Raith Rovers will be looking to extend their 100% record this Saturday, and keep their place at the top of the Championship table, when they head to Dens Park to face off against Dundee.

James McPake's side got their first win of the campaign last Saturday with a 1-0 win against Morton, and will be hoping that's the the shape of things to come, after a disappointing 6-2 defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle on the opening evening of the season.

Dundee will have some familiar faces in their midfield, with Charlie Adam joining in the summer to become their second former Scotland international in their ranks, with Graeme Dorrans already at the club, and they'll be looking to take the club back to the Premiership at the second attempt after a disappointing after missing out last time around.

The two sides met at the start of last season in the League Cup, with Dundee producing a comfortable 3-0 win at Stark's Park, thanks to a first period brace from Andrew Nelson, and a second half strike from Craig Curran.

They haven't met in the league since the 2013/14 season, and you have to go back even further since Raith recorded a league win over the Dee, when Alan Walker's thumping last minute winner brought to an end the Taysiders long unbeaten run in April 2011.

Rovers have managed a win over Dundee since then however, with Gary Irvine's bizarre early own goal enough to gift Rovers the victory in a Scottish Cup fourth round tie in November 2013.

Raith have a poor recent record in this fixture, with just one win and three draws from their last 10 meetings.

Saturday's match referee will be Alan Newlands.

Head To Head League Record At Dundee:

Dundee Wins: 34 | Raith Rovers Wins: 15 | Draws: 9

Dundee Goals: 115 | Raith Rovers Goals: 65

Current Form:

Dundee: W-W-L-W | Raith Rovers: W-L-W-W

Top Scorers:

Dundee: Danny Mullen 2 | Charlie Adam 1 | Jonathon Afolabi 1 | Graham Dorrans 1

Raith Rovers: Manny Duku 4 | Daniel Armstrong 2 | Regan Hendry 2

Match Odds:

Dundee: 21/20 | Raith Rovers: 12/5 | Draw: 5/2


Frankie Says Relax

If a trip to Dens Park to face Dundee was Raith Rovers biggest test to date, then they ended it with pass marks, after a 1-1 draw saw them maintain their unbeaten start to their league campaign. 

Trailing to a Charlie Adam strike at the interval, Rovers grew into the game in the second half, and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 86th minute, when Frankie Musonda prodded home from a corner kick. 

Rovers had been suffering with injury concerns in the build up to this one, with Ethan Ross, Kyle Bendictus and Kieran MacDonald all limping off during Rovers excellent 5-2 win at Dumfries against Queen of the South, but perhaps surprisingly they were all present and correct for this one. 

There was one unforeseen change from last weekend’s victory though, with top scorer Manny Duku missing out, allowing new loan signing Lars Lokotsch to make his debut up top. 

The three players who had all hobbled off during that victory were all passed fit to play, with Etan Ross, Kyle Benedictus and Kieran MacDonald all passed fit to play. 

Rovers got off to a blistering start last week and they were clearly in the mood to do so again this time around. 

Daniel Armstrong’s free kick met the head of Lokotsch, but he was unable to steer it on target and the chance was lost. 

It was a decent start to proceedings, but it wasn’t a sign of things to come, with the players struggling to acclimatise to the blustery conditions. 

The game had turned into something of a tousled, scrappy affair, with the swirling wind making life difficult for all concerned. 

Unfortunately for Rovers, just like last week, they were forced into a first-half change, with Musonda replacing a struggling MacDonald after 25 minutes. 

Rovers had probably the better of the first quarter, and Ross was causing the home side some issues down the left, keeping Cammy Kerr on the back foot and winning a corner after half an hour, the delivery of which caused some angst for the Dee backline before eventually being cleared. 

The enforced change had unsettled Rovers a little, and Dundee started to come more into the game as the half progressed. 

Rovers had done a decent job of keeping Charlie Adam quiet, but his set piece delivery produced a stramash in the 35th minute, swinging in a cross from the right which Jamie MacDonald got a glove to, but he couldn’t get much purchase on it, and with the ball bouncing dangerously in the area, Rovers eventually scrambled it clear. 

Adam’s delivery again caused trouble a moment later, when his latest free-kick almost found the head of Jordan McGhee but bounced just wide of the far post. 

Rovers were now under the cosh for the first time in the game, and a fine Dundee move from back to front eventually ended with Dorrans being teed up at the edge of the box, but he somehow managed to miss the ball altogether, and Raith were given a reprieve. 

It was very much a temporary one though, as Raith were behind in the 41st minute. 

It was that man Adam who did the damage, picking up possession in the middle of the park, and with no-one able to close him down, his 25-yard drive flew low past MacDonald and into the right corner of the net. 

Dundee started the second half in the same ascendancy they ended the first, and Raith were having to remain resolute against a number of Dundee free-kicks, which with Adam’s dead ball ability was proving difficult. 

Rovers were struggling to create much, and they had a huge let off after 52 minutes, when a great counter at pace saw Jordan Marshall send a low cross into the area from the left which was cut out by Hendry, but in the process intercepting it, he managed to clatter the ball off his own crossbar, in what was almost a spectacular own goal. 

Rovers did have a sight at goal on the hour mark, when Armstrong was allowed too much room to run into, and from just over 20 yards out, he whizzed a curling drive just over Callum Ferrie’s crossbar. 

