Dundee P
Livingston P
League (Premier League)

P - P

League (Premier League)
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2002
3:00 PM Kick-off

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Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven


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Red Cards
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Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Referee)
Ricky Smith & Andrew Seymour (Assistants)
Andrew Hunter (Fourth Official)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at January 23rd, 2002)

2001-02 All Time

League Table (as at January 23rd, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The hectic schedule continues this evening as we find ourselves playing in midweek for the third consecutive week That combined with the three very demanding physical games that we have just played is placing a heavy burden on our pool.

One need only reflect on the fact that when Gavin Rae was forced to limp out of Saturday's derby, we had four international players sitting in the stand with a fifth, Zura Khizanishvili, still back in Italy receiving treatment.

Quite apart from the frequency of the games, the difficult fixtures that we are facing just now means that there is no time for injuries to clear up.

In normal circumstances, Temuri Ketsbaia would have played in the next match, but with the derby less than 72-hours later, he missed it. By the same token, there is a doubt over whether Gavin Rae will have recovered in time for tonight's visit of Livingston, even although he has the benefit of an extra day.

And whilst we may have lost to United on Saturday, I doubt if anyone will complain about the entertainment value nor the effort put in by both sets of players. Defeat is never easy to take in these games, but it is all the more difficult to accept with their winner coming so late as it did, with salt being rubbed in the wound by the goal coming from a free-kick which was given in our favour and overturned on the say so of a linesman. Our complaints about that decision were only further validated after watching the incident on video.

However, I had no complaints about the commitment of the players, especially as it came after such a physically draining week with everyone giving 100%.

But that has equally been the case in the wins over both, Hibs and Falkirk and if a little of the flair and entertainment was missing in those games, three points and a place in the next round of the cup were worth the sacrifice.

It was very much a battling performance against Hibs and as Berwick Rangers demonstrated by holding Rangers, you never get it easy from lower division sides which is just what we found out against Falkirk, but after they gave us such a difficult match twelve months ago, we knew exactly how hard it was going to be, which it was!

The next ten days aren't going to see the demands on us slacken off and that certainly applies tonight. With almost two-thirds of the season gone, Livingston are not in third place by accident.

As we know from our two meetings with them this season they are a very talented team and this promises to be a very exciting contest. Although we won when they were here at the beginning of the season, being honest, they probably deserved a draw and were well worth their win when we met them at Almondvale.

Accordingly, they will be treated with the same respect that we would give to the Old Firm, but by the same token, we do not fear them, and have high hopes of securing three vital points.