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|Aleksey Eremenko Jr. (77)
Greg Stewart (44)
David Clarkson (51)
Greg Stewart (94)
1. Craig Samson
2. Ross Barbour
4. Jamie Hamill
6. Mark Connolly
8. Sammy Clingan
10. Chris Johnston
16. Tope Obadeyi
20. Alexei Eremenko
23. Chris Chantler
28. Josh Magennis
Scott Bain .12
Gary Irvine .2
James McPake .5
Paul McGinn .19
Thomas Konrad .4
Paul McGowan .18
Jim McAlister .20
Gary Harkins .29
Greg Stewart .15
Martin Boyle .23
David Clarkson .16
13. Conor Brennan
22. Darryl Westlake
26. Mark O'Hara
19. Craig Slater
7. Rory McKenzie
9. Lee Miller
33. Robbie Muirhead
Arvid Schenk .25
Willie Dyer .3
Cammy Kerr .30
Kevin Thomson .10
Iain Davidson .6
Kevin McBride .8
Phillip Roberts .14
Darryl Westlake for Ross Barbour (46)
Rory McKenzie for Chris Johnston (46)
Robbie Muirhead for Sammy Clingan (63)
Kevin Thomson for David Clarkson
Phillip Roberts for Gary Harkins
|Mark Connolly (54)
Greg Aitken (Referee)
Dundee headed to Ayshire looking to make it three wins on the bounce against a Kilmarnock side sitting just three points off the top pre-match and who have an excellent record on their new artificial surface.
Dundee made one change from the side that defeated league leaders Hamilton seven days ago with Martin Boyle coming in for Kevin McBride while Kilmarnock were missing Manuel Pascali after he was sent off last week.
Boyle's introduction into the side suggested an attacking line up from The Dee and straight away the former Montrose man tried to make surging runs down the right wing.
Kilmarnock however had the best of the early chances when a free kick into the Dundee box was headed for a corner by McPake. From the corner Scott Bain comfortably caught but Killie kept up the pressure with Konrad having to make a timely challenge on Macgennis on the edge of the box.
Dundee tried to come into the game on the channels but Jamie Hamill prevented first Boyle on the right and then Stewart on the left. Harkins and Stewart did combine superbly on the left wing when the former Kilmarnock man back-heeled to Stewart but his pass along the 18 yard line, intended for Clarkson was intercepted by Connolly.
Kilmarnock then tried to break the deadlock with a series of long range shots but efforts from Barbour, Macgennis Odadeyi and Ermenko all sailed over the bar.
Eremenko then curled a 20 yard effort just past Bain's left hand post with the hosts being restricted to shots from the edge of the box.
Dundee however looked dangerous on the break thanks to the invention of Harkins and the pace of Boyle and Stewart and just after the half hour Boyle rattled a 25 yard shot off the inside of the right-hand post.
Minutes later Craig Samson had to look smart when Boyle turned his man on the penalty spot and shot at goal but the former Dee managed to parry the ball for a a corner.
Dundee were applying some good pressure now and when McAlister won the ball in midfield and gave it to Harkins, he tried to return it to Dundee's number 20 with a beautiful through ball but Connolly came across to stop him bursting into the box.
One minute from the break Dundee got the goal their pressure had deserved. Gary Harkins fed Clarkson 25 yards out found Greg STEWART in the centre of the box and he fired home into the bottom right hand corner of the net with his second touch to give Dundee the lead at the interval.
If the first half was average Premiership fare, the second was sensational entertainment with a fast-paced end to end game. Killie made two changes at the break and took the game to the visitors straight away and Rory Mckenzie was unlucky to see a shot from just outside the box miss the target.
Dundee made it two moments later however when Gary Harkins kept up his impressive tally of assists and played the ball into David CLARKSON in the box and his left-footed shot gave him five goals in five games when it nestled into the bottom right corner of the net.
Killie tried to get back into the game immediately and just after the hour Tope Obadeyi headed aver the bar from close range before Robbie Muirhead's shot from the edge of the box fizzed just past the junction of post and bar.
Dundee continued to try and push forward when they could and a good run by Martin Boyle into the box was halted by Jamie Hamill.
Dundee fans behind the goal were then shouting for a penalty kick when a Killie defender deflected Harkins' shot for a corner but it was the home side who were next on the scoresheet.
A high ball into the Dundee box fell at the feet of Alexei EREMENKO on the left hand corner of the box and the Finn slipped the ball past Bain to give Kilmamock hope with 15 minutes left.
Paul Hartley tried to dose out the game by bringing on skipper Kevin Thomson for David Clarkson as Killie desperately chased the game and Scott Bain had to look sharp to save an Obadeyi dose range header.
It was edge of the seat stuff now as Killie threw everything at The Dee and Scott Bain, playing just his third league game for the club, emerged as the hero with a string of stunning stops.
As the clock ticked down he had to deal with a succession of corners and did well to tip a Westlake shat just wide with the home fans already on their feet.
Bain then saved a Mark Connolly header from the left side of the box but the best was yet to come just after the injury board showed three minutes left.
Robbie Muirhead strode forward to the left hand corner of the box and fired a cracking shot towards the Dark Blues goal but somehow Bain got a fingertip to it and deflected it over the bar.
Kilmarnock goalkeeper Craig Samson came forward for the resultant corner and very nearly got on the end of at the second attempt, but Thomson played the ball coolly from the top of the D to Stewart 25 yards out from Dundee's goal and the striker charged forward.
With the Killie net unguarded there were shouts from the 1000 Dees behind the goal to shoot as Stewart made a break into Kilmarnock's half.
Samson was sprinting back and tried to tadde STEWART by sliding in at him forty yards out but the front man rode his challenge and steamed into the Killie box, evading another challenge on the way from Ashcroft. At first his shot was blocked on the line by Hamill but when it came back to him, he weighed up his options, looked at a potential cut book to a team mate before curling a beauty into the top left corner of the
The away fans went wild at such a quality goal before the referee blew for full time as soon as Kilmarnock kicked off. It was a fantastic 3-1 win for Dundee: their second 3-1 win on the road in a row and three wins on the bounce.
The Kilmarnock boys in the press box described Dundee as a "hard working side" at the end but on the evidence of today's match they are much more that that. They have pace and heart from Martin Boyle and Greg Stewart, quile and craft from Gary Harkins, grit and determination from McGowan and McAlister, full-bada McGinn and Irvine who can defend or attack a solid centre- half pairing in McPake and Konrad, an exciting young goalkeeper in Bain and a goalscorer in Clarkson. The budding partnership of Stewart and Clarkson, who were both on the scoresheet again, bodes well for the future and the whole
team performance was superb. It was a crocking day in wet and windy Ayrshire for The Dee for whom next week's game can't come quick enough!
Match report written by Official Dundee website
|Scott Bain (GK)
|Kevin Thomson (sub)
|Phillip Roberts (sub)
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