Dundee 0
Livingston 4
League (Premiership)

0 - 4

League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 26th, 2022
Kilmac Stadium
Attendance: 4,679
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Bruce Anderson (6)
Scott Pittman (18)
Bruce Anderson (21)
Jack Fitzwater (65)

Team Managers
Mark McGhee
David Martindale

Starting Eleven
21. Ian Lawlor
22. Vontae Daley-Campbell
35. Zeno Ibsen Rossi
2. Cammy Kerr
6. Jordan McGhee
5. Ryan Sweeney
24. Max Anderson
8. Shaun Byrne
15. Josh Mulligan
9. Danny Mullen
20. Zak Rudden
Max Stryjek .32
Nicky Devlin .2
Jack Fitzwater .5
Ayo Obileye .6
James Penrice .29
Scott Pittman .8
Alan Forrest .17
Jason Holt .18
Stéphane Oméonga .33
Bruce Anderson .9
Jon Nouble .19

30. Harrison Sharp
16. Christie Elliott
4. Liam Fontaine
3. Jordan Marshall
26. Charlie Adam
10. Paul McGowan
17. Luke McCowan
77. Niall McGinn
18. Paul McMullan
Jackson Longridge .3
Odin Bailey .14
Andrew Shinnie .22
Sebastian Soto .12
Caleb Chukwuemeka .23
Ivan Konovalov .31
Morgan Boyes .15
Sean Kelly .24
Cristian Montaño .11

Paul McMullan for Zeno Ibsen Rossi (23)
Charlie Adam for Shaun Byrne (46)
Niall McGinn for Josh Mulligan (46)
Jordan Marshall for Zak Rudden (60)
Paul McGowan for Max Anderson (81)
Sebastian Soto for Bruce Anderson (72)
Odin Bailey for Joel Nouble (72)
Caleb Chukwuemeka for Alan Forrest (81)
Jackson Longridge for James Penrice (81)
Andrew Shinnie for Scott Pittman (85)

Danny Mullen (29)
Vontae Daley-Campbell (49)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)
Calum Spence & Sean Carr (Assistants)
Alan Newlands (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee went down to a heavy 4-0 defeat against Livingston in Mark McGhee’s first home match as manager. Bad defending allowed Livingston to help themselves to a three goal lead by the middle of the first half. Bruce Anderson scored twice either side of a Scott Pittman goal. Jack Fitzwater completed the scoring in the second half to give Livingston the margin of victory they deserved.

Dundee’s only change from the team that lost narrowly at Celtic Park was Zak Rudden starting in the place of Paul McMullan who was on the bench.

The Dark Blues began promisingly, putting together some good moves in the first few minutes, but with no end product. It was hardly a sign of what was to come.

Any early optimism was quickly crushed when Livingston scored with their first attack. Alan Forrest made a good run into the penalty area from the left wing, although the Dee defence was lamentably reluctant to put in a tackle. From the byline Forrest hit a fierce low cross to the near post. Ian Lawlor parried and Bruce ANDERSON had a tap in.

Dundee spent the next 10 minutes attacking, but with little conviction or penetration. Zeno Ibsen Rossi had a shot blocked after Cammy Kerr played a second ball in following a free kick. That highlighted one of the big differences between the sides. When the Dee got into good positions in wide areas defenders either met the crosses or crowded out Dundee players. When Livi got forward on the wings they were likely to score. Every cross had Dundee in trouble.

After 18 minutes Livingston were two up, and the second goal was just as badly defended as the first. Joel Nouble picked up the ball on the right and Cammy Kerr allowed him to get round on the outside far too easily. Nouble’s hard low cross from the byline evaded Lawlor and Scott PITTMAN couldn’t miss from a few feet out.

Three minutes later the Dark Blues shipped another dreadful goal. Livingston were awarded a free kick 35 yards from goal in the inside right channel. The Dee defence switched off as the kick was taken quickly to play Nicky Devlin into space down the right. Yet another hard low cross carved open Dundee and ANDERSON had his second, a simple tap in once again.

With only 20 minutes gone the game was as good as over. Dundee never looked remotely like staging a comeback. The immediate response of the new management team was to send on Paul McMullan for Zeno Ibsen Rossi as the team switched to 4-4-2.

