Dundee 1
Kilmarnock 0
League (Premiership)

1 - 0

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,141
3:00 PM Kick-off

Greg Stewart (pen.) (19)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Allan Johnston

Starting Eleven
12. Scott Bain
5. James McPake
3. Willie Dyer
2. Gary Irvine
6. Iain Davidson
20. Jim McAlister
47. Alex Harris
18. Paul McGowan
29. Gary Harkins
21. Luka Tankulic
15. Greg Stewart
1. Craig Samson
2. Ross Barbour
18. Lee Ashcroft
8. Sammy Clingan
10. Chris Johnston
16. Tope Obadeyi
19. Craig Slater
20. Alexei Eremenko
23. Chris Chantler
29. Manuel Pascali
28. Josh Magennis

25. Arvid Schenk
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
4. Thomas Konrad
10. Kevin Thomson
11. Simon Ferry
16. David Clarkson
33. Craig Wighton
13. Conor Brennan
15. Euan Smith
36. David Syme
22. Darryl Westlake
26. Mark O'Hara
11. Paul Cairney
33. Robbie Muirhead

David Clarkson for Gary Harkins (62)
Kostadin Gadzhalov for James McPake (74)
Craig Wighton for Luka Tankulic (80)
Paul Cairney for Tope Obadeyi (68)
Robbie Muirhead for Chris Johnston (68)

Willie Dyer (44)
Craig Slater (39)
Aleksey Eremenko Jr. (45)
Manuel Pascali (45)
Chris Chantler (81)
Ross Barbour (93)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)
Graeme Leslie & David Watt (Assistants)
Steve McLean (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

The Dark Blues continued their improved form with a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at Dens Park tonight. Greg Stewart scored the winner with a first half penalty. The Dark Blues went on to dominate the second half, but couldn't add to their tally.

Paul Hartley made three changes after the 3-3 draw at Pittodrie. Kosta Gadzhalov and Paul McGinn were injured and replaced by Dyer and McPake. Kevin Thomson moved onto the bench, allowing Paul McGowan to return from suspension.

The match started sluggishly although Greg Stewart cheered up the home support with some lovely touches on the left. However, it was Killie who had the first shot when Magennis pulled the ball down well to turn and shoot from outside the box, but a deflection sent it safely wide.

The Dark Blues were nearly caught out by a fast Obadeyi break. From the resulting corner Scott Bain had to make a superb save to turn away Ashcroft's powerful header.

Dundee were playing some neat and patient football, looking for openings in the final third. The probing won the Dee a penalty after 19 minutes. In a move reminiscent of Saturday's opening goal Harkins laid the ball off for McAlister to burst into the penalty area. Pascali's mistimed tackle knocked him off balance and he hit the ground after colliding with Ashcroft. Greg STEWART duly smashed the spot kick home.

Dundee continued to play well, but without dominating Killie who always looked dangerous coming forward. Scott Bain had to save superbly again to defy Eremenko, who had taken Johnston's pass to skip into the penalty area and unleash a powerful shot.

Kilmarnock were attacking more now, but they were leaving space for Dundee to attack on the break. The Dee couldn't turn any of these promising opportunities into clear chances. Iain Davidson came closest to a second goal before the break when he latched onto a Harkins' free kick and shot narrowly wide.

Stewart continued to terrorise the Killie defence on the left. He nutmegged Barbour and fired over a low cross that McAlister turned wide at the near post. Just before half time Harkins and Stewart worked a clever free kick to give Tankulic a half chance from a difficult angle, but the German striker sliced his shot wide.

Dundee might have only just edged a tight first half, but they took charge after the break. McGowan and McAlister stopped Killie playing through the midfield and the visitors struggled to mount any dangerous attacks.

Dundee, on the other hand, threatened to open up Killie's defence every time they attacked. Ex Dee keeper Craig Samson had an amazing escape when Harkins jinked past a man on the edge of the penalty area and lashed a great rising shot against the underside of the crossbar. The ball rebounded against the keeper on the ground and looped gently back over the bar.

Harkins had another go from 20 yards, missing the far post by inches. He had been having a fine game, but left the fray just after the hour mark to be replaced by Clarkson.

Dundee continued to stretch Killie's defence but couldn't turn a series of dangerous attacks into the crucial second goal. In the best move of the match Stewart and Tankulic combined superbly on the right. The German raced into the penalty area and tried to set up McAlister for a tap in. The ball took a slight bobble and McAlister mishit his shot, which spun into the arms of the relieved Samson.

Kilmarnock couldn't create any chances, or decent shooting opportunities in the whole second half. They kept trying to pass their way through from midfield, but fierce midfield pressing and alert defending by the Dee meant they continually lost posession before they could trouble Scott Bain.

There was concern in the home ranks when James McPake had to go off after receiving treatment. However, Kosta Gadzhalov slotted smoothly into the defence, which never looked in trouble. The Bulgarian drew a round of applause by tidying up a fleeting moment of danger with the coolest of headers into Bain's gloves.

The longer the match lasted the more frantic and ragged Killie's play became as they tried unsuccessfully to rattle Dundee. The game ended with Dundee coolly holding the ball in Killie's half. The visitors' frustration was summed up by a wild swipe by Barbour at Harris who was breaking down the left. It would have resulted in an instant red card if he had connected, but his poor aim meant he escaped with just a yellow.

After the Dee's poor form at home it is very pleasing to record back to back wins at Dens. The Dark Blues really should have punished Killie more severely with further goals, but three points and a clean sheet amounted to a very good night's work. Dundee might not have been at their best, but they put in a solid, professional performance that fully merited all three points.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 21st, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 13 - 13 -
Gary Irvine29 2431815
Willie Dyer27 10 - 36 -
James McPake30 231231
Gary Harkins30 25412529
Paul McGowan27 21 - 21 -
Alex Harris20 4141
Jim McAlister29 26111011
Iain Davidson31 8 - 784
Luka Tankulic23 222222
Greg Stewart24 25132513
Kostadin Gadzhalov (sub)25 3 - 3 -
David Clarkson (sub)29 168168
Craig Wighton (sub)17 81223

League Table (as at January 21st, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome along to Dens Park for tonights game. I'd like to welcome Allan Johnston and his back room staff from Kilmarnock for what should be another good game.

I was disappointed in the result in the end at Pittodrie at the weekend having looked like we were going to take al three points but I was pleased with the players and proud of their performances. It was a real team performance, I thought we were terrific at times,

At 3-1 up, I think we gave Aberdeen a bit of a lift with the penalty, then they are piling pressure onto us and we just couldn't hold out. Overall going up there, Aberdeen were eight unbeaten without conceding any goals in that period of time. We went there and we showed that we are a right good team.

I thought that the three goals we scored were excellent, we want to try win these games but I think if you said before the game would we have taken a point, we probably would have. The effort was fantastic, I was really pleased with that.

We've face Killie twice already this season and both were good contests. On the opening day, we played out a draw and we came away from Rugby Park with all three points. I'm expecting another tough game this evening.

Enjoy the game.