half we were  run over and Killie will feel they also dropped two points.

 

JM said post match that some players were tired and holding their hands up to come off. He also said that Clarke made a tactical switch which 'we' failed to deal with.  

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I know I'm swimming against the tide here as far as Woods goes, and I certainly don't fault his effort, but I'm just not seeing it. He gives the ball away alot, can't accept many passes cleanly, can't shoot, and can't take a free kick to save his life. Why he is tasked with set piece deliveries I'll never know, but my County mate's words are ringing in my ear 'JM is loyal to a fault and Woods will not be dropped, ever!'.

On the subject of free kicks it doesn't seem to matter who our manager is, who the players are in the defensive wall, who's in the goal, and going the opposite way who is taking our free kicks (although someone in our team must be better than Woods) - we just can't seem to get it right. Despite the fact it was a great strike I agree with Pepe above when he says that Dieng was too far over to the left, and that wall of ours was totally brutal. It just seems that when we get a free kick in dangerous area you know we will never score, and when we give away a free kick in a dangerous area the other team will always score. Surely we can do better here.

A word about Kenny Miller here: okay it's obvious that he is in a huff (imo he still cares deeply as he looked shattered when he missed the pen), however one of the reasons why he doesn't look great lately is also situational in that he is being asked to come on and protect one goal leads and/or draws, and by the time he gets on our whole team has withered into such a defensive shell that Miller is just chasing shadows as his teammates aren't even getting themselves near the centre line! To me he showed that he still has the legs as he simply left his marker in the dust when the ball broke for Dales, but without a doubt I believe Kenny has never hit a penalty as bad as that one last night. It was brutal, no other word for it. What's even worse is that had he taken a wee peak before kicking the ball he would've seen that Bachmann had committed himself very early, and Kenny could've literally rolled the ball into the other side of the net. But he chose to do a head down, mind made up penalty kick, and frankly he just got nothing on it!

Anyways despite the fact that we seem to be a better team of players than we were a month ago we still can't help throwing away points when the opportunity is there for the taking. Bottom line we're better, but I'm still coming away from games utterly gutted.

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