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League (Premier League)
Sunday, August 31st, 2003
Rugby Park
Attendance: 5,973
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kris Boyd (79) Nacho Novo 

Team Managers
Jim Jeffries Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Colin Meldrum
2. Greg Shields
3. Barry Mclaughlin
6. Frederic Dindeleux
24. Garry Hay
14. Alan Mahood
8. Steve Fulton
19. Stephen Murray
20. Paul Di Giacomo
18. Gary McDonald
12. Kris Boyd
Julian Speroni .1
Tom Cowan .23
Lee Mair .19
Brent Sancho .18
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .6
Garry Brady .26
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Gavin Rae .8
Fabian Caballero .7
Nacho Novo .17

29. Brian Dodds
28. Francois Dubourdeau
15. Sean Hessey
21. Colin Nish
9. Gary McSwegan
Jamie Langfield .12
Tom Hutchinson .4
Mark Fotheringham .30
Steve Lovell .25
Juan Sara .9

Colin Nish for Paul di Giacomo (65)
Gary McSwegan for Gary McDonald (78)
Tom Hutchinson for Lee Mair (29)
Juan Sara for Fabian Caballero (72)
Steve Lovell for Nacho Novo (77)

Paul Di Giacomo (45)
Garry Hay (83)
Greg Shields (90)
Lee Wilkie (45)
Giorgi Nemsadze (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)
Gordon McBride & Keith Sorbie (Assistants)
Eddie Mack (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Nacho Novo scored his fifth goal in three games at Rugby Park, but for the second week running a brilliant strike beat Julian Speroni, and this time it cost the Dees two points.

Jim Duffy shuffled the pack after the midweek UEFA Cup win, restoring Fabian Caballero and Garry Brady to the starting line up, while Brent Sancho and Tom Cowan came in to fill the full back positions, for the latter it was his competitive debut.

Killie had a half chance early on with Boyd's header from Murray's corner floating just over, but it was Dundee who should have taken an early lead. Eight minutes were on the clock when Caballero sent top scorer Novo in on goal. The Spaniard rounded Meldrum, but his off balance effort lacked pace and clipped the outside of the post.

Garry Brady was next to try his luck after Caballero had shown fine close control and combined with Cowan to provide the chance, but Meldrum saved well from his 20-yarder in 18 minutes.

Three minutes later Nemsadze sent Smith in on the keeper, but Meldrum was out quickly to block. Killie came close moments later after a Di Giacomo blocked shot fell to Boyd five yards out, and it was Speroni's turn to be brave in making a block. Lee Mair picked up a knock in the scramble leading up to Boyd's effort.

Julian was in action again soon afterwards getting down well to hold a Hay effort but the first half was being played mainly in midfield with both sides struggling to break down the opposition defence. Dundee had to make a change for the Mair injury in 31 minutes with Tom Hutchinson getting his first league action of the season.

Right on the interval, a snap shot from Di Giacomo dipped just wide of the target and Dundee hit back with a Gavin Rae effort over the bar after a well worked free kick. Novo chanced his luck in the opening moments of the second half with a dipping shot which went wide and Speroni was again in action to deny Boyd who cut inside and fired a fierce shot from just inside the box in 48 minutes.

Nacho Novo's fine run of scoring continued when he struck in the 55th minute after some fine build up play involving Tom Cowan and Georgi Nemsadze, with the Georgian international sliding a fine pass to the Spanish striker who took a touch and calmly rolled the ball beyond Meldrum.

Killie tried to fight back, but Dundee looked very comfortable at 1-0 and Jim Duffy switched the strikers with Sara replacing Caballero who'd had a quiet day in 73 minutes and five minutes later Lovell replaced Nacho. The Englishman had only been on the park seconds though when Killie equalised out of nothing, Boyd picking up a superb Fulton pass and lashing an unlikely, but unstoppable, angled drive in off the bar.

It took a great tackle from Wilkie to deny Boyd as time ran down and Brent Sancho twice got in superb blocks to stop dangerous crosses from the left.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 31st, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 6 - 73 -
Tom Cowan - 1 - 1 -
Lee Mair22 6 - 401
Brent Sancho26 3 - 3 -
Barry Smith29 613163
Lee Wilkie23 61964
Garry Brady26 5 - 381
Giorgi Nemsadze31 6 - 895
Gavin Rae25 6223325
Fabian Caballero25 4 - 10225
Nacho Novo24 664915
Tom Hutchinson (sub)21 2 - 15 -
Steve Lovell (sub)22 614116
Juan Sara (sub)26 419535

League Table (as at August 31st, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.