Dundee 1
Livingston 0
League (Premier League)

1 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 11th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,712
3:00 PM Kick-off

Juan Sara (23)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Jim Leishman

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
4. Marcello Marrocco
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
2. Barry Smith
17. Walter Del Rio
5. Beto Carranza
21. Alessandro Romano
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
8. Gavin Rae
9. Juan Sara
7. Fabian Caballero
Sanchez Broto .1
Phillipe Brinquin .2
Marvin Andrews .5
Oscar Rubio .4
Gary Bollan .3
Stuart Lovell .17
Francisco Quino .12
David Bingham .11
David Fernandez .10
Barry Wilson .7
Davide Xausa .13

40. Paul Mathers
6. Chris Coyne
14. Beto Garrido
20. Umberto Fatello
15. Steven Milne
Dave McEwan .18
Massimiliano Caputo .25
Michael Hart .21
Nathan Lowndes .9
Steven Tosh .8

Beto Garrido for Marcello Marrocco (52)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (80)
Chris Coyne for Fabian Caballero (90)
Steve Tosh for Francisco Quino (66)
Nathan Lowndes for Davide Xausa (66)
Michael Hart for Barry Wilson (77)

Alessandro Romano (10)
Walter Del Rio (16)
Oscar Rubio (16)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Michael McCurry (Referee)
Andrew Seymour & Gordon Middleton (Assistants)
Iain Brines (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Poor old Livvy. The SPL newcomers were taught a bitter lesson at Dens Park chances must be taken at this level.

Jim Leishman's team fully-deserved at least a point from this thrilling encounter, but were left with nothing after failing to convert at least half-a-dozen good chances.

It was as entertaining a game as anyone would wish for Dundee also created a handful of chances, only for a combination of poor finishing and the excellence of Javier Broto in the visitors' goal restricting them to just a solitary counter.

Once again, Dundee's Argentinian striker Juan Sara provided the strike, with a carbon copy of his goal last week in the same penalty area against Hibs.

The goal came after good work on the right by Fabian Caballero, who found Georgi Nemsadze.

The Georgian international gave it to Allesandro Romano, who swung over a perfect cross and Sara rose majestically at the far post to nod the ball across Broto and into the net.

At this stage, Dundee looked as though they would sweep battling Livvy aside and cement their position as one of the Premier League pace-setters.

This was despite referee Mike McCurry bamboozling the home support with some baffling decisions.

Not long after Sara's opener, David Bingham almost equalised with a delightful chip over Langfield, only for the ball to strike the bar and rebound to safety.

Davide Xausa, Francisco Quino and Davide Fernandez all missed great chances, before Bollan fired a free-kick narrowly over.

The second half was no different and was perhaps even more frantic than the first.

Livvy piled forward in search of an equaliser and, despite carving out another handful of gilt-edged opportunities, Jamie Langfield defied them with some great saves.

Dundee's more cultured approach was more than matched by Livvy's direct running and it would have been no surprise if this game had finished 3-3.

In the end, Dundee held on desperately and, ultimately, could have stretched their lead when Broto brought the house down with a fantastic save from Caballero.

Livvy will be disappointed with the result, but, once they find their shooting boots, look out Premier goalkeepers!

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at August 11th, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 5 - 19 -
Walter Del Rio25 4 - 13 -
Barry Smith27 5 - 2261
Zurab Khizanishvili19 3 - 9 -
Marcello Marrocco32 5 - 34 -
Giorgi Nemsadze29 3 - 442
Alessandro Romano31 5 - 24 -
Beto Carranza29 3 - 293
Gavin Rae23 5114713
Fabian Caballero23 422110
Juan Sara24 544121
Chris Coyne (sub)22 3 - 27 -
Beto Garrido (sub) - 4 - 14 -
Steven Milne (sub)21 5 - 314

League Table (as at August 11th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Last week we achieved a very important result against a very good team.

Much was made of the fact that we had failed to take a single point off Hibs last season, but not only was I pleased with the three points, but equally in the manner in which the result was achieved.

Perhaps what pleased me most was the mentality we showed after Hibs equalised. Instead of letting our guard drop as we might have done last season, we simply knuckled down which in turn brought us a deserved winner. And let's not forget, Hibs are still a very good side, but I feel last week's game showed that we have improved.

Of course, the area in which I was looking for the biggest improvement this season was at the back. When he came into the side at the end of last season Zura Khizanishvili proved what an asset he would be this season, but Walter del Rio has turned out to be the real surprise packet.

His performances when partnering Zura in central defence for our two opening games have been outstanding and has made up for the disappointment of not being able to tie up the loose ends to bring Luis Medero to the club as quickly as we would have liked. And goalkeeper Julian Speroni is tied up in the same passport red tape as Medero.

At the time of writing, Julian has returned to Italy to try and speed up the passport process which is very slow, but if it drags on much longer then, I will be forced to look elsewhere for a keeper.

In the meantime Paul Mathers will act as cover for Jamie Langfield. Obviously, in view of the unfortunate illness to Javier Artero, I also require to fill the void he has left.

To that end, I have agreed a one-year deal to bring a former teammate of mine at Genoa, Dario Morello, to the club and, he'll be available for this afternoon's game against Livingston.

And although they may have only just been promoted to the SPL, I can assure you that there is not the slightest danger of them being under-estimated.

One only needs to look at their win over Hearts on the opening day of the season and the quality of their play which deservedly earned them a draw at Ibrox to know that we will have a hard fight on our hands. If we take them lightly, it will be our undoing, but whilst we will respect them for the tremendous progress they have made, that does not mean that we will fear them.

And provided we maintain top- level concentration and show the same determination that we did against Hibs last Saturday, there is no reason why we cannot maintain our new found winning home form.