Dundee 3
Livingston 0
League (Championship)


Dundee
3 - 0
Livingston 

League (Championship)
Friday, August 30th, 2013
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,955
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Carlo Monti (pen.) (33)
Declan Gallagher (58)
Peter MacDonald (84)
None.

Team Managers
John Brown
Richie Burke

Starting Eleven
1. Kyle Letheren
5. Willie Dyer
18. Declan Gallagher
2. Gary Irvine
3. Matt Lockwood
11. Ryan Conroy
20. Jim McAlister
8. Kevin McBride
10. Gavin Rae
9. Peter MacDonald
15. Carlo Monti
Kevin Walker .17
Mike Mampuya .2
Simon Mensing .4
Callum Fordyce .5
Jason Talbot .3
Connor McDonald .21
Martin Scott .6
Coll Donaldson .19
Kyle Wilkie .18
Andy Barrowman .22
Danny Denholm .11

Bench
27. Dan Twardzik
17. Kyle Benedictus
21. James Thomson
22. Jamie Reid
7. Nicky Riley
23. Martin Boyle
41. Thomas Carberry
Darren Jamieson .1
Neil Hastings .31
Jack Downie .20
Kyle Lander .49
Danny Mullen .48

Substitutions
Nicky Riley for Carlo Monti (61)
Kyle Benedictus for Kevin McBride (78)
Jamie Reid for Ryan Conroy (90)
Danny Mullen for Connor McDonald (63)
Kyle Lander for Danny Denholm (91)

Cautions
None. Coll Donaldson (75)
Martin Scott (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Brian Colvin (Referee)
Stuart MacMillan & Anthony Cooper (Assistants)


Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee continued their improving form with a sold, professional 3-0 win over Livingston at Dens Park tonight. Carlo Monti gave the Dee the lead with a penalty just after the half hour. Declan Gallagher scored the second early in the second half and Peter MacDonald finished the scoring late on as the Dark Blues turned on the style.

Three points, three goals, three successive clean sheets. Pleasing!

Even though the players had a very tough two hours of football on Tuesday night there were no changes to the Dark Blue line up. Nor was there any sign that the players were suffering from their exertions only three days ago.

The kick off time might have been quarter to eight, but anyone who rolled in at quarter past the hour would have missed nothing. The first 30 minutes was played in leisurely style, largely in the midfield, with neither keeper having much to worry about.

Dundee gradually wound up the pace and started to ask serious questions of Livi's defence. Peter MacDonald was involved in every move, holding the ball up, bringing other players into the game and looking to play penetrating passes through Livi's back line.

Just after the half hour. MacDonald cleverly released Conroy on the left. The cross was half cleared to the edge of the box where Gary Irvine and Martin Scott challenged for the ball. The Livingston midfielder was a shade late and Dundee had a penalty. Carlo MONTI took the kick and although Kevin Walker got a hand to the ball he couldn't keep it out.

Scott nearly had a quick chance to make amends in Livi's next attack, but Gavin Rae nicked the ball away from him as he was about to shoot from 10 yards. That was the end of Livingston's threat in the first half as Dundee started to pass the ball around fluently, continuing to probe the visitors' defence.

The Dark Blues started the second half equally smoothly, but with a spot of added urgency that promised another goal. MacDonald and Monti were linking well with the midfield and Livi's defence was in trouble.

The second goal duly arrived when Jim McAlister swung over a corner for Declan GALLAGHER to climb high and smash an unstoppable header into the net.

Jim McAlister nearly added a quickfire third, but shot wide from MacDonald's pass. Dundee's movement, passing and ability to find space was pulling the Livingston defence apart now. Nicky Riley replaced Carlo Monti after an hour and ensured there was no let up in Livi's pain.

Just when it seemed that Dundee might run away with the match Livingston raised themselves to mount a challenge. Letheren had to dive at Mullen's feet to block following Barrowman's header into the goalmouth.

Talbot's well flighted free kick found Denholm who headed against the crossbar. Letheren then dived smartly to his right to stop Donaldson's low 25 yarder, and he was up quickly to block Mullen's follow up. Even during this bright spell Livingston always looked vulnerable to a break away. Their defence couldn't handle Dundee's intelligent attacking, they struggled against simple balls into space down the wings and they took unnecessary chances.

It was a careless piece of defending that gave Dundee the opportunity to grab their third goal, and the Dark Blues exploited the chance beautifully.

Conroy robbed full back Mampuya by the corner flag and sent Riley racing into the penalty area. Nicky skinned a defender, drew the keeper, swerved past him and set up MACDONALD for an easy finish.

Kevin McBride had limped off injured just before the goal. Kyle Benedictus came on to play at right back and Gary Irvine moved into midfield.

Ryan Conroy flashed a 30 yard free kick narrowly past the post before going off to give Jamie Reid a run out for the last few minutes.

The game ended with Dundee comfortably on top and pinging the ball around in attractive fashion. I wasn't alone in worrying about how the players would cope with this match after Tuesday night's extra time, but I needn't have worried.

There was no shortage of energy and enthusiasam tonight and Dundee added some excellent football to their hard work. The team looked very comfortable playing 4-4-2, and the midfield was far more effective and inventive than in the first few games of the season.

The wide players, McAlister and Conroy, played tighter with the central midfielder and at time the full backs were playing as wing backs. Kevin McBride and Gavin Rae were highly effective, pushing forward, forcing errors and playing imaginative passes.

As for the defence, three clean sheets in the league is marvellous after the problems of the first match at Queen of the South. Everyone played their part in a very pleasing team performance tonight.

Watching the Dee cruise to a 3-0 victory isn't a bad way to spend a Friday evening!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at August 30th, 2013)


2013-14 All Time
Age
Kyle Letheren (GK)26 7 - 7 -
Willie Dyer26 5 - 5 -
Declan Gallagher22 72353
Gary Irvine28 6 - 1242
Matt Lockwood36 4 - 10610
Ryan Conroy26 7 - 8719
Jim McAlister27 71496
Kevin McBride32 72453
Gavin Rae35 7 - 26830
Peter MacDonald32 7575
Carlo Monti23 7272
Kyle Benedictus (sub)21 4 - 831
Nicky Riley (sub)27 2 - 9811
Jamie Reid (sub)18 4 - 61






League Table (as at August 30th, 2013)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


We've had a busy spell of games recently, and it's at times like this where the work you put in during the pre season begins to pay off.

On Tuesday we were pushed hard again by a good Forfar side and although going in to extra time for the second consecutive week wasn't ideal - especially with the game tonight - I felt our fitness levels were good, and yet again the boys battled to the very last minute of the game.

This squad is very much a work in progress, but I don't think anyone can question the attitude or application of the players so far. The fact that we've scored some late winners recently shows that they are ready for a fight, and I know that's exactly what they'll do in every single game we play.

We face another challenge this evening as we welcome visitors Livingston to Dens Park. They have made some shrewd signings during the last couple of months and I have no doubt it won't be long before they begin to climb the table.

They will no doubt come here with confidence after a good 2-0 victory at Airdrie last week, and will be hoping to kick start their season tonight. We will have to be at out best, but I feel there are positive signs that we are improving as a team, and this is a game that my players have been looking forward to.

I am fully aware that the heavy run of games has an impact on the pockets of supporters, so I'd again like to thank the massive following who travelled to Stark's Park last Saturday and those who came to watch the action on Tuesday. I saw a lot of smiling faces leaving the ground after the late winner against Forfar, and as a manager of a football club there is no greater feeling than seeing that. We'll be doing everything we can to be at our best and send the fans home happy again this evening.