Kilmarnock 3
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


3 - 2


League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 2nd, 2002
Rugby Park
Attendance: 6,890
3:00 PM Kick-off

Craig Dargo (11)
Andy McLaren (73)
Andy McLaren (89)
Juan Sara (45)
Temur Ketsbaia (54)

Team Managers
Jim Jefferies Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Gordon Marshall
9. Sean Hessey
5. Kevin McGowne
24. Garry Hay
26. James Fowler
14. Alan Mahood
4. Peter Canero
11. Ally Mitchell
36. Stevie Murray
22. Kris Boyd
19. Craig Dargo
Julian Speroni .12
Walter Del Rio .17
Massimo Beghetto .30
Barry Smith .2
Fan Zhiyi .31
Gavin Rae .8
Kiko Torres .32
Mark Robertson .11
Temur Ketsbaia .6
Juan Sara .9
Fabian Caballero .7

12. Colin Meldrum
8. Jesus Sanjuán
20. Andy McLaren
21. Chris Innes
28. Gary McDonald
Jamie Langfield .1
David Mackay .24
Beto Garrido .14
Khaled Kemas .28
Steven Milne .15

None. Khaled Kemas for Juan Sara (77)

Garry Hay (19)
Kris Boyd (52)
Peter Canero (59)
Temur Ketsbaia (21)
Walter Del Rio (23)
Massimo Beghetto (62)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Somers (Referee)

Match Report

A neutral fan observed after Dundee's 3-2 defeat to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park that, "At least when Dundee lose they do it playing entertaining football."

That will be scant consolation to the hundreds of visiting fans who had to endure a nightmare trip to Ayrshire following a road accident that left the main route to Kilmarnock closed for four hours.

Even allowing for the fact that the kick off was delayed for 20 minutes, some travelling fans were still arriving as half time approached.

Those late arrivals would have missed their favourites falling behind to a Craig Dargo effort 10 minutes into the game when Killie worked the ball down Dundee's left flank and Peter Canero cut the ball back for the Rugby Park hitman to score.

After that the Dens Parkers played some nice football without really hurting Kilmarnock until a couple of minutes from half time when a sloppy Gordon Marshall clearance saw the keeper's kick hit Fabian Caballero. The Argentinian striker surged into the box before chipping the ball to the back post where a waiting Juan Sara headed into the empty net.

Architect of Dundee's comeback and the man who was to play such a prominent part in their taking control of the game was midfielder Temuri Ketsbaia.

The Georgian had an excellent match, spoiled only by a first half booking for diving. His surging runs from midfield posed all sorts of problems for Kilmarnock and he rounded off his good work with a goal seven minutes into the second period.

His left foot drive from 20 yards beat Marshall to put Dundee ahead.

Ketsbaia continued to urge his team forward throughout the game-one of his best in dark blue.

Manager Ivano Bonetti, back in charge of the side, praised Ketsbaia, but still felt there was more to come from the Georgian.

"Ketsbaia is a really good player," commented Bonetti.

"He has done really well here, scoring a goal and creating two or three other chances, but I still believe he can do better.

"He inspired the other players until the last few minutes."

The "last few minutes" or, to be more precise, the last 18 minutes, would have had Ketsbaia tearing his hair out had he had any to tear, because Dundee simply threw this match away.

From a position where they were a goal in front and dictating the play they allowed Kilmarnock to snatch an unlikely victory.

Twice they gave away possession in midfield and on both occasions failed to defend the cross into the box.

On the first occasion substitute Andy McLaren stole in front of the ball-watching defenders to hammer a vicious left foot shot past Julian Speroni.

To make matters worse, it happened again in the last minute of normal time when McLaren rose above the Dens defenders to head the winning goal.

The Dundee players looked stunned and disbelieving at the final outcome of a game that looked to be theirs for the taking.

Manager Bonetti was disappointed at the result but not with the efforts of his players.

"It was a good performance from the players," he said.

"We played really well and created chances. Unfortunately, the first chance they (Kilmarnock) had in they (Kilmarnock) had in the second half, after a mistake by us, they scored a goal.

"I was very angry about the second goal because we gave the ball away in the middle of the park.

"Our defenders were pushing forward at the time and we were caught out when we gave up possession."

Having seen his side concede numerous goals from crosses into the box this season, Bonetti admitted that Dundee do have problems in this area, but he preferred to highlight the fact that possession had been give away needlessly when his team had been on the attack, thus leaving them exposed at the back.

The manager refused to concede that a top six spot was now outwith his team's grasp, though after Saturday's results that now looks a forlorn hope.

"Obviously we still have four games left and 12 points to play for," he commented.

"We've got to do our best to win them and then see if we're in the top six or not."

Home manager Jim Jefferies, in charge of Kilmarnock for the first time, revealed that he was almost unable to field a team.

"At the time the players were told to report," he said

"there were 10 missing and Dundee's kit hadn't arrived either."

On the subject of the game itself Jefferies said, "We took the lead then started to try to play winning passes all the time. All that did was hand the initiative to Dundee.

"We made it too easy for them, but tried to change things at half time so that they would have to do some chasing for a change."

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at March 2nd, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 12 - 12 -
Walter Del Rio25 33 - 42 -
Fan Zhiyi32 183183
Barry Smith28 37 - 2581
Massimo Beghetto33 18 - 18 -
Gavin Rae24 33617518
Temur Ketsbaia33 213213
Mark Robertson24 20 - 25 -
Kiko Torres26 142142
Juan Sara25 2796326
Fabian Caballero24 3264914
Khaled Kemas (sub) - 9191

League Table (as at March 2nd, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.