Dundee 2
Kilmarnock 0
League (Premier League)

2 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, April 6th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,579
3:00 PM Kick-off

Juan Sara (42)
Steven Milne (48)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Jim Jeffries

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
24. David Mackay
2. Barry Smith
4. Marcello Marrocco
23. Lee Wilkie
5. Beto Carranza
32. Kiko Torres
8. Gavin Rae
18. Javier Artero
9. Juan Sara
15. Steven Milne
Gordon Marshall .1
Frédéric Dindeleux .17
Kevin McGowne .5
Garry Hay .24
Greg Shields .3
James Fowler .26
Jesús García Sanjuán .8
Peter Canero .4
Stevie Murray .36
Kris Boyd .22
Craig Dargo .19

1. Jamie Langfield
14. Beto Garrido
21. Alessandro Romano
28. Khaled Kemas
Gerardo Traverso
Colin Meldrum .12
Ally Mitchell .11
Andy McLaren .20
Michel Ngonge .18
Gary McDonald .28

Beto Garrido for Beto Carranza (70)
Khaled Kemas for Steven Milne (75)
Gerardo Traverso for Juan Sara (88)
Andy McLaren ofr Garry Hay (46)
Felix Michel Ngonge for Kris Boyd (57)
Ally Mitchell for Craig Dargo (64)

None. Craig Dargo (50)
Kris Boyd (55)
Ally Mitchell (88)
Jesús García Sanjuán (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Toner (Referee)
Stuart Logan & Frank Cole (Assistants)
Brian Cassidy (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee kept the race to be top of the bottom half of the SPL alive, with a comfortable two-goal win over Killie in the Dens Park sunshine.

Goals from Juan Sara and Steven Milne either side of the interval gave the Dark Blues, watched by boss Ivano Bonetti just hours after returning from his latest business trip to Italy, the three points. That closed the gap between the sides occupying seventh and eighth places in the top flight to just two points and keeps at least some, interest in events in the lower reaches alive.

In truth, though, there was a distinct end-of-season feel as the proceedings got under way. The first half was best described as tame and, although it was the home team who had forged a lead by the break, the visitors had played better football.

Jim Jefferies' Killie suffered from their long-time problem of being able to look good while lacking a killer-touch in front of goal.

Only when a cut-back by Greg Shields was blasted towards goal by Canero, producing a brilliant save from Julian Speroni, did Killie threaten to hit the back of the net.

With less of the ball, Dundee were far more dangerous and much of their goal-threat came from hit-man Sara, who shrugged off any disappointment from his collapsed loan move to Millwall with a determined display.

When Javier Artero sent over a perfectly-placed cross from the right he was on hand to fire the ball home.

That knocked the wind from the Killie sails, and three minutes after half-time Dundee were cruising as they doubled their lead.

The lively Carranza floated a corner from the right, Wilkie helped the ball on, and Milne headed home.

Killie did manage a late push, and subs Ngonge and McLaren both had chances to grab a late lifeline.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at April 6th, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 17 - 17 -
Barry Smith28 42 - 2631
David Mackay20 151151
Lee Wilkie21 6 - 441
Marcello Marrocco32 12 - 41 -
Kiko Torres26 192192
Beto Carranza29 271534
Javier Artero26 24 - 734
Gavin Rae24 38618018
Steven Milne21 335599
Juan Sara25 32136830
Beto Garrido (sub) - 21 - 31 -
Gerardo Traverso (sub)26 2 - 2 -
Khaled Kemas (sub) - 131131

League Table (as at April 6th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Much has been made of my recent absence from Dens Park, but I can assure everyone that my absence is purely down to working hard to improve things for next season.

Personally, I do not pay attention to it.

As long as I, my staff and Peter Marr know I have been in Italy working for next season at Dundee, that is all that matters.

I have been work, work, working here all the time and I have been speaking to many people about many things. Unfortunately, because things have not quite been completed I cannot say who I have been talking with, but I do hope that in two weeks - three at the most I will be able to let you know what has been done.

As we have not reached our goals this season, it must be considered a disappointing year, but luck has not been on our side.

Over the season, a string of players have also had lengthy spells on the sidelines, making it an unhappy season for injuries all round.

The recent news that Temuri Ketsbaia is out for the rest of the season after being injured on international duty for Georgia only highlights our difficulties.

As the season comes to a close, we are finishing it, deprived of the services of three of our top players with Georgian colleagues Giorgi Nemzadse and Zura Kishanishvili also having been sidelined since before Christmas.

Our last home game against Motherwell confirmed the quality of Temuri Ketsbaia. With the two goals he scored everyone could see how good he is.

He is a very important player for Dundee and we are looking to sign him on a new contract. He may be out for the rest of the season, but I want him to be here longer.

Unfortunately, after beating Livingston and Motherwell, the last game before the split brought defeat at Dunfermline.

That game in many ways mirrored the season.

We have to look back at this season as one of missed opportunities, missed chances and the game at East End Park was yet another example of this.

Rarely, if ever, have we been inferior to anyone this season, but this experience is not something we want to repeat.

We may be out of the top six, but we still want to finish as high as we can. There are only five games left and, if I can get my business done in the next few days, hopefully I will be back for this afternoon's game and, at the moment, I intend staying for all the remaining games as we prepare for the next campaign.