Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner. Facebook Messenger An icon of the facebook messenger app logo. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Facebook Messenger An icon of the Twitter app logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. WhatsApp Messenger An icon of the Whatsapp messenger app logo. Email An icon of an mail envelope. Copy link A decentered black square over a white square.

Dundee boss Tony Docherty picks out key traits in flying wing-backs Owen Beck and Josh Mulligan as he explains Aaron Donnelly absence

The Dark Blues saw off Dumbarton 3-1 at Dens Park on Wednesday night.

Josh Mulligan takes on Dumbarton. Image: David Young/Shutterstock
Josh Mulligan takes on Dumbarton. Image: David Young/Shutterstock

Strikers Zach Robinson and Diego Pineda may have hogged the headlines as Dundee got back to winning ways against Dumbarton.

However, there were two other names on the lips of the Dark Blues manager.

Tony Docherty’s first match in front of the Dens Park crowd ended with a 3-1 victory and goals for his strikers, two for Robinson and a first for Pineda.

The Dark Blues boss was obviously delighted with their impact but also picked out two others for special praise.

Dundee set up with a three-man defence for the first time in Docherty’s tenure.

That saw a reliance on wing-backs Owen Beck and Josh Mulligan to provide the width.

And they excelled says the Dens gaffer.

Owen Beck has made a real impact since arriving on loan from Liverpool. Image: David Young/Shutterstock
Owen Beck has made a real impact since arriving on loan from Liverpool. Image: David Young/Shutterstock

On Liverpool loanee Beck, the Dundee boss said: “Beck is a good player. He plays with his head up all the time and when he gets into his flow he has such great balance about him and great feet.

“For a young kid, his decision-making is fantastic in the final third.

“I’m really pleased with him on Wednesday night.

“I had a chat with him after the game and I thought it was good psychologically for him to get through 90 minutes.

“We’re just looking to keep improving him but he’s a brilliant kid, great to work with.

“He’s very receptive and you can see why he has a long-term contract at Liverpool.”

Josh Mulligan

As much as Beck impressed, however, it was Josh Mulligan who picked up the Man of the Match on the night.

The Scotland U/21 international has been largely used in midfield under Docherty’s time in charge.

He did, though, finish last season at right-back after Cammy Kerr picked up an injury and impressed in League One with Peterhead as a rampaging wing-back.

“Josh Mulligan was really good on the other side,” Docherty added.

Dundee boss Tony Docherty at full time. Image: SNS
Dundee boss Tony Docherty. Image: SNS

“I thought he had a difficult start to the game because he was playing in a wee bit of an unfamiliar role, a bit more advanced.

“As the game went on you could see his quality, he’s a strong boy and strong running player.

“When he got into the final third, I thought his decision-making was better as the game went on.

“That will decide how successful a season he has, those final wee bits.

“But I was really pleased with him and saw he got Man of the Match.

“I was pleased with loads on Wednesday but Josh and Beck in particular did really well.”

Aaron Donnelly

Aaron Donnelly
Aaron Donnelly in action for Nottingham Forest earlier this month. Image: Shutterstock

One notably absentee on Wednesday was new signing Aaron Donnelly.

The Nottingham Forest defender arrived on a season-long loan on Monday and has impressed in training.

However, there was no place in the matchday squad against the Sons on Wednesday.

“Aaron picked up a wee knock in training, we didn’t want to take a chance with him,” Docherty explained.

“We’ll be looking to get him bedded in as well.”