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Diving Controversy, Unwanted Personal Record And Yet Another Home Defeat

Dundee returned to their old ways on Saturday when they succumbed to Kilmarnock at Dens Park in controversial circumstances.

The Dee took the lead early on when Adil Nabi scored his first goal for the club and his first ever competitive goal for any team in fact. We were pulled back level when a wild deflection off Andy Boyle dipped over Elliot Parish in goal to give Killie and undeserved equaliser. Dundee had looked comfortable up to this point so it was a sickener to concede in the fashion we did but far worse was to come.

Jordan Jones went down like a ‘sack of tatties’ in the Dundee box in the second half to win Killie a penalty. They converted from the spot kick and took the lead leaving us rattled.

To add more anger to the penalty that was awarded, television pictures clearly showed that Jones went down without being touched by a Dundee player. You could tell by the footage that he looked embarrassed as he belly flopped onto the Dens Park turf. If he was wearing nothing but a pair of speedos and in an Olympic pool, his dive would have looked majestic.

Kilmarnock were awarded – and this time rightfully – another penalty but Parish did excellently to save this one. Unfortunately, it was not enough to spur on the team and we could not conjure up an effective attack to grab an equaliser.

The penalty decision was a major turning point in the match but on a whole, we were woeful going forward and creating chances. The horrendous decision the referee made and his shocking performance as a whole should not overshadow another ineffective front line performance. We can look at ways to deflect from this but the cold hard facts are, we were not anywhere near good enough to break their keeper into a sweat.

Jones has now been banned for two matches by the Scottish Football Association but the damage has already been done. I cannot take any consolation from it because the matches he will miss come against two of our relegation rivals. He has came out saying he never dived but I’ve yet to hear if he said this with a straight face.



I take full blame for this defeat though. I mentioned last week I was attending hospitality and as of yet, I had yet to see Dundee win a point in six visits. That now sits at seven losses. Jesus Christ. They might start paying me not to attend in future!

Has anyone else got a worse record than mine? Even Neil McCann would look at this losing streak and blush.

Speaking of a bad run of form, last weekend’s defeat was our ninth at home since the start of the calendar year. Our record since the start of the year at Dens?

Played 12

Won 2

Drawn 1

Lost 9

For 7

Against 22

Thank f*ck we have the international break this weekend.




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