Dundee 2
Kilmarnock 2
League (Scottish Premiership)

2 - 2

League (Scottish Premiership)
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,694
7:45 PM Kick-off

Andrew Nelson (8)
Andrew Nelson (20)
Conor McAleny (18)
Chris Burke (54)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Steve Clarke

Starting Eleven
31. Sieng Dieng
29. James Horsefield
5. Genséric Kusunga
15. Ryan McGowan
3. Nathan Ralph
17. Andrew Dales
28. Andreas Hadenius
4. Martin Woods
23. Craig Curran
21. Andrew Nelson
10. Scott Wright
Daniel Bachmann .26
Stephen O'Donnell .2
Kirk Broadfoot .5
Stuart Findlay .17
Greg Taylor .3
Alan Power .6
Gary Dicker .8
Jordan Jones .11
Aaron Tshibola .27
Chris Burke .29
Conor McAleny .15

12. Elliot Parish
2. Cammy Kerr
6. Darren O'Dea
18. Paul McGowan
45. Callum Moore
7. John O'Sullivan
20. Kenny Miller
Devlin Mackay .13
Scott Boyd .16
Alex Bruce .4
Youssouf Mulumbu .24
Liam Millar .19
Rory McKenzie .7
Mikael Ndjoli .12

Paul McGowan for Andreas Hadenius (55)
Kenny Miller for Craig Curran (66)
Darren O'Dea for Andrew Nelson (75)
Youssouf Mulumbu for Aaron Tshibola (58)
Liam Millar for Jordan Jones (76)
Mikael Ndjoli for Conor McAleny (79)

Ryan McGowan (7)
James Horsefield (88)
Aaron Tshibola (14)
Gary Dicker (31)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)
Sean Carr & David Doig (Assistants)
Mike Roncone (Fourth Official)

Match Report

For the second game running injury time heartbreak cost Dundee a win as the Dark Blues drew 2-2 against in form Kilmarnock at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park. With the last kick of the ball Kenny Miller’s penalty was saved by Daniel Bachmann. Dundee had much the better of the first half but Kilmarnock domimated the second. The Dark Blues had taken the lead twice in the first half through great finishes by Andrew Nelson. Conor McAleny equalised the first time and Chris Burke pulled Killie level early in the second half.

Dundee’s only change from Saturday was Andrew Nelson starting in the place of Ethan Robson. Killie brought in Kirk Broadfoot and Conor McAleny for Scott Boyd and Mikael Ndjoli.

From the start the Dark Blues launched themselves into an energetic pressing game that gave Killie no peace. Andrew Nelson set the scene for what was to come when his pace allowed him to hunt down Kirk Broadfoot and rob him of the ball, but Stephen O’Donnell recovered quickly to cut out the danger.

Dundee deservedly took the lead after eight minutes. Ryan McGowan’s long ball was nodded down by Craig Curran and NELSON controlled the ball before scoring with a low shot across Bachmann from 14 yards.

The home crowd were warmed by some attractive and dangerous attacking play by the Dark Blues. Scott Wright was in great form, whether raiding down the left or cutting inside.

Dundee’s fine start seemed to have come to a juddering halt when Killie pulled out a simple equaliser against the run of play. Kirk Broadfoot ventured forward and slipped a pass in behind Genseric Kusunga for Conor McALENY to run in and sweep his shot past Seny Dieng.

The Dee came up with the perfect response to the setback and needed only two minutes to restore their lead. Andread Hadenius won a challenge on the half way line and the ball ricocheted forward. Andrew NELSON took maximum advantage, taking possession and rifling a superb low shot from 20 yards inside Bachmann’s left hand post.

Kilmarnock were at their most dangerous from free kicks that Chris Burke delivered expertly into the goalmouth. One flew straight through and out of play with no-one getting a touch. Another found Gary Dicker unmarked beyond the far post, but his header was blocked. Jordan Jones also caused a moment of alarm with a good run and low cross that the Dee managed to scramble clear.

Most of the attacking and threat came from the Dark Blues, however. Only a wonderful finger-tip save by Bachmann stopped Nelson completing his hat trick with a well directed header from Andy Dales cross.

A wonderful run by Scott Wright opened up Kilmarnock’s defence, but a desperate tackle by Dicker knocked the ball away from Dales as he was about to shoot.

