Dundee 0
Kilmarnock 0
League (Premier League)

0 - 0

League (Premier League)
Sunday, January 27th, 2013
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,782
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Barry Smith
Kenny Shiels

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Gary Irvine
26. Brian Easton
25. Lewis Toshney
18. Declan Gallagher
6. Iain Davidson
20. Jim McAlister
24. Colin Nish
27. Mark Stewart
10. John Baird
15. Steven Milne
Cammy Bell .1
Jeroen Tesselaar .2
Garry Hay .3
Rory McKeown .23
Ross Barbour .25
Mohamadou Sissoko .88
James Fowler .4
Manuel Pascali .29
Paul Heffernan .14
Borja .15
Rory McKenzie .24

36. Alex Baird
5. Neil McGregor
3. Matt Lockwood
17. Kyle Benedictus
7. Nicky Riley
8. Kevin McBride
11. Ryan Conroy
Kyle Letheren .17
Ryan O'Leary .5
Ibrahim Rabiu .19
James Dayton .10
Danny Racchi .7
William Gros .9
Cillian Sheridan .12

Nicky Riley for Steven Milne (57)
Ryan Conroy for Mark Stewart (79)
Cillian Sheridan for Paul Heffernan (68)
Ibrahim Rabiu for Borja Pérez (68)
James Dayton for Rory McKenzie (81)

None. James Fowler (73)
Mohamadou Sissoko (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)
Stuart Macaulay & Graeme Leslie (Assistants)
Callum Murray (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee followed up last week's promising draw at Easter Road with another solid performance against Kilmarnock at Dens. However, they lacked the touch of inspiration or luck that would have turned one point into three and had to settle for a goalless draw.

After last week's good performance against Hibs it was no surprise that Barry Smith sent out an unchanged team. Nicky Riley returned from injury and took a place on the bench.

The Dark Blues started well and pushed forward enthusiastically, dominating the early play. Dundee supporters fleetingly thought their side had taken a seventh minute lead when McAlister's 25 yard shot flashed past Bell, taking a deflection off John Baird on the way. However, the stand side linesman spotted that Baird had been in an offside position and the goal was disallowed.

Kilmarnock could have taken the lead against the run of play when Gallagher's clearance cannoned off McAlister. Heffernan pounced on the loose ball and ran clear but Douglas saved well low to his right.

Baird and McAlister were both busy and effective firing a string of promising crosses into Killie's penalty area. The visitors had to survive a few scrambles as Dundee couldn't get clean shots away.

In a frantic spell midway through the first half both sides had penalty appeals turned down and Kilmarnock should have taken the lead; all within the space of 90 seconds. First John Baird turned Barbour in the penalty area and was held back. Kilmarnock raced away to the other end where Rory McKenzie fired inches wide from six yards out. The same player was then appealing for a penalty, claiming that Irvine had barged him over. As with the Dundee appeal the referee, Mr Beaton, gave the benefit of the doubt to the defender.

The play was becoming increasingly scrappy and Mr Beaton infuriated the crowd with some fussy decisions. One that particularly riled the home support was when he stopped a swift Dundee breakaway because a Kilmarnock player was on the ground; it wasn't a head injury and the player didn't need any treatment

Killie had their best spell of the match in the 10 minutes after half time. Dundee's play had become ragged. They couldn't keep possession and Kilmarnock were picking up most of the second balls. However, the visitors couldn't fashion any chances from their dominance and Dundee quickly snapped out of their slackness.

Although the balance of play was even Dundee looked the more dangerous side and created the better chances. Nicky Riley replaced Steven Milne early in the second half and was soon back to his elusive best, causing endless problems down Kilmarnock's left. Fowler was booked for a foul on Riley, and was then fortunate to stay on the pitch when he body-checked the winger to stop him breaking out of defence.

John Baird had a fine game, and moved in from the wing to a central role after Riley arrived. He came desperately close to scoring when Nish headed the ball down for him. Baird's angled snap shot flew over Bell but came back off the inside of the post.

Nish then missed a great chance when McAlister fired in a rasping 25 yarder. Bell could only beat the ball out to Nish, who couldn't react quickly enough to control his shot and the ball flew over the bar.

After a prolonged quiet spell in which Kilmarnock had offered little threat to the Dundee defence Barbour hit a fierce 20 yard shot that Douglas was happy to beat away.

Dundee couid have tied up the points at the end when Easton's header from a Conroy corner beat Bell but was scrambled off the line.

So the match came to a rather frustrating end, with Kilmarnock happier with their point than Dundee. The Dee defence looked comfortable and composed for most of the match. Lewis Toshney was outstanding in central defence, forming a highly effective partnership with Declan Gallagher.

Coming forward Dundee looked most dangerous when they were coming down the wings. They never looked likely to play their way through the middle and the central midfielders sensibly kept the ball moving wide as much as possible.

Both full backs pressed forward whenever they had the chance, offering good support to the wide midfielders. Sadly things weren't quite working out for the strikers today. At various points Nish was partnered by Milne and Stewart, but it was the pairing with Baird that offered most promise. That partnership came agonisingly close to what would have been a wonderful winner when Baird struck the post.

Today Dundee weren't quite good enough to kill off Killie, and didn't quite have the luck their efforts deserved. We'd have been celebrating three points with just a little bit more composure, confidence or quality. Gary Harkins has all of these in abundance, and his presence today would surely have made the crucial difference. Kilmarnock's insistence that he would not be available to Dundee today was clearly a very wise decision. It will be great to see him back in dark blue!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 27th, 2013)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 26 - 297 -
Declan Gallagher21 16 - 16 -
Lewis Toshney20 10 - 10 -
Brian Easton24 5 - 5 -
Gary Irvine27 26 - 1052
Jim McAlister27 25 - 25 -
Iain Davidson29 241241
Colin Nish31 192192
Steven Milne32 15316944
John Baird27 251251
Mark Stewart24 121121
Ryan Conroy (sub)25 2446616
Nicky Riley (sub)26 1628211

League Table (as at January 27th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After nearly a month away, it's great to have a home game and after last Saturday the boys have all been raring to go again.

We were obviously not happy with the results over the festive period, but one thing that hasn't changed is the belief both in the dressing room and held by the back room staff that better things are around the corner, and that we can move up the table.

I thought it was an excellent display away from home last week where we showed all the effort and commitment that we have in previous weeks but we also had that wee bit of quality too, which was pleasing.

We worked on things over the winter break and it definitely paid dividends. We tried to be positive and play with a lot of forward thinking players and I think that was reflected in the way the game went. Although we were under a wee bit of pressure from Hibs in the second half, we still created chances and were unlucky not to go on and win the game.

We have to use the Hibs game as a building block and carry that forward against Kilmarnock today. Kenny Sheils likes his team to play good football, and we know they have quality and can hurt us if we are not at our best.

We absolutely have the ability to take all three points from this game, and I know the players will again give everything to ensure that's exactly what happens and send our great support home happy.