Dundee 2
Kilmarnock 1
League (Premier League)

2 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, May 5th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,261
3:00 PM Kick-off

Juan Sara (35)
Beto Carranza (pen.) (79)
Craig Dargo (90)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Bobby Williamson

Starting Eleven
3. Jamie Langfield
22. Chris Coyne
2. Barry Smith
30. Zurab Khizanishvili
29. Alessandro Romano
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
25. Beto Carranza
18. Javier Artero
14. Gavin Rae
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
Colin Meldrum .12
Gus MacPherson .2
Kevin McGowne .5
Chris Innes .21
Garry Hay .24
Frédéric Dindeleux .17
Mark Reilly .7
Ally Mitchell .11
Antonio Calderón .25
Christophe Cocard .6
Andy McLaren .20

1. Marco Roccati
26. Walter Del Rio
Mauro Vargiu
23. Mark Robertson
15. Steven Milne
Colin Stewart .29
Ally McCoist .13
Craig Dargo .19
James Fowler .26
Paul Di Giacomo .30

Mark Robertson for Javier Artero (70)
Steven Milne for Fabian Caballero (82)
Mauro Vargiu for Zurab Khizanishvili (84)
Craig Dargo for Christophe Cocard (55)
Ally McCoist for Chris Innes (76)

Alessandro Romano
Chris Innes (36)
Andy McLaren (37)
Gus MacPherson (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Gordon McBride & Tom Murphy (Assistants)
Steven Kaney (Fourth Official)

Match Report

There was no Claudio Caniggia, but the Argentine influence was still strong as Dundee chalked up their first home win since November.

The home side had less to play for and, as the opening exchanges showed, they were more relaxed and more likely to score.

They were trying to do that without Caniggia after boss Ivano Bonetti decided to leave the "want-away" striker out, using players who are likely to be at the club next season.

That policy paid off and, while Killie came close to grabbing a point, few could argue that Dundee werenanything other than deserved winners.

In the first half, they could've scored more goals and went close early on when Javier Artero saw an angled volley well held by Colin Meldrum.

It was no great surprise when Dundee took the lead 10 minutes before the break, although there was a hint of offside about the encounter. Georgi Nemsadze released Artero on the right and, via a deflection off Kevin McGowne, he found Juan Sara, who netted from close range.

That was the Argentinian's 17th of the campaign and, but for an incredible miss, he would have made it 18 right on half-time. From two or three yards, it seemed he had to grab No. 2, but somehow managed to steer the ball wide of the unguarded net.

After the break, Dundee went in search of No. 2, and it came via the penalty spot. A Carranza corner looked harmless until McGowne climbed all over Sara and the referee pointed to the spot.

Sara went to take the kick, but, after his two misses in a game against Rangers in February, his team-mates forced him to hand the ball to Carranza, who sent Meldrum the wrong way.

That seemed to be that until Killie mounted their injury-time fightback when Craig Dargo blasted a fine shot past keeper Jamie Langfield.

And then, in a remarkable three minutes of overtime, McGowne and then McLaren sent headers inches wide.

There was even some excitement after the final whistle when Dundee assistant boss Dario Bonetti appeared to clash with Ally McCoist and Andy McLaren as the teams left the park.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at May 5th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 7 - 12 -
Zurab Khizanishvili19 5 - 5 -
Barry Smith27 40 - 2191
Chris Coyne22 22 - 22 -
Beto Carranza28 243243
Giorgi Nemsadze28 402402
Alessandro Romano31 17 - 17 -
Gavin Rae23 36414012
Javier Artero26 393484
Fabian Caballero23 156156
Juan Sara24 35173517
Mauro Vargiu (sub)18 1 - 1 -
Mark Robertson (sub)23 3 - 3 -
Steven Milne (sub)21 224244

League Table (as at May 5th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Even my switching the dug-outs before last Sunday's game against Hibs, failed to halt our poor run of home results.

It really is very galling when you consider, had we done as well at Dens Park as we have away from home, we would be well in contention for fourth spot and a place in the UEFA Cup and not the Intertoto competition in which we will be involved next month.

Unfortunately, the latest defeat at the hands of Hibs was yet another. instance of what has been happening all too often for our own good this season.

The way the game against Hibs was going, it had nil-nil written all over it. That was until we shot ourselves in the foot as we seem to do so regularly by gifting them two goals.

About the only comforting thing is that it is better that these things are happening just now and not next term.

So what can you do? We keep making mistakes but next season I will know what has to be done to change things, and this afternoon we have another game at home against Kilmarnock to help us build towards next year.

Having said that, our immediate aim was to finish in the top six, but there is no doubt in my mind that I have to change the squad for next season in order to go up to the next level.

My mind is very clear about what is required, but I have to respect the players that have done a job this season in reaching our top-six target.

And these final three games of the season allow me the breathing space to experiment a little bit more before finally deciding on what personnel we need to bring in.

On top of that, you can expect to see Fabian Caballero figure in as much of the action as possible so that he can get back to full match fitness.

Against that, I would dearly love to sign off with a home victory for our fans who have been so supportive all season and if we can do that this afternoon, it will set us up nicely for the last two games of the season at Celtic and Hearts.