Dundee 0
Livingston 1
League (First Division)


Dundee
0 - 1
Livingston 

League (First Division)
Saturday, August 26th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,059
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Dave MacKay (79)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
John Robertson

Starting Eleven
1. Callum Reidford
2. Danny Griffin
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Greg Strong
5. Paul Dixon
6. Ross Harris
7. Kevin McDonald
8. Alex Rae
9. Scott Robertson
10. Derek Lyle
11. Gavin Swankie
Colin Stewart .1
Scott Mitchell .2
Steven Tweed .3
James McPake .4
Joe Hamill .5
Dave Mackay .6
Jason Thomson .7
Allan Walker .8
Graham Dorrans .9
Lee Makel .10
Steven Craig .11

Bench
12. Scott Murray
14. Callum MacDonald
15. Graham Hay
16. Andy McLaren
17. Robert Campbell
Craig Wight. 12
Liam Fox .14
Steven Weir .15
Steven Hislop .16
Daryl Smylie .17

Substitutions
Andy McLaren for Derek Lyle (71)
Robert Campbell for Alex Rae (80)
Steven Weir for Graham Dorrans (73)
Steven Hislop for Steven Craig (80)
Daryl Smylie for Allan Walker (82)

Cautions
Andy McLaren
Alex Rae (66)
Gary Mackenzie (89)
Scott Mitchell (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Referee)
Alastair Mather & Peter Kinney (Assistants)


Match Report


Dave Mackay is a quiet, self effacing sort of guy, an honest pro who does a steady job without ever being spectacular. That's the way he's always been, during his time at Dens and since moving away from Dundee too, not the sort to kiss badges or claim on his arrival at a new club that "they are the only team I ever wanted to play for" so it's hard to imagine what brought volleys of abuse his way from his former fans as Dundee went down to Livingston.

Not that the stick bothered the former Dee, it merely inspired him to continue an electrics coring start to the league season which has seen him hit the target in each of Livingston's first four league matches, and how he enjoyed the latest one making sure he celebrated in front of the South Enclosure after Greg Strong's clearance had hit him and ended up in the net.

"It was my first time back since leaving Dens and I got a bit of stick. There were a couple of songs that rhymed with banker coming my way, but my fluke shut them up" he laughed post match.

It was fitting that this match was settled with a moment of luck rather than skill as the latter factor was conspicuous by its absence on a dreary day at Dens. Chances were at a premium and all too often passes went astray.

It was past the first quarter hour when the first moment of note arrived Gavin Swankie's first-time volley was held by the diving Livingston keeper Colin Stewart, but Dundee's top scorer quickly had another opportunity failing to connect with Ross Harris' corner when unmarked inside the six yard box.

Mackay wasn't the only former Dee in the visitors' line up, Steven Tweed was solid at the back for the Almondvale outfit and striker Steven Craig looked dangerous at times up front.

He had a trio of opportunities with the first being the best of the bunch, springing the offside trap he had a great shooting opportunity but fired his shot just over, there was a suspicion that Calum Reidford had got a fingertip to the effort but referee Kenny Clark awarded a goal-kick. His other two efforts were blocked by Greg Strong, the only other real opportunity of the first half fell to Graham Dorrans but the youngster's back post header was woefully off target and by half time it looked as if this match was going to stay scoreless.

The second half provided little more excitement but it did provide a goal, and it came in 74 minutes. A Livingston corner from the left was headed goalwards by James McPake and although. Reidford made a fine block the ball broke loose and when Greg Strong blasted it away he only succeeded in hitting Mackay's shin, the ball looping into the top comer of the net for the most fortuitous of winning goals.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at August 26th, 2006)


2006-07 All Time
Age
Callum Reidford (GK) - 2 - 2 -
Paul Dixon19 6 - 452
Gary Mackenzie20 5 - 5 -
Greg Strong30 5 - 5 -
Danny Griffin29 3 - 3 -
Ross Harris22 6161
Kevin McDonald17 6 - 393
Alex Rae36 5 - 5 -
Scott Robertson21 5 - 582
Derek Lyle25 2121
Gavin Swankie22 6393
Andy McLaren (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Robert Campbell (sub) - 4 - 4 -






League Table (as at August 26th, 2006)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Chalking up that first win over Clyde last Sunday was doubly pleasing.

Firstly, after four straight defeats, it thankfully got that monkey off our backs.

More importantly, and most encouragingly, was the way in which it was achieved.

Whilst we are not the finished article and need to improve on things in a couple of areas, the result will give supporters and players a bit of belief which is so important after our poor start.

I must pay tribute to the two frontmen because I thought that Gavin Swankie and new boy Derek Lyle did fantastically well, particularly as it was the first time the pair had every played together.

Gavin has improved game-by-game and only needs to add a bit of aggression to his game and learn to hold the ball up better.

Meanwhile, I thought Derek led the line well for us and looked like he could be a foil for Gavin.

Despite the arrival of Derek Lyle, I still hope to add another striker plus a midfielder to the squad before the transfer window closes next Thursday.

I have two particular targets in mind and hope to get at least one of them on board before the deadline.

An experienced midfielder is a particular priority, because we've a lot of boys in that area of the team for whom this is a first full season and it would be good if we could get someone in his mid-twenties to help them.

This week we have had two trialists-an Australian midfielder and a right-back from the Ivory Coast- training with us, but there is no substitute for seeing players under match conditions.

And for that reason, we are hoping to watch a Scottish striker, currently attached to an Irish club, who has also been on trial here, but has had to return to Ireland for a fixture this weekend.

But for the moment everything has been focussed on the visit of Livingston this afternoon.

They have started the season very well, but, that hasn't surprised me because I always felt they would be amongst the teams that would be in the promotion mix.

What we must ensure is take the form we showed against Clyde last Sunday into this week's game.

If we can do that, then there is no reason why we can't get the right result.