Dundee 2
Livingston 0
League (Premier League)

2 - 0

League (Premier League)
Wednesday, May 12th, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,954
7:45 PM Kick-off

Nacho Novo (5)
Nacho Novo (pen.) (90)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
David Hay

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
27. Callum MacDonald
28. Stephen McNally
19. Lee Mair
18. Brent Sancho
2. Barry Smith
26. Garry Brady
5. Sebastian Kneissl
24. Neil Jablonski
25. Steve Lovell
17. Nacho Novo
Roddy McKenzie .18
Oscar Rubio .4
Marvin Andrews .5
Emanuel Dorado .6
David McNamee .2
Jamie McAllister .3
Lee Makel .14
Burton O'Brien .15
Stuart Love .17
Derek Lilley .16
Colin McMenamin .20

22. Derek Soutar
3. David Mackay
31. Chris Hegarty
33. Bobby Linn
15. Steven Milne
Greg Fleming .33
Scott McLaughlin .22
William Snowdon .23
Richard Brittain .25
Jon-Paul McGovern .11

Bobby Linn for Sebastian Kneissl (63)
Chris Hegarty for Neil Jablonski (74)
Steven Milne for Steve Lovell (85)
Jon-Paul McGovern for Oscar Rubio (13)

Neil Jablonski (69)
Steve Lovell (75)
Oscar Rubio (10)
David McNamee (60)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)

Match Report

It's always good to hit goals you set for yourself in life and, with a double that dumped Livingston, Nacho Novo surpassed his target of twenty-five goals for the season. Sadly, as it inevitably transpired, the brace that lowered Livi's colours were to be his last goals as a Dundee player!

His 25th came courtesy of some tenacious play by Steve Lovell in eight minutes. The Englishman stripped the ball from the dithering Oscar Rubio and after shaping to shoot, squared the ball to the little Spaniard, who had the simplest of tasks in netting from five yards.

Dundee should have been several goals ahead at the interval, but Livi' fought back well after the break and, on another day, might have snatched something from this encounter.

It wouldn't have been deserved though, and the Dark Blues put made the final score more realistic when Nacho scored his second of the evening and twenty sixth of the campaign in the ninety-first minute, coming from the penalty spot after Steven Milne had been brought down by Makel.

After earning the penalty Milne, understandably given his recent scoring run, wanted to have a go at the spot kick and Novo appeared to be ready to hand the ball to his striking partner.

However, boss Jim Duffy was having none of it, insisting that his top scorer should try to add to his tally. Duffy explained afterwards "Nacho is our penalty taker, end of story, he's got a good record and a good technique from the spot."

A word with Nacho pretty much confirmed that he does have a good record at beating keepers from the penalty mark "Have you ever missed a penalty we asked"? "No, I've never missed" the little Spaniard said.

It wasn't just the Nacho show though, Steve Lovell had a swashbuckling first half on his return from suspension, he could have had a couple of goals and Sebastian Kneissl was desperately unlucky when his header from Novo's cross came back of the inside of the post allowing the excellent Livi keeper to bat the ball away.

The central defensive pair of Mair and Sancho was again solid and on the right of the defence young Stephen McNally turned in a fine performance on his full debut. On this display he looks as if he has a bright future.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at May 12th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 46 - 113 -
Callum MacDonald20 7 - 7 -
Stephen McNally - 2 - 2 -
Lee Mair23 441782
Brent Sancho27 24 - 24 -
Barry Smith30 3723474
Garry Brady27 43 - 761
Sebastian Kneissl - 101101
Neil Jablonski21 13 - 15 -
Steve Lovell23 2656120
Nacho Novo25 44258734
Chris Hegarty (sub) - 3 - 3 -
Steven Milne (sub)24 21711624
Bobby Linn (sub)18 161161

League Table (as at May 12th, 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.