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Kilmarnock 0 DUNDEE 1

By Dundeefc.net
April 25 2002

A fighting display by a depleted Dundee squad saw the Dark Blues secure the points thanks to a glorious strike from Gavin Rae in the 39th minute. This was the first win in the last four games and was also the worst performance, however as Gavin Rae said after the game it's the winn that counts

23rd September 2001 2001

Kilmarnock 0
DUNDEE 1(Rae 38)

Attendance: 7,052

Referee: Tom Brown

Langfield
Romano, Smith, Marrocco, Khizanishvili
Garrido, Rae, Robertson, Carranza
Caballero, Milne

Subs: Mackay (for Romano 8) Gatti (for Milne 46), Naveda (for Carranza 68)Boylan, Mathers

Sent Off:
Kilmarnock:
Dundee:

Booked:
Kilmarnock: Mitchell, Canero, Dindeleux
Dundee: Caballero, Garrido

Dundee went into the game minus Juan Sara, Georgi Nemsadze and Walter Del Rio.

Fabian Caballero and Beto Carranza both made the starting line up, however their were doubts over both players ability to last the full ninety minutes.

Dave Mackay was on the bench following Ivano's decision to recall him from loan at Arbroath, he was joined on the bench by new signings Beto Naveda and Lucas Gatti.

Dave Mackay's recall was proved to be correct when he was called into actiuon after only eight minutes replacing the injured Alessandro Romano. Killie were first to settle and created the first chance after 15 minutes.

Calderon started the move as he swept the ball intelligently to Pizzo.

he worked his way to the byline where his cross was scrambled clear although he recovered to play in Canero but his shot went narrowly wide.

Giacomo thought he had given the home side the lead in the 21st minute when he controlled Calderon's shot and turned it past Jamie Langfield only to be denied quite correctly by the linesman's flag for offside.

Dundee took the lead with their first shot on goal. The build up play was messy but there was nothing scrappy about Gavin Rae's 25-yard shot, which flew past Marshall's outstretched arm high into the net, which made him look as though he was hailing a taxi!

The home side's players' annoyance at going behind spilled over and referee Tom Brown struggled to keep a lid on proceedings as a series of heavy challenges meant he was relieved to send 22 players to the dressing room at half time.

The start of the second half saw Lucas Gatti make his Dundee debut replacing Steven Milne with Ivano changing the formation to 4-5-1.

Dundee almost added to their lead when Fabian Caballero, now Dundee's sole attacking outlet and a constant thorn in Kilmarnock's flesh, let loose with a 30-yard effort which looped over Marshall but onto the roof of the net. The home side looked less and less likely to break down the Dundee defence who were superbly led by Zura Khizanishvili.

The 19-year-old Georgian stood head and shoulders above everyone in ability and the question must be how long Dundee can hold onto him.

After his brilliant strike Gavvin Rae was hoping for a recall to the Scotland squad which is announced later this week.

"That's one of the best goals I've scored and now I'll be keeping my fingers crossed about Scotland," Gavin said. "If it happens for me I'll be delighted but all I can do is the best I can for Dundee and if I don't make this squad then I'll try for the next one."

"After playing against Poland I was disappointed not to be included for the games against Croatia and Belgium. But I am still young and inexperienced at that level and it's not for me to go shouting about it."

He acknowledged the quality of his counter was at odds with the standard of the match itself.

"It wasn't a very good game from our point of view or for the fans," he said. "It was just a battle really. But, having played well in the last few games and got nothing, we've got to be happy with winning."

Ivano hailed the individual contributions of Gavin Rae, who he labelled "the complete midfielder" and the equal of anyone in England-as well as the performance from young Dave Mackay.

He was handed his debut after Alessandro Romano damaged a calf.

"Mackay is a very cold minded, clever guy and he showed me that I can trust him," said Ivano.

"We didn't play a lot of good football today and but for Gavin's strike it would have been 0-0."

"But I thought we defended well in the second-half against a very good team."

Dundeefc.net man of the match: GAVIN RAE

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