Dundee were well worth their half time lead after an excellent first half performance. They continued in the same vein after the break causing Killie serious problems with their pressing and harrying in the away half.

However, Kilmarnock dug themselves back into the game, again against the run of play, with a magnificently struck free kick by Chris Burke from 27 yards.

The goal transformed the game, and Kilmarnock received a further boost by the arrivel from the bench of Youssouf Mulumbu their recent loan signing from Celtic. He added guile and composure to Killie’s midfield. Jim McIntyre responded by replacing Andrew Nelson with Darren O’Dea, who played a holding midfield role, keeping an eye on Mulumbu.

Dundee couldn’t keep possession, and certainly couldn’t make the ball stick up front. Kenny Miller replaced Craig Curran, but the veteran striker was left isolated as Dundee were increasingly forced backwards.

At first Kilmarnock’s main threat was from long range shots. Greg Taylor wasn’t far off target from 25 yards, and Dieng saved well Dicker’s effort from a similar range.

Soon Killie were forcing their way deeper into the Dee penalty area and only frantic goalmouth defending kept them at bay. Ryan McGowan cleared a McAleny shot that got past Dieng, and only a minute later Dieng and Nathan Ralph were both needed on the goalline to scramble away substitute Liam Millar’s shot.

The fourth official signalled four minutes of injury time and Kilmarnock threw everything at Dundee to try and force the winner. The Dark Blues escaped in another heart-stopping goalline scramble, and Scott Wright almost managed to send Kenny Miller clear on the break.

Killie failed to heed the warning and in time added on at the end of the four minutes Andy Dales broke and succeeded in giving Miller the chance to run clear. Instead of shooting early Miller checked inside Bachmann who brought him down for a clear penalty. Referee Kevin Clancy decided that Bachmann had made an honest attempt to win the ball and allowed him to stay on the park. Miller went for placement rather than power and the Killie keeper guessed right to save. It was Dundee’s third penalty of the season, and none have been scored.

That was the last kick of the match and both teams were left frustrated at getting only a single point. The Dees felt the bigger disappointment after that late penalty miss. The last half hour was uncomfortable for Dundee after they ran out of steam and Kilmarnock took over. Up till then they had played some exciting and highly effective football, and could have been more than one goal ahead.

There was never a dull moment in this hectic, and highly entertaining match. When the Dark Blues were in full flow attacking Kilmarnock with pace and skill during the first half they looked nothing like a team threatened by relegation. The new men are starting to work well together and there are definitely reasons to be optimistic. But oh dear! Those missed penalties! If only, if only, if only…

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 6th, 2019)

2018-19 All Time
Sieng Dieng (GK)24 6 - 6 -
James Horsefield23 2 - 2 -
Genséric Kusunga30 201302
Ryan McGowan29 2 - 2 -
Nathan Ralph25 20 - 20 -
Andrew Dales24 6 - 6 -
Andreas Hadenius27 2 - 2 -
Martin Woods33 14 - 14 -
Craig Curran29 6 - 6 -
Andrew Nelson21 5353
Scott Wright21 2121
Darren O'Dea (sub)32 13 - 935
Paul McGowan (sub)31 26217610
Kenny Miller (sub)39 227227

League Table (as at February 6th, 2019)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome to this evening's match against Kilmarnock. I'd like to start by welcoming Steve Clarke and his backroom staff.

The last few weeks have been tough and challenging, it goes without saying the players who have left the club go with our best wishes, and we welcome our new additions. I'd like to thank John and Tim for their support in allowing me to change the dynamics the squad and special mention to Eric Drysdale for managing to get all our work through the system before the deadline.

It was very disappointing to lose the late geal at the weekend. I thought Hamilton started better than us and we had Seny to thank for a really good save early on but after about 20 minutes we got to grips with the game. We started to knock the ball around better and looked a real threat on the counter attack.

On the day we had a lot of endeavour a lot of real hard work was put into the performance but we could have been a bit better in the final third with better decision making, especially when we were 1-0 up.

We had a lot of debuts and there was a lot of positives to take. We only had one day to work with them as a group and it will get better as the players get to know each others strengths.

I was pleased with a lot of the stuff but you could see a few haven't played in a while and were starting to tire towards the end but all in I we've not lost any more ground and we've picked up another point. A draw was a fair result.

Tonight will be another tough game but we are looking forward to it and will be doing everything we can to get back to winning ways.

Enjoy the game.