Sunday, November 12, 2017

More Hibs Photos

Hibernian 2, Dundee 1, Easter Road , Ladbrokes Premiership, 4th November 2017

A trip to Easter Road for me in the first time since 2004 with my Brother Dougie we made it a belated Stag Doo and we were not disappointed on the day out in the Capital. After a few pints in the centre we made our way down to Middletons Bar then The Artisun Bar before the game. 

Then onto the game Neil McCann made five changes to the team Elliot Parish, Cammy Kerr, Kevin Holt, Faissal El Bakhatoui and Roarie Deacon came in and Scott Bain, Kerr Waddle, Jesse Curran, Randy Wolters and A-Jay Leitch dropped out.

Hibs attacked from the kick off and scored when a great run and finish from Martin Boyle not the start we needed in a tough game. But Dundee settled and played some delightful football. It was no surprize when after good play from Roarie Deacon and his cross was headed home by striker Marcus Haber to level the game.

Dundee continued to play well but failed to make any clear cut chances to go in ahead at the break.

Second half and both teams attacked with Hibs looking more dangerous with Murray forcing Elliot Parish into two good saves. Soon after a barging match broke out after McGowan was fouled and soon after it looked like Stokes had punched Hendry after it cooled down both Stokes and Hendry were booked.

On 62 minutes Hibs regained the lead when Stokes found room out wide and Murray scored with a clever finish. Dundee tried to get level again and only a stunning save from Hibs Keeper Marciano to deny El Bakhtaoui. Both teams attack but produced no clear cut chance.

Time ran out for The Dark Blues but they played well today but they need to turn their pressure into goals. The next game against Kilmarnock it the most vital game this season we must halt the run of defeats or we are in big trouble at the bottom of the league.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr (Curran 72), Hendry, Meekings, Holt, Kamara, Spence, Deacon (O'Hara 60), McGowan (Leitch-Smith 79), El Bakhtaoui, Haber. Subs Unused: Ferrie, Moussa, Wolter, Waddell.

Ref: John Beaton

Att: 16,973

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Set For Hibs Away

Dundee 1, Hamilton Accies 3, Dens Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 28-October-17

The Dee brought in Kerr Waddell, Randy Wolters and A-Jay Leitch-Smith with Darren O’Dea, Kevin Holt and Sofien Moussa dropping out. For the visit of Hamilton Accies to Dens Park which hopefully result in Dundee get back to winning ways.

The opening 30 minutes was poor stuff with Dundee struggling to find any rhythm in their midfield and Dundee playing with two wing backs with Wolters struggling a wee bit defensively wise. Hamilton were happy keeping it tight and hitting on the break.

Randy Wolters went close with a cross/shot but most of the crosses he got in no Dundee player were able to attack them. Then the Hamilton keeper saved well from a Lewis Spence shot from 20 yards out.

However, it Hamilton who took the lead with a goal out of the blue that was all down to an excellent, early cross by  Imrie. The ball swung away from Scott Bain, bounced and arrived perfectly for Ioannis Skondras racing in from the right to guide his header into the net. It was a poor goal to lose with the defender not picking up the run from Skondra.

Second half and Dundee struggled to create anything is was no surprise when Cammy Kerr replaced Jesse Curran but minutes later Hamilton scored again Templeton found space out wide and fired the ball past Bain to maybe seal the points for the Accies.

Minutes later and Dundee were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty when a run from A Jay Smith-Leitch was handle by the Hamilton defender up stepped Smith-Leitch to fire the ball high into the net make it 1-2.

Then Massimo Donati was send off after kicking the ball away into the stand and as he had been booked already he was send off. 

But another lapse in defending cost the dark blues Docherty got to the byline and his cross found   Rojano who mishit the ball only for it to bobble over the goal line.

In the last 10 minutes Dundee failed to create anything, they were very poor in the main areas needed to win football matches and will have to improve greatly for the visit to high flying Hibernian at Easter Road next Saturday.

Dundee: Bain, Waddell, Hendry, Meekings (Moussa 67), Curran (Kerr 53), Kamara, Spence, Wolters (Aurtenetxe 62), McGowan (c), Leitch-Smith, Haber. Unused Subs: Parish, O’Hara, El Bakhtaoui, Deacon.

Att: 4,863

Ref: Greg Aitken

Dundee 0, Motherwell 1, Dens Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 25-October-17

Manager Neil McCann made  two changes Marcus Haber and Roarie Deacon returned to the starting eleven with Paul McGowan and A-Jay Leitch-Smith moving onto the bench. 

