By Ben McNicol
Dundee looked to be on track for back-to-back home wins, but high-flying Raith Rovers never gave up and stole a 1-1 draw late on through Frankie Musonda at Dens Park.
In a game where both sides had very few clear-cut chances, it took a moment of pure brilliance from Charlie Adam to break the deadlock as his 25-yard strike five minutes before the interval flew past Jamie MacDonald. It looked as if that was the match winner, however, Musonda was able to head home the equaliser with four minutes remaining.
The opening fifteen minutes produced a couple of half chances, Rovers putting a couple of dangerous crosses into the box for new loan signing Lars Lokotsch, while up the other end Adam’s and Graham Dorrans’ efforts from range never caused MacDonald any sort of problem.
Dundee were unlucky not to take the lead on the 15th minute when a great run forward by Danny Mullen saw him play in Jordan Marshall, who could only fire his effort into the side net from a tight angle.
It was very much the case of the backline’s on top for the majority of the first half but a sweet strike from veteran Adam broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time. The midfielder picked the ball up just outside the area, rolled the ball onto his left foot and unleashed an unstoppable effort into bottom corner.
James McPake’s side almost doubled their lead shortly after the restart when a dangerous cross into the box from Marshall caused all sorts of chaos and Regan Hendry’s clearance came crashing back off his own crossbar.
Rovers were beginning to pile pressure as the game wore on and the Fifers should’ve equalised on the 75th minute when Musonda headed wide from six yards out following a corner.
The home side looked to be just about hanging onto all three points, but the visitors snatched a point with minutes remaining when a corner from Danny Armstrong was once again met by Musonda, and this time he made no mistake from close-range. Here are three things we learned from the 1-1 draw.
Rovers Fight Until the Death
Raith Rovers have been excellent on their return to the Championship and showed a real fighting spirit to walk away from Dens Park with a point this afternoon. They were far from the level they showed against Arbroath and Queen of the South, but John McGlynn will most likely be pleased with a point all things considered.
The midfielder showed all the quality he possesses this afternoon and how key he will be in Dundee’s promotion hopes this season. The 34-year-old will feel aggrieved that his superb strike wasn’t the match winner. It was after he was subbed off with 15 minutes to go that his side seemed to lose all their composure.
Draw is the right result
On reflection, a point a piece for both sides was a fair result. It was a game with few chances, but credit must go to both defences, who kept the backdoor shut and limited their opposition to very few chances.