Kilmarnock 0
Dundee 0
League (Premiership)


Kilmarnock 

0 - 0

Dundee


League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Rugby Park
Attendance: 3,688
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Lee McCulloch Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
21. Jamie MacDonald
5. Stuart Findlay
22. Kevin McHattie
26. Conrad Balatoni
27. Lee Hodson
8. Gary Dicker
16. Tope Obadeyi
19. Craig Slater
7. Rory McKenzie
23. Greg Kiltie
28. Josh Magennis
Scott Bain .1
Kevin Holt .3
Darren O'Dea .21
Paul McGinn .19
Thomas Konrad .4
Nick Ross .17
Paul McGowan .18
Gary Harkins .29
Kane Hemmings .15
Rory Loy .9
Greg Stewart .7

Bench
13. Conor Brennan
18. Lee Ashcroft
14. Mark O'Hara
39. Adam Frizzell
11. Kallum Higginbotham
9. Kris Boyd
20. Dale Carrick
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Cammy Kerr .30
Julen Etxabeguren .16
Nicky Low .8
Craig Wighton .33
Craig Wighton .33
Arturo Rodriguez .22

Substitutions
Kallum Higginbotham for Greg Kiltie (61)
Kris Boyd for Tope Obadeyi (62)
Craig Wighton for Gary Harkins (84)

Cautions
Kevin McHattie (90) Rory Loy (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Euan Anderson (Referee)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee travelled to Ayrshire for the second time this season hoping to recreate the sensational performance at Kilmarnock in the first game of the season as they chase a top six place but it wasn’t to be with a 0-0 draw.

Dundee fielded an unchanged starting XI for the third match in a row with Andy Black coming onto the bench in place of the injured Nicky Low while Kilmarnock were facing their first league match under new manager Lee Clark.

Obviously out to impress their new boss, Kilmarnock made a positive start with Josh Magennis causing the Dundee defence all sorts of problems. Firstly Darren O’Dea had to look lively to tackle the Northern Irishman in the Dundee box when he cut in through the right channel and moments later when he came in from the left, he slid the ball under the advancing Bain from an acute angle but Holt rushed back to clear the ball off the line.

Magennis then had two efforts at the Dundee goal; the first from the edge of the box after being played in by McKenzie which sailed over the bar and the second which Bain had to look lively to save from a similar position.

Dundee struggled to get into the game but Stewart was able to make space for himself in the box after quarter of an hour before his cross was deflected behind by Balatoni. His corner then sailed over everyone and out for a goal kick before the home side started to pressure the Dundee goal again.

Dicker fired over the bar from six yards out from a corner before there was a major let off for Dundee on 25 minutes. McGinn brought down Obadeyi about 30 yards out on the Killie left wing and when Slater sent the free kick into the Dundee box, it seemed harmless enough and looked like it would run through to Bain.

However at the last second Holt stuck out a knee out to deflect the ball and Bain did brilliantly to change direction and make a superb save right on the line. It really was a top drawer effort from the Scotland squad man.

There was another let off for The Dee minutes later when Nick Ross headed a Magennis header off the line after a Killie corner and the home side could feel aggrieved on the balance of play not to be ahead after the half hour.

Against the run of play however Dundee very nearly took the lead on 31 minutes when Rory Loy might feel he was unlucky not to score. Good work from Stewart on the right saw him edge into the Killie box and when he cut the ball back for Loy on the penalty spot his shot was deflected inches over the bar by Stuart Findlay.

Dundee then put a series of crosses into the Kilmarnock box which didn't really trouble the home side and as the half time whistle approached Kiltie made space for himself on the edge of the Dark Blues’ box, only to screw his shot wide before McKenzie shot straight at Bain from 18 yards.

Killie were definitely the better side in the first half and with three efforts cleared off the Dundee goal line, the Dark Blues could probably consider themselves to be fortunate to be level at the interval.

However they came out after the break to have a much improved second half and within 20 seconds of the restart, Kane Hemmings hit the side netting from 20 yards with a stinging half volley.

Kevin Holt then had to be on his toes to clear a Slater cross away at the back post and then Bain did well to hold a Hodson cross at the front post.

McGinn threw himself at a McKenzie shot from distance but after that it was Dundee who looked the more dangerous. Paul McGowan forced MacDonald into a good save from a shot from 15 yards when he found himself in space on the left and then Gary Harkins curled an effort from inside the D which bent just over the bar.

Balatoni then had to head away two dangerous crosses from Paul McGinn on the right before the away fans were shouting for a penalty when Hemmings went down in the box. The front man went down under a challenge from Balatoni while chasing a Bain long kick but the referee waved play on as Hemmings slammed the ground in disappointment.

Kilmarnock tried to change things just after the hour when Lee Clark made a double substitution bring on Boyd and Higginbotham for Obadeyi and Kiltie but it was Dundee who continued to push on.

Having watch his opposite number Scot Bain pull off a wonderful save it the first half, it was Jamie MacDonald’s turn to do likewise in the second when on 70 minutes the Killie skipper brilliantly turned a Hemmings curling effort from their edge of the box away after it looked destined for the top corner.

Killie still looked dangerous when going forward and Konrad had to make a brilliant tackle in the middle of the park to stop Slater breaking through after a McGowan pass had been under hit and then Magennis fired a cross into the box after beating Holt for pace on the right wing but O’Dea chested it down before Holt recovered to clear upfield.

Gary Harkins had a chance to shoot but fired the ball high into the Dundee fans behind the goal and as the game wore on Dundee kept pushing forward.

Craig Wighton came on for Harkins to give the youngster the chance to run through the centre at Killie’s defence and his first touch nearly gave McGowan the chance to shoot but he couldn’t get it from under his feet.

Greg Stewart had put a good shift in out on the right and as the Killie defence tired he became more of a threat. A number of crosses by Stewart caused the Killie back four some issues before he set up Loy to have a shot from 18 yards which was blocked by Slater.

Stewart’s running down the right saw him upended by McHattie at the side of the box and when he whipped in the free kick, it very nearly won the game for Dundee. With just seconds left on the clock Stewart played the free kick to the back post where he found O’Dea and when the Irish international headed it back across goal to his centre half partner Thomas Konrad, the German headed the ball inches past MacDonald’s left hand post.

A draw may well have been a fair result after a much improved second half but the players came off slightly frustrated that they didn’t take all three points. However a third clean sheet in a row keeps Dundee in the top six and this was a completely different Killie side to the one The Dee met in August.

Match report written by Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at February 20th, 2016)


2015-16 All Time
Age
Scott Bain (GK)24 29 - 55 -
Thomas Konrad26 26 - 632
Paul McGinn25 28 - 672
Darren O'Dea29 6 - 6 -
Kevin Holt23 252252
Gary Harkins31 25415633
Paul McGowan28 241582
Nick Ross24 281281
Kane Hemmings24 28182818
Greg Stewart25 2876722
Rory Loy27 237237
Craig Wighton (sub)18 2 - 333






League Table (as at February 20th, 2016)


No league table has been added for this season.