Motherwell started well and pushed Dundee back and they opened the scoring after just 5 minutes a simple ball through the middle and Tanner was clear to beat Bain with a well placed finish.

The steelmen continued to move the ball better than Dundee who struggled in midfield to create anything for the strikers. Scott Bain made a couple of good saves to keep Dundee in it, Darren O'Dea took a knock in the face but after getting booked he had to go off with Kerr Waddell coming on.

Dundee did have the ball in the net when Moussa headed home but the striker was adjudged to push a Motherwell defender and the goal was ruled out by the referee.

Second half and Dundee continued to struggle but it changed a bit when McGowan came on for Deacon at last we looked better going forward and Moussa had a shot saved after great run and pass from Curran.

 A-Jay Leitch-Smith’s arrival, replacing Sofien Moussa, brought more movement in attack, but for all Dundee’s possession there were no clear chances.

So in the end another defeat from a strong battling Motherwell side who done the simple things in football, not pretty to watch but effective.

Dundee: Bain, Hendry, Meekings, O’Dea (c) (Waddell 31), Curran, Kamara, Spence, Holt
Deacon (McGowan 53), Moussa (Leitch-Smith 65), Haber. Unused Subs: Parish, O’Hara, Aurtenetxe, Wolters.

Att: 5,254

Ref: Stephen Finnie

Partick Thistle 2, Dundee 1, Firhill, Ladbrokes Premiership, 21-October-17

Dundee lost to a struggling Partick Thistle side with only themselves to blame, Dundee took the lead after 8 minutes when A Jay Smith-Leitch headed home after good play and cross from Kevin Holt, they had chances before this with Moussa missing twice. On 20 minutes they got a Penalty when the keeper took out the striker A Jay took it only for the keeper to save with his leg. Really the keeper was lucky not to be sent off.

I missed the game due to my Brother's Dougie and Jo's Wedding Here is their cake 

Dundee continued to create and miss chances with Moussa and Curran going close, into the second half and Deacon and Smith-Leitch both missed chances as Dundee looked to kill the game.

But out of the blue Thistle was level Bain couldn’t hold Paul McGinn’s shot and blocked Kris Doolan’s rebound only for Edwards  to follow up and force the equalise home. 

As Dundee pushed forward to win the game they were caught on the break a simple ball out wide and from the cross Storey had a simple tap in to win the game for the Jags.

Dundee: Bain, Hendry, Meekings, O’Dea (c), Curran, Kamara, McGowan (Deacon 48), Spence, Holt
Moussa (El Bakhtaoui 83), Leitch-Smith (O’Hara 66). Unused Subs: Parish , Kerr, Wolters, Waddell.
Att: 3,358
Ref: Euan Anderson.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Celtic Photos

Andrew on his first visit to Parkhead 

Celtic 1, Dundee 0, Parkhead, Ladbrokes Premiership, 14-October-17

Dundee were very unlucky not to take a least a point on Saturday, Manager Neil McCann made two changes Josh Meekings came in for his debut in a three man central defence and A-Jay Leitch-Smith returned in attack. Kerr Waddell and Sofien Moussa made way and were on the bench.

Celtic started well and missed a few in the first 20 minutes or so Scott Bain made a few good saves, but as time moved on Dundee started to find their feet and played some good attacking moves.

Dundee got to half-time at 0-0 and started the second half well Glen Karama was having a good game in midfield with the central pair of Meekings and Hendry were both doing well. Celtic came close twice to scoring Bain saving well from Roberts and Griffiths. But on the hour Celtic scored a ball broke to Ntcham and he made room for himself to fire home giving Bain no chance in the goal. 

Dundee came forward and had a real go at Celtic keeper  De Vries made a great save to deny McGowan from 10 yards out, then Dundee had a credible shout for a penalty when Jack Hendry won a high ball, only to be wiped out by Gamboa’s attempted header catching him in the face. It looked a penalty to me as the Celtic player was late with his challenge. 

Hendry had been having an impressive match, and it was disappointing to see him leave the pitch to have his face patched up. Jesse Curran came on to play right wing back and Mark O’Hara shifted to the right central defence position.

Sofien Moussa was now involved, having replaced A-Jay Leitch-Smith and his head flick played in Roary Deacon who had managed to get clear on goal, however his powerfully shot was well saved by De Vries but really he should have scored if he had placed the either side of the keeper.

Faissal El Bakhatoui came on for the last few minutes, and almost grabbed a late and deserved equaliser. He connected well with a 15 yard volley, but De Vries responded superbly to deny the striker. 

