Dundee returned to winning ways, bouncing back to beat Arbroath 2-0 thanks to second half goals from Danny Mullen and Max Anderson.
Arbroath threatened early with Michael McKenna driving forward before a 20 yard drive was saved by Adam Legzdins, who was making his first home start in the Dundee goal. The visitors got a penalty on the half-hour mark when Jason Thomson was brought down by Malachi Fagan-Walcott, the right-back advancing on goal.
Up stepped McKenna, Legzdins saving well to deny the Red Litchies midfielder. Arbroath were made to pay as Dundee took a lead after 54 minutes after a cross from the right by Paul McMullan. He skipped past two Arbroath players and launched a cross, which found Mullen free inside the box, heading home past the exposed visiting backline.
Declan McDaid almost doubled the advantage for the hosts on 70 minutes with Thomas O’Brien blocking the goal-bound effort before Ricky Little intercepted. McDaid also contributed at the other end of the park, blocking a Bobby Linn cross which was influential for what was to come.
The hosts got the decisive second goal which ended the contest eight minutes from time with McMullan again beating his man before whipping in a lovely cross from the right, Anderson’s deflected effort finding the net. Dundee move back into the promotion play-off spots in the Scottish Championship while Arbroath drop into the relegation play-off position. Here are three things we learned from the game.
Good home debut for Legzdins
It’s been three months since Dundee last kept a clean sheet, ironically against the same opponents, Arbroath. Dundee boss James McPake opted to start Legzdins in place of Jack Hamilton, with the first half penalty save a defining point in the game.
Had Arbroath scored that spot-kick, the game would’ve had a different complexion to it. The visitors threatened on a couple of occasions afterwards but it was a commanding performance from Legzdins who halted them.
McMullan offers so much
McMullan has been a revelation for Dundee since his arrival from rivals Dundee United in January. Five league assists speaks volumes for how he continues to expose Championship backlines, unlucky not to score as well, adding a different dynamic to the Dee attack alongside the likes of Jason Cummings and Mullen.
Table turning for Arbroath
February was a positive for Arbroath, backed with manager Dick Campbell picking up the Championship Manager of the Month award, but two successive defeats have turned the table for the Angus outfit. Campbell will remain uplifted and positive though with Arbroath continuing to surprise externally despite the part-time status.
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