Dundee entertained league leaders at Dens Park on Sunday where the Glasgow side ran out winners by a score line of 2-1. The Dark Blues made two changes to the team that lost in Perth; Kevin Gomis and Tom Hateley came in for Kosta Gadzhalov and Craig Wighton, who were on the bench. Celtic started well and pushed Dundee back and only good defending kept them from scoring, Dundee did little attacking wise but Haber was just offside in a flowing move. As the first half came to a close Celtic won three corners in quick succession. From the second Paul McGowan stopped Boyata’s header on the goal-line. But when the third corner was cleared, Stuart Armstrong found James Forrest, wide on the right. Forrest recovered from Cammy Kerr’s challenge to cross for SIMUNOVIC, whose slightly mishit half volley from 12 yards deflected off Kevin Gomis and Scott Bain just couldn’t keep the ball out. It was tough on Dundee as the players all worked hard to try and get to half-time still level.
Early in the second half Kevin Holt had a free kick saved by Gordon in the Celtic goal. But then Celtic went 2-0 up with a well worked goal, Forrest got to the byline and his cross was headed home by Armstrong to likely seal the three points. Celtic was a bit slack n midfield and moments later Tierney gifted possession to Paul McGowan who raced forward and set up Marcus Haber, who had only Gordon to beat. From 16 yards the Canadian international sent his shot narrowly wide. It was a really good chance which we need to take. After 74 minutes Faissal El Bakhtaoui replaced Henrik Ojamaa, and within a minute he scored a goal of stunning quality. Mark O’Hara took a quick free kick on the half way line. He played it short to EL BAKHTAOUI, who spun away from Boyata and raced for goal. Before the Celtic defence had the chance to close him down he hit an unstoppable shot over Gordon and into the top corner from 25 yards. Dundee battled away to try and get a draw but Celtic played the ball into the corners to run down the clock. The whole team battled well today and gave their best, best again for me was Cammy Kerr. Dundee: Bain, Kerr, O’Dea, Gomis, Holt, O’Hara, McGowan, Vincent (Wighton 59), Hateley (Ross 68), Ojamaa (El Bakhtaoui 74). Haber. Unused Subs: Mitchell, Williams, Klok, Gadzhalov. Att: 8,968 Ref: W Collum
Dundee made the short trip to Perth for this very important games to see if Dundee could mount a challenge for a top six place. But sadly for the Dark Blue fans who turned up in good numbers as the team lost 2-0 to a well organised St Johnstone side.
Team wise only one forced change Gadzhalov for the injured Etxabeguren , the Saints started well and Dundee struggled to get going with plenty pressure on the defence. The midfield looked slow and gave the ball away too much.
The after 11 minutes a long ball found Cummins wide in the penalty area, and he headed back into a gaping space in the centre of the penalty area for PATON to run in and head past Bain. Seven minutes later another long ball was headed on by MacLean for ALSTON to run on and score with a fierce, low shot from 18 yards. Dundee had plenty of the ball but no cutting edge and were lucky just to be 2-0 down at half-time.
Dundee did attack at the start of the second half but the only chance they had was a good effort for Vincent which forced Saints keeper to parry the ball away to safety. Saints did have a few chances to totally kill the game but messed them up. El Bakhatoui came on for Ojamaa 10 minutes after the interval, and Williams replaced Wighton for the last 20 minutes. El Bakhtaoui connected cleanly with a Williams’ free kick but his goalbound volley spun off a defender and wide. That was with around 10 minutes to go, Perth Saints held on comfortably to claim all three points. Best for Dundee today was Cammy Kerr and James Vincent. For me as a fan it was a good day out round the pubs before the game with my Brother Dougie and we met up with David King and his two sons Stuart and Callum. Dundee: Bain, Kerr, Gadzhalov, O’Dea , Holt, O’Hara, McGowan, Vincent, Wighton (Williams 72), Ojamaa (El Bakhtaoui 55), Haber. Unused Subs: Ferrie , Hateley, Ross, Klok, Gomis. Att: 4,195 Ref: Andrew Dallas.
Dundee missed a big chance to move further away from the bottom sides in the league, when a poor performance led to home defeat to Partick Thistle.
Dundee were able to name the same side as from the last two games and they started brightly moving the ball about well. Thistle always looked dangerous on the break and they took the lead when Darren O'Dea was challenged by Doolan's from behind landed him on the turf. The Thistle striker then took possession and hit a fierce low cross to the near post where the ball cannoned off Julen Etxabeguren and into the net. It did settle Thistle and they never gave Dundee time to settle on the ball.
Second half and Dundee did play better but did not force the Thistle keeper into many saves apart late on when he saved well from a James Vincent shot. Julen Etxabeguren had to go off after suffering a bad injury and had to leave on a stretcher and Kosta Gadzhalov came on to replace the Spanish defender.
Dundee sent on Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Danny Williams to replace Henrik Ojamaa and Craig Wighton, who had struggled to get into the game. El Bakhtaoui had a shot which was just wide of the post as time ran out.
Dundee did struggled tonight against a strong Partick Thistle side who deserved the win on the night, The Jags have beaten Dundee on all three games this season and have played well at the two games I have seen. No game this week so next game is a week on Saturday when we play St Johnstone away.