Dundee 1
Kilmarnock 2
League (Premier League)

1 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 22nd, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,342
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gavin Rae (48)
Ally Mitchell (21)
Stevie Murray (58)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Bobby Williamson

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
30. Massimo Beghetto
17. Walter Del Rio
2. Barry Smith
31. Fan Zhiyi
18. Javier Artero
5. Beto Carranza
6. Temur Ketsbaia
8. Gavin Rae
32. Kiko Torres
7. Fabian Caballero
Gordon Marshall .1
Frédéric Dindeleux .17
Kevin McGowne .5
Garry Hay .24
Alan Mahood .14
James Fowler .26
Peter Canero .4
Ally Mitchell .11
Stevie Murray .35
Paul di Giacomo .30
Craig Dargo .19

12. Julian Speroni
24. David Mackay
21. Alessandro Romano
15. Steven Milne
19. Beto Naveda
Antonio Calderón .25
Kris Boyd .22
Craig Samson .36
Jesus Sanjuán .8
Gary McDonald .28

Steven Milne for Javier Artero (46)
Beto Naveda for Fan Zhiyi (86)
Kris Boyd for Paul di Giacomo (79)
Antonio Calderón for Stevie Murray (85)

Temur Ketsbaia (17)
Walter Del Rio (62)
Fabian Caballero (75)
Garry Hay (3)
Alan Mahood (62)
Paul di Giacomo (75)
Kris Boyd (87)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Gordon McBride & Stuart Macauley (Assistants)
Mike Ritchie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Ivano Bonetti dropped Juan Sara from the squad against Kilmarnock after some disappointing performances by the striker lately, and some of those who took part in the pre- Christmas defeat can expect similar treatment for the visit to Pittodrie.

Killie took the points thanks to a display, which showed the pace of their strikers on the break. The opening goal came in 21 minutes following a corner which was cleared as far as Ally Mitchell who fired a drive from the edge of the box past Langfield.

Ivano introduced Milne for Artero at the break and the striker made a quick impact, bursting onto a through ball in 47 minutes and forcing a fine double save from Marshall, the ball then broke to Rae who fired it home from 16 yards.

Now that the scores were level Dundee tore into Killie and for the next ten minutes it was only last ditch defending which kept Dundee out - but a lightning break upfield and cool finish from Murray put Kilmarnock ahead again in 58 minutes and knocked the stuffing out of Dundee.

While the Dark Blues still worked hard they had lost any inspiration and indeed the Ayrshire men would have extended their lead but for some fine keeping by Langfield and a woeful miss from Dargo.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at December 22nd, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)22 24 - 38 -
Massimo Beghetto33 8 - 8 -
Walter Del Rio25 20 - 29 -
Barry Smith27 24 - 2451
Fan Zhiyi32 5151
Javier Artero26 9 - 584
Beto Carranza29 181444
Temur Ketsbaia33 102102
Gavin Rae24 24416616
Kiko Torres26 4 - 4 -
Fabian Caballero23 2053713
Beto Naveda (sub)29 3 - 3 -
Steven Milne (sub)21 223487

League Table (as at December 22nd, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Whilst we have enjoyed a mixed bag of results over the past three weeks, I do feel that we are making good steady progress, especially as we have played both members of the Old Firm during that period.

I think that was very well illustrated at Parkhead last week when we showed a great deal of composure, took the chance which came our way, and defended very well to go in leading at the break. Then the floodlights failed, but I don't propose using that as an excuse, one just has to concede that Celtic is a wonderful side.

Prior to that though, I felt we showed the right kind of mentality against a very big team.

That was the case too against Rangers as we did in our last home game when we matched them and earned a point, but it was the game against St Johnstone that was the big test for me.

Players always want to show what they can do against the big teams. We have ambitions to do well and it's difficult to play against teams that are apparently worse than we are.

But at Perth the mentality was right, especially after we lost Fabian.

The players showed they can change tactics and formation if we need to, we played 4-3-3 going forward in the second half and 4- 5-1 when St Johnstone had the ball. For the 90 minutes we played in a clever way and kept the concentration.

So this is what we have been working very hard to do although the score was not good for us, I enjoyed a good game of football and I saw many things from my players that pleased me and generally showed that step-by- step we are getting there.

Having said that, I wasn't happy about the way we lost the goals and of course Zura's injury was another blow.

He is an important player for us and now we are almost certain to be without him for this busy time of the season.

This afternoon we start that hectic spell with the first of five games in just over two weeks and it provides us with an opportunity to first consolidate our position in the top six, especially with the important games against Aberdeen next Wednesday.

However, before then we face Kilmarnock this afternoon and even if we have done well against them since I came to the club, the games have always been very close.

The meeting with them earlier this season was exactly like that with Gavin Rae's goal giving us a victory for which we had to work very hard, and I am sure that none of our fans will complain if we can repeat that win this afternoon. Finally, I'd like to wish all our supporters who once again have, given us such great backing a very Merry and Happy Christmas and I hope that we can bring all of you your first Christmas present- three points from today's game