Dundee 0
Livingston 3
League (First Division)


Dundee
0 - 3
Livingston 

League (First Division)
Saturday, September 20th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,631
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Chris Innes (40)
Calum Elliot (84)
Calum Elliot (90)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Roberto Landi

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Craig McKeown
5. Eddie Malone
6. David O'Brien
7. Paul McHale
8. Chris Pozniak
9. Mark Gilhaney
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Robert Davidson
Pierre-Antoine Martini .
Chris Innes .2
James McPake .3
Joe Hamill .4
Jason Talbot .5
Dave Mackay .6
Murray Davidson .7
Rocco Quinn .8
Fernando Giarrizo .9
Tony McParland .10
Calum Elliot .11

Bench
12. Ludovic Roy
14. Colin McMenamin
15. Darren Williams
16. Colin Cameron
17. David Cowan
Roddy McKenzie .12
Cameron MacDonald .14
Jean-Jose Cuenca .15
Liam Fox .16
Gary Miller .17

Substitutions
Colin McMenamin for Mickaël Antoine-Curier (46)
Colin Cameron for Chris Pozniak (46)
David Cowan for Mark Gilhaney (80)
Liam Fox for Murray Davidson (68)
Gary Miller for Anthony McParland (81)

Cautions
Colin Cameron
Robert Davidson
Craig McKeown
Fernando Giarrizzo (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)


Match Report


It was a bad day at the office for the Dark Blues today as Livingston ran out 3-0 winners at Dens.

Chris Innes headed top of the table Livi into the lead just before half time and as Dundee pushed for an equaliser two late break away goals from Calum Elliot confirmed defeat for Dundee.

Dundee were embarrassed on home soil by league leaders Livingston as two late goals sunk Alex Rae's men, resigning the team to their biggest defeat of the season so far. For the second game in a row the Dark Blues failed to score, unfortunately their counterparts didn't have the same trouble as a header just before half time from Chris Innes then a double late in the second half by Calum Elliott extended the Almondvale side's led at the summit.

The eleven who were unlucky not to take all three points from Dunfermline in the week previous started this game for the home side while Livi manager Roberto Landi made two changes to his line-up from their defeat against Airdrie: James McPake and Fernando Giarrizzo replacing Liam Fox and Cameron McDonald who took their place on the bench.

Curier was again partnered with Bob Davidson up front and it was the former who created the first chance as he beat the offside trap to cut in behind the Livi rearguard. The Frenchman is still to capture his form of last season as he continues to search for his first goal in six games and this miss won't have lifted his confidence as his low shot was saved by the legs of keeper Martini.

There were fifteen minutes on the clock before Landi's side's

first attack as Rocco Quinn cut in from the right but the forward's attempt was easily held by Douglas. The same man again caused trouble in the home defence as he latched onto a searching pass but this time Quinn dragged his shot wide. The game passed from end to end with both teams lacking the killer touch in the final third in the early stages. Mark Gilhaney went close with a header from an Eric Paton throw-in while at the other end James McPake's cross was met by McParland who also failed to find the target with a headed effort.

Bob Davidson twice went close for the home side before Chris Innes opened the scoring as the once resolute Dundee defence was breached. The home rearguard failed to deal with Argentinean Giarrizzo's corner leaving Chris Innes free to head the visitor's in front to lead 1-0 at half time.

With Dundee struggling to hold onto the ball in all areas of the park Alex Rae made two early substitutions after the break: Colin McMenamin and Colin Cameron on for Antione-Curier and Pozniak respectively.

For the early part of the second half the changes looked like they may prove fruitful as both players slotted into the attack as the game flowed from end to end: Calum Elliott's cross was held by Douglas before Colin McMenamin raced up the other end to win a corner. From the set-piece the ball was cleared to Paton whose chip back into the area found McKeown, but the defender's half volley only succeeded in finding a spot in stand.

McParlane continued to press the Dark Blue defence with his swerving shot sneaking narrowly past a post before Captain Paul McHale had two successive chances from Eric Paton's free kick to level the score. His original shot was blocked as he then had to watch as his second effort skimmed the bottom of the post with keeper Martini scrambling across his goal-line.

Sub McMenamin's cross from the right picked out Davidson but his glancing header lacked power and threat. Fellow sub Cameron's flick to McMenamin saw the forward advance but although he looked to be pushed as he tussled for the ball through the Livi defence the referee gave a free kick to Livi for a push by McMenamin on his counterpart.

The game was over in the 84th minute as Rocco Quinn's long ball forward caught out McKeown sending Elliot through one on one. The on-loan Hearts striker's first touch took him. forward and with his second he calmly slotted past Douglas. The fans misery was compounded in extra time as Giarrizzo charged through the midfield with ease; he found Elliot in space and Dens emptied as Elliot slotted home his second and Livi's third.

In their quest for the equaliser Dundee were carved open at the back and two almost identical Elliott goals sealed a miserable defeat which sees the Dark Blues slip to fifth in the league.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at September 20th, 2008)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 8 - 141 -
Chris Pozniak27 8181
Eddie Malone23 9 - 371
Craig McKeown23 3 - 3 -
Eric Paton30 9292
Gary Mackenzie22 8 - 691
Paul McHale26 91524
David O'Brien24 8 - 322
Robert Davidson22 5 - 5211
Mark Gilhaney23 9 - 9 -
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 932012
David Cowan (sub)26 6 - 20 -
Colin Cameron (sub)35 2 - 2 -
Colin McMenamin (sub)27 9 - 216






League Table (as at September 20th, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Last week's draw with Dunfermline may not have been the result that we wanted, but I had absolutely no complaints over the performance - It was terrific.

I felt we were different class and it was probably as well as we've played this season, especially in terms of passing the ball.

We also created a barrowload of chances, restricting them to one shot from distance late on.

The only disappointment is that we didn't get the three points we deserved!

Unfortunately, we just didn't get any luck where it mattered.

But I have seen plenty of games like that where you strike woodwork and miss chance after chance and sometimes it's just not your day!

I told them at half time to be patient and when Dunfermline closed down one flank to switch it - I thought we did it brilliantly, we didn't start lumping balls into the box, which would have played into their two centre halves hands and as I said in terms of the performance I've no complaints.

If we continue to play like that, I know we will be close to where we want to be at least, so, although I was disappointed not to win, I feel it is important to look at the positives.

It was another clean sheet and a very solid defensive display.

I was very pleased with Craig McKeown's first start and there is more to come from him.

I was also delighted to that Colin Cameron was involved competitively for the first time.

Colin got 20 minutes and big Craig played the whole 90 minutes.

They'll get stronger and have a bigger part to play and with Darren Young well on the road to recovery, the picture is looking a great deal brighter.

The visit of leaders Livingston sees us continue a very demanding spell.

Clearly Roberto Landi has done a very impressive job in such a short space of time since coming in this summer.

But all I can ask of the players is a repeat of last week's performance, but this time with the finishing to match.