Dundee 1
Kilmarnock 2
League (Premier League)

1 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 6th, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,954
3:00 PM Kick-off

Nacho Novo (pen.) (32)
Colin Nish (8)
Kris Boyd (37)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
16. Jonay Hernández
4. Tom Hutchinson
6. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
19. Lee Mair
26. Garry Brady
8. Gavin Rae
30. Mark Fotheringham
Duncan McLean
17. Nacho Novo
Francois Dubourdeau .28
Greg Shields .2
Gordon Greer .5
Frederic Dindeleux .6
Garry Hay .24
Peter Canero .11
Martin Hardie .16
Steve Fulton .8
Stephen Murray .19
Colin Nish .21
Kris Boyd .12

35. John McCafferty
3. David Mackay
18. Brent Sancho
34. Dougie Cameron
33. Bobby Linn
Craig Samson .26
Barry Mclaughlin .3
James Fowler .7
Paul Di Giacomo .20
Gary McSwegan .9

Bobby Linn for Gavin Rae (66)
Dougie Cameron for Mark Fotheringham (75)
David Mackay for Duncan McLean (83)
Paul Di Giacomo for Stephen Murray (73)
Gary McSwegan for Colin Nish (73)
James Fowler for Martin Hardie (90)

Lee Wilkie (66)
Francois Dubourdeau (32)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)
Keith Sorbie & Gordon Middleton (Assistants)
Chris Boyle (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Kilmarnock left Dens with the three points their early play merited on a day when Dundee's performance looked flat. There was plenty of hard work from the Dark Blues but despite almost constant pressure in the second half they rarely looked likely to salvage a point.

The 6954 crowd stayed patient with the team, who included Duncan McLean making his full debut in the starting eleven, but they too lacked the fervour of Wednesday evening. That crowd, 1400 up on the corresponding fixture last season, donated another large amount of money to the dee4life campaign but they weren't rewarded with a display to savour as Dundee failed to capitalise on Nacho Novo's 32nd minute penalty.

Killie had taken an early lead through Colin Nish (8 min) who swept the ball low into the comer of the net after the Dees backline had fallen asleep as the visitors took a quick free kick.

Dundee equalised after 32 minutes when goalkeeper Francois Dubourdeau bundled Novo to the ground inside the box.

The Spanish striker dusted himself down and slotted the spot-kick into the corner for the equaliser and his 14th goal of the season.

However, slack defending led to the visitors going in front again seven minutes after Novo's leveller when Murray's cross saw Kris Boyd outjump the static Lee Mair and nod home the simplest of goals.

The defence has been steady all season but here they made vital errors, it could have been worse as Killie spurned three good opportunities during that first period. The Ayrshire side knocked the ball around in impressive style in those early stages and Canero, twice and Boyd missed glaring chances.

After the break Dundee pressed forward in waves with Nacho Novo looking likely to make something happen in the opening minutes of the period, but a combination of poor finishing and solid defending eventually blunted his threat. Bobby Linn was introduced just after the hour mark, replacing Gavin Rae but the probing brought few opportunities. They weren't helped by Mark Fotheringham having to leave the action after a bash on the back of the head with quarter of an hour to go and with eight minutes to go Lee Wilkie was shoved up front as Duffy took a gamble to try to grab a point.

A run of corners provided Wilkie with headed half chances but he couldn't trouble the keeper, Tom Hutchinson did get one effort on target but it was a simple save for Dubourdeau.

With the game in injury time Bobby Linn had the chance to be the hero again but his header was narrowly wide as time ran out on Dundee's efforts.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at December 6th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 21 - 88 -
Jonay Hernández24 15 - 521
Lee Mair22 20 - 541
Barry Smith29 2113313
Lee Wilkie23 2131116
Tom Hutchinson21 6 - 19 -
Mark Fotheringham19 7171
Gavin Rae26 17324426
Garry Brady27 18 - 511
Nacho Novo24 21146423
Duncan McLean20 2 - 2 -
David Mackay (sub)22 19 - 802
Dougie Cameron (sub)20 3 - 3 -
Bobby Linn (sub)18 8181

League Table (as at December 6th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Understandably, over the last fortnight all the talk has been of a negative nature, but Wednesday evening's result brought some welcome sunshine in to the lives of everyone connected with Dundee Football Club.

I can't tell you how delighted and pleased I was with the result and performance of the players to beat Hearts.

It wasn't just the players who scaled the heights, because the vocal support that you, the fans, gave was equally as excellent!

It undoubtedly helped the players give that little bit extra which we required in a match that was always going to be tight.

First half though I thought we were outstanding and decidedly unlucky not to go in a goal or two ahead.

After the interval, Hearts changed their shape and the game was more even, but in the end, I still feel that we merited our victory.

Obviously, it was a very emotional occasion, being the first game since going into administration and your support was crucial in helping us advance to the semi-finals of the CIS Cup.

It was also very gratifying to see Bobby Linn get the goal that eventually saw us through. He is a young local lad and it is talent like that which is the future of this football club.

There is still a lot of water to go under the bridge before that is secured, but obviously securing a place in the last four of the CIS Cup hasn't done that cause any harm.

More immediately, we take on a Kilmarnock side this afternoon and they are an excellent footballing side.

So, given the exertions of the players on Wednesday evening, combined with the couple of injuries which we picked up during the game against Hearts, we will need the same whole- hearted support that was so influential on Wednesday to help us find that bit extra which we'll need to pick up three points.