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League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 30th, 2002
Almondvale Park
Attendance: 5,307
3:00 PM Kick-off

Juan Jose Camacho (2) Nacho Novo (pen.) (72)

Team Managers
Jim Leishman Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Sánchez Broto
3. Gary Bollan
2. Philippe Brinquin
4. Oscar Ramos Rubio
5. Marvin Andrews
8. Juan Jose Camacho
91. Cheriffe Touré-Maman
14. Lee Makel
10. David Bingham
21. Eugène Dadi
27. Burton O'Brien
Julian Speroni .12
Jonay Hernández .16
Tom Hutchinson .23
David Mackay .3
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .6
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Gavin Rae .8
Fabian Caballero .7
Steve Lovell .25
Nacho Novo .17

19. David McEwan
12. Francisco Quino
13. Davide Xausa
9. Rolando Zárate
20. Gustave Bahoken
Jamie Langfield .1
Zurab Khizanishvili .13
Garry Brady .26
Steven Milne .15
Juan Sara .9

Francisco Quino for Lee Makel (73)
Rolando Zárate for Eugène Dadi (77)
Davide Xausa for Juan Jose Camacho (80)
Juan Sara for David Mackay (63)
Garry Brady for Gavin Rae (68)
Steven Milne for Steve Lovell (77)

Oscar Ramos Rubio (58)
Lee Makel (70)
Steve Lovell (39)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Tom Brown (Referee)
Stuart Logan & Graeme Alison (Assistants)
Eric Martindale (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Nacho Novo's strike from the penalty spot with 19 minutes to go earned Dundee a well deserved point at Almondvale, but the day had a terrible ending for the Dark Blues with Giorgi Nemsadze picking up what looked a long term injury late on.

Dundee were unchanged from the side which had led two-nil at half time of the derby, but it was Livingston who made the bright start by taking a second minute lead through Juan Jose Camacho, and what a finish the Spaniard provided. Running onto a head flick from Bingham, he spotted Speroni advancing to cut down the angle and from 17 yards lofted the bouncing ball with the outside of this left foot into the opposite top corner.

The Dee looked lethargic in those early stages, and Livi could have been two up in 12 minutes when Camacho picked out Bingham, but the former Forfar man blasted his effort high and over when he had time to advance further towards goal.

Four minutes later Dundee tested Broto for the first time, and the Spanish keeper showed he was more than equal to the task. A Nemsadze free-kick from the right seemed to deflect off Rubio, and was heading towards the corner of the net until the keeper threw out his right arm and clawed it onto the upright. Tom Hutchinson was onto the rebound quickly and appeared certain to score until Broto flicked it away to complete an outstanding double save.

It was settling down into a fine match and Dundee had a considerable amount of pressure around the midway point of the first half with Broto again doing well to deny Steve Lovell after Caballero had found him with a clever ball in 26 minutes.

The second half started with a flurry of Dundee pressure but the closest they came was an off target header from Hutchinson following a good run and cross from Novo. There was more chance of a goal at the other end in 54 minutes when Cherif got free on the left and fired in a shot, which was brilliantly tipped over by Speroni. A minute later Dundee hit back and Rae did superbly to win a ball thirty yards from, goal but after a one-two with Lovell his attempt on goal was woefully off target.

It was all action now and Speroni saved brilliantly from Dadi on the edge of his box and then headed clear as Bingham pounced on the rebound. Livi again came close thanks to some wonderful skill from Dadi on the hour, he appeared to be closed down in the middle of the Dundee penalty area but brilliantly teed the ball up for himself and fired an overhead kick off the face of the bar.

Immediately after that strike Jim Duffy went for broke, introducing Sara for Mackay and five minutes later Brady came on for Rae.

The reward for a more attacking formation came in 71 minutes when Caballero topped a fine performance with a rasping thirty yarder which Broto couldn't hold. Lovell was first to react, but as he steadied to pull the trigger, he was bundled over by Rubio and Mr Brown pointed to the penalty spot.

Nacho grabbed the ball and coolly despatched it into the bottom corner for his fifth goal of the campaign.

Throughout, the game had been end to end and Jim Duffy replaced Lovell with Milne to freshen up the attack and in a bid to drive on to a win in 77nminutes but the chances of that suffered a massive blow five minutes later.

Back helping the defence at a corner, Giorgi Nemsadze was clearing a loose ball when Gary Bollan collided with him. The Georgian international instantly crumpled to the ground and his team-mates franticly signalled for medical assistance.

There then followed the sad sight of Giorgi departing the action on a stretcher as Jim Duffy rearranged his team to hold onto the point. He helped accomplish this by moving Juan Sara to an unfamiliar defensive midfield position, a role he appeared to relish, with Nacho Novo assisting by tracking back down the left side.

With the handicap of being reduced to ten men Dundee were happy to hang onto what they had, but the satisfaction of again playing reasonably well, and again taking part in a game which was a fine advert for Scottish football was severely clouded by the feeling that Giorgi's injury was likely to be long term.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 30th, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 19 - 40 -
Jonay Hernández23 191191
Tom Hutchinson20 13 - 13 -
David Mackay21 19 - 371
Barry Smith28 18 - 2851
Lee Wilkie22 18 - 661
Giorgi Nemsadze30 14 - 663
Gavin Rae25 18320221
Fabian Caballero24 1857421
Steve Lovell21 136136
Nacho Novo23 175175
Garry Brady (sub)26 9 - 9 -
Steven Milne (sub)22 9 - 7111
Juan Sara (sub)26 1828832

League Table (as at November 30th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.