Moussa Shines As Dundee Hit Back With Win At Dens
My article last week had me laying into the lack of threat we possess up front but this week I am happy to say that I have been proved wrong … for now.
Sofien Moussa had come under some ridicule from our own fans and some of the opposition since he made his debut in the Scottish Premiership. The past few weeks has seen him turn a corner somewhat.
His performances have improved quite radically the past three weeks. He seems to be finally starting to adjust to our game and has finally learned the offside rule! His English has never been great but that seems to have improved also which is a must considering the Scottish and Dundonian lingo can be confusing most of the time, even to some of us locals.
Credit where credit is due, he looks like a vastly different player from the one that struggled to even control the ball in the summer.
Both of his penalties in our 3-0 win over Partick Thistle were confidently tucked away which considering he had not found the net since September and missed various sitters, surprised me. His whole performance saw him voted as a very worthy man of the match.
He was the one that made the first penalty then slotted it home. His turn and pass for the second goal was also superb and he then stepped up again to make it three goals for the Dee and three points for the team. He was excellent linking up with the players around him and even dropped back to help the team on occasions.
I am not going to get ahead of myself though and declare that our striker problem has been solved and it was at Dens all this time. It was Moussa’s third goal in the Premiership this season but they have all come from the penalty spot. What we still need or need to see from the Tunisian is someone who can put away chances from open play.
Even if Sofien did start knocking them into the back of the net week after week, we will still need to bring in a striker as we will need a backup to him because Marcus Haber is not up to leading the frontline.
Moving away from the striker, we cannot deny the whole team deserves praise. As Neil McCann said, it was a ‘total team performance’ with everyone contributing. McGowan was a stand out for me and could have easily been man of the match. After the scathing verdict following the Hearts defeat last Tuesday, the whole team responded brilliantly in a game which could have potentially seen us go bottom.
We did not let Thistle create anything. We never seemed to be in any trouble when they came forward and I counted it was not until just before the break that they had a lame shot at goal. That alone deserves huge credit to the defence for containing them. They were not up to much mind you but the players still did their jobs.
It was the easiest clean sheet that Parish in our goal will ever collect. It was also the easiest three points we have won this season. We will hope to take this momentum with us when we hit the road to take on a stuttering Motherwell side who have really hit the skids as of lt. Two wins in their last nine totally eclipses the early fine form they produced at the start of the season which saw them reach the League Cup Final.
Injuries to key players has hampered them and the departure of Louis Moult in January will further add to their woes if they cannot replace them.
Then you add in the three games in a row to Celtic which all ended in defeat. First was the League Cup Final when a very questionable penalty was awarded to the Glasgow side which killed off any notion of a comeback and then a week later, another ridiculous penalty denied them a victory at Fir Park. Nothing can be done about the heavy defeat at Parkhead but the damage was done and the moral had taken a beaten.
We can go there and win but it must show something we have lacked for seasons now and that is our consistency. If we play the way we did on Saturday, we will come away with at least a point.
SPFL PREMIERSHIP ROUND UP
Aberdeen took apart Hibernian at home in a 4-1 victory which I think surprised most people including myself who was saying before the game to a friend that Hibs are one of the best teams I had seen this year.
Hamilton and Ross County went back and forward but Hamilton came out on top in a heated game with many dodgy decisions, players throwing punches and a referee squaring up to players.
Kilmarnock made it two wins in a row at home to our opponents this weekend, Motherwell while St Johnstone secured their first win at Ibrox in over forty odd years as they took apart Rangers 3-1.
And finally, Celtic’s unbeaten record screeched to a halt with a 4-0 hammering away to Hearts. It was an absolute walloping, the type they regularly receive on the European field that gets omitted to their run.
MON THE DEE!!