Dundee 2
Kilmarnock 1
League (Premier League)

2 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, April 24th, 1999
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,296
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Anderson (44)
Shaun McSkimming (64)
Chris Innes (53)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Bobby Williamson

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
22. Willie Miller
14. Lee Maddison
5. Brian Irvine
34. Steven Boyack
25. Gavin Rae
7. Iain Anderson
21. Shaun McSkimming
10. James Grady
16. Willie Falconer
Gordon Marshall .1
Gus MacPherson .2
Jim Lauchlan .22
Chris Innes .21
Dylan Kerr .3
Alan Mahood .14
lan Durrant .10
Mark Reilly .7
John Henry .6
Ally Mitchell .11
Jerome Vareille .15

40. Jamie Langfield
35. Steven Tweed
18. Gavin Strachan
20. Tommy Coyne
9. Eddie Annand
Colin Meldrum .12
Alex Burke .25
Ally McCoist .13
Gary McCutcheon .27
Paul Wright .9

Eddie Annand for Iain Anderson (73)
Ally McCoist for Mark Reilly (75)
Gary McCutcheon for Ally Mitchell (85)
Paul Wright for Jerome Vareille (85)

None. Jim McLaughlan

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Martin Doran & Tom Murphy (Assistants)
Steven Kaney (Fourth Official)

Match Report

The theme tune from The Great Escape heralded both Dundee's goals as well as their entry at the start of both halves.

On recent form, this had nothing to do with beating the drop. That hasn't been in doubt for weeks. The home fans clearly caught on to the irony when they chanted. "Are you watching SPL?"

It appears every time the Dark Blues are threatened with expulsion they rise to the occasion. And with both ends of Dens Park flattened in readiness for two new stands, it's even more difficult to visualise the Premier League without Dundee next season.

Obviously their fans have no objection to the club being sold to the controversial Giovanni di Stefano -they even chanted his name.

There was not one dissenting voice raised at Dens as the home support got right behind their team from th first whistle. Sure, Jocky Scott's side rode their luck at times. But in the end they thoroughly deserved all three points with a rousing performance.

Scott has his side well-drilled. They play for each other with the emphasis clearly on team spirit.

That's not to say they don't have clever individual players. Steven Boyack and lain Anderson, in particular, are as skilful and talented as any wide players I've seen all season.

When you add the grit and determination of seasoned veterans Barry Smith, Brian Irvine and Willie Falconer, it's easy to see why Dundee won't go down.

Killie came to Dens the crest of a wave, having scored 10 times in their last two games.

They started well, but Dundee refused to lose their shape. Then, following a spell of sustained i home pressure, Dundee went aheadnjust before the break.NMaddison crossed deep from the left and Anderson crept in behind Killie's defence to fire a great volley into Marshall's top corner.

When Killie equalised shortly after the break through a powerful header from Chris Innes following a Durrant corner, Dens went silent. However, this was a game Dundee were destined to win and win it they did with a marvellous goal.

Boyack beat three defenders down the right and delivered a great high cross to the far post where Shaun McSkimming was completely unmarked to head home.

After this, the result was never in doubt. In fact, Dundee could have increased their lead when Anderson hit the post after a great run.

In a skilful, entertaining game, the only booking was Lauchlan for a trip on Boyack.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at April 24th, 1999)

1998-99 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)27 33 - 77 -
Lee Maddison26 18 - 472
Willie Miller29 25 - 25 -
Barry Smith25 31 - 1381
Brian Irvine34 301742
Steven Boyack22 4 - 4 -
Shaun McSkimming28 282595
Iain Anderson21 25214919
Gavin Rae21 261603
Willie Falconer33 313313
James Grady28 2426820
Eddie Annand (sub)26 29107626

League Table (as at April 24th, 1999)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Over the years, we have always had a good record at Tannadice and last Sunday's match proved no different.

Taking everything into consideration, it was a truly great performance by the boys who took the game to Rangers whenever they could. In addition, we defended well apart from the one lapsebin concentration which cost us the equaliser.

That, however, was the only criticism other than the fact that we didn't actually win the game! The point, however, was no less welcome because it puts us one step closer to survival in the SPL and set the standards we have to match in our five remaining fixtures.

Not for the first time this season, our support at Tannadice was magnificent. Although outnumbered, you were not out-shouted by the Rangers' fans. The players certainly appreciate how you have backed them and it, in no little way, helped them rise to the occasion.

Hopefully, now that we have performed so well against one of the Old Firm after suffering at their hands so often this season and the fact that the bulldozers have finally moved in to start getting the ground up to scratch, the supporters will see that the Club mean business and are intent on staying in the Premier League.

And the recent glad tidings didn't end there. Once again Robert Douglas has been called up to the Scotland squad for next week's friendly international in Germany.

Our congratulations go to him and I hope that he gets an opportunity to show the excellent form he is in at club level for his country. Further down the scale, there was also good news with defender Lee Wilkie being called up to the Scotland Under 18 squad.

Both call ups are a boost for the players and the club. Back to this afternoon's match and we know that it will be another very difficult fixture, particularly after Kilmarnock's emphatic win over Dunfermline last week.

However, all three previous games against them have been very close fought affairs.

Provided that we go about our business in the same manner as we did last week, then today's game should follow the pattern of our previous meetings.

Enjoy the game!