Dundee 2
Kilmarnock 2
League (Premier League)

2 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 8th, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,531
3:00 PM Kick-off

Lee Wilkie (39)
Steven Milne (41)
Peter Canero (51)
Gary McSwegan (85)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
19. Lee Mair
6. Lee Wilkie
3. David Mackay
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
8. Gavin Rae
26. Garry Brady
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
25. Steve Lovell
7. Fabian Caballero
15. Steven Milne
Colin Meldrum .13
Chris Innes .22
Peter Canero .15
Greg Shields .2
James Fowler .17
Garry Hay .16
Frédéric Dindeleux .6
Alan Mahood .14
Steve Fulton .8
Andy McLaren .7
Gary McSwegan .25

1. Jamie Langfield
23. Tom Hutchinson
16. Jonay Hernández
14. Gavin Beith
17. Nacho Novo
Colin Stewart .26
Gary Locke .5
Kris Boyd .22
Gary McDonald .24
Stevie Murray .19

Jonay Hernández for Giorgi Nemsadze (54)
Nacho Novo for Steven Milne (80)
Kris Boyd for Andy McLaren (64)
Gary Locke for Steve Fulton (86)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)
Stuart Macaulay & James Bee (Assistants)
Crawford Allan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

First-half goals from Lee Wilkie and Steven Milne looked set to give Dundee their sixth win in eight games, but a spirited comeback by Killie saw Jim Jefferies men fight back to take a point from an intriguing contest.

With skipper Barry Smith ruled out through injury and missing his first game of the season, Garry Brady took over, whilst up front Nacho Novo made way for Stevie Milne. Dundee almost shocked Killie by taking the lead after only 15 seconds when Steve Lovell broke free to power in a shot from 16 yards, but the effort came back off the near post.

Killie's first real chance came after 14 minutes when Fowler combined well with Alan Mahood who had plenty of time and space to shoot, but snatched at his effort and sent it spiralling over the bar. Garry Brady was next to threaten for the home side and was desperately unlucky not to open the scoring with a long-range shot that Meldrum was only able to get the merest of touches on to knock it wide.

Kilmarnock forced Julian Speroni into his first save of the match moments later when McSwegan's looping header came close enough to convince the goalkeeper to knock the ball over the crossbar.

Dundee had a decent claim for a penalty turned down by referee Hugh Dallas in the 30th minute when Chris Innes looked to have handled the ball after Caballero knocked it past him.

The Dark Blues should have taken the lead after 35 minutes when Caballero danced past Greg Shields before picking out the unmarked Gavin Rae on the penalty spot, only for the stand-in skipper to fluff his shot.

But only another three minutes elapsed before the Dark Blues did break the deadlock - a wonderful Nemsadze cross to the back-post was met by Lee Wilkie, who scored with a looping header from six yards.

Caballero was in top form and created the second two minutes later when he danced down the left and sent a cross into the box for Milne, who took advantage of Kilmarnock's poor marking to head in at the near post.

First signs of a Killie comeback came six minutes after the break when Speroni managed to get a hand to an effort from McSwegan, but it fell to Canero, who knocked the ball into the empty net.

Dundee should have restored their two-goal advantage after 58 minutes when Milne sent Gavin Rae through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but his shot spun wide of the target.

Dundee created another one-on-one opportunity for Milne, but Meldrum was alert enough to make the save and another chance to wrap up the points was missed when substitute Nacho Novo's cross fell to Brady on the edge of the area and his low shot was well blocked by Meldrum.

And Dundee were made to pay for those misses five minutes from the end when McSwegan popped up unmarked in the box to re-direct the ball past Speroni with his left foot from Fulton's fine cross.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 8th, 2003)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 34 - 55 -
Lee Wilkie22 311792
Lee Mair22 23 - 23 -
Zurab Khizanishvili21 17 - 43 -
David Mackay21 331512
Gavin Rae25 32521623
Giorgi Nemsadze30 221744
Garry Brady26 231231
Steven Milne22 2258416
Fabian Caballero25 3258821
Steve Lovell22 25102510
Jonay Hernández (sub)24 261261
Nacho Novo (sub)23 328328

League Table (as at March 8th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Although we didn't win our unbeaten run continued on Wednesday evening when we were held by Livingston.

Overall, I wasn't displeased with the effort and endeavour of the players, credit has to go to Livingston because the way they played was a compliment to us.

When you have been doing well like we have, there is a level of expectation, which accompanies that.

However, that is something that we will have to learn to overcome and whilst we did up the tempo for a spell in the second half, we never really managed to put Livi under any concerted pressure.

Having said that, we were excellent defensively with Lee Wilkie and Zura Khizanishvili different class.

It was our final pass which let us down, but having said that we did still create a couple of chances which but for some great saves by Alan Main, we would have gone on to win the game.

That of course, brought to an end a very good run of three consecutive victories that enabled us to advance to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup and climb into the top six.

Our cup win over Aberdeen was, in my opinion, an exceptional team performance with some of our play quite devastating.

Indeed, we carried that kind of form into the league game with Hibs the following Tuesday, and against a side who are notoriously difficult to play against, I thought we did exceptionally well.

First half particularly, we were especially good other than for the fact we should have been four up by half time, instead of the one by Gavin Rae.

However, late counters from Stevie Milne and an own goal by lan Murray meant the end scoreline better reflected just how much we dominated the match. Although, it wasn't achieved in the same cavaliering style, I was more than happy with the result against Partick Thistle last week.

The home side worked very hard, but we defended very well restricting them to very few chances with Julian Speroni rarely being called into action.

By contrast, our opener was an exceptional goal with Stevie Milne finishing of a sweeping move. It was an afternoon, indeed, when we took the chances that came our way, scoring from two of the first three that we created.

This afternoon's match against Kilmarnock brings our recent hectic programme to an end and is a very important one if we are to have any hopes of catching Kilmarnock who currently occupy fourth spot. Jim Jefferies and Billy Brown have done an excellent job of moulding together a side that has a good mix of youth and experience into one of the most consistent sides in the SPL. Having opened up a sizeable gap in fourth spot they are now targeting a European place, so we know that they will make it difficult for us this afternoon.

Certainly, we'll need to show a bit more energy than on Wednesday and as they are unlikely to afford us too many chances, we must make sure that we take them, because that was what cost us victory against Livingston.