A stronger Wanderers side featured at Dens Park last night against tougher opposition. How did they look? Read on to find out...
Ben Alnwick - 7
Solid. Didn’t have a massive amount to do, kept a clean sheet.
Stephen Darby - 6
Did well enough, comfortable on the ball. Looked vulnerable to pace however, like the rest of the back four, and got skinned on a couple of occasions.
David Wheater - 7
Did his job without much fuss. Dominant in the air.
Mark Beevers - 6
Not quite his usual high standard, but did OK. Didn’t look comfortable with the pace of Dundee’s forward line, and gave away a free kick after being turned inside out on one occasion.
Andrew Taylor - 7
Solid. No nonsense. Could have done better with a chance in front of goal, but that’s not why he’s in the team.
Sammy Ameobi - 7
Started on the right wing, but allowed to drift inside and find space - he did this well, and settled back into the team with ease. Looked like he’d never been away.
Jem Karacan - 7
Busy. Did his job with no fuss, dropped deep to help screen the back four and moved the ball well.
Darren Pratley - 7
Worked hard, as you would expect. Carried the ball forward well and played some nice passes.
Josh Vela - 8
Buzzed around behind Gary Madine in his now-familiar advanced pressing role. Classy on the ball, and got the winner with a long range shot. Linked up well with the rest of the forward line.
Will Buckley - 8
Looks to have settled into the team well, and impressed last night. Showed some nice touches and close control, and it’s a shame he didn’t cap his performance with a goal. Did well to work the ball into the box and found himself in a great position to score, but unforturtunately only managed a tame attempt to curl into the far post, easily stopped by their keeper.
Gary Madine - 9
Cemented his place up front in the team. Scored, set up the other, and linked play up well. Can’t really ask for more from him than that.
The best of the rest:
Mark Howard - 8, shaky start to the second half but pulled off 2 outstanding saves to remind Parky what he’s best at. Needs to take some confidence from this.
Mark Little - 6, faster than Darby, but still not convincing at the back
Dorian Dervite - 6, generally looked comfortable and in control, but then the goal we conceded again came from their forward getting in behind where he should have been.
Chris Taylor - 4, why?
Haris Tabakovic - 3, poor again. Off the pace, poor first touch.
Connor Hall - 7, made an impact again. Quick, lively, strong. Unfortunately didn’t get a lot of service later in the game. Likely to feature from the bench this season I think.