Dundee 2
Kilmarnock 0
League (Premier League)

2 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, May 8th, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,942
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Milne (6)
Nacho Novo (80)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
3. David Mackay
16. Jonay Hernández
2. Barry Smith
19. Lee Mair
27. Callum MacDonald
18. Brent Sancho
26. Garry Brady
34. Dougie Cameron
15. Steven Milne
17. Nacho Novo
Colin Meldrum .1
Mark Canning .23
Frederic Dindeleux .6
Garry Hay .24
James Fowler .7
Daniel Invincibile .27
Eric Skora .11
Rhian Dodds .29
Stephen Murray .19
Kris Boyd .12
Gary McSwegan .9

22. Derek Soutar
31. Chris Hegarty
30. Mark Fotheringham
33. Bobby Linn
24. Neil Jablonski
Graeme Smith .13
Shaun Dillon .17
Steven Naismith .42
Gary Locke .4
Gary McDonald .18

Neil Jablonski for Jonay Hernández (34)
Mark Fotheringham for Dougie Cameron (79)
Bobby Linn for Barry Smith (84)
Gary Locke for Rhian Dodds (54)
Gary McDonald for Gary McSwegan (59)

None. James Fowler (12)
Kris Boyd (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)

Match Report

Goals from Steven Milne and Nacho Novo gave Dundee a comfortable victory over bogey club Kilmarnock.

The main pleasure of the day, apart from the two goals, was seeing Barry Smith back in the side after the longest injury absence of his career, nine weeks had elapsed since the captain had taken his place in the team, but you'd never have known it from watching him here. Barry did what he always does, turning in a dependable and hard working display, with the added bonus of providing two great chances for top scorer Nacho Novo, one taken and one spurned by the diminutive Spaniard.

It was one of two superb inter- passing moves carved out by Dundee in this match, the other had more tangible reward with Novo and Steven Milne linking up before the latter fired a great shot into the roof of the net in the fifth minute.

It was no surprise when Dens rose to applaud the skipper from the field to be replaced by Bobby Linn with just a few minutes of the game remaining. There aren't many things in life you can depend on, but you can rely on Barry and the Dens crowd know it.

Between those goals, however, there were only brief moments when Den's smallest crowd of the season, might have been stirred from the afternoon nap nap by proceedings on the pitch.

When play fleetingly rose above the mediocre, it was very good and that was the scenario when Dundee took the lead after five minutes. Nacho Novo stripped the ball from Steven Murray on the half way line and surged forward before feeding a short pass to Steven Milne, he returned the ball to the Spaniard and raced around the last defender to pick up another pass before lashing a fifteen-yard drive high into the net.

Twelve minutes in and Milne and Novo combined again with Novo racing in on goal only to be downed by Jamie Fowler who rightly picked up a yellow card for his challenge. Garry Brady curled the free kick just wide of the target.

As time went on Killie began to have more of the play, but only looked likely to score on one first half occasion, that came in 37 minutes when Murray went past Mackay and curled in a lovely cross, it was a ball into the box which begged to be buried by Boyd, but he headed woefully wide of the target. Boyd and Novo had scored in all the previous encounters between the clubs this season but that was to be the only opportunity to come the way of the Scotland Under-21 striker on this occasion.

Nacho though would have lots of the ball in the second period, and continue his scoring run against the Ayrshire men, before that he'd miss a glaring opportunity to end a three game spell without a goal.

That came in 65 minutes at the end of a superb passing move, Lee Mair picked up the ball deep in his own half and surged forward before feeding Smith -The captain and Nacho then embarked on a feast of inter-passing that ended with Novo in on goal. His attempted clip over Meldrum wasn't clinical enough however and the keeper tipped it round the post.

With ten minutes to go Novo did get on the score sheet and again Smith was involved, Barry slung a ball over Dindeleux and Novo raced past the defender, shrugged off his strong challenge and fired an angled drive past Meldrum to seal the points.

Apart from the delightful skills of Steve Murray, Kilmarnock hadn't impressed, but they managed to finally get an effort on target as time ran out, A fine 25-yarder it was from Skora but Speroni was equal to the task, diving to his right to palm the effort wide of the goal. By then Smith had departed to that standing ovation and a bottle of champagne as sponsor's man of the match.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at May 8th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 45 - 112 -
Jonay Hernández25 36 - 731
David Mackay23 43 - 1042
Brent Sancho27 23 - 23 -
Callum MacDonald20 6 - 6 -
Lee Mair23 431772
Barry Smith30 3623464
Dougie Cameron21 10 - 10 -
Garry Brady27 42 - 751
Steven Milne24 20711524
Nacho Novo25 43238632
Mark Fotheringham (sub)20 294294
Neil Jablonski (sub)21 12 - 14 -
Bobby Linn (sub)18 151151

League Table (as at May 8th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The last three games have pretty much been a commentary on our entire season and showed what a strange game football can be. It started with the draw against Hibs in our last game here at Dens Park.

Early doors, we had two or three good chances, but I suppose in the end, a point each was a fair reflection of the game.

Whilst never being at our most fluent at Firhill the following week, defending solidly we ground out a victory, and that is something we haven't done often enough this season.

Yet last week at Easter Road, we played some of our best football in a few months.

Fielding a very young side, the quality of our play was a lot better, but despite creating a number of chances, we came away with nothing! Our penultimate home game sees us face Kilmarnock and they seem to reserve their best performances for when they play us.

Well that is certainly how it appears from their record against us, but hopefully we can turn the tables on them this afternoon.

I couldn't ask more of the players than to repeat the way played last week, but only this time to take their chances.

We follow that up next Wednesday when Livingston are the visitors for our final home game of the season and as this is the last time that I will have to speak to you this season, can I thank every Dundee fan for their effort and support during what has been, to say the least, a very troubled term.

It started with everyone on a high as the club graced the European scene for the first time in almost thirty years and has ended in a fight for its very survival!

As I speak, provided things go according to plan, it does seem that we are on course to come out of administration.

That is no small measure thanks to our fans.

Without the contributions from Dee4life, DSA and Dundee FC Development Club and everyone who has contributed, we might not have got to this stage.

Mere words can't express my thanks for what you have all done for the club.

As the curtain comes down on the season, hopefully you can now have an enjoyable break during the summer, and that we will all be back in August fully refreshed for next season.