Dundee 3
Kilmarnock 1
League (Premier League)

3 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 16th, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,637
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Robb (30)
John Sutton (63)
Iain Anderson (87)
Kris Boyd (5)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
5. Bobby Mann
20. Stephen McNally
3. Brent Sancho
2. Barry Smith
11. Iain Anderson
14. Neil Barrett
12. Garry Brady
18. Steven Robb
9. Steve Lovell
10. John Sutton
Alan Combe .1
David Lilley .4
Frederic Dindeleux .6
James Fowler .2
Gary Locke .8
Peter Leven .22
Stephen Murray .19
Daniele Invincibile .11
Gary McDonald .7
Craig Dargo .10
Kris Boyd .9

13. Kelvin Jack
4. Tom Hutchinson
17. Callum MacDonald
24. Chris Hegarty
7. Glen Atle Larsen
15. Neil Jablonski
Graeme Smith .13
Gordon Greer .5
Mark Canning .23
Simon Gary Ford .18
Shaun Dillon .17
Colin Nish .15
Eric Joly .16

Neil Jablonski for Garry Brady (81)
Tom Hutchinson for Neil Barrett (90)
Glen Atle Larsen for Steve Lovell (90)
Shaun Dillon for Peter Leven (46)
Colin Nish for Stephen Murray (54)
Eric Joly for Craig Dargo (72)

None. Gary Locke (45)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Charlie Richmond (Referee)
Stuart Macaulay & Willie Dishington (Assistants)
Crawford Allan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee picked up their first home league win of the season, but had to come from behind to beat Kilmarnock. Goals from Steven Robb, John Sutton and lain Anderson overturned an early Kris Boyd opener for the visitors.

With Fabian Caballero absent and international clearance not arriving in time for new boy Alexandre Cerdeira to take part, it was just as well that Steve Lovell had recovered from a virus and the Englishman looked lively. throughout.

Garry Brady returned to the starting eleven in the absence of the suspended Mark Fotheringham.

It was Killie who grabbed the initiative with an early goal coming when Boyd was picked out by Dargo, and raced past a challenge to round Soutar as the keeper advanced before sliding the ball in from an acute angle with five minutes on the clock.

Steve Lovell tried to hit back and skipped past a couple of challenges before rapping in a vicious 20-yarder, but it was straight at Combe and the keeper fielded it easily.

For much of the next quarter of an hour the visitors dominated and Dargo's volley in 17 minutes gave the home support a scare as it dipped narrowly over.

There was a scare in 74 minutes as Soutar had to save Boyd's close range header and Sancho did brilliantly to deny substitute Nish as he prepared to pull the trigger shortly afterwards.

As the clock wound down, Jim Jeffries' men pushed more and more forward and they were made to suffer as Barrett robbed Nish and fed the ball to McNally. The youngster fired a quite superb thirty-yard diagonal pass that found lain Anderson in space and Ando raced clear with Lovell and Sutton in support, but he was always going to shoot. Although Combe got a full hand to his effort, he couldn't divert it off target and could only watch in despair as it came to rest in the back of the net.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 16th, 2004)

2004-05 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)23 10 - 11 -
Bobby Mann30 11 - 11 -
Stephen McNally - 3 - 5 -
Brent Sancho27 10 - 35 -
Barry Smith30 11 - 3594
Iain Anderson27 11216422
Neil Barrett22 8 - 211
Garry Brady28 111882
Steven Robb22 82373
Steve Lovell23 1057226
John Sutton20 114114
Tom Hutchinson (sub)22 2 - 281
Neil Jablonski (sub)21 5 - 21 -
Glen Atle Larsen (sub) - 6161

League Table (as at October 16th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Albeit that it seems a long time ago now, our last two games saw us give very gritty and determined performances, but only enabled to collect the one point.

Having said that, for a long time it looked as though we would collect a point against Rangers until Nacho Novo's entry late in the game.

I suppose, given that he had failed to score in the league was almost in the script that he would come on and score against his old club, which is exactly how things turned out with his goals turning the game in Rangers favour.

Until his arrival, we had matched Rangers and looked well capable of earning a draw, but it was, unfortunately, not to be.

At Pittodrie the following week, we played very well in the opening half hour after taking an early lead.

Aberdeen though came back into the game towards the break, equalised and, being honest, from then on it was back to the wall stuff for us.

However, we defended superbly, particularly in the last twenty minutes to hang on for a crucial point.

Another pleasing aspect was the return of Fabian Caballero in a dark blue jersey, which I know was to the great delight of all Dundee supporters.

As a manager I am delighted to have a top class player back and whilst it will take him time to acclimatise again, his return is a terrific boost.

It is very unfortunate that due to personal reasons he had to return home and misses this week's game, but he has assured me that he will be back in good time for next week's game against Dunfermline.

Before then we face a Kilmarnock side that has started the season very well, but if we continue to show the same grit and determination that has been the hallmark of our last two outings, we can pick up our first three points of the season at Dens.