Dundee 2
Kilmarnock 2
League (Premier League)

2 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 31st, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,719
3:00 PM Kick-off

Juan Sara (27)
Gavin Rae (47)
Craig Dargo (4)
Alan Mahood (74)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Bobby Williamson

Starting Eleven
1. Marco Roccati
22. Chris Coyne
6. Steven Tweed
4. Marcello Marrocco
2. Barry Smith
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
14. Gavin Rae
25. Beto Carranza
18. Javier Artero
33. Claudio Caniggia
9. Juan Sara
Colin Meldrum .12
Gus MacPherson .2
Jesus Garcia Sanjuán .8
Kevin McGowne .5
Chris Innes .21
Garry Hay .3
Frédéric Dindeleux .6
Ally Mitchell .11
Alan Mahood .14
Ally McCoist .13
Craig Dargo .10

3. Jamie Langfield
28. Marco Russo
36. Beto Garrido
16. Michael Yates
7. Fabian Caballero
Mark Reilly .7
Andy McLaren .20
Paul Di Giacomo .30
Colin Stewart .29
Mark Canning .23

Fabian Caballero for Beto Carranza (79)
Mark Reilly for Jesus Garcia Sanjuán (43)
Andy McLaren for Ally McCoist (69)
Paul Di Giacomo for Ally Mitchell (69)

Beto Carranza (30)
Alan Mahood (60)
Chris Innes (17)

Red Cards
None. Craig Dargo (61)
Match Officials

Tom Brown (Referee)
Brian McDuffie & Ricky Smith (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee have no divine right to a place in the top six come next weekend. No-one does.

However, if the Dark Blues don't make it, Scottish football will be the poorer for the remaining five games of the season.

Dundee do what no other side does, runaway leaders Celtic included.

The Dark Blues entertain and excite, and surely that's what the game is all about.

If Ivano Bonetti's team have a fault, it's that they don't kill off their opponents when they are well on top, and this was yet another example of Dundee's root problem.

For an hour either side of half-time the Dens men had Killie chasing shadows.

Yet they failed to finish off the visitors, who were down to ten men after Craig Dargo was sent off in the 61st minute. In the end Dundee paid dearly, conceding a weak equaliser when the game should have been beyond Kilmarnock.

So all credit to Killie, who hung in when Dundee looked like over-running them, then grabbed an equaliser when they were a manbshort.

This goal arrived 13 minutes after Dargo had been red-carded for lifting his hands to Steven Tweed. Playing a man short did not prevent Gary Hay stepping in behind Dundee's defence and crossing from the left.

Even then, keeper Roccati and left-back Marrocco both had chances to clear, but they allowed Killie skipper MacPherson to get a header in which Alan Mahood touched into the net from virtually on the line.

The visitors started well also and raced into an early lead when new signing Jesus Sanjuan played a great defence-splitting pass to Dargo, who drew the keeper before scoring.

Dundee equalised when Beto Carranza threaded a fabulous pass to Juan Sara. The big Argentine showed great composure in rounding keeper Meldrum before scoring from a tight angle. Dundee then took the lead just after the break when Artero played the ball into Caniggia.

From his lay-off, skipper Smith delivered a fine cross for Gavin Rae to glance in at the far post. With Artero, Nemsadze and Carranza calling the Latin tune, Dundee produced some scintillating soccer which had Killie reeling.

However, with Caniggia unusually off colour, there was no-one to provide a finishing touch to all this artistry.

Despite this, Dundee were great value for the admission money. Although it goes without saying the fans could do with a few more victories at Dens. Failure to win at home will almost certainly keep Dundee out of the top six.

Killie deserve applause for keeping their heads up and gaining an unlikely point against all the odds.

Apart from Dargo's dismissal, there were three bookings. Carranza for handling, Mahood for dissent, and Innes for bringing down Caniggia.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at March 31st, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 23 - 23 -
Barry Smith27 37 - 2161
Marcello Marrocco31 27 - 27 -
Steven Tweed28 341844
Chris Coyne22 18 - 18 -
Javier Artero25 353444
Beto Carranza28 202202
Gavin Rae23 31413512
Giorgi Nemsadze28 351351
Juan Sara24 31153115
Claudio Caniggia34 238238
Fabian Caballero (sub)23 105105

League Table (as at March 31st, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Failure to take three points in our last outing two weeks ago has, unfortunately left us with a lot to do if we are to claim that top six spot.

Against Hearts I was happy to see the team attack, and try to create things, but having carved out four or five excellent chances, we failed to take them.

This contrasted with other games this season where we haven't had so many openings. The draw was a better result for Hearts than it was for us, but if we maintain the same level of commitment everything is still open for us.

It wasn't good but a point was better than nothing, it also proved we are becoming more effective we would probably have lost that match a month ago.

With every game there is a story. At Ibrox our first chance was a goal, unlike the game against Hearts.

With us having failed to win at Dens Park, it is patently clear that we need to improve at home and overall I am sure that we have the potential to expect better from our home performances next season. But, hopefully, that improvement will start sooner rather than later and against Kilmarnock this afternoon.

Whilst our visitors know they only need a point from today's game to confirm their top six-placing, only a win is good enough for us to keep our ambitions to finish in the top half of the league alive.

Whilst we do have a game in hand, it is against Celtic, and even although we have no fears about going to Celtic Park on Wednesday, obviously, we must make the most of this afternoon's game and next week's trip to Pittodrie.

Indeed, we are well-placed for this final charge for a top-six spot and, not only will we have Zurab Khizanishvili available now that his work permit has been granted, but we should be at full strength with Fabian Caballero back in the squad.

The Argentinian striker came through a bounce game last weekend and showed that if he is not quite back to peak fitness, he is ready to return and will, all things being equal, be on the subs bench this afternoon.

His availability is a timely one given the importance of the three fixtures this week.

We are looking to get off on the right footing with a win against Kilmarnock this afternoon, but know that won't be easy as they too have strengthened their side this week with the arrival of Antonio Calderon and Jesus Sanjuan from Airdrie.

On top of that they have an excellent away record, and a good one at Dens Park recently, so it would be a very good time to reverse that trend, but we must start sticking those chances away!