Dundee 0
Livingston 1
League Cup (Semi Final)

0 - 1

League Cup (Semi Final)
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004
Easter Road
Attendance: 7,231
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Derek Lilley (pen.) (90)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
David Hay

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
19. Lee Mair
2. Barry Smith
3. David Mackay
16. Jonay Hernández
18. Brent Sancho
30. Mark Fotheringham
24. Neil Barrett
26. Garry Brady
25. Steve Lovell
17. Nacho Novo
Roddy McKenzie .18
David McNamee .2
Oscar Rubio .4
Marvin Andrews .5
Jamie McAllister .3
Emanuel Dorado .6
Lee Makel .14
Stuart Love .17
Burton O'Brien .15
David Fernandez .7
Derek Lilley .16

35. John McCafferty
4. Tom Hutchinson
5. Sebastian Kneissl
21. Steven Robb
15. Steven Milne
Alan Main .1
Jon-Paul McGovern .11
Francisco Quino .12
Juanjo Camacho .8
Fernando Pasquinelli .9

Steven Milne for Steve Lovell (74)
Fernando Pasquinelli for Oscar Rubio (46)

None. David McNamee (66)
Emanuel Dorado (68)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)
Graeme Allison & Brian McDuffie (Assistants)
Tom Brown (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee's recent luck with refereeing decisions lasted as long as the 89th minute at Easter Road before running out at just the wrong time. As Livingston substitute Fernando Pasquinelli crumpled to the deck so did Dundee's hopes of a second Hampden final appearance in less than a year. There appeared to be little contact and a look at video evidence suggested that initial impression was correct.

Not that Jim Duffy was complaining overly about the award though, because with two defenders between Pasquinelli and the ball there should have been no danger, indeed if any doubt was present in the minds of Lee Mair and Brent Sancho then the ball should have been despatched high into the stand behind the goal. They appeared to be waiting on Julian Speroni arriving to collect the ball and the hesitation caused when the keeper didn't advance gave the Argentinian striker the chance to nip in and make his tumble.

Speroni's penalty record until recent weeks was one of the best in the country with a high percentage of saves but Derek Lilley's effort gave him little chance and completed an unwanted hat-trick as the third spot kick in as many matches nestled behind the keeper.

Duffy had left new boy from Chelsea Sebastian Kneissl on the bench, perhaps looking to extra time, but that never arrived thanks to that last minute winner which had the Livi' players cavorting with their small but vocal support behind the goal where Lilley had struck.

While the drum backed Livi' support were in the greater voice as the game kicked off it was the 5000 plus army of Dark Blues who were soon roaring for a penalty as the ball hit Andrews in the third minute, Novo lashed the loose ball wide from the edge of the box.

Dundee's top scorer came closer in nine minutes when he was picked out by Garry Brady's through ball and fired a low drive which almost went through McKenzie's legs as the keeper struggled to get down and save.

Novo's pace caused Livingston problems throughout the first half, and might have brought a penalty when Andrews 'eased him off the ball' in twelve minutes. The West Lothian side appeared well capable of handling any intricate passing moves but looked vulnerable to a ball over the top.

On 34 minutes a Brady corner from the left was cleared as far as Fotheringham who's 30 yarder was deflected back out to Brady, he cut inside and rapped in a low angled drive which McKenzie did well to save.

Novo was again a bother to the Livingston defence three minutes later as he combined well with Lovell but the Spaniard's shot was high and wide.

Livi' came more into the match as the break approached and Fernandez got ahead of Sancho before firing in a 25 yarder but it was a relatively simple save for Speroni.

Seconds before the interval it looked like Livingston had taken the lead as McNamee fired an angled shot from the right across Speroni and into the bottom corner of the net but Fernandez had strayed offside.

David Hay made a change at half time bringing on Pasquinelli for Rubio and asking his defence to sit deeper to reduce the threat of the long ball to Novo. Both changes began to pay dividends as Livi' pressed the Dundee defence and five minutes into the period Lee Makel burst into the box, but his shot was well off target. Three minutes later it was Livingston's turn to shout for a spot kick as Pasquinelli chased his own header into the area and went down in a heap, but Mr McCurry waved play on.

Dundee fought back and a neat move brought space for Brady but his 25 yard attempt from a wickedly spinning ball was off target. Novo was back in action too, cutting in from the right on a fine solo run before firing a low left foot shot which McKenzie saved.

Livingston were now the more enterprising though, and on the hour it took some fine defending from Mair to cut out the danger as a low cross from Lilley zipped across the six yard box with Fernandez and Pasquinelli lurking.

With sixteen minutes to go Jim Duffy withdrew Steve Lovell, who'd struggled in his first start in two months, and replaced him with Steven Milne. The game was now very cagey as both sides looked for those rare opportunities, Dundee were the team pressing but neither side looked likely to breakthrough at this stage.

Novo had another effort saved easily with ten minutes to go and a minute later came Dundee's best chance of the night, Milne nut-megged Lovell and burst into the box - suddenly space opened up for him, but his shot from fifteen yards was far too close to the keeper and McKenzie saved.

Dundee were now opening up play a little as they chased a winner, but extra time seemed certain until with just a minute to go that long ball from the back caught Speroni, Mair and Sancho out giving Pasquinelli the chance to win the penalty which settled the tie.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at February 3rd, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 31 - 98 -
Barry Smith29 3123414
Lee Mair23 291632
Brent Sancho26 13 - 13 -
Jonay Hernández24 25 - 621
David Mackay22 29 - 902
Neil Barrett22 3 - 3 -
Mark Fotheringham20 163163
Garry Brady27 28 - 611
Nacho Novo24 31187427
Steve Lovell23 1525017
Steven Milne (sub)23 6 - 10117

League Table (as at February 3rd, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.