Kilmarnock 4
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


4 - 2


League (Premier League)
Saturday, February 28th, 2004
Rugby Park
Attendance: 5,454
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eric Skora (32)
Daniele Invincibile (34)
Kris Boyd (pen.) (54)
Daniel Invincibile (64)
Nacho Novo (6)
Steven Milne (62)

Team Managers
Jim Jefferies Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Colin Meldrum
2. David Lilley
3. Barry Mclaughlin
6. Frederic Dindeleux
24..Garry Hay
11. Eric Skora
4. Gary Locke
7. James Fowler
19. Stephen Murray
27. Daniel nvincibile
12. Kris Boyd
Julian Speroni .1
Tom Hutchinson .4
Callum MacDonald .27
David Mackay .3
Lee Mair .19
Barry Smith .2
Garry Brady .26
Mark Fotheringham .30
Steve Lovell .25
Steven Milne .15
Nacho Novo .17

28. Francois Dubourdeau
10. Craig Dargo
21. Colin Nish
9. Gary McSwegan
18.Gary McDonald
John McCafferty .35
Jonay Hernández .16
Sebastian Kneissl .5
Steven Robb .21
Neil Jablonski .24

Gary McDonald for David Lilley (46)
Gary McSwegan for Eric Skora (86)
Colin Nish for Kris Boyd (87)
Neil Jablonski for Barry Smith (31)
Jonay Hernández for Callum MacDonald (42)
Sebastian Kneissl for Garry Brady (78)

None. Neil Jablonski (42)
Julian Speroni (53)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)
Stuart Macaulay & David Doig (Assistants)
Jamie Downie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Nacho Novo was restored to the starting line up as Dundee took the field at Rugby Park, he replaced Steven Robb as Dundee went with a 4-3-3 formation. His inclusion was the was the only change from the team who had beaten Livingston with Calum Macdonald retaining his place at left back. Killie paired Danny Invincible with Kris Boyd for the first time, the Australian striker, with the headline writers dream name, having failed to score in his previous nine starts. He was to put that right here, helped in large part by some poor defending from the white shirted Dees defence.

The match turned in Kilmarnock's favour on the half hour with the departure of Barry Smith from his customary holding role in midfield. Till then, Dundee were well worth their 1-0 lead, but immediately afterwards began to look like a team struggling for defensive confidence. That lead came courtesy of Nacho Novo's 21st strike of the season, the striker running onto Garry Brady's lofted through ball, holding off Barry McLaughlin's challenge before firing a low shot across Meldrum and inside the keeper's right hand post.

The equaliser was neat and tidy from Kilmarnock's point of view, Fowler's cross from the right being knocked down by Boyd into the path of Skora who fired a fifteen yard shot past Speroni. The move had been well executed, but was a taste of things to come for the Dark

Blues' rearguard who were now giving Boyd and Invincible far too much room in the danger area. Within seconds Dundee were behind and it was a poor goal to lose, Murray's cross from the left saw Boyd dominate Mair in the air and Invincible was too quick off the mark for Tom Hutchinson's attempted block as he fired home.

Julian Speroni must have been wondering what was going on in front of him, and it could have been much worse as Killie piled forward to try to seal the game before the interval. Boyd and Invincible both missed sitters with the Argentine keeper also pulling off a great reflex stop from the Scottish half of that partnership. On the break Dundee still looked lively and could have been level before the interval, Lovell's flick from MacDonald's throw in found Milne. He weaved into the area before feeding Novo in space on the edge of the box but the Spaniard steered his effort wide of the post.

Substitute Neil Jablonski was yellow carded for body checking Stephen Murray before the break and Dundee had to use a second substitute. Hernandez replacing Macdonald, who'd damaged ankle ligaments. The second half started with Dundee looking poised to get back into the match.

Within five minutes they had two golden opportunities to level. Novo broke down the right and crossed for Steven Milne, arriving unmarked at the back post, but the man who'd scored the winner against Livi' was too casual in his finish and side- footed the ball across the keeper, but narrowly wide. He came even closer just a minute later when he rose to meet Hernandez' cross and bulleted a header off the base of the post.

Those misses were to prove costly as Killie broke upfield to score a third in 52 minutes. Brady lost possession cheaply deep inside the Killie half and Invincible, raced past Mair and into the area where he was downed by a challenge from Speroni. There could be no argument about Hugh Dallas' award of a penalty, and the keeper could consider himself a little lucky to pick up only a yellow card. Young John McCafferty, on the bench, must have thought his first task in an SPL game was going to be facing a spot kick. Speroni's let off didn't extend to saving the spot-kick though, as Kris Boyd matched Nacho's record of scoring in all three matches between the clubs this season. It was a counter the Killie marksman's general play more than deserved.

Ten minutes later Dundee appeared to be back in the match after a fine goal, An Hernandez cross from the left was head-flicked on by Lovell and Milne volleyed home from six yards. However, it was a false dawn and Killie restored their two goal lead during another disastrous moment for the Dens defence. Another ball into the box found Boyd win an easy header and again Invincible had space to fire past Speroni.

It was always going to be a long way back from that, though the game ebbed and flowed from end to end with more chances arriving for both teams. Dundee put in a big effort late on, and with four strikers on the park, Kneissl having replaced Brady, the last few minutes found them encamped in the Kilmarnock penalty area.

The reasons for them losing this match, however, had nothing to do with their attacking potency. The strikers were largely blameless for this defeat and Steve Lovell looked to be finding a bit of form after struggling to get back to his best following injury.

Milne got into scoring positions throughout and Novo, after what he's been through, was remarkably perky. This was a game when Dundee looked a decent team when they had the ball, but awful when the other team were in possession.

Killie deserved their victory because they defended much better than the Dee, and in Invincible and Boyd seem to have discovered a potent front pairing.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at February 28th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 35 - 102 -
Tom Hutchinson22 121251
Callum MacDonald20 4 - 4 -
David Mackay22 33 - 942
Lee Mair23 331672
Barry Smith30 3523454
Garry Brady27 32 - 651
Mark Fotheringham20 203203
Steve Lovell23 1925417
Steven Milne23 10210519
Nacho Novo24 34217730
Jonay Hernández (sub)25 28 - 651
Sebastian Kneissl (sub) - 4 - 4 -
Neil Jablonski (sub)20 8 - 10 -

League Table (as at February 28th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.