Livingston 1
Dundee 1
League (Premier League)


Livingston 

1 - 1

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, May 21st, 2005
Almondvale Park
Attendance: 8,968
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Craig Easton (26) Callum MacDonald (18)

Team Managers
Richard Gough Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Roddy McKenzie
20. Gustave Bahoken
6. Emanuel Dorado
24. Eric Deloumeaux
11. Jason Dair
12. Craig Easton
13. Gabor Vincze
10. Burton O'Brien
7. Hassan Kachloul
8. Colin McMenamin
16. Derek Lilley
Derek Soutar .1
Callum MacDonald .17
Bobby Mann .5
Stephen McNally .20
Brent Sancho .3
Barry Smith .2
Iain Anderson .11
Neil Barrett .14
Steven Robb .18
Steve Lovell .9
Tam McManus .16

Bench
18. Colin Meldrum
19. Graham Dorrans
15. Richard Brittain
23. Ferenc Horvath
17. Greg Strong
25. Robert Snodgrass
4. Oscar Rubio
Kelvin Jack .13
Mark Fotheringham .8
Scott Robertson .22
Glen Atle Larsen .7
Fabian Caballero .26
John Sutton .10

Substitutions
Oscar Rubio for Gustave Bahoken (57)
Greg Strong for Derek Lilley (86)
Robert Snodgrass for Hassan Kachloul (90)
John Sutton for Steven Robb (67)
Fabian Caballero for Neil Barrett (81)
Scott Robertson for Iain Anderson (87)

Cautions
Gabor Vincze (21)
Hassan Kachloul (35)
Steven Robb (48)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Referee)
Andy Davis & George Drummond (Assistants)
Mike Delaney (Fourth Official)



Match Report


Thousands of Dundee fans were left devastated as the club were relegated from the Premier League at Livingston. A vast army of supporters descended on the West Lothian town and many hundreds were locked out as the Dundee end filled to capacity well before kick off. Hundreds having to watch what they could from a hill outside the stadium, despite 1100 empty spaces in the home areas.

Those fans were in ecstasy in 18 minutes as Callum Macdonald rammed home a headed knockdown from Bobby Mann to give hope, but eight minutes later they were deflated as Craig Easton headed home the goal that would ultimately relegate the Dark Blues.

Dundee fought like crazy to try to grab the winner, but the width of a goal post separated them from safety, Tam' McManus' sclaffed shot in 88 minutes. beating keeper McKenzie and hitting the post. That was as close as Dundee would get on a day when they fought hard, but lacked the quality to take advantage of a Livingston side that also looked nervy.

The game kicked off to a cacophony of noise from the gigantic away support and they were roaring again within seconds of kick-off as Steve Lovell anticipated an Eric Deloumeaux header well and fired in a shot Roddy McKenzie pushed round the post. Tam McManus was next tow threaten as he burst into the home penalty area but he was closed down quickly and fired well wide of the target.

The early stages had seen Dundee dominant, winning most of the fifty-fifty balls and getting forward regularly, it was no surprise when they went ahead on the quarter hour. Livi' cleared a corner but when the ball found it's way to Stephen McNally he curled in a high cross which Bobby Mann headed back across the face of the goal. Callum Macdonald was arriving at pace and lashed the ball past McKenzie to spark wild scenes of delight from the travelling hordes.

With Livingston now in the relegation frame it was obvious that they would try to hit back but in the moments after the goal Dundee looked more likely to add to their lead, gradually though the West Lothian side forced their way forward and eight minutes after Dundee had taken the lead they were level. Hassan Kachloul showed marvellous skill to make space and his cross from the left and headed home by Craig Easton to stun the Dark Blue Army.

Now Livi looked the more likely and they came within inches of taking the lead a couple of minutes after the goal Colin McMenamin fired in a curler from the left which was missed by everyone and came back off the post, Kachloul ramming in the rebound but Soutar flicked the ball away from danger with his right hand, it was a fine save from the keeper.

While Dundee was battling Livingston now looked the more assured side and that was a pattern, which would continue through the game. The second half started with Neil Barrett trying his luck with but the shot hit Gustave Bahoken, and although McManus pounced on the rebound he fired wide of goal, Tams' agony would only have been slightly relieved by the raised flag oft the linesman who was indicating that the striker had been offside.

There was a nasty clash of heads between Bahoken collided with lan Anderson and although the Dundee player recovered after treatment Bahoken was stretchered off to be replaced by Oscar Rubio.

Burton O'Brien fired a free kick in and Soutar had to be at his best to concede the corner and from the resultant kick Emmanuel Dorado fired inches over. Kachloul was in too soon afterwards as O'Brien set him free but Soutar was alert to block his weak effort.

John Sutton, Scott Robertson and Fabian Caballero were introduced as Dundee went 4-2-4 to try to force the winner but it was Mann who could have been the hero, he held his head in agony as his effort went inches wide.

As the announcer told the crowd 'There will be six minutes of time added on' Tam' McManus burst past three Livi players and fired goalwards, his shot wasn't well struck but beat McKenzie only to agonisingly hit the base of the post and bounce behind for a goal kick - it was the moment when the vast army knew Dundee were down, and although the team still tried to press there wasn't to be another good chance.

On the day Dundee had shown a fight that might have kept them up if repeated throughout the season, but the desperate battling on evidence on show here couldn't mask the simple fact that this side haven't been good enough to stay in the Premier league.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at May 21st, 2005)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Derek Soutar (GK)23 40 - 41 -
Callum MacDonald21 351421
Bobby Mann31 32 - 32 -
Stephen McNally - 21 - 23 -
Brent Sancho28 302552
Barry Smith31 40 - 3884
Iain Anderson27 22317523
Neil Barrett23 322453
Steven Robb23 353644
Steve Lovell24 36159836
Tam McManus24 144144
Scott Robertson (sub)20 10 - 10 -
Fabian Caballero (sub)27 29114226
John Sutton (sub)21 358358






League Table (as at May 21st, 2005)


No league table has been added for this season.