Dundee Preview

Last updated : 11 November 2004 By Firparkcorner

It will be interesting to see whether we revert to the 4-4-2 which we have played all season or if the 4-3-3 system has earned another try. The formation we employed on Tuesday night caught Livingston by surprise – presumably we will not have that edge on Dundee – but it does have its own strengths. Attacking, we have an extra man forward and it means that if Paterson is the left forward, he might only have to beat one man or make half a yard before putting a cross in from a good position. And as good as Richie Foran has been in midfield at making up the numbers, his real position is as a striker and it shows. However, the real success of the formation – if the players can pull it off – is the flexibility it gives to the defence. Foran and Stepover can drop onto the midfield wings, giving us five midfielders. The full backs are still protected by the midfield and we have three in the middle, allowing Corrigan to sit further back and play in front of the defence. Maybe it will only work as a one off but maybe Terry has found a cunning plan.

Anyway, whatever formation we use, the chances of Scott McDonald returning are slim. If he is fit it will give us a big boost but surely he cannot come into a side that has just won 5-0 away. Marc Fitzpatrick may have been a bit down after his miss on Saturday but he played very well mid-week and must have done enough to retain his place.

Dundee are doing well given that they are only just out of administration this season but given that we won comfortably at Dens in the third game of the season, we must be looking for three points this weekend. Now seems as good a time as any to kick start our season again – 2-0 ‘Well.