Dundee 0
Livingston 0
League (Scottish Premiership)

0 - 0

League (Scottish Premiership)
Wednesday, December 26th, 2018
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,905
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Gary Holt

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Hamilton
3. Nathan Ralph
2. Cammy Kerr
6. Darren O'Dea
23. Andrew Boyle
17. Calvin Miller
8. Glen Kamara
27. Jesse Curran
18. Paul McGowan
19. Benjamin Källman
20. Kenny Miller
Liam Kelly .1
Alan Lithgow .4
Craig Halkett .26
Declan Gallagher .31
Shaun Byrne .6
Keaghan Jacobs .7
Scott Pittman .8
Nicky Cadden .11
Ryan Hardie .9
Steven Lawless .15
Dolly Menga .45

12. Elliot Parish
15. Ryan Inniss
47. Jack Lambert
45. Callum Moore
28. Lewis Spence
14. Adil Nabi
Craig Sibbald .10
Lee Miller .18
Jack Hamilton .30
Ross Stewart .21
Jack McMillan .2
Steven Saunders .5
Steve Lawson .33

Adil Nabi for Calvin Miller (71)
Craig Sibbald for Keaghan Jacobs (46)
Jack Hamilton for Ryan Hardie (67)
Lee Miller for Dolly Menga (77)

Andrew Boyle (9)
Paul McGowan (29)

Red Cards
None. Jack Hamilton (84)
Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)
David McGeachie & John McCrossan (Assistants)
Nick Walsh (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee and Livingston served up a goalless draw in the Boxing Day fixture at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park. Chances were hard to come by and both teams went closest with shots from distance when Nathan Ralph struck the crossbar for Dundee and Steven Lawless did the same for Livi.

The Dark Blues made three changes following Saturday’s game at Celtic. Kenny Miller, Darren O’Dea and Calvin Miller returned to the starting 11. Ryan Inniss and Adil Nabi moved to the bench and Martin Woods was a late call off after being listed on the team sheet. Glen Kamara, who was originally named as a substitute, replaced him. Livingston’s only change was Nicky Cadden coming in for Scott Robinson.

The game may have been short of high quality, but there were moments of good football from two sides who were keen to get forward. Neither side, however, could find the cutting edge or the little bit of luck to break through.

Dundee quickly showed they wanted to move the ball quickly down the flanks and find gaps between the Livi wing backs and the centre backs. Jesse Curran and Calvin Miller both had some success with this, without producing the final ball the Dee needed.

A low corner by Jesse Curran caused chaos when it flew into the goalmouth. After a spot of pinball Keaghan Jacobs smashed the ball against his teammate Dolly Menga with the rebound pinging over the crossbar. Calvin Miller took the resulting corner, Kenny Miller headed on and Andy Boyle was inches away from turning the ball in at the far post.

Within a minute Nathan Ralph went even closer when he lashed a superb, rising 30 yarder against the crossbar. Jack Hamilton had to spring into action, reacting quickly to turn a 40 yard free kick from Jacobs wide after players lunged at the ball in front of him without connecting.

When Livingston beat Dundee in October their centre backs caused Dundee endless problems from set pieces. Today they showed that they are more than a team that just looks for set pieces. They mixed up their game with some thoughtful football on the ground amongst long balls towards Menga. Craig Halkett wasn’t far away from reaching Declan Gallagher’s header across goal as both centre backs ventured a long way from their own half in open play.

The Dark Blues went close twice early in the second half. Benjamin Källman glanced a header wide from a Curran cross. Livi’s keeper Sean Kelly made a good reaction save to keep out Kenny Miller’s shot after Dundee’s captain got a toe to a long ball over the top.

Dundee started to crank up the pressure, without creating much in the way of real danger as they buzzed around Livingston’s penalty area. Darren O’Dea glanced a header past the angle of post and bar. At the other end Steven Lawless also sent a dipping shot from 25 yards close to the corner of the goalframe. That was a ranging shot and a couple of minutes later he tried a similar shot from the same distance and this time his effort clipped the crossbar.

Dundee for once pulled Livi’s defence out of position on the break. Kenny Miller set up Jesse Curran, who dragged his shot wide from 18 yards.

Late in the match Livingston’s substitute striker Jack Hamilton was red carded for an off the ball incident involving Darren O’Dea. That curbed Livi’s ambition and injury time was spent with the Dee frantically chasing a winner, but unable to find the spark they needed to grab a goal.

For a goalless draw this was a surprisingly open game. Both teams were happy to combine passing with early long balls for the strikers to contest and there were long passages when the play was surging from end to end. The Dark Blues were desperate for a victory and three points but in the end had to settle for a single point and a clean sheet on a day when the defenders on each side had the decisive edge.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee Website

Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Jack Hamilton (GK)24 18 - 18 -
Cammy Kerr23 23 - 1211
Nathan Ralph25 13 - 13 -
Calvin Miller20 151151
Andrew Boyle27 121121
Darren O'Dea31 10 - 905
Paul McGowan31 19216910
Jesse Curran22 231371
Glen Kamara23 18 - 64 -
Kenny Miller39 157157
Benjamin Källman20 161161
Adil Nabi (sub)24 131131

League Table (as at December 26th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

This afternoon we welcome my former team mate Gary Holt and his Livingston side for our sixth match in a busy month of fixtures.

Due to print deadlines I'm writing this prior to our match with Celtic but regardless of the result in Glasgow we know we will be in for a very tough match this afternoon against a very good side.

At the time of writing we are on the back of two disappointing results.

Last Saturday at Rugby Park was a very frustrating outcome. I felt in the first half we were compact had a good shape about us and created three brilliant chances. It is so important to score when your on top and ultimately it came back to bite us. After losing the first goal we lost our shape & discipline which we haven't done for number of weeks.

Against Aberdeen on Tuesday night it simply wasn't good enough. No Excuses. We need to show far more in the next ten days. It was a real sore one to take but we can't feel sorry for ourselves.

We are unbeaten in three at home and we'll look to build on that in the double header ahead of the winter break.

I'd like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas. I hope you had a great day yesterday and are enjoying the holiday season.

Enjoy the game.