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Raith Rovers head to Dens Park on Tuesday evening, looking to avoid three successive league defeats for the first time this season.

Successive losses to Hamilton and Inverness in the last week, means Raith now cannot finish in the top four places, but they could hardly have it any tougher in the next match, as they head to the new league leaders, looking for their first league win at Dens Park since 1995.

Gary Bowyer's side took advantage of Partick Thistle's hammering of Queen's Park on Friday evening, to go top on Saturday following a 0-0 draw with Arbroath at Gayfield, and they're now favourites to stay there, thanks to having played a game fewer than their title rivals.

The Dens Park side also have a good record against Rovers this season, with two wins and a draw from the three previous outings, although Raith did get a fine win at the venue in February in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

Josh Mulligan scored the only goal at Stark's Park in August, as Dundee held out for a 1-0 win, and it was slightly more comfortable for them at Dens in November, when a Zach Robinson brace earned the home side a 2-0 victory.

The points were shared in the next meeting in January, with Aidan Connolly opening the scoring for Rovers in the first period, only for Jordan McGhee to restore parity with just over 10 minutes remaining to seal the draw.

Tuesday evening's match referee will be Greg Aitken.

Head-To-Head Record:

Dundee wins: 76

Raith Rovers wins: 36

Draws: 37


Rovers defeated in deluge at Dens

It was a difficult evening for a make-shift Rovers team in a wet and windy Dundee. Another threadbare Rovers’ squad travelled over the Tay to try and frustrate the host’s final push for the championship. Robbie Thomson made rare league start in goal and an injury to Brad Spencer in the warm up meant Rovers could only name two outfield players on the bench adding to sub-keeper Andrew McNeil.

Dundee started quickly and were only denied an early goal because of a point-blank block by Kieran Ngwenya at the back post. Although the game settled in terms of territory and possession, it was the hosts the continued to look much more dangerous in the final third. Dundee’s wide men Luke Hannant and Luke McCowan were giving Rovers’ full backs a very difficult time, often finding quality crosses even when doubled-up on.

Dundee took the lead in the 29th minute. Some neat play on the edge of the box put Zach Robinson in the clear, and he slotted past Thomson. Dundee 1-0 Rovers

The hosts continued to put in crosses and should’ve had a second goal just on half-time. Nice work down the right made space for the cross and Robinson put it over the bar from 10 yards when it looked easier to score.

Half-time: Dundee 1-0 Raith Rovers

The game was effectively over as a contest in the 53rd minute. Another cross from Dundee’s right was swiftly slotted into the bottom right corner by Robinson. Another double against the Rovers to match his previous performance earlier in the season. Dundee 2-0 Rovers

Rovers briefly rallied with their first real chance of the game, but William Akio’s header was straightforward for Adam Legzdins in goal. Dundee survived the burst of pressure from Rovers and proceeded to kill off the game in the 75th minute. As the ball came in from the left, it fell to Alex Jakubiak who fired it low and hard across Thomson into the corner. Dundee 3-0 Rovers

Rovers grabbed a consolation 2 minutes later when a corner broke to William Akio who made no mistake from close range, and kept up his 100% record of scoring at Dens for the Rovers. Dundee 3-1 Rovers

The game played out and ended 3-1, with the score demonstrating Dundee’s dominance on the night.

Full-time: Dundee 3-1 Raith Rovers

by David Proudfoot


©Eddie Doig 2023



Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after the defeat to Dundee FC in the cinch SPFL Championship:

