Dundee 2
Livingston 0
League (Premier League)

2 - 0

League (Premier League)
Wednesday, March 13th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,506
7:45 PM Kick-off

Juan Sara (56)
Juan Sara (90)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
David Hay

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
30. Massimo Beghetto
17. Walter Del Rio
2. Barry Smith
23. Lee Wilkie
18. Javier Artero
6. Temur Ketsbaia
8. Gavin Rae
32. Kiko Torres
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
Javier Sanchez Broto .1
Marvin Andrews .5
Michael Hart .21
Gary Bollan .3
Didier Santini .28
Cheriffe Maman-Touré .
David Fernández .10
Stuart Lovell .17
Lee Makel .14
Quino Cabrera .12
Massimiliano Caputo .25

1. Jamie Langfield
24. David Mackay
14. Beto Garrido
11. Mark Robertson
28. Khaled Kemas
Nick Culkin .16
Steve Tosh .8
Barry Wilson .7
David Bingham .11
Morten Petersen .

Khaled Kemas for Fabian Caballero (77)
Beto Garrido for Khaled Kemas (90)
Barry Wilson for Cheriffe Maman-Touré (59)
Steve Tosh for Stuart Lovell (68)
David Bingham for Lee Makel (72)

None. Gary Bollan (9)
David Fernández (55)

Red Cards
None. Massimiliano Caputo (32)
Steve Tosh (74)
Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Referee)
Ricky Smith (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee dragged themselves up the SPL table last night, with Juan Sara making it four goals in three games by striking twice to see off Livingston.

Livvy, who are a pale shadow of the team that took the top flight by storm, had Caputo and Steve Tosh red-carded, while even boss Jim Leishman was ordered to the stand.

As well as tucking away three points, a big plus was the performance of Lee Wilkie at the heart of the defence.

He had not been near a first team shirt since sitting on the bench at Tannadice on the opening day of the season after a fall- out with the Dark Blues' management, but he did not look the least bit ringrusty.

"It was good to be back," said Wilkie.

"It was little bit like starting all over again and I admit I was quite nervous.

"With Fan Zhiyi being away and Zura Khizanishvilli injured, there was a gap in the team.

"So I went in to see (assistant boss) Dario Bonetti and he said he would have a word with Ivano and tell him I wanted the chance to prove myself again.

"I know my attitude has not been spot-on in the past and that's what the manager wants me to improve."

He is right in that respect as Ivano Bonetti added, "There is no problem with Lee Wilkie when he is playing and he needs to know that when you play football it is a privilege."

Wilkie was the only change to the team that lost so disappointingly to Aberdeen on Saturday, with Dave Mackay dropping down to the bench. Alessandro Romano, who had come on as a substitute against the Dons before being sent off for spitting, was suspended.

For his return, Wilkie was given one of the toughest tasks in Scottish football-marking Spanish star David Fernandez.

While the young centre-half was out to convince his manager that he deserved to be called in from the cold, his teammate Gavin Rae was playing to a wider audience.

With Scotland boss Berti Vogts watching from the stand, it was the ideal chance to show the German that he was worthy of inclusion in his squad for the friendly against world champions France at the end of the month.

But it was one of the 17 non-Scots who caught the eye initially, with Georgian Temuri Ketsbaia firing a long-range effort over the bar with nine minutes gone.

Livvy gradually settled down and nearly took the lead through Quino, with only a combination of keeper Julian Speroni and the post keeping his shot out.

Fernadez had a dangerous drive tipped over the bar by Speroni but the Dark Blues hit back and a clever flick from Fabian Caballero would have rounded off a superb move had it sneaked inside the post on the half-hour mark.

The match, which had hitherto been open and enjoyable, burst into controversy on 32 minutes when Livvy lost both a player and a manager.

Caputo was the one on the pitch to get his marching orders for punching, Dundee's Massimo Beghetto in the stomach. Then Leishman-after receiving a sympathetic hug from opposite number Bonetti on the way-followed him up the tunnel for raging at standside assistant referee Ricky Smith.

Vogts must have liked what he saw when Rae thundered in a drive from 35 yards which whizzed just by.

Fernadez looked destined to join Caputo and Leishman when ref John Rowbotham flashed a red card at him after the interval, but the error was corrected to a caution for dissent.

The Dark Blues were desperately trying to make their extra man count and they grabbed the lead after 56 minutes when Javier Artero delivered the ball to the near post where Sara diverted it inside the far post.

Amazingly, Dundee found themselves up against only nine opponents on 74 minutes when sub Tosh, who had only been on the pitch for six minutes, was shown a straight red card for clattering into Ketsbaia.

Home keeper Speroni then saved his side by thwarting first Barry Wilson then Fernandez before Sara wrapped things up in the dying seconds.

As well as the punishment dished out to Caputo, Tosh and Fernandez, Livvy had Gary Bollan booked for an early foul on Kiko Torres, while Dundee's Caballero was cautioned for diving.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at March 13th, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 14 - 14 -
Massimo Beghetto33 20 - 20 -
Walter Del Rio25 35 - 44 -
Barry Smith28 39 - 2601
Lee Wilkie21 3 - 411
Javier Artero26 21 - 704
Temur Ketsbaia33 234234
Gavin Rae24 35617718
Kiko Torres26 162162
Fabian Caballero24 3465114
Juan Sara25 29126529
Beto Garrido (sub) - 19 - 29 -
Khaled Kemas (sub) - 111111

League Table (as at March 13th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

I am as disappointed as the fans after the defeat by Aberdeen because they would have enjoyed seeing the team play well and scoring goals and we had an opportunity to score the third one, which would have finished the game.

Then we go and lose goals like that. Being honest, you shouldn't need to score three goals to win a game. We lost a wonderful chance to break the club's long run without a home win over Aberdeen.

It is unthinkable to lose three goals at Dens Park, But the truth remains that we have lost far too many goals to headers from set pieces and crosses. We are missing something in the air. If we are to prepare for next season we know where the problem lies.

Generally, I was pleased with the performance of the players, but obviously we lost another two goals by headers from comers and that's cost us three points.

That's something we have to repair because we have lost our last chance to reach the top six. Because of that other players will now get the chance to show me if they have the character and attitude to play.

Lee Wilkie will get an opportunity. As a player he is very skilful, but in the past his attitude was completely wrong. He now has to show what he can do and it he does it right there will be no problem. He has come back into the squad and we will decide if tonight is the right time to give him that opportunity.

Livingston are the opponents for this re-arranged league game and with it begins our preparation for next season.

At the same time, it is a game we desperately want to win to finish with as many points as we can and as high up the table as possible.