Dundee 1
Kilmarnock 1
Scottish Cup (4th Round)

1 - 1

Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Saturday, January 7th, 2012
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,446
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Milne (46)
Manuel Pascali (32)

Team Managers
Barry Smith
Kenny Shiels

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Gary Irvine
3. Neil McGregor
4. Craig McKeown
5. Matt Lockwood
6. Jamie McCluskey
7. Stephen O'Donnell
8. Gavin Rae
9. Ross Chisholm
10. Ryan Conroy
11. Steven Milne
Cammy Bell .1
Manuel Pascali .29
Mohamadou Sissoko .88
Gary Hay .3
Rory McKeown .23
Jamie Fowler .4
Liam Kelly .8
Dean Shiels .22
James Dayton .10
Danny Racchi .22
Paul Heffernan.14

12. John Gibson
14. Kyle Benedictus
15. Jake Hyde
16. Leighton McIntosh
17. Graham Bayne
Anssi Jaakkola .53
Zdenek Kroca .13
Alex Pursehouse .26
Matty Kennedy .33
William Gros .21

Jake Hyde for Jamie McCluskey (74)
William Gros for James Dayton (57)

Craig McKeown (60)
Mohamadou Sissoko (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stevie O'Reilly (Referee)
Stephen Mitchell & Charlie Smith (Assistants)
Frank McDermott (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee fans left Dens this afternoon with mixed feelings; disappointed that the Dee missed an opportunity to put an SPL club out of the cup, but pleased with a good performance and knowing that Dundee are still in contention for a place in the next round.

After having a goal disallowed in strange circumstances Dundee fell behind to a goal against the run of play. They equalised through Steven Milne immediately after half time, then missed a great chance to take the lead when Killie keeper Cammy Bell saved Matt Lockwood's penalty.

Jamie McCluskey replaced Nicky Riley, who was missing after going off injured against Raith on Monday. Stephen O'Donnell returned from suspension and Jake Hyde dropped to the bench as Barry Smith tried a new formation with Gavin Rae playing in the space between the four man midfield and Steven Milne.

The changes worked well as Dundee spent the first half hour attacking Killie. Rae thrived in the space behind Milne and was prominent in a series of fluent and clever moves.

Repeatedly Dundee stretched the visitors' defence as they worked the ball patiently into good positions.

Gary Irvine burst through at the end of a lovely passing move, but mishit his shot allowing Bell to save easily. Within a minute Chisholm was on the end of another fine move, but couldn't lift his attempted lob high enough to beat Bell.

Dundee kept up the good passing and movement, opening up the defence to give Gavin Rae a glimpse of goal, but his shot was blocked for a corner.

After 15 minutes Dundee seemed to have take the lead when Conroy sent Milne clear to nudge the ball past Bell. The referee, Stephen O'Reilly, awarded the goal but, under pressure from the Killie players, went to consult the linesman who had kept his flag down.

After a lengthy discussion the officials decided that the goal should be disallowed for offside. TV pictures showed that Milne was onside when Conroy made his pass but Chisholm flicked the ball into Milne's pass once the striker was in an offside position.

Presumably the linesman had missed Chisholm's touch and the referee was clarifying whether the onside decision was based on the original pass. It was bizarre that the officials needed a discussion to change their minds, but there's nothing to moan about since they seemed to get it right in the end.

Dundee didn't let the disappointment affect them and remained on top, only to fall behind to a dreadful sucker punch just after the half hour.

Dundee's attacking play might have been excellent but their defending of Dean Shiels corner was poor. Craig McKeown lost track of Manuel PASCALI who just beat Douglas to the ball to nod Killie in front.

Dundee had problems defending corners throughout the game. Shiels' deliveries were excellent, but the Dee defence struggled continually to pick up the Killie players on the receiving end.

Killie's goal may have been against the run of play but they should have gone two up almost immediately. Under pressure Gary Irvine miscued his header back to Douglas. Heffernan intercepted, dallied too long and then screwed his shot across goal when he should have done better.

Dundee kept their heads and were soon attacking Killie convincingly once more. Gavin Rae moved smoothly into space on the edge of the penalty area and fired a fierce shot just too high.

The Dark Blue supporters were disappointed at half time that their team was trailing, but it took only 23 seconds of the second half for the Dee to set matters right!

Steven Milne did superbly to take the ball down and run at the defence. He played the ball through to Rae who drove into the penalty area before setting up Conroy to fire the ball across goal where MILNE arrived to poke the ball home. It was exactly the sort of skillfully built goal Dundee had been threatening to score all day.

Killie's response was to step up their game and they had their best spell of the match. Another badly defended corner broke to Hay, 20 yards out, but his piledriver was tipped over by Douglas.

Dundee came through this sticky spell and should have taken the lead just after the hour. McCluskey skinned Rory McKeown and chipped the ball to the far post where Ryan Conroy was wrestled to the ground by Sissoko when he looked sure to score. The referee had no hesitation about pointing to the penalty spot and then pulled out only a yellow card for Sissoko, who must have been mightily relieved.

Matt Lockwood stepped forward, in spite of missing his two previous penalties, but sadly his effort was poor and Bell saved comfortably.

After that the match always seemed to be heading for a draw. Killie always looked dangerous from set pieces, but had difficulty creating chances in open play.

Twelve minutes from the end Dundee came close to snatching a winner, but were foiled by two great saves from Bell. Milne played a smart one-two with substitute Jake Hyde, but Bell saved with his feet. Irvine played the ball straight back in, but Conroy's header was brilliantly tipped round the post by the keeper.

There was lots to please the Dundee support today. The Dark Blues played good football and had an SPL struggling for long periods. However, it's disappointing that Dundee missed the opportunity to seize the win they'd have deserved.

The replay at Kilmarnock on 17th January will be a tougher challenge. Dundee will have to show Killie plenty of respect, but the Dee should approach the game confident in their abilities.

If they can repeat the flowing football in their opponents' half they will have a good chance. If they defend set pieces as poorly as they did today then Killie will be firm favourites.

One man who deserves a special mention is Gary Irvine, who had an excellent game, even though he has had other things on his mind lately. Yesterday his partner gave birth to a baby daughter, Sloan, their second child. Congratulations Gary and Lou!

Finally, the disappointing attendance of 3,446 was 584 lower than Dundee's lowest league gate of the season, and 1,100 below the league average. The money from televised cup ties might be invaluable, but TV does affect the gate and the atmosphere.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 7th, 2012)

2011-12 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)39 25 - 253 -
Neil McGregor26 19 - 19 -
Gary Irvine26 251612
Craig McKeown26 18 - 901
Matt Lockwood35 253608
Ryan Conroy24 243243
Gavin Rae34 13325829
Jamie McCluskey24 191191
Ross Chisholm23 17 - 17 -
Stephen O'Donnell28 222605
Steven Milne31 221213937
Jake Hyde (sub)21 175198

League Table (as at January 7th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

On behalf of all the players and coaching staff, may I firstly wish you a Happy New Year.

It was a great team performance at Starks Park, and I was delighted to come away with all 3 points at what is always a difficult venue.

Today is a great game to be involved in and it's one we're all looking forward to. Kilmarnock have shown their quality on numerous occasions this season. They are a good SPL outfit, so it will be a good test for us.

If we show the attributes that we have shown in most games over the past couple of months, I'm sure we can make it an entertaining game for both sets of supporters, and also the viewers at home.

2011 wasn't without it's challenges, and the way you stuck by the players week in, week out has been tremendous. We will continue to work hard to keep improving throughout 2012.

Enjoy the game.