Dundee 2
Livingston 1
League (Premier League)


Dundee
2 - 1
Livingston 

League (Premier League)
Wednesday, September 11th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,391
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Nacho Novo 
Gavin Rae 
Giorgi Nemsadze (o.g.) (31)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Jim Leishman

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
3. David Mackay
23. Tom Hutchinson
6. Lee Wilkie
16. Jonay Hernández
2. Barry Smith
8. Gavin Rae
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
17. Nacho Novo
7. Fabian Caballero
25. Steve Lovell
Sánchez Broto .1
Gustave Bahoken .20
Michael Hart .22
Oscar Ramos Rubio .4
Marvin Andrews .5
Emmanuel Dorado .6
Francisco Quino .12
Davide Xausa .13
Lee Makel .14
David Bingham .10
Eugène Dadi .21

Bench
1. Jamie Langfield
19. Lee Mair
26. Garry Brady
24. Neil Jablonski
9. Juan Sara
Cherif Toure-Maman .91
David McNamee .28
Burton O'Brien .29
Rolando Zárate .9
Dave McEwan .19

Substitutions
Juan Sara for Steve Lovell (75)
Lee Mair for Tom Hutchinson (81)
Garry Brady for Fabian Caballero (90)
Burton O'Brien for Lee Makel (29)
David McNamee for Gustave Bahoken (39)
Rolando Zárate for Eugène Dadi (62)

Cautions
Steve Lovell (38)
Gustave Bahoken (21)
David Bingham (26)
Emmanuel Dorado (63)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Charlie Richmond (Referee)
Gordon McBride & Willie Dishington (Assistants)
George Clyde (Fourth Official)


Match Report


Jim Duffy's men showed fighting spirit allied to pace and skill in a second half turnaround, which brought a deserved three points. Giorgi Nemsadze's wonderful through ball to set up Nacho more than made up for the own goal which had given Livi a half time lead.

The Dark Blues should have been ahead after six minutes but Tom Hutchinson failed to make proper contact on Jonay Hernandez's free kick and his effort ballooned into the air. It might still have found the net as Rubio's touch directed it first onto the bar, but then away.

Andrew came to the rescue for the visitors in 12 minutes when he cleared Hutchinson's header from the base of the post and five minutes later Mackay surged forward. fed Caballero and the striker drifted past his man before blasting in a shot which Broto did well to tip over.

However, on the half hour mark, it was Dundee who went behind as Nemsadze and Caballero wasted a free kick in a good position and clearance which was lumped up the park saw Dadi get the break as he challenged Wilkie, to race clear and despite Smith doing well to hinder his progress, the striker fed a fine ball infield only for Nemsadze to divert the ball into his own net for the visitors first ever goal at Dens.

The Dark Blues hit back, but were trying too many from range and failing to trouble Broto enough, though Caballero crashed in an angled shot from 25-yards which the keeper got the barest of touches to before it cannoned off the crossbar.

By the break, Livingston were still on course for their first ever points at Dens, but even at this stage that would have been harsh on the Dee.

There was an early scare in the second half when Wilkie was put under pressure by Hutchinson's poor pass, and Dadi caught big Lee off balance to race in on goal only for the Englishman to redeem himself by closing down and robbing the striker. Appropriately, Giorgi Nemsadze was instrumental in the creation of the equaliser with a wonderful threaded pass to Novo who burst clear of the last defender and lifted the ball high into the net with the outside of his right foot from 15 yard to the relief of the home support.

Until then the little Spaniard had been having a quiet evening, but he now burst into life and was heavily involved in the waves of attacks. which followed the goal.

Broto made a fine save to deny him shortly afterwards and then was again called into action before the hour as he thwarted Lovell after the striker lost his marker and fired goalwards.

With thirteen minutes left the Dark Blues secured the points with an excellent goal. Nemsadze fed Wilkie from a free kick on the half way line and the defender in turn found Novo wide of the right, and the Spaniard's cut back was fired first time into the bottom comer of the net by Gavin Rae although visiting claims that Fabian Caballero was offside were not without substance, but the goal stood.

The only danger to Dundee securing a result then appeared to be the arrival of fire engines behind the Bob Shankly stand as the lights in that section of the ground failed. Stewards and police moved the visiting fans to the front of the structure where there was emergency lighting and the fire brigade kept a watch on an overheating cable until the end of the match.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at September 11th, 2002)


2002-03 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)23 6 - 27 -
Tom Hutchinson20 2 - 2 -
David Mackay21 6 - 241
Barry Smith28 6 - 2731
Jonay Hernández23 6 - 6 -
Lee Wilkie22 6 - 541
Giorgi Nemsadze30 6 - 583
Gavin Rae24 6119019
Nacho Novo23 5353
Steve Lovell21 3131
Fabian Caballero24 626218
Lee Mair (sub)21 5 - 5 -
Garry Brady (sub)26 1 - 1 -
Juan Sara (sub)25 6 - 7630






League Table (as at September 11th, 2002)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Certainly as far as results are concerned the last two games have been a bit more pleasing with us taking four out of a possible six points.

Our last home game against Hibs was always going to be a difficult one, especially as they came to Dens without a point and we were still looking for our first win.

All that did was to add to the tension and for the first forty- five minutes, there wasn't much in it, apart from the fact that Hibs had taken an early lead.

To the players great credit though, they showed a lot of character, pressing Hibs in the latter period of the game with Fabian Caballero getting an equaliser, before Steve Lovell popped up with a debut goal in the very last minute to seal a very good win for us.

That gave us a bit of a boost for the recent derby match at Tannadice, which turned out like most derbies, and was a fast and furious affair with little flowing football.

As against Hibs, the commitment and attitude of the players certainly couldn't be faulted and I think that with just a little more composure in front of goal, we could have won the game.

Tonight we welcome Livingston to Dens Park for the first of two games in four days and make no mistake about it they are a very good side.

Last year they graced the SPL for the first time and made a huge impact for a newly promoted side, capping it all by claiming a UEFA Cup spot.

That achievement is a tribute to everybody connected with the club, and in particular, their management duo of Jim Leishman and Davie Hay.

So far this season, although results have not always turned out as we have wished, all the games in which we have been involved have been entertaining ones and as Livingston also play attractive football, there is no reason to believe that this one will be any different, though, hopefully, the three points will remain at Dens.