Livingston 0
Dundee 2
League (First Division)


0 - 2


League (First Division)
Saturday, August 4th, 2007
Almondvale Park
Attendance: 2,872
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Scott Robertson (17)
Scott Robertson (58)

Team Managers
Mark Proctor Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Mariusz Liberda
2. Dave Mackay
3. James McPake
4. Craig James
5. Graham Dorrans
6. Jason Kennedy
7. Mark Tinkler
8. Patrick Noubissie
9. Steven Craig
10. Robert Snodgrass
11. Steven Weir
Ludovic Roy .1
David Worrell .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Danny Griffin .4
Paul Dixon .5
Frédéric Daquin .6
Scott Robertson .7
Kevin McDonald .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Jan Zemlik .10
Robert Davidson .11

12. Colin Stewart
14. Scott Mitchell
15. Mark Torrance
16. Joe Hamill
17. Liam Fox
Michael White .1
David O'Brien .14
Paul McHale .15
Jani Šturm .16
Brian Clark .17

Liam Fox for Steven Craig (66)
Joe Hamill for Craig James (83)
Jani Šturm for Robert Davidson (73)
David O'Brien for Jan Zemlik (78)

Steven Craig (27)
James McPake (31)
Graham Dorrans (62)
Jason Kennedy (68)
Steven Weir (89)
Jan Zemlik (39)
Kevin McDonald (50)
Paul Dixon (54)

Red Cards
Graham Dorrans (62)
Joe Hamill (85)

Match Officials

David Somers (Referee)

Match Report

A double from Scott Robertson got Dundee's season off to a perfect start as they swept aside Livingston at Almondvale, backed by a large and noisy traveling support. Robertson blasted the Dark Blues ahead in 17 minutes with a drive from the edge of the box and doubled his tally on 58 minutes firing home from Bob Davidson's pass.

"It's better than last year, that's for sure" said boss Alex Rae of Dundee's first game of the new campaign.

"We started the game well and continued in that vein.

"I'm delighted with the application and creativity we showed, it was good stuff.

"Livingston actually play some quite good football so we're pleased to come here and get the points.

"They were two brilliant strikes from Robbo', apart from his goals his energy levels were fantastic, mind you you could say that of most of the players.

There was a Dark Blue debut for Slovenian Jani Sturm (pictured) who came on to replace Bob Davidson with 17 minutes remaining.

"It's always difficult playing your first competitive game" said Rae. "Jani came on second half, we need to play to his strengths when he's on the park, Overall I'm pleased with everybody today."

One surprise in the starting line up for the traveling support was the absence of central defender Milan Panelik and Rae explained, "We're struggling to get international clearance for Milan from the Slovakian FA, he's been here three weeks now so we hope we can get it quickly, but Danny Griffin came in and did a fine job."

Alex Rae's men were helped by a couple of red cards for Livi's Graham Dorrans, who picked up two yellow cards in quick succession early in the second half, the first for squaring up to Paul Dixon and the second for dissent, while with five minutes left substitute joe Hammill's three minute spell on the park was ended as he downed Freddie Daquin when the Frenchman burst clear of the home defence.

Those dismissals only served to allow Dundee to close the game out with ease though, they were two goals to the good and had already pretty much won the game when the first dismissal occurred.

The opener came in seventeen minutes Jan Zemlik feeding the ball to Bob Davidson who laid it into the path of Robertson and the midfielder smashed home a drive from the edge of the penalty area.

Dundee looked the more likely side throughout and McDonald burst forward to try his luck on 35 minutes but he was denied by a fine save from home keeper Liberda.

Steven Craig had an opportunity to equalise as the break approached firing over after running onto Weir's lofted pass, but generally Dundee looked pretty solid Ludovic Roy was rarely tested.

It must have been a satisfied away dressing room at half time, and Dundee came out of the blocks as the second half kicked off, Gavin Swankie being denied by a flying Liberda save from an angeled drive after Davidson and Zemlik had combined to play him in.

They were two up in 58 minutes, Dixon's throw in from the left finding Davidson who held the ball up and fed it to Robertson who lashed it home from ten yards.

New boy Jani Sturm got an outing for the last 18 minutes, replacing the hard working Davidson, the Slovenian showed some nice touches and a fair bit of pace on his first outing in Dark Blue.

By then the large and noisy traveling support were chorusing, "We're going to win the league", perhaps a bit prematurely, but this was a very impressive first competitive outing for the Dens Parkers and there's an air of confidence about the Dundee support for the first time in a good while.

McDonald, though, knows it's very early days saying, "It's good to start with a win, we played well as a team and came here to do a job, we've done that and we will concentrate on Tuesday's game against Morton now."

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 4th, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 1 - 34 -
Paul Dixon20 1 - 772
Gary Mackenzie21 1 - 25 -
David Worrell29 1 - 1 -
Danny Griffin29 1 - 29 -
Kevin McDonald18 1 - 685
Scott Robertson22 12876
Frédéric Daquin28 1 - 1 -
Robert Davidson21 1 - 163
Gavin Swankie23 1 - 419
Jan Zemlik29 1 - 1 -
David O'Brien (sub)23 1 - 1 -
Jani Šturm (sub)25 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at August 4th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.