Dundee 4
Livingston 1
League (First Division)

4 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,639
3:00 PM Kick-off

Robert Davidson (20)
Jan Zemlik (61)
Robert Davidson (68)
Derek Lyle (73)
Tomas Pesir (14)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Mark Proctor

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. David Worrell
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Martyn Corrigan
5. Paul Dixon
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Jan Zemlik
11. Robert Davidson
Mariusz Liberda .1
Scott Mitchell .2
Craig James .3
Dermot McCaffrey .4
Liam Fox .5
Jason Kennedy .6
Mark Tinkler .7
Graham Dorrans .8
Lee Makel .9
Steven Craig .10
Tomas Pesir .11

12. Michael White
14. Paul McHale
15. Danny Griffin
16. Derek Lyle
17. Jani Šturm
Mark Lunn .12
Cameron MacDonald .14
Steven Weir .15
Lee Matthews .16
Jakub Hottek .17

Derek Lyle for Jan Zemlik (62)
Paul McHale for Kevin McDonald (74)
Jani Šturm for Robert Davidson (76)
Lee Matthews for Jason Kennedy (67)
Jakub Hottek for Tomas Pesir (79)

None. Tomas Pesir (74)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Mackay (Referee)
Ross Hammill & Stuart Macauley (Assistants)

Match Report

A spirited fight back which included two goals from Bob Davidson earned Dundee all three points after the disappointment of losing a sloppy opening goal.

Three second half goals sealed the win in which the first and second half performances were like night and day for the home side.

Alex Rae made changes to his defence with the injured Milan Palenik being replaced by Martyn Corrigan while David Worrell, forced out through injury, slotted back in at right-back.

Former Dens Park forward Steven Craig caused problems with his pace and Gary Mackenzie and Craig Samson were called into action early intothe game as Craig chased down a loose ball, but both keeper and defender were on form to keep any imminent danger at bay.

Jason Kennedy, Graham Dorrans and Craig all tested Samson before Tomas Pesir opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Slack passing out of defence let the visitors in as Dorrans collected the ball on the right wing before cutting the ball back to Pesir who was left with the easy task of slotting the ball past Samson.

Dundee however pulled themselves level just six minutes later with a goal of the season contender from Bob Davidson. Jan Zemlik headed the ball back to Davidson who unleashed a thirty yard shot into the top corner past a helpless Marius Liberda.

Steven Craig continued to do all the pressing for the visitors with Craig himself unlucky to go into the interval without getting his name on the score sheet as Mackenzie and Samson combined in the 40th minute to send his shot out for a corner.

Dundee came out fighting in the second half and looked the more likely of the sides to score the winning goal. Six minutes after the re-start Davidson set up Zemlik, with the Czech striker flagged for offside.

Gavin Swankie also had his own chance to score with his shot saved by the legs of Liberda. Steven Craig then had his own chance at the other end as he took the advantage after Martyn Corrigan failed to connect to a header back towards Samson in goal, but his volley failed to test the defence.

Dundee were quick to react in the 62nd minute after Lee Makel's free kick saw Craig beat the offside trap, but his header lacked any threat and Samson collected easily. His quick throw- out was flicked onto Kevin McDonald who made his way down the win to the by-line. He held up the ball while Zemlik found room in the area and after McDonald's pass he was left with a simple shot to net his first league goal of the season. This was to be his last touch of the ball as he was replaced by Derek Lyle.

In the 66th minute Jason Kennedy was replaced by Lee Matthews. Bob Davidson netted his second and Dundee's third just three minutes after the second with a superb solo effort. He skipped past the defence before holding off a final challenge to slip the ball under Liberda for his sixth goal of the season.

The game was over in the 72nd minute as Derek Lyle completed Dundee's goal rout scoring the fourth goal to send the game beyond the visitors. The former QOS man could hardly miss as Kevin McDonald and scorer Davidson combined to allow Lyle the simple task of walking the ball into the back of the net.

The only booking of the game came in the 74th minute for Livi goalscorer Pesir.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 20th, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)23 10 - 10 -
Martyn Corrigan30 2 - 2 -
Paul Dixon20 13 - 892
David Worrell29 12 - 12 -
Gary Mackenzie22 12 - 36 -
Kevin McDonald18 133808
Scott Robertson22 133997
Gavin Swankie23 1225211
Jan Zemlik30 122122
Frédéric Daquin29 131131
Robert Davidson21 126279
Paul McHale (sub)26 111232
Derek Lyle (sub)26 923917
Jani Šturm (sub)25 102102

League Table (as at October 20th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After the break for the Euro 2008 qualifiers, we return to action this afternoon determined to atone for defeat at Hamilton in our last outing.

Much has been made of their artificial surface, but as far as I am concerned that doesn't come into the equation of our 2-0 defeat by the league leaders.

For 82 minutes we competed with them and matched them. Then someone switched off and we lost a bad goal - while that was disappointing, I do not see the pitch was a factor.

Anyway to complain about the pitch would just sound like sour grapes and it's a waste of time - it's there, you have to play on it, so you just get on with it.

Having looked comfortable for most of the game we lost because we conceded the kind of sloppy goal we have not been losing and their second came because we were chasing an equaliser right at the end.

Defeat was hard for the players to take.

It was a sore one because they had looked like getting something for so long and, until the goal, I was pleased with them in terms of their attitude and willingness for the fight, but their concentration has to be for 90 minutes.

The one positive was on-loan full-back Martyn Corrigan's debut. He was brought in late the day prior to the game as cover for the injured David Worrell, but with David having re-started training this week, having both

available will give me defensive options.

Prior to that first defeat of the season at New Douglas Park, we had a very hard-fought win over Morton in our last Dens outing.

To be honest after the Celtic match, I was just delighted to get the three points.

For about 25 minutes we were absolutely brilliant and I think we could have had the game sewn up by that time. Then we gave away a really sloppy goal from our defensive mistake and from looking quite comfortable, we were suddenly at sixes and sevens. But after the Celtic game, I always felt we would tire, and that's exactly what happened.

When I was at Rangers the philosophy was after we played a big game in Europe or whatever, to just come back and nick a 1-0 result. The mental and physical side of playing the Old Firm for us is massive but as they have done several times this season, the guys showed a tremendous amount of character to get the win.

We start the second quarter of the season with the reversal of our opening day of the season visit to Livingston.

Although we won that reasonably comfortable, we know at first hand the improvement Mark Proctor's side have made after only scraping through on penalties when they visited us in the CIS Cup. So that all adds up to another test of our resolve, as we try to bounce back from the defeat by Hamilton.