Dundee 0
Livingston 0
League (Premier League)


Dundee
0 - 0
Livingston 

League (Premier League)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,554
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Jim Leishman

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
3. David Mackay
19. Lee Mair
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
8. Gavin Rae
7. Fabian Caballero
25. Steve Lovell
17. Nacho Novo
Alan Main .1
Gustave Bahoken .20
Philippe Brinquin .2
Julián Maidana .3
Marvin Andrews .5
Cheriffe Touré .91
Lee Makel .14
Eugène Dadi .21
Burton O'Brien .27
Rolando Zárate .9
Stuart Lovell .17

Bench
1. Jamie Langfield
16. Jonay Hernández
26. Garry Brady
18. Mark Burchill
15. Steven Milne
Francisco Quino .12
David McEwan .19
Juanjo Camacho .8
Davide Xausa .13
Oscar Rubio .4

Substitutions
Mark Burchill for Nacho Novo (64)
Garry Brady for Giorgi Nemsadze (64)
Steven Milne for Steve Lovell (86)
Quino for Cheriffe Touré (76)
Davide Xausa for Eugène Dadi (81)
Juanjo Camacho for Rolando Zárate (90)

Cautions
None. Julián Maidana (35)
Stuart Lovell (43)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)
Tom Murphy & Andrew Seymour (Assistants)
Ian Frickleton (Fourth Official)


Match Report


The Club's 'two for a tenner' offer drew the crowds to Dens for the second midweek in a row, but whereas the win over Hibs last week had brought dazzling skills and a fine win this latest match brought only frustration for the more than 2000 extra fans drawn in by the offer and Dundee's recent fine form. The Dees failed to break down a tenacious and robust Livingston team who came to avoid defeat and deserved their draw.

In fact they caused Dundee more problems than any of the sides faced since the winter shutdown and kept the three-pronged strike force quieter than they've been for some time.

Dundee should still have won though, Main making fine saves from Novo and Lovell early in the second half, but the strikers should have put away those only two clear-cut chances of the match. Another excellent performance by the defence meant a fifth clean sheet in seven games since the break and the unbeaten run now stretches to seven matches, but expectation levels have gone up somewhat recently and this was a disappointing result.

Jim Duffy shuffled his strikers again, bringing in Caballero and Novo to start alongside Steve Lovell, whilst Milne and Burchill dropped to the bench.

It was Dundee who started brightly but the hard work of Livi blunted the threat. The visitors didn't seem to mind how many free kicks they conceded early on with eight fouls committed by the 'Lions' in the first 19 minutes. The last of those gave Dundee a decent opportunity but Caballero's 22- yarder was driven a couple of yards wide of the target. Gavin Rae did manage to hit the target minutes later but Main easily held his left foot effort.

The final ball was letting Dundee down as the half progressed, some nice flicks and tricks in midfield being wasted by badly weighted passes.

With ten minutes to go until the break Steve Lovell picked up a loose ball and charged goalwards only to be blocked by a challenge from Maidana who was booked by referee Willie Young. The home crowd wanted the Livi player red carded as he was the last man, but in truth the ball was running through to keeper Main so there was no clear scoring opportunity. Livi gave the Dees a scare on the stroke of half time with a glancing Dadi header being palmed round the post by Speroni, although it may well have been sneaking wide of the target anyway.

Dundee came out for the second half looking as if they were back in the mood and five minutes in came a real chance, Georgi Nemsadze danced and then threaded a lovely pass to Novo who fired a rising shot goalwards only for Main to throw out a hand and make a fine stop.

Nacho had the ball in the net minutes later but the linesman's flag was up to deny the Spaniard. Caballero was next to try his luck firing a screamer inches over the bar from 25 yards.

Just after the hour came the second of Dundee's real chances, Nemsadze threaded a pass to Rae, who's delightful lay off found Lovell in space, he drove the ball low towards the left bottom comer of the net but Main stuck out a boot and deflected the ball to safety.

Jim Duffy rang the changes to try to force a breakthrough, Brady and Burchill replacing Nemsadze and Novo but the spark was missing although the Dark Blues did come close to grabbing a goal in 78 minutes.

Brady's free kick from wide left was met by the head of Khizanishvili and the ball looped inches wide with Main stranded. Livingston had worked like Trojans to shut Dundee down and their small band of fans were the happier at the end of the match, they had picked up a valuable point while Dundee had missed an opportunity to put pressure on fifth place Dunfermline.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at March 5th, 2003)


2002-03 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)23 33 - 54 -
Zurab Khizanishvili21 16 - 42 -
David Mackay21 321502
Lee Mair22 22 - 22 -
Barry Smith29 32 - 2991
Lee Wilkie22 30 - 781
Giorgi Nemsadze30 211734
Gavin Rae25 31521523
Fabian Caballero25 3158721
Steve Lovell22 24102410
Nacho Novo23 318318
Garry Brady (sub)26 221221
Mark Burchill (sub)22 5 - 5 -
Steven Milne (sub)22 2148315






League Table (as at March 5th, 2003)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this afternoon than it was a fortnight ago when a freak snowstorm brought proceedings against Hibs to an early halt.

Having been in front when the game was abandoned, the only positive thing that we can take out of the day was how well we did perform in the twenty odd minutes of play that was possible.

Frustration was also the name of the game following last week's derby at Tannadice.

Having dominated most of the play, it is a game that I felt we should have won.

Had we enjoyed a little bit more fortune in front of goal and Paul Gallacher not had such a good game in goal for United, then we would have taken all three points, instead of having to settle for one.

Even when we were a goal down, the support was absolutely tremendous with the fans still singing and dancing.

As I have said many times before, supporters can be a huge help to the players and that was certainly the case last week. I can fully share your frustrations at not winning last week's derby, because I felt exactly the same way.

And as we look to try and book at least a top six place, we need everyone to stick together and work as a team both on and off the pitch.

I don't think that any one could complain that the players haven't given 100% at any time this season and all I could ask is that you continue the same kind of support as last week.

Livingston whom we welcome this afternoon are a side similar in make up to ourselves, having a mix of British and Spanish speaking players and whilst they haven't enjoyed the same heady success as last season, the way they played against Celtic last Sunday indicates they will present a formidable challenge to us.

Particularly, as our two previous meetings this season have been very tight affairs, and I fully expect today's to follow that pattern.