Dundee 0
Livingston 1
League (Premier League)

0 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 5th, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,830
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Burton O'Brien (49)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Richard Gough

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
17. Callum MacDonald
5. Bobby Mann
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
14. Neil Barrett
8. Mark Fotheringham
18. Steven Robb
26. Fabian Caballero
9. Steve Lovell
10. John Sutton
1. Roddy McKenzie
2. David McNamee
17. Greg Strong
24. Eric Deloumeaux
11. Jason Dair
3. Goran Stanic
13. Gabor Vincze
12. Craig Easton
10. Burton O'Brien
25. Robert Snodgrass
23. Ferenc Horvath

24. Francois Dubourdeau
25. Joel Kitamirike
3. Brent Sancho
12. Garry Brady
23. Neil Clark
22. Scott Robertson
7. Glen Atle Larsen
18. Colin Meldrum
4. Oscar Rubio
20. Gustave Bahoken
5. Mark Wilson
15. Richard Brittain
8. Colin McMenamin
26. James Hand

Scott Robertson for Mark Fotheringham (78)
Glen Atle Larsen for Neil Barrett (78)
Colin McMenamin for Ferenc Horvath (64)
James Hand for Jason Dair (86)

None. Colin McMenamin (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)
Stewart Shearer & Gordon McBride (Assistants)
Scott MacDonald (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee's five match unbeaten run in the City of Discovery came to an end thanks to Burton O'Brien's strike. fine That came four minutes into the second half of a match where the Dark Blues simply didn't show the spirit or passion required to get a result.

The weekend's results blew the Bank of Scotland Premier League relegation fight wide open, moving Livingston to level with Dundee United and just two points behind Dundee. The early stages of the encounter showed both sides performing nervously with passes going astray all over the field, but whilst Dundee continued in that vein, Livi' eventually began to take control without ever being really comfortable.

The visitors created the first chance of the match with Gabor Vincze picking up the ball from a poor defensive header and attempting a left foot curler into the top corner, the Hungarian international was off target with his effort.

At the other end John Sutton attempted to curl a long-range effort home, but Roddy McKenzie comfortably held it.

Livingston came close in the 25th minute when a corner from Jason Dair was allowed to bounce around the box and the home fans were grateful to see Barry Smith step in to clear from almost on his own goal-line.

Lee Wilkie had Dundee's first real opportunity ten minutes before the break when he met Steven Robb's cross, but his header flew well over. The visitors had a shout for a penalty turned down three minutes later as Dair tumbled easily under Robb's challenge, but referee Mike McCurry wasn't interested in their claims.

Burton O'Brien and young Snodgrass had been Livingston's most effective players and they almost combined in the opening minutes of the second half the former just failing to find the latter with his pass after being allowed to advance thirty yards without a challenge.

It was a warning of his abilities for the Dee, but they failed to heed it and were made to suffer three minutes later.

Again O'Brien advanced without a serious tackle being made but this time, he curled a great 22-yarder past Soutar for what would prove to be the only goal of the match.

At last, Dundee upped the pace somewhat and they could have been level within minutes had Lovell managed to get a touch on Fabian Caballero's low sixteen yard drive as it whizzed past the post.

For a spell Dundee pinned Livi' back, but the West Lothian side were rarely in trouble, and in fact, looked the more likely side to score when they broke up field. Indeed, they had the ball in the net again on 76 minutes, but Colin McMenamin's use of a hand in putting it there, brought him only a yellow card and a mouthful from keeper Soutar.

Jim Duffy introduced Glen Larsen and Scott Robertson for Fotheringham and Barrett with twelve minutes remaining. but that failed to produce any more creativity and Livingston comfortably ran down the clock to earn a massive three points.

They'd brought a much larger than usual support to Tayside and those fans chorused "We're not going down" at their heroes as they left the field. They'd certainly given themselves chance now.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 5th, 2005)

2004-05 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)23 30 - 31 -
Callum MacDonald21 25 - 32 -
Bobby Mann31 22 - 22 -
Barry Smith31 31 - 3794
Lee Wilkie24 9 - 1286
Neil Barrett23 232363
Mark Fotheringham21 27 - 564
Steven Robb22 263554
Fabian Caballero27 19113226
Steve Lovell24 27128933
John Sutton21 287287
Scott Robertson (sub)19 5 - 5 -
Glen Atle Larsen (sub) - 161161

League Table (as at March 5th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Recent games at Dens Park have been very productive with wins over Inverness Caley Thistle and Motherwell.

Certainly, the victory over Terry Butcher's side in our last home outing was vitally important.

Whilst it has to be said that we were out of sorts in the first half, Steve Lovell's equaliser gave us the belief that we needed to go on and win the match.

Certainly, we looked a lot better after the break and another Steve Lovell strike earned us three valuable points.

At Easter Road a fortnight ago, we showed a good spirit and Steve Lovell had chances for us to go in front before Hibs scored, but their second goal at the start of the second half, killed us off.

Though we played well enough, we must start defending better, particularly as a team. And in the first half at Celtic Park on Wednesday, our organisation was good, and we even had a couple of excellent chances to take the lead.

But Celtic went up a couple of gears after their second goal to leave us shattered.

All you can ask of the players is for them to work as hard as you can and see where it takes you-on Wednesday that was up until half-time!

Even before Wednesday's results, this afternoon's match was going to be of great significance, but now it is of paramount importance given that Livingston beat Kilmarnock to cut the gap on us to five points.

This was always going to be a tough and nervy affair, but there'll be even more tension now.

However, if the players are more composed that they were against Motherwell and work hard, I see no reason why we cannot pick up the three points that would give ourselves that extra breathing space over the teams below us.