Live Updates

Welcome to tonight's Cinch Championship game at Kilmarnock Stadium - Dundee v Raith Rovers. A couple of changes from Saturday, MacDonald out and Thomson in and McGill in for Millen
Dundee get the game underway. Raith playing in pink and shooting towards the Dundee fans
McCowan with an early shot but Ngwenya is there to block
Vaughan with a run through but he's challenged off the ball by Sweeney at the edge of the box
Booking for Jakubiak after a foul on Stanton in the middle of the pitch
Cameron is running through with the goal in sight but Brown manages to stop him in his tracks
Corner Dundee
From the corner McCowan gets the ball into the box Ashcroft is there with a header but Raith clear
Easton with a Raith freekick thumps it upfield to McBride but it's too heavy and ball goes out of play
Dundee pushing forward with play starting with Marshall and ending with Cameron chipping over but his target was offside
Dundee freekick after Vaughan fouls Cameron at the halfway line
Corner Raith .. ball played into the centre of the box but Dundee clear
Mulligan with a header but his effort hits the Raith side netting
It is absolutely throwing it down with rain here in Dundee now making the pitch really slippery
Nolan does well to stop Robinson. Ball eventually falls to Hannant who is at the byline. He heads back but Thomson is there to gather
Freekick Raith just outside the Dundee D
Vaughan takes it but Dundee wall jump up and head it clear
Stanton with a good ball to Vaughan but he's being well man marked and the ball is headed clear
McGill does well to intercept a Dundee ball. Dunde throw in
Stanton heads clear a Dundee threat on the edge of the box
Corner Raith after Easton's is challenged in the Dundee box
Ball is played to the front of the post but Dundee clear
Brown makes a vital tackle as Dundee press
Dundee score and it's Robinson who slots home low past Thomson
McCowan with a pin point placing of the ball in the Raith box but Ngwenya is there to head clear
Again a perfect pass to Hannant but his header is direct to Thomson who collects
McGill blocks a Hannant shot
McGill does well to steal the ball from Hannant
Hannant again with a shot but thankfully he blasts the ball over the bar
Akio with the ball in the Dundee box but Dundee steal the ball
Raith with a throw in deep in their half, McGill to take
Robinson knocks the ball well over the bar
Ref blows for half time bang on 45min Dundee 1 (Robinson 28') Raith 0
Raith get the second half underway
McBride ties to get the ball round a couple of Dundee players his touch is too heavy
Play halted as Nolan receives treatment
He seems to be fine and play about to get back underway
Freekick Dundee deep in Raith half and McGill gets a yellow card
Ngwenya with the clearance
Dundee looking dangerous there as Marshall places a pass to McCowan
Dundee score and it's Robinson again
Attendance tonight is 5009 with 125 Raith fans
Raith free kick in the Dundee half after a foul on Connolly
Stanton has the ball in the box he cuts it back to the central area and Akio's header is weak and Legzdins collects
Freekick Dundee after a foul on Robinson in the Raith half
McCiwan has a thumping shot but blocked/deflected by Raith out of the danger area
Mulligan with a dangerous ball to Jakubiak but play breaks down thankfully
Raith passing around and trying to find a way through the Dundee defence
Raith sub off McBride and bring on Ross
Vaughan's pass to Ross is placed behind him
Ngwenya does well to intercept Mulligan's drive forward
Cameron is looking for a foul at the edge of the box ….. McGill picks up a loose ball and gets rid
Ross gets the ball to Vaughan who takes the ball in to the box. He tries to take on a few Dundee players but he can't break through
Raith corner
Ball into the box but ball cleared
Dundee free kick in centre circle
Free kick Dundee after a foul on Robinson approx 25 yards out
Cameron picks up a loose ball in midfield, he passes to Robinson but his first touch is too heavy
Dundee score and it's Jakubiak
Raith sub off McGill and bring on Young
Corner Raith
GGGOOOOAAALL and it's AKIO who heads home
Booking for Easton for a silly tackle
Booking also for Sweeney
Booking for Vaughan
Throw in Raith in Dundee half
Dunde sub off Jakubiak and Robinson and bring on Thomas and McMullan
Ngwenya slips and his man breaks through, he chats the ball back and a Dundee shot goes high over the bar
Dundee subbiff McCowan and Cameron and bring on Reedy and Byrne
Dundee sun off McGhee and bring in Maguire
Dundee corner
Thomson saves in the final seconds
Ref blows for full time in a very rainy Dundee 3. ( Robinson 28' 52', Jakubiak 74') Raith 0