Rovers again had a let off with 25 minutes remaining, when a mistake at the back allowed Jonathon Afolabi and Danny Mullen to combine, while the latter’s cross picked out Adam at the back post, but he somehow nodded wide from six-yards out, although he was probably relieved to see the linesman’s flag spare his blushes. 

Rovers eked out their first chance of the second half a moment later, when the quick footwork of Ross saw him wriggle clear of two opponents, but as the gap appeared in front of him to allow the shot, his attempt was blocked from close range and away for a corner. 

With time running out, Rovers were enjoying a dominant phase of the game, delivering crosses from good areas and winning a fair number of corner kicks. 

They almost equalised from one with quarter of an hour remaining, with Dylan Tait’s cross finding Musonda, but while he rose well, he could only head his effort well over the bar. 

That was just a practise run though, and Rovers got an equaliser via the same means with four minutes left. 

Again, the delivery was from a corner, and with a gap appearing in the middle of the penalty area, Musonda took full advantage to sidefoot home from close range. 

The game was now there for the taking, and after defending two free-kicks, they had Dundee on the ropes with a quick counter, but with a numerical advantage, the chance fizzed out 20 yards from goal with Armstrong just unable to regain control and the chance was lost. 

The result leaves Rovers second in the table, and they’ll be looking to get back to the summit next week, when they face off against Morton at Stark’s Park. 


© Eddie Doig 2020



RaithTV spoke to Paul Smith after the 1-1 draw against Dundee F.C.


Rovers' scorer Frankie Musonda spoke to RaithTV after Saturdays draw

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Rovers kick off down the slope.
Armstrong FK, Lars nods the ball wide at the back post.
Lars looking strong with a run down the left.
Matthews beats Marshall for pace but his cross goes astray.
Afolabi swings at the ball and goes down comically.
Armstrong body checked by Boyd, no card.
Tumity with a decent cross, the ball is headed back to Ferrie by McGhee.
Davidson with a brave challenge in the 'D' averts a Dundee chance on goal.
Marshall racing into the 6 yard box left foots the ball into the side netting.
Armstrong FK on the left is cleared at the second attempt.
Marshall cross into the box is knocked wide by MacDonald.
Latest score Dundee 0-0 Raith Rovers
Kieron MacDonald off, Musonda on.
Tumilty fires from 25 yards, the ball comes of a defenders foot and cleared.
Ashcroft heads to Ferrie who goes missing, corner Rovers. Lars with half a chance heads down and the ball is booted clear.
Rovers triple team Adam, Hendry winning the ball.
Dundee FK wide right, Adam whips the ball into the near post and is scrambled clear.
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Adam FK, headed wide by McGhee.
Armstrong header hits a defender and the ball is up the park.
Bene with a great headed clearance denied Afolabi.
Goal Dundee, Adam takes the ball for a stroll and shoots low to the right hand corner from 25 yards.
Armstrong yellow for a foul on Adam.
+1 half time. Dundee 1-0 Raith Rovers Adam 40'
Dundee get the second half underway
Foul Dundee after a Matthews foul
Raith clear the ball in the box as Dundee make an attack
Dundee free kick approx 30 yards out after a Tait foul. Ball goes straight out for a goal kick
Tait was looking for Lars as he plays the long ball but it's too much and Dundee get the ball back to Ferrie
No foul called on Ross as Byrne collids and brings him down
Tait to Hendry who plays the ball into the box but the ball is cleared by Dundee
Raith free kick after Afolabi fouls
Freekick Raith as Ashcroft fouls Armstrong
Corner Rovers
Armstrong tries to get the ball into the box but Afolabi gives Raith another corner
Marshall with a low shot but J MacDonald collects
Armstrong goes for a run with the ball, takes a shot but unfortunately the ball just goes over the bar. Great effort
Mullen for Dundee goes for a shot but it's well over the bar
Adam misses a near goal shot as he heads an incoming cross but the ball goes awol
Afolabi cuts the ball back in the Raith box but J MacDonald collects
Tait tries to bully his way into the Dundee box but he is marked well and ball is cleared
Lars turns on the edge of the box tries to come in for the shot but nothing comes of it
Dundee sub off Mullen on comes Elliott
Adams corner into the centre of the box but J MacDonald jumps and collects
Raith corner
Ross Corner is cleared by Ferrie
Raith sub off Ross on comes Spencer
Lars with the ball in the Dundee box, can't quite make the turn for a shot
Dundee sub off Adam on comes McGowan
Free kick Raith as Byrne fouls Hendry
Armstrong with low shot but Ferrie gets down and collects
Spencer gets the ball into the Dundee box but it's headed clear by Ashcroft
Raith let off with a penalty for Dundee as the ball hits off Davidson's hand
Raith sub off Davidson on comes Fernandy
Elliot fouls Hendry but nothing from the ref
Dundee sub off McDaid on comes Anderson
Goal from MUSONDA as he heads home from a ball from a Raith corner
Tumilty goes for a long run up field but Armstrong can't quite control the pass
Raith free kick deep in Raith half
Tait hoofs the ball up the park
Full time Dundee 1 (Adam) Raith 1 (Musonda) Good play from Raith as they pull back a goal to take a point.