The reorganisation made no difference. Livingston were sharper and more mobile in midfield, seldom allowing Dundee to build effective attacks. The visitors’ central defence took no chances and no prisoners when Dundee tried to attack through the middle. The Dark Blues had more joy attacking down the wings, especially the right, but the crosses never found a Dee. The Livingston defence mopped up everything.

Dundee made two substitutions at half time. Charlie Adam and Niall McGinn came on for Shaun Byrne and Josh Mulligan. But Livingston immediately made it clear that they had no intention of relinquishing their grip on the game.

McMullan was fortunate not to concede a penalty with a clumsy challenge. Bruce Anderson shot narrowly wide from James Penrice’s low cross and Pittman went close with a fierce low shot from 25 yards.

Pittman did get the ball into the net when he followed up after Lawlor saved well from Bruce Anderson, but he was flagged for offside.

Dundee rejigged the team again when Jordan Marshall came on for Zak Rudden. Marshall went to left back, Kerr to right back, Daley-Campbell to right midfield, and McMullan to a central striking role. Sadly the Dee remained second best all over the park.

The fourth goal arrived midway through the second half. Forrest’s corner was cleared back to him. Instead of hoisting a high ball into the goalmouth Forrest sent a low pass to central defender Jack FITZWATER, who had time and space to shoot across Lawlor and inside the far post. It was a ridiculously simple and poorly defended goal to concede, but very much in line with the first three.

Livingston might have added to their tally, and a fifth goal was always more likely than a consolation for the Dee. Substitute Andrew Shinnie came closest, with a curling low shot that brought a very good save from Lawlor.

There should surely have been more than the one minute of injury time that was played, but the game was utterly bereft of life by that stage. The sooner the final whistle blew the better.

Football is a team game, and Dundee failed as a team today. They were poor in every area. The defending was abject, particularly in that opening 20 minutes when Livingstone scored with every attack.

Once Livingston had a three goal lead they were able to take full control of the game. There was the occasional spark of life from the Dee in the first half, although none of it amounted to a serious goal threat. In the second half Dundee created nothing and went down far too meekly to a painful defeat that did not flatter Livingston.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee Website

Squad Statistics (as at February 26th, 2022)

2021-22 All Time
Ian Lawlor (GK)27 5 - 5 -
Vontae Daley-Campbell20 4 - 4 -
Zeno Ibsen Rossi21 3 - 3 -
Cammy Kerr26 29 - 2104
Jordan McGhee25 29 - 817
Ryan Sweeney24 263263
Max Anderson20 291565
Shaun Byrne28 20 - 81 -
Josh Mulligan19 61101
Danny Mullen26 2155513
Zak Rudden22 5151
Jordan Marshall (sub)25 23 - 781
Charlie Adam (sub)36 252579
Paul McGowan (sub)34 28228020
Paul McMullan (sub)26 322522
Niall McGinn (sub)35 7171

League Table (as at February 26th, 2022)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

Manager's Programme Notes

After a postponement during the week, I'm looking forward to this afternoon's Premiership match against Livingston at Dens and my first home fixture since taking charge.

We come into the match on the back of an encouraging performance against Celtic last weekend.

The players had something to prove and I thought our performance was good. I expected that they would work hard, that they would roll their sleeves up and work for each other but it was the other side of the game that particularly pleased me.

I asked them to get the ball down at times and pass the ball. They did that and to have the bottle to do that at Celtic Park against a team who want to jump on to you, that was the most pleasing aspect for me.

The team deserved something from the match but we take the positives and use them in the upcoming matches.

The match being called off on Wednesday gave us one extra day to prepare for this afternoon's fixture.

Simon and I really appreciate the opportunity that we have been given to manage Dundee. I've been here many times as a player and as a manager and I'm familiar with the potential that exists here.

We see our job, initially, to keep us in the division and beyond that with John and Board of Directors to really take the club forward.

We'll be looking to improve the goal difference, which is the worst in the league, to make us more difficult to score against whilst still giving us a chance to punch back. We'll do this with a combination of defensive organisation, determined individual performances and we will give the team a bit of a licence to pass the ball,

Hopefully what will emerge will be a tearn that is resolute in defence but exciting to watch going forward.

Please continue to give the team your support and give Simon and I the opportunity to prove to you that we are worthy custodians of the job.