Dundee 1
Kilmarnock 0
League (Premier League)

1 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, April 2nd, 2005
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,494
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steve Lovell (pen.) (63)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
1. Derek Soutar
25. Joel Kitamirike
17. Callum MacDonald
5. Bobby Mann
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
14. Neil Barrett
12. Garry Brady
18. Steven Robb
9. Steve Lovell
16. Tam McManus
Alan Combe .1
James Fowler .2
David Lilley .4
Frederic Dindeleux .6
Garry Hay .3
Danny Invincibile. 11
Gary McDonald .7
Peter Leven .22
Steven Naismith .33
Kris Boyd .9
Colin Nish .15

24. Francois Dubourdeau
3. Brent Sancho
8. Mark Fotheringham
22. Scott Robertson
7. Glen Atle Larsen
26. Fabian Caballero
10. John Sutton
Graeme Smith .13
Gordon Greer .5
Rhian Dodds .21
Scott Johnstone .29
Craig Dargo .10
Gary Wales .14
Stephen Murray .19

Fabian Caballero for Joel Kitamirike (46)
Brent Sancho for Neil Barrett (89)
Gary Wales for Peter Leven (72)
Craig Dargo for Colin Nish (72)
Stephen Murray for Steven Naismith (75)

Barry Smith (61)
Bobby Mann (84)
Peter Leven (23)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Eddie Smith (Referee)
Keith Sorbie & John Bicknell (Assistants)
Mike Ritchie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A penalty goal from striker Steve Lovell helped Dundee move further away from the bottom of the SPL.

The only change from the side that drew at Pittodrie was fit-again Steve Lovell coming in for Fabian Caballero who dropped to the bench.

Kilmarnock when managed to put Dundee under pressure Steven Naismith's cross found Danny Invincibile, but he could only manage a weak effort under pressure and the shot was easily held by goalkeeper Derek Soutar. A burst of energy from Dundee's McManus breathed some life into a lethargic first half.

The forward raced down the right flank before squaring into the path of the unmarked Stephen Robb, but his effort was just off target and landed harmlessly past the post. Shortly before half-time, Killie made a push for the opener when Naismith tried his luck with a shot from the edge of the area, but Soutar gathered comfortably to bring a conclusion to an instantly forgettable first half.

Half time saw the introduction of fans favourite Fabian Caballero and the second period started with Kilmarnock's Gary McDonald going close with a header from Peter Leven's corner before Colin Nish set up Boyd for a volley that was easily held by Soutar.

On 62 minutes came the pivotal moment of the game.

Barrett was hauled down by David Lilley in the box and Steve Lovell stepped up for the spot-kick and made sure the net was left bulging. Having been largely under- employed, visiting 'keeper Alan Combe then managed to block a thunderous effort from Tam McManus.

As Killie turned the screw in the final few minutes, Kris Boyd was denied a late equaliser by the woodwork, his header crashing off the crossbar and going over,

Seconds later, Stevie Murray's shot was headed off the line by Lee Wilkie as Dundee hung on for an three invaluable points.

Making this win even more pertinent was that Dundee were the only side in the bottom six to pick up maximum points.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at April 2nd, 2005)

2004-05 All Time
Derek Soutar (GK)23 33 - 34 -
Joel Kitamirike - 4 - 4 -
Callum MacDonald21 28 - 35 -
Bobby Mann31 25 - 25 -
Barry Smith31 34 - 3824
Lee Wilkie24 12 - 1316
Neil Barrett23 262393
Garry Brady28 2311002
Steven Robb23 283574
Steve Lovell24 29139134
Tam McManus24 8383
Brent Sancho (sub)28 25 - 50 -
Fabian Caballero (sub)27 22113526

League Table (as at April 2nd, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Performances in the last two games have been more like the kind that we are going to continue to need if we are to retain our SPL status.

Against Rangers for example, the team showed tremendous discipline and a willingness to compete and only momentary lapses in concentration towards the end separated the sides.

That was the perfect platform for Pittodrie where we showed the same qualities.

And despite going behind to a quite brilliantly executed goal by Noel Whelan, our sound defending enabled us to get back in the game through Tam McManus' equaliser, which over the piece I felt was deserved.

Since that game I have emphasised to the players the importance of maintaining the qualities of discipline and organisation right up until the end of the campaign.

Given the situation at the bottom of the table, there is going to be something at stake in every game between now and the end of the season, which inevitably means that every match is going to be very tight.

For Kilmarnock whom we welcome this afternoon, their ambitions are aimed at gaining a top six place.

If we are to overcome them, then we must keep a solid shape and work extremely hard as a group, but that is what all managers will be demanding of their players and it is the ones who hold their nerve that will succeed in the remaining eight games.

Ability alone will not decide things, but the temperament to handle the pressure of a game like today will.

Our two previous meetings with Kilmarnock have certainly brought contrasting fortunes for both.

We played very well to beat them in the first meeting at Dens, but in all honesty were equally as poor when losing to them at Rugby Park when they were outstanding.

Hopefully, we can match the same kind of performances as in our last two games, and if we add a wee bit more goal threat will have a good chance of picking up three vital points.