Dundee 0
Kilmarnock 0
League (Premier League)

0 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, September 30th, 2000
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,170
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Bobby Williamson

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
6. Steven Tweed
20. Lee Wilkie
18. Javier Artero
19. Patrizio Billio
12. Shaun McSkimming
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
14. Gavin Rae
29. Alessandro Romano
11. Willie Falconer
Gordon Marshall .1
Gus MacPherson .2
Chris Innes .22
Frederic Dindeleux .17
Garry Hay .24
Gary Holt .8
Ian Durrant .10
Alan Mahood .14
Ally Mitchell .11
Paul Wright .9
Ally McCoist .13

3. Jamie Langfield
22. Chris Coyne
23. Hugh Robertson
15. Steven Milne
16. Michael Yates
Colin Meldrum .12
James Fowler .26
Paul di Giacomo .30
Craig Dargo .19
Christophe Cocard .6

Steven Milne for Javier Artero (58)
Chris Coyne for Willie Falconer (74)
Craig Dargo for Paul Wright (65)
Christophe Cocard for Ian Durrant (82)

None. None.

Red Cards
Lee Wilkie (70)
Match Officials

Bobby Orr (Referee)
Wilson Irvine & Neil Brand (Assistants)
Cammy Melville (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Poor Lee Wilkie. Dundee's young centre-half must be wondering if his luck is ever going to change.

He was red-carded for the fourth time in a year following two shocking decisions by far-side linesman Neil Brand and referee Bobby Orr at Dens Park.

Brand should have spotted Kilmarnock substitute Craig Dargo was yards offside and Orr should have realised that Wilkie was not the last man.

Even then, his challenge was clumsy rather than intentional, and the experienced Orr should have displayed far more understanding and common sense.

Dundee's match sponsor had the last laugh when Willkie was voted Man of the Match to the great amusement of the home fans.

This incident, with 20 minutes remaining certainly livened up a previously boring encounter.

What threatened to be a festival of football turned into an almost funereal procession. Dundee remain supremely confident that Argentinian internationalists Claudio Caniggin and Beto Carranzo will be in the Dark Blue ranks when the SPL resumes in a fortnight.

However, following all the hype before this match, red tape meant neither appeared. As a result, the whole occasion turned flat until Wilkie's controversial ordering off.

The fact Dundee were also without five other foreign regulars didn't help. It's difficult to find an excuse for Killie, however.

Perhaps they too were disillusioned at the side Dundee eventually fielded.

Normally Killie are the most adventurous travellers in Scotland apart from the Old Firm. However, their initial outlook here was to ensure they didn't lose.

It wasn't until they had a one-man advantage that the visitors threw men forward. However, so upset were Dundee at Wilkie's treatment, they closed ranks and never looked like losing.

Goalmouth incidents few and far between as the game developed into a cat and mouse encounter.

Neither side possessed a player willing to break into a position in hurt the opposition. Instead it was all you to me, to you Clande-type of football.

Rab Douglas pulled off a couple of smart saves earlier on from McCoist and Hay.

However, they were no more than you would expect from such a highly regarded keeper. The closest Dundee came was just before Wilkie's ordering off.

Rae, Falconer and McSkimming combined and substitute Stevie Milne almost sneaked the ball in at the near post. However, keeper Marshall was alert to the situation and blocked the ball for a corner.

In the end a draw was probably about right. It would certainly have been a dreadful injustice had Dundee lost when they were cruelly reduced to ten men.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at September 30th, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)28 12 - 132 -
Barry Smith26 12 - 1911
Steven Tweed28 12 - 623
Lee Wilkie20 71341
Javier Artero25 111202
Patrizio Billio26 81262
Shaun McSkimming30 7 - 947
Giorgi Nemsadze28 12 - 12 -
Gavin Rae22 8 - 1128
Alessandro Romano31 6 - 6 -
Willie Falconer34 7 - 7820
Chris Coyne (sub)21 4 - 4 -
Steven Milne (sub)20 3 - 5 -

League Table (as at September 30th, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our last home match was the derby and it was one I am sure all Dundee supporters would have savoured as we chalked up our second successive three goal derby victory, Juan Sara's hat-trick not surprisingly was the highlight of an evening which unfortunately was marred by the injury to Fabian Caballero.

The Argentinean striker was badly inured and has since been operated on in Bologna. The operation was successful, but does mean that we will have to do without his striking talents for around four months as he is not expected to be ready to play again until next February.

Although he is on the road to recovery, I know that he is a bit down in the dumps at the moment and I am sure that any messages that you the fans might have for the very gifted striker would mean a lot to him. I know that he has been cheered up by the 60 or so e-mails that we have conveyed to him so far.

From the derby we went into another important game when we visited Celtic Park last week. If the result wasn't what we would have wanted, there is no doubt that the way we played was very encouraging. Wel played very solidly and there was very little between the teams and it was a great pity that we didn't come back with a draw,

Certainly, it was satisfying to hear so many people from different quarters praise our performance and shows that we are progressing in the manner that I want,

One thing that perhaps should be pointed out is that despite all the players I have brought in from the continent, no less than nine on the park at the end of the Celtic game were Scottish, yet we were still indulging the same type of passing game which I preach. Again that is a very heartening sign that the home-grown lads. are benefiting and learning from playing beside the quality of this summer's imports. Gavin Rae, for example, has done very well of late in midfield, whilst Steven Milne looks a very promising player for the future and that can only be to the long term benefit of Dundee Football Club which is what we are trying to achieve here.

This afternoon we face what I regard as one of our toughest games since I took over. In fact, given the current position of the two clubs, with almost a third of the season gone, I class this as a game of massive. importance. Victory would bring us within a point of Kilmarnock in fourth place and enhance our ambitions of a top six finish, so rest assured that we are going into this game in a very determined mood with the lads really fired up for the occasion.

Unfortunately, we do have a few injury problems for this afternoon's game with Marco de Marchi almost ready to return and Marcello Marrocco having restarted. training, though a slight doubt surrounds both.

The same is true of myself. I am struggling with a groin injury which flared up again after last Saturday's match. Derby hero Juan Sara is also struggling to train as he tries to overcome a few knocks.

Hopefully, by the time Saturday comes, time will have proved to be a great healer.

One person's talents we will obviously have to do without are Fabian Cabarello's, as you will probably be aware to compensate for his. absence, we are trying to secure the services of one of Fabian's fellow countryman and World Cup star, Claudio Caniggla.

There is every possibility that he will be sitting in the stands this afternoon and the very fact that he is willing to travel here to discuss coming to the club is highly encouraging although at this stage, it is still far from being a fait accompli

And if his quality is not in the side then there is a strong possibility that Beto Carranza can add his attacking skills to the midfield this afternoon. He has, of course, been training with us for sometime and now wel are hoping to persuade him to stay. Again our efforts in trying to bring players of this calibre clearly re-states the club's lofty ambitions.

Enjoy the game.