Dundee played well and I like the style Neil McCann is setting his team out to play. Big game this Saturday when they visit struggling Partick Thistle.

Dundee: Bain, Hendry (Curran 70), Meekings, O’Dea, O’Hara, Kamara, McGowan (El Bakhtaoui 83), Spence, Holt, Deacon, Leitch-Smith (Moussa 59). Unused Subs: Parish, Kerr, Wolters, Waddell.

Ref: Andrew Dallas

Att: 57,610

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Hearts Photos

Dundee 2, Hearts 1, Dens Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 30-September-17

Dundee made four changes for the visit of Hearts to Dens Park, Cammy Kerr, Scott Allan, Faissal El Bakhtaoui and A-Jay Leitch-Smith all dropped out, as Mark O’Hara, Sofien Moussa, Paul McGowan and Kerr Waddell came in. 

Hearts had the early play and Scott Bain had to make a couple of saves, Dundee were playing it from the back and sometimes it put the defence in trouble. Thankfully we never lost a goal due this. The players will hopefully get comfy with this practise.

Dundee did not much chance going into half time only a Lewis Spence shot which went wide of the target. But right on half time and Dundee forced a corner which Kevin Holt took and his cross found Kerr Waddle to head home unmarked in the box. It was against the run of play but it was a vital time to take the lead.

Second half and Hearts had some chance to get level but found Scott Bain in good form and they hit the cross bar, as it happens it took a mistake from Dundee to gift Hearts their goal a long pass back from Moussa was too short and Lafferty nipped in to round Bain to score with ease. 

It made a open game now as Dundee did go forward to look for a winner, Hearts winger Walker forced into a fine save near the end. The A-Jay Leitch-Smith forced the Hearts keeper to save well and from the resulting corner from Paul McGowan  and Kerr Waddle again headed home to win the game for the dark blues. 

A welcome three points and it happy Dundee fans heading home seven points from a possible Nine is a lot better form. Next up is a trip to Parkhead to face Celtic in the league.

Dundee: Bain, Holt, O’Dea (Kerr 64), Kamara, Moussa (Leitch-Smith 77), O’Hara, McGowan, Deacon (El Bakhtaoui 82), Hendry, Spence, Waddell. Subs Unused: Parish, Allan, Aurtenetxe, Wolters

Att: 702

Ref: Steven McLean

Monday, September 25, 2017

Kilmarnock 1, Dundee 1, Rugby Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 23-September-17

Dundee made three changes to the team which faced Celtic in midweek in came Kerr Waddell for the suspended Darren O’Dea, while Roarie Deacon and Scott Allan replaced Randy Wolters and Mark O’Hara.

Dundee got off to the perfect start when after a  good ball into the box from Scott Allan found Leitch-Smith who's shot was saved only for El Bakhtaoui  to score with a cool finish. Kilmarnock then made a few chances and Scott Bain had to save well from Erwin. 

Dundee went in at the break 1-0 up and second half both teams failed to take control. Kilmarnock did level the game when Greer shot home after slack defensive play from the dark blues. El Bakhtaoui went close near the end only for the Killie keeper to save well. Then Boyd missed a good chance in the dying minutes. 

A draw seemed to be the fair result in the end going by reports. A point away from home is always welcome. Next up is Hearts at Dens Park which should be a good game.

Dundee: Bain, Kerr (c), Hendry, Waddell, Holt, Spence, Kamara (Vincent 58), Deacon (Wolters 80), Allan (O’Hara 53), El Bakhtaoui, Leitch-Smith. Unused Subs: Parish, Williams, Aurtenetxe, Henvey.

Att: 3,452

Ref: Bobby Madden

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dundee 0, Celtic 4, Dens Park, Betfred Cup 1/4 Final, 20-September-17

Dundee crashed out of the Betfred Cup losing 4-0 to Celtic who were the better side over the 90 minutes. Neil McCann made two changes Randy Wolters kept his place for the injured Roarie Deacon, and Mark O'Hara replaced Sofien Moussa who is injured. 

Dundee started the game okay and Wolters was unlucky after his volley was deflected wide of the Celtic goal, then soon after this Leitch-Smith was clear but a poor first touch let Brown get a touch to clear the danger. Celtic did have efforts on goal, but Scott Bain only had one decent save to make. 

However Celtic did take the lead when Sinclair went down in the box and he scored from the spot. It looked a bit soft but would need to see it again. Dundee should have levelled when a clever ball in for Wolters and somehow El Bakatoui missed the ball it should have been a easy tap in. 

