Livingston 0
Dundee 2
League (Championship)


Livingston 

0 - 2

Dundee


League (Championship)
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Dens Park
Attendance: 1,759
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Peter MacDonald (8)
Kyle Benedictus (55)

Team Managers
John McGlynn Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Darren Jamieson
5. Callum Fordyce
19. Craig Sives
23. Nejc Mevlja
3. Jason Talbot
7. Keaghan Jacobs
21. Kyle Jacobs
4. Simon Mensing
6. Martin Scott
14. Michal Habai
9. Marc McNulty
Kyle Letheren .1
Declan Gallagher .18
Kyle Benedictus .17
Gary Irvine .2
Willie Dyer .5
Gavin Rae .10
Jim McAlister .20
Iain Davidson .6
Martin Boyle .23
Christian Nadé .27
Peter MacDonald .9

Bench
17. Kevin Walker
2. Mike Mampuya
31. Nejc Praprotnik
18. Kyle Wilkie
11. Danny Denholm
27. Mark Burchill
48 Danny Mullen
John Gibson .12
Matt Lockwood .3
Adam Cummins .25
Ryan Conroy .11
Nicky Riley .7
Craig Wighton .33
Steven Doris .16

Substitutions
Nejc Praprotnik for Jason Talbot (42)
Mark Burchill for Michal Habai (62)
Danny Denholm for Kyle Jacobs (73)
Steven Doris for Christian Nadé (69)
Nicky Riley for Peter MacDonald (80)
Ryan Conroy for Martin Boyle (87)

Cautions
Simon Mensing (86) Kyle Benedictus (41)
Peter MacDonald (65)
Martin Boyle (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Don Robertson (Referee)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee looked every inch a top of the league team as they cruised to a convincing 2-0 win at Livingston this afternoon. Goals early in each half from Peter MacDonald and Kyle Benedictus gave the Dark Blues the points. Dundee should really have had more than two goals to show for their dominance over Livi's Lions. The Dee were comfortably the better side all over the pitch and delighted the travelling fans with a confident and assured display.

Paul Hartley's only change was to field Iain Davidson as a straight replacement for Kevin McBride, who has been unwell.

The Dark Blues took charge right from the start and never allowed Livingston into the match. They opened the scoring after eight minutes with a delightful free kick. Gary Irvine's run was blocked by Mensing and from 25 yards Peter MacDonald swept the ball over the wall and low into the net.

The home defence were constantly sloppy and wanted far too much time on the ball. Dundee's pressing forced a series of errors, but they couldn't convert them into more goals in a one-sided first half.

McAlister ran onto a MacDonald pass and his flick seemed to be drifting over Jamieson, but held up in the wind and the keeper stretched to save.

Keaghan Jacobs passback fell short allowing McAlister to run in from the left, but he stumbled before he could cut the ball back for Nadé. McAlister then made a great run, releasing Boyle to flash a 20 yard shot just wide.

Gavin Rae and Iain Davidson were controlling the midfield and Livi's strikers were left with no support. The play was nearly all towards the home goal, but surprisingly Livingston reached half time without conceding again.

The second half continued in exactly the same vein. Fine play by Nadé released McAlister whose cross was scrambled out for a corner. Livingston's defending from set pieces had been unimpressive all day. They managed to scramble that corner away, but a couple of minutes later their defence disintegrated at Dundee's next corner.

McAlister swung the ball in from the right and the unmarked Kyle BENEDICTUS didn't have to jump as he ran in and powered his header low into the net from eight yards.

The Dark Blues couldn't add to their lead, but were in complete control for the rest of the match. Boyle's pace was a particular menace to the home defence, who struggled to keep the eager Dee at bay.

Dundee continued to boss the midfield and the defence were always in control of Livi's few attacks. In fact, Livingston failed to create a chance in the whole match, and their only shot on target was a soft effort from 40 yards by Scott that Letheren was able to bend over to pick up.

In the later stages Nadé and MacDonald were both withdrawn to allow Steven Doris and Nicky Riley on, and then Ryan Conroy came on for the last few minutes to replace Boyle. However, there was no change to the pattern of the game, with Dundee looking far more likely to extend their lead than Livi looked like pulling a goal back.

Boyle sent a 20 yard effort fizzing just over the bar, and Doris had two good efforts that just missed.

In the end Dundee had to settle for just the two goals, but the supporters were in no mood to complain when the final whistle went. They were delighted by an excellent team performance in which every part of the team worked well. There were no outstanding individual performances today, but every player did their job confidently and eagerly.

Livingston have beaten Dundee twice this season, but today they didn't get a sniff. This was exactly the sort of away performance that champions need to put in at this stage of the season. Dundee showed composure and a steely determination to take all the points. What was particularly pleasing was that Dundee maintained the same level of performance and intensity throughout, with no peaks and troughs. Great stuff lads! This is what the fans want.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at March 15th, 2014)


2013-14 All Time
Age
Kyle Letheren (GK)27 32 - 32 -
Declan Gallagher23 334615
Willie Dyer27 17 - 17 -
Gary Irvine28 32 - 1502
Kyle Benedictus22 161952
Iain Davidson30 222623
Jim McAlister28 334759
Gavin Rae36 33129431
Martin Boyle20 251351
Peter MacDonald33 32183218
Christian Nadé29 6161
Nicky Riley (sub)27 22 - 11811
Ryan Conroy (sub)26 30611025
Steven Doris (sub)25 14 - 14 -






League Table (as at March 15th, 2014)


No league table has been added for this season.