Dundee 0
Kilmarnock 1
League (Premier League)

0 - 1

League (Premier League)
Sunday, April 27th, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,964
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Chris Innes (76)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
6. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
3. David Mackay
19. Lee Mair
16. Jonay Hernández
26. Garry Brady
8. Gavin Rae
18. Mark Burchill
17. Nacho Novo
7. Fabian Caballero
Gordon Marshall .1
Chris Innes .21
Barry Mclaughlin .4
Frederic Dindeleux .6
Peter Canero .15
Garry Hay .16
James Fowler .17
Gary Locke .5
Alan Mahood .14
Gary McSwegan .25
Andy McLaren .7

1. Jamie Langfield
5. Beto Carranza
14. Gavin Beith
25. Steve Lovell
15. Steven Milne
Colin Stewart .26
Stephen Murray .19
Shaun Dillon .33
Paul Di Giacomo .20
Kris Boyd .22

Steve Lovell for Nacho Novo (67)
Steven Milne for Mark Burchill (79)
Beto Carranza for Barry Smith (84)
Kris Boyd for Gary Locke (61)
Shaun Dillon for And McLaren (67)
Paul Di Giacomo for Gary McSwegan (87)

None. Andy McLaren (44)
James Fowler (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)
Stewart Shearer & Gordon Middleton (Assistants)
Ian Fyfe (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A one-minute silence in memory of Sammy Kean, trainer of the 1962 championship side, was observed before Dundee took on Kilmarnock in the first post-split game.

The Dark Blues were trying to extend an unbeaten run in competitive matches stretching back to the start of January, but a Chris Innes goal quarter of an hour from the end of a match which lacked excitement brought the run to a close.

Dundee were without Georgian's Zura Khizanishvili and Giorgi Nemsadze, away on international duty, and captain Barry Smith and Lee Mair returned to the starting line up as replacements, Nacho Novo and Mark Burchill were the other changes from the side which had started at Hampden, replacing Steve Lovell and Steven Milne up front.

The first chance of the afternoon fell to Dundee in three minutes, Jonay Hernandez picked up a loose ball 35 yards out and fired in a low shot which lacked power and direction but broke to Mark Burchill, the striker spun and fired a shot from fifteen yards but his effort flew high and wide.

On the quarter hour, Nacho Novo broke down the left and fired in a low cross aimed for Burchill, but Freddie Dindeleux did well to get a foot in to direct the ball narrowly wide.

Killie threatened for the first time in 24 minutes as Innes turned and fired in a shot following a corner on the right, but Speroni was well-positioned to block.

Eight minutes prior to the interval the visitors had a much better opportunity. McLaren fed a neat ball through to Fowler and the winger raced in on goal, Nacho Novo did well to track back and do enough to put him off and Speroni got down to block the shot.

Dave Mackay went on a series of surging runs down the right in the early part of the second half with a solo effort ending with his shot being palmed around the post by Marshall.

Killie had a claim for a penalty in 69 minutes as Mair's slip allowed in McSwegan, the defender got back to challenge just inside the box and as the ball spun away the visitors could consider themselves a little unlucky to only be awarded a comer.

The travelling fans had something to cheer in the 75th minute as Innes persevered after having a shot blocked to steady and fire a second attempt low past Speroni inside his far post for the game's only goal. Dundee upped the pace and introduced Milne and, comeback man Carranza to try to snatch a point, but despite a spell of pressure and a string of comers, they didn't quite have the sharpness needed to break down a well-organised visiting defence.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at April 27th, 2003)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 41 - 62 -
David Mackay21 391572
Barry Smith29 38 - 3051
Lee Wilkie23 382863
Jonay Hernández24 321321
Lee Mair22 29 - 29 -
Gavin Rae25 39522323
Garry Brady26 291291
Fabian Caballero25 3979523
Nacho Novo24 399399
Mark Burchill22 103103
Beto Carranza (sub)30 1 - 584
Steven Milne (sub)22 2969117
Steve Lovell (sub)22 31133113

League Table (as at April 27th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The last three matches have been very important ones for the club with victory at Motherwell ensuring a top-half finish, but it is, of course, the cup wins against Falkirk, and last Sunday's Hampden triumph over Inverness Caledonian Thistle which have attracted the greater attention, given that the club has now reached the Scottish Cup Final.

And a lot of credit must go to the players for achieving three such positive results when their was so much pressure on them and getting Dundee FC to the final for the first time in 39 years.

I have no doubt that our Hampden date with Rangers at the end of May is one that is rightly being relished by our supporters, but before then, we still have five important league games.

As we have also qualified for Europe, some might feel that the pressure is off us, but maintaining our unbeaten run is, I feel, the best way to prepare for our Hampden date with Rangers.

Having finished in the top-six does mean that, it will be much more difficult to do that, but is the target the players have been set.

None of the games will be easy, and that particularly applies to this afternoon's meeting with Kilmarnock.

Their last visit, which wasn't all that long ago, produced a memorable 2-2 draw and was a great advert for the game.

If today's clash comes anywhere close to matching that one, then the fans should be in for another treat.

Both sides want to play football and are closely matched as was proved last time.

A tough encounter is undoubtedly in prospect, but for me, maintaining our consistency of results is of prime importance.