Celtic got their second near the end of the half when Forrest finished a good move giving Bain no chance

Second half and Dundee battled away trying to get a goal back to get back into the game, Celtic kept the ball well. Scott Bain made a good save from Forrest, but Celtic scored twice in the dying minute from sub McGregor and another from Forrest to make the final score 4-0.

Dundee: Bain, Kerr, Hendry, O’Dea (c), Holt, Spence (McGowan 73), Kamara, Wolters (Deacon 63), O’Hara, El Bakthaoui, Leitch-Smith. Unused Subs: Parish, Williams, Aurtenetxe, Waddell, Henvey.

Att: 6,917

Ref: John Beaton

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

More Photos From Saints Game...

Dundee 3, St Johnstone 2, Dens Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 16-September-17

Dundee Manager Neil McCann make two changes Captain Darren O’Dea returned and A-Jay Leitch-Smith made his first start. They replaced Kerr Waddell and Scott Allan who were on the bench. 

Dundee started well and they looked dangerous going forward and had a few shots on goal with Saints keeper struggling with cross balls. It was no surprize when Dundee took the lead a Deacon free kick was headed well by O'Dea and McManus fumbled it letting A-Jay Leitch-Smith in to score a typical poachers goal. 

Dundee remained on top and Kevin Holt was unlucky with a shot which just went wide, Scoot Bain had a good save from O'Halloran. Roarie Deacon had to go off injured being replaced by Randy Wolters. Dundee had more chance with efforts from El Bakhtaoui and Wolters.

Second half and it was more of the same as Dundee went forward and went two up after a good move a neat header forward from Spence and A-Jay Leitch-Smith volleyed home for a superb goal. 

Then a crazy nine minute spell seen three penalties first Scott Bain came out from his line and caught Graham Cummins Liam Craig scored from the spot kick. Minutes later and it was a penalty to Dundee a great ball from Wolters send Leitch-Smith clear and he was fouled in the box. Sofien Moussa scored from the spot to restore Dundee's two goal lead. Then with six minutes to go O'Dea fouled in the box and again Craig scored. Darren O'Dea was sent off as well, Kerr replaced Moussa In between all the penalties Saints had a goal disallowed for a foul in the box.

With fives minutes of injury time Dundee held firm for their first league win of the season. It was well deserved and all the team played well with Lewis Spence had a great game, it was also good to Randy Wolter's play his best game for the Dee.

Dundee: Bain, Kerr, Hendry, O’Dea (c), Holt, Deacon (Wolters 22), Spence, Kamara, El Bakthaoui
Leitch-Smith, Moussa (Waddell 83), Unused Subs: Parish, Allan, O’Hara, Aurtenetxe, McGowan.

Att: 6,001

Ref: Alan Muir

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rangers 4, Dundee 1, Ibrox Stadium, Ladbrokes Premiership, 09-Sept-17

Dundee lost 4-1 to Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday,  a few surprises in the team to start with Lewis Spence coming in to replace Paul McGowan, and Sofien Moussa returned from injury . From going by reports it was mostly one way traffic towards the Dundee goal. Neil McCann took off  Scott Allen replaced by A-Jay Leitch-Smith as he tried to change the flow of the game. 

Rangers scored just before half time, Morelos played a one-two with Kranjcar before leaving Bain helpless. Dundee tried to attack early second half and Deacon went close with a header, soon after Rangers had two great chances but missed them both. Then Dundee were unlucky not to score when a god move was almost finished by Moussa. 

Rangers went straight up the park and scored when Windass headed home. It was all one way traffic, and the Gers added two late goals from  Pena (83) and Morelos (85) made it 4-0. 

Faissal El Bahktaoui scored on the 90th minute with a fine finish to give the Dundee fans something to cheer. Looks like Dundee were pretty poor today and hopefully the young players will learn from this.

Next up for the Dark Blues is a visit from St Johnstone next Saturday where they need to get the win to kick start our season.

Dundee: Bain, Kerr (c), Hendry, Waddell, Holt, Spence, Kamara (McGowan 78), Deacon (Wolters 69), El Bakhtaoui, Allan (Leitch-Smith 37), Moussa.   Unused Subs: Parish, O’Dea, O’Hara and  Aurtenetxe.

Att: 49,164

Ref: Andrew Dallas

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Photos From Oldham.....


We had a great time in Oldham special thanks to John and Sarah for their hospitality and arranging tickets ect for the metro and the game. Also wonderful meeting up with Malc and having a few laughs about time s gone bye. Also Andrew loved his time his first visit to Boundary Park, it was a long weekend for a 5 year old. We got home at 10pm on Sunday so it was not too late for Andrew.