Dundee Delight As They Dump Rangers At Dens
It has been a long time coming but Dundee finally managed to win a game and in the process, move off the bottom of the table.
The scene was set. Friday night under the lights and live on television. Dundee had been without a win in the last six matches while Rangers had yet to be defeated on the road this season. Thankfully for us, the Glasgow outfit at this moment, well for a long while, are an absolute basket case and in turmoil.
They did have some chances to go ahead but they were wasteful up front and looked like they lacked confidence. We took a while to adjust and get into the game but we did and found our feet.
It would not be until the second half that the deadline would be broken and it came courtesy of Dundee’s Mark O’Hara who continued his hot streak of scoring against Rangers at Dens Park since signing last summer. It was now three in three and the Dee were in the lead.
However, the celebrations had just died down when Rangers hit back. A poor header out for a cross into our box fell to a red shirt on the edge of the box and it was hammered home to make it one-a-piece. Thankfully it would still result in a happy ending for Dundee.
Scott Allan was substituted to a chorus of boos from the away support and within ninety seconds, set up our winning goal with a sublime pass for that man O’Hara to slide home to the ecstatic delight of the home supporters.
It was a massive relief to grab this win, absolutely massive. A defeat would have made the future look very much bleaker and put the pressure on Neil McCann even more than it is now.
Of course, the media reaction was not about the Dark Blues finally breaking their winless streak. No, it was all about Rangers being beaten, how shameless it was and they should be beating teams like us.
Even Ally McCoist who was commentating on the match for BT Sport questioned McCann’s decision to bring on Scott Allan with just over ten minutes to go as it was an attacking option. How dare a team decide to bring on an attacking player in the hope of winning a game against his team!
His commentary on all the goals was also ridiculous. Dundee’s were met with comments about how bad the defending was but he would have made you think the away teams goal was a goal of the season contender.
None the less, we had done the business and even though we might not get the recognition from some quarters of the media, the players will be riding high after the win.
We still look a little suspect at the back but since Parish took over, we look a lot more confident. With Kamara continuing to run the show in the middle, O’Hara showing he can score goals and Allan looking good to take his place back in the first team, we can go up to the Highlands this Saturday to take on Ross County with hopes of securing all three points.
Of course, the striker situation still worries me but if we can get our midfield to chip in with the goals, that will hopefully tide us over until the January transfer window when we should really be bringing in better options.
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There was not many games in the league this weekend due to the League Cup Final taking place on Sunday.
Hibernian were held to a 1-1 draw away at Hamilton who continue to keep on picking up points when they look unlikely to while the other Edinburgh team Hearts, played in a goalless draw at home to Ross County.
Aberdeen won 3-1 away to Kilmarnock to move them four points clear of third place with a game in hand and three points behind leaders Celtic who have played one game less than the Dons.
In the final, Celtic beat Motherwell 2-0 to lift the first silverware of the season but it was not without controversy. Scott Sinclair clearly dived in the box to not only win a penalty but see the Motherwell player sent off. They scored the resulting spot kick to make it 2-0 and the game was dead.