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Alloa Athletic 0-3 Dundee: Lee Ashcroft nets twice as Dees move third

Lee Ashcroft crashes in his first header late in the first half
Lee Ashcroft crashes in his first header late in the first half

A brace of headers from Lee Ashcroft helped lift Dundee up to third place in the Championship and deepened Alloa Athletic's relegation worries.

The central defender nodded home two corners from Paul McGowan either side of half time as the visitors picked up a comfortable three points.

Max Anderson slammed in an angled shot on the 80th minute.

Jason Cummings was lively up front for Dundee before the break, going close on three occasions.

Innes Cameron wasted Alloa's best chance with a close-range header, while the hosts had a strong penalty claim turned down.

A 12th defeat of the campaign leaves Peter Grant's side four points adrift of Arbroath, who host Hearts on Saturday.

Having now played two games more, Dundee move level with Dunfermline Athletic, 15 points behind the runaway leaders from Tynecastle.

Dundee manager James McPake: "Relieved. It gives me a chance to sleep for the weekend. We were really disappointed with Tuesday (defeat to Ayr) and pleased we had a game quickly. It's a huge three points.

"We had loads of chances but I was impressed with their character tonight. Paul McGowan in particular. He gave a goal away last week and responded well to get two assists. I thought young Anderson was brilliant too and that's eight assists in eight for Paul McMullan."

Alloa manager Peter Grant: "We were always in the game and then we lose the second goal to a set piece. But I'm more concerned with the performance. We didn't create enough or play well enough so I thought we got our just rewards from the game, which was nothing.

"These boys have been a credit this season, I can't ask for anything more from them and we will go again next week. We know we have a fight on our hands, we always do in this division."

Line-ups

Alloa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Parry
  • 8Robertson
  • 5Graham
  • 2Taggart
  • 3Dick
  • 22Grant
  • 6HetheringtonBooked at 70mins
  • 7Cawley
  • 17ConnellySubstituted forBrownat 73'minutes
  • 23MurraySubstituted forBuchananat 60'minutes
  • 11Cameron

Substitutes

  • 9Buchanan
  • 14Brown
  • 15Jamieson
  • 20O'Donnell
  • 24Williamson
  • 25Lynch
  • 31Willison

Dundee

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Legzdins
  • 16Elliott
  • 29Fisher
  • 14Ashcroft
  • 23Marshall
  • 18McMullan
  • 10McGowanBooked at 28minsSubstituted forByrneat 70'minutes
  • 24Anderson
  • 11McDaid
  • 9MullenSubstituted forAfolabiat 84'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forAdamat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Kerr
  • 8Byrne
  • 17Afolabi
  • 25Cameron
  • 26Adam
  • 27Strachan
Referee:
Grant Irvine

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home11
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Dundee 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Dundee 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Innes Cameron (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Paul McMullan.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul McMullan (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sam Fisher (Dundee).

  8. Post update

    Innes Cameron (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Innes Cameron (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Jonathan Afolabi replaces Daniel Mullen.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adam (Dundee).

  13. Post update

    Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Liam Dick.

  15. Post update

    Daniel Mullen (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic).

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Alloa Athletic 0, Dundee 3. Max Anderson (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul McMullan.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Max Anderson (Dundee).

  20. Post update

    Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts20143348212745
2Dunfermline188642719830
3Dundee208663735230
4Raith Rovers198563225729
5Queen of Sth208393240-827
6Inverness CT205962623324
7Ayr206682524124
8Morton205781725-822
9Arbroath205691726-921
10Alloa2145122447-2317
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