Livingston 2
Dundee 1
League (Championship)


2 - 1


League (Championship)
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Almondvale Park
Attendance: 1,597
3:00 PM Kick-off

Keaghan Jacobs (55)
Martin Scott (88)
Peter MacDonald (54)

Team Managers
John McGlynn John Brown

Starting Eleven
1. Darren Jamieson
5. Callum Fordyce
19. Coll Donaldson
4. Simon Mensing
3. Jason Talbot
10. Stefan Scougall
7. Keighan Jacobs
8. Burton O'Brien
18. Kyle Wilkie
22. Andy Barrowman
9. Marc McNulty
Kyle Letheren .1
Declan Gallagher .18
Gary Irvine .2
Matt Lockwood .3
Ryan Conroy .11
Jim McAlister .20
Kevin McBride .8
Gavin Rae .10
Nicky Riley .7
Craig Beattie .29
Peter MacDonald .9

17. Kevin Walker
45. Shaun Rutherford
16. Jack Beaumont
31. Nejc Praprotnik
11. Danny Denholm
6. Martin Scott
48. Danny Mullen
Dan Twardzik .27
Cammy Kerr .30
James Thomson .21
Martin Boyle .23
Steven Doris .16
Carlo Monti .15
Craig Wighton .33

Danny Denholm for Kyle Wilkie (68)
Martin Scott for Marc McNulty (82)
Danny Mullen for Stefan Scougall (91)
Steven Doris for Craig Beattie (68)
Martin Boyle for Nicky Riley (76)

Stefan Scougall (35)
Callum Fordyce (50)
Darren Jamieson (51)
Simon Mensing (63)
Craig Beattie (66)
Peter MacDonald (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Euan Norris (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee's winning streak came to an end in frustrating fashion as the Dark Blues went down 2-1 to Livingston at Almondvale this afternoon. The Dee took the lead early in the second half through Peter MacDonald shortly after he had missed a penalty. However, slack defending cost Dundee two goals and all the points. Keighan Jacobs equalised only a minute after Dundee's goal and Martin Scott bundled in the winner after 88 minutes.

Iain Davidson was injured, which meant that Declan Gallagher was the only member of the back four playing in the same position as last week. Gary Irvine moved to left back, Matt Lockwood switched to centre back and Kevin McBride came in to play right back.

Livingston were a much tougher prospect than the outfit that went down tamely at Dens Park in August. The Lions were comfortable on the ball and moving well as they came forward. Dundee had at least as much possession as Livingston in the first half but the hosts' quick breaks always looked capable of opening up the Dark Blues' reshaped defence.

The Dee needed two fine saves from Kyle Letheren to reach half time with a clean sheet. First the keeper had to dash from his line to block Scougall's shot after Andy Barrowman had played in the skillful midfielder. Another neat Livingston move ended with Letheren touching Wilkie's volley over the bar.

Livingston might have looked impressive coming forward, but they were less assured at the back when Dundee put them under pressure. However, the Dark Blues' final balls into the box weren't good enough to set up clear chances.

Late in the half Riley and MacDonald had the Livi defence in trouble, but the ball bounced off Beattie and then McAlister in the goalmouth and into the hands of keeper Jamieson.

As in recent matches the Dark Blues came out with greater urgency after half time. Riley's pressing forced O'Brien to lose the ball and when the winger's cross came over Fordyce's push in the back on MacDonald gave the Dark Blues a penalty. MacDonald took the kick but it was too close to the keeper and Jamieson sprang to his right to save.

MacDonald didn't let the miss trouble him and scored a superb goal only three minutes later. Fordyce misjudged Letheren's long punt down the pitch and MACDONALD let the ball bounce before flashing a dipping, angled shot over Jamieson.

Sadly, just like last week Dundee conceded an unnecessary equaliser immediately. Livingson took a short corner, working the ball to Keighan JACOBS on the edge of the area. He took a touch before hitting an accurate low shot inside Letheren's right hand post; a fine finish, but he was given too much time and space.

Livingston then had a brief spell of dangerous attacking in which their pace and movement caused Dundee problems. The Dark Blues responded well, and their pressing high up the park cut off the supply to the Livingston forwards and allowed Dundee to dominate.

Declan Gallager came close with a curling 18 yard shot that was well saved by Jamieson. Livingston then had a massive escape when Craig Beattie chased an angled ball into the penalty area. Jason Talbot barged him over from behind, a clear foul. However, the referee Mr Charleston astonished the away support by booking Beattie for a dive.

Centre back Mensing was the next to get the benefit of the doubt from the referee. After being booked for a crude challenge on Beattie he ended a Dundee attack by fouling MacDonald on the edge of the penalty area, an offence that many referees would have decided worth a yellow card.

Steven Doris came on for Beattie, and then Martin Boyle replaced Nicky Riley. The Dark Blues were stilling looking the stronger side and the more likely winners.

Ryan Conroy's 18 yard shot was well saved by Jamieson at full stretch. The keeper was beaten when the corner came over but MacDonld’s header was acrobatically cleared by Talbot with the Dundee players claiming it was already over the line.

Against the run of play Livingston grabbed a winner two minutes from time, and again it was from a poorly defended set piece. Donaldson got on the end of a long free kick but his header from beyond the far post lacked power. Letheren couldn't hold the ball, however, and substitute Martin SCOTT bundled it into the net.

There was no late goal this week to dig the Dark Blues out of a hole and Livingston were able to weather Dundee's late charge.

Yet again the Dark Blues were slow off the mark and couldn't score, or even get their game going before half time. Livingston were worth a goal in the first half from their neat football in open play. It was frustrating that after surviving that poor spell and getting to grips with Livi's good football Dundee then conceded two poor goals from set pieces.

This was a game that swung on a few moments that didn't go Dundee's way, but that shouldn't be put down to bad luck. The Dark Blues were never at their best, but they could, and should, have won. The lesson is that Dundee made mistakes and Livi punished them.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 26th, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Kyle Letheren (GK)26 16 - 16 -
Declan Gallagher22 162443
Gary Irvine28 15 - 1332
Matt Lockwood37 9 - 11110
Ryan Conroy26 1629621
Jim McAlister27 161586
Kevin McBride32 122503
Gavin Rae35 16127731
Nicky Riley27 11 - 10711
Craig Beattie29 8383
Peter MacDonald32 16121612
Martin Boyle (sub)20 9 - 19 -
Steven Doris (sub)25 13 - 13 -

League Table (as at October 26th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.