Dundee 2
Motherwell 0
League (Premier League)

2 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 16th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,785
3:00 PM Kick-off

Temur Ketsbaia (5)
Temur Ketsbaia (26)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Eric Black

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
Stevie Woods .17
Eric Deloumeaux .15
Martyn Corrigan .3
Greg Strong .6
Karl Ready .5
Stevie Hammell .16
David Ferrère .13
Keith Lasley .22
Roberto Martínez .10
Dirk Lehmann .9
James McFadden .27

1. Jamie Langfield
24. David Mackay
14. Beto Garrido
11. Mark Robertson
Gerardo Traverso
Mark Brown .1
Stuart Elliott .11
Yann Soloy .14
Derek Adams .12
Stephen Pearson .26

Mark Robertson for Javier Artero (46)
Gerardo Traverso for Fabian Caballero (46)
Beto Garrido for Gerardo Traverso (83)
Stuart Elliott for David Ferrère (70)
Yann Soloy for Roberto Martínez (70)
Pascual Garrido for Gerardo Traverso (83)

Walter Del Rio (29)
James McFadden (58)
David Ferrère (67)
Derek Adams (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tom Brown (Referee)
Gordon Hunter & Brian McDuffie (Assistants)
Craig Mackay (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Temuri Ketsbaia scored his third and fourth goals of March, and again turned in an all action display as Dundee gained their easiest win of the season.

His goals were of a fashion that he's threatened for some time. both struck from 25 yards, in a first half when the Dark Blues turned on the style. Some of their passing play was a delight to watch, with every player in excellent form in this period.

Dundee was on easy street from the sixth minute when Ketsbaia picked up a pass in midfield and drove towards the box before unleashing a shot, which Woods couldn't stop.

On 25 minutes he went one better, winning a tackle, and repeated his run and shot into the corner of the net.

Motherwell had few ideas, but two minutes after Dundee had taken that two-goal lead the visitors were handed an apparent lifeline as Mr Brown pointed to the spot for a foul on Lehmann.

"It's all downhill from here" came a voice from row P of the Bobby Cox Stand, but that pessimist was wrong as Juan Sara indicated to Speroni where he thought the "Well kid would place the kick and the Argentinian stopper saved McFadden's poorly struck penalty kick with ease.

Dundee came close to going three up before the interval as a superb move ended with Artero racing into the right side of the box and crossing low from Caballero to get the faintest of touches at the near post, only to see the ball rebound away off the base of the back post.

Motherwell pressed forward as the second half got underway and Dundee appeared to be missing the width provided by Artero, the winger and Caballero being replaced by Mark Robertson and debut boy Gerardo Traverso.

The Lanarkshire team singularly failed to provide any real goal threat though, and Ketsbaia's runs continually caused them trouble, the Georgian came close to a hat-trick when he ended another mazy dribble with a chip over Woods and narrowly wide.

Substitute Traverso was struggling to get into the game, but came close with a low left foot snap shot which slid across the face of the goal.

Garrido replaced the Uruguayan striker with eight minutes to go as Dundee made sure of keeping another clean sheet - Julian Speroni will rarely have a quieter afternoon.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 16th, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 15 - 15 -
Massimo Beghetto33 21 - 21 -
Walter Del Rio25 36 - 45 -
Barry Smith28 40 - 2611
Lee Wilkie21 4 - 421
Javier Artero26 22 - 714
Temur Ketsbaia33 246246
Gavin Rae24 36617818
Kiko Torres26 172172
Fabian Caballero24 3565214
Juan Sara25 30126629
Mark Robertson (sub)24 21 - 26 -
Beto Garrido (sub) - 20 - 30 -
Gerardo Traverso (sub)26 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at March 16th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Although we beat Livingston on Wednesday evening, I am disappointed.

The game showed the power we have in the team and that we have lost a good chance to have a wonderful season.

The kind of football we played on Wednesday night is the type I enjoy with the players working very hard, and at times, playing some lovely two-touch football. On the night every single one played well and we won well against the team sitting third in the league.

It demonstrated once again that had we had a bit more concentration over the season, then we could easily have finished in the top half.

It might be too late for that, but I want to build on the win over Livingston because obviously we want to finish a traumatic season as a high up the league as possible.

Even as it comes to an end, we are still without three very important players in Giorgi Nemsadze, Zura Khizanishvili and Marcello Marrocco. As well as their long absence, we have also had Juan Sara and Fabian Caballero out for spells and without players of their quality, any team would struggle.

But as we look forward to welcoming their return, we are preparing for next season now.

Once we have everyone back, we must have the mental attitude to win games that we dominate.

One thing, if nothing else, that I have learned about this league, is if you do not take your chances, you will be punished.

The two games against Motherwell this season have brought out the best and the worst of us.

On their first visit here, we played very well and deservedly. won 3-1, but it was a very different story at Fir Park where we gave almost certainly our worst performance of the season, and could count ourselves lucky, only to come away losing 4-2.

I am looking for the win over Livingston on Wednesday as a new beginning.

After failing to get the results our play merited, from now on, I want to see us picking up wins regularly, but at the same time maintaining the same level of performances.

And, hopefully, that will start this afternoon against Motherwell.