Dundee 0
Livingston 0
League (Premier League)


Dundee
0 - 0
Livingston 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, September 18th, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,387
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Allan Preston

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
17. Callum MacDonald
3. Brent Sancho
5. Bobby Mann
2. Barry Smith
18. Steven Robb
12. Garry Brady
11. Iain Anderson
14. Neil Barrett
9. Steve Lovell
10. John Sutton
Roddy McKenzie .1
Oscar Rubio .4
Alan Kernaghan .5
Emanuel Dorado .6
David McNamee .2
Craig Easton .12
Stuart Love .17
Burton O'Brien .10
Goran Stanic .3
Derek Lilley .16
Colin McMenamin .8

Bench
13. Kelvin Jack
4. Tom Hutchinson
24. Chris Hegarty
8. Mark Fotheringham
7. Glen Atle Larsen
21. Bobby Linn
Colin Meldrum .18
William Snowdon .19
Jason Dair .11
Scott McLaughlin .14
Richard Brittain .15
Jim Hamilton .9
Marc Libbra .24

Substitutions
Mark Fotheringham for Neil Barrett (64)
Glen Atle Larsen for Garry Brady (84)
None.

Cautions
Steve Lovell (58)
Steve Lovell (90)
Goran Stanic (15)
David McNamee (75)
David McNamee (90)

Red Cards
Steve Lovell (90)
David McNamee (90)
Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)
Tom Murphy & George Drummond (Assistants)
Alan Muir (Fourth Official)


Match Report


A day of poor passing in a stiff breeze wasn't the kind of fare to dish up when a star returned to support his former club, and how we could have done with the skills of one Claudio Paul Caniggia to add some excitement to an encounter that singularly failed to lift the soul.

Caniggia's appearance on the Dens turf to make the half time draw was the only time that the support got off their seats and made some noise until the injury time sending off of Steve Lovell and Livi's David McNamee.

Managers never quite come out and say that a match has been shocking, but both Jim Duffy and Allan Preston struggled to say anything good about the game.

Duffy said, "It wasn't the best of games, we had two teams fighting very hard, but too often we hit a long ball instead of passing. A few weeks ago at Hibs we criticised the game for poor defending, but we could've done with some bad defending today. The best players on show were the centre-backs and the full-backs, so that's probably why it ended up goalless."

On the sending off Duffy revealed that Steve Lovell had said sorry for getting involved.

"The sending off was technically correct, but it was just two players involved in a bit of a tussle. I would have liked the referee to have shown more common- sense because there was only seconds left. He could have just said 'Look, it's time up' and forgotten about it, but he didn't and I suppose he was only following the rules. Steve has apologised to the rest of the lads and he knows he gets caught up in things too much sometimes, so I'm not going to be too harsh on him."

Jonay Hernandez missed out with a back problem and Steven Robb was drafted in at left back, but Dundee were otherwise along the same lines as the one on duty at Parkhead. Former Dens favourite Jim Hamilton had to make do with a seat on the bench as Livi tried to end a sequence which had seen them fail to win on their previous seven trips to Dens.

The early stages were scrappy and it was past the quarter hour mark before Dundee's first fluent moment carved out an opportunity. Sutton held the ball up well and fed the overlapping Macdonald who's cross was headed narrowly over by Lovell. Just a minute later Livi had an even better chance and should really have been ahead, Burton O'Brien found himself with space to steady, but steered his shot from the edge of the box onto the base of the post, with Soutar grateful to gather the rebound. On twenty-five minutes, Barry Smith broke up an attack with some tenacious work and lain Anderson sent Steve Lovell racing in on goal from the left, only to be denied by keeper McKenzie's outstretched leg. Right on the break, Dundee had another opportunity as Sutton raced onto Robb's chip and headed narrowly wide of the target.

There was little improvement in the early stages of the second half and Jim Duffy introduced Mark Fotheringham for Barrett in 64 minutes, whilst just seconds earlier Steve Lovell had been booked for persistent fouling and that would prove costly later on. Within seconds of Fozzy's arrival, McKenzie did well again to block Calum Macdonald's close range angled effort following Anderson's free kick.

There was little to stir the supporters, but with eight minutes left Livingston could well have snatched all three points. Lilley's downward header from five-yards beat Soutar, but Bobby Mann popped up on the line to head clear. Duffy brought on Larsen for Brady and the Norwegian showed some nice touches in his short spell on the park, but not enough to grab the full spoils for Dundee.

With the game into injury time, Dundee broke and Steve Lovell appeared to I have space to run in on goal until McNamee tugged him back by the shirt collar, the striker reacted and a mild tussle ensued, Referee Dallas raced across and whipped out his notebook, it could only have one outcome for the two players who had already been booked, a second yellow each and they were taking the long walk down the track for a 'not so' early bath. Allan Preston rightly pointed out that neither club could afford to lose an important player, but a daft moment seconds from time means that their already threadbare squads will be further weakened for their next SPL outing.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at September 18th, 2004)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Derek Soutar (GK)23 6 - 7 -
Callum MacDonald21 7 - 14 -
Barry Smith30 7 - 3554
Bobby Mann30 7 - 7 -
Brent Sancho27 6 - 31 -
Garry Brady28 71842
Steven Robb22 5 - 341
Neil Barrett22 4 - 171
Iain Anderson27 7116021
John Sutton20 7272
Steve Lovell23 756926
Mark Fotheringham (sub)20 7 - 364
Glen Atle Larsen (sub) - 4141






League Table (as at September 18th, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


The last four games have certainly brought not only a mixed bag of performances, but also results.

From the very poor display against Motherwell, we went on to play some decent stuff in patches during the second half to finally overcome Forfar.

In the second half, we played very well and there was the added bonus of scoring a few goals to progress to the next round of the CIS Cup.

That set us up for a fighting draw at Easter Road, where we rallied very well after going three down to salvage a point.

Last week, we played away all right against at Parkhead, but unfortunately, only your very best will do to take something from any game against Celtic these days.

What was pleasing in the last half-hour against Hibs and the Celtic game was the will shown by the players to compete.

That is something that we must have, given that we lack the depth of quality in our squad.

We have got to keep battling and if the supporters see that then they'll back us vocally.

And we need all the vocal backing we can get this afternoon, because the ground will not be full and it is vital that our supporters play their part.

As everyone knows there are no easy games in this league.

Whilst some people may view a visit from Livingston as one we can win, outside of the Old Firm, everyone is more than capable of beating one another.

However, with your help, hopefully we can take three very important points and set ourselves up nicely for when the two sides meet again next Tuesday in the CIS Cup at Almondvale.