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  1. The Dark Blues draw at home against Livingston today. Noth side huffed and puffed in what was a match that people will quickly forget. Dundee 0 - 0 Livingston
  2. The Dark Blues had just been defeated three times on the road in a matter of a week against three of the top sides in the Premiership but were hoping to put that behind them with high-flying Livingston visiting Dens Park. Despite having the bulk of possession and chances, Dundee were unable to show that killer touch up top and would have to settle for a point. “It was a really tough game and you know you will be tested with Livingston,” said McIntyre. “They are having a fantastic season and we had to stand up to a lot of set-plays but we did that. “We caused them problems but we didn’t have that killer bit at the end of it. “We showed a lot of endeavour and guts after the last three games we have had. The plus points are we kept a clean sheet and we have picked up another point. “Who knows how vital that could become the end of the season. We are disappointed we never got the win, but I can’t be disappointed with what the players gave me in terms of work ethic. “We stood up to a lot of their set-plays, which is a big part of their game, so we’ve come on a lot since playing them when I first came in.” Even though the Dee are still bottom, yesterdays draw was our fourth match at Dens without defeat and our first clean sheet in four outings.
  3. Livingston scored a brace either side of half time to comfortably keep all three-points in West Lothian as Dundee suffered an eighth defeat from their opening nine Premiership league matches. All of Livingston’s goals came from set-plays, three free-kicks and a corner, and also from all of their defenders. Ex Dee Declan Gallagher and Craig Halkett put Livi into the lead with two headers before half time. Steven Lawless made it three with 15 minutes to go and Steven Lawson headed home to make it an embarrassing 4-0 defeat for the Dee. Jim McIntyre only had 48 hours to set up for this tie following his appointment after the sacking of Neil McCann but this performance and result will show the manager first hand exactly what has been going wrong for this Dundee team this term. He wont have much time to dwell over the result either as he will have to start preparing to welcome League leaders Hearts to Dens Park on Tuesday, who just beat Aberdeen 2-1 to stay three-points ahead at the top of the table. The only small, silver lining to come out of this Saturdays defeat was that the teams around us also failed to pick up any points except Hamilton who play tomorrow. Unfortunately, this seems to be the only comfort that us fans seem to have nowadays.
  4. TheDarkBlues

    League Preview: Livingston (Away, 20Th October 2018)

    If anyone had predicted that Livingston would be 5th in the league on 15 points in the league already, most would have you carted off to the funny farm to mend your ways, and maybe a lobotomy or two for good measure. However, that is the case and it seems that Livingston are riding the highs of promotion from last year and everyone is waiting on the proverbial bubble to burst. Gary Holt took over from Kenny Miller (Yes that Kenny Miller) just a few weeks into Livingston's season after the ex-Rangers striker left the club. Under Holts tenure, they have racked up an impressive run and already taken scalps from Rangers and Hibernian on the way. Holt has just won manager of the month for September as his team were unbeaten and third in the league at one point. The last time this Livingston team lost a game was back in August when they were beaten 3 - 1 by Celtic at Parkhead. So much for Livi side being cannon fodder for the rest of the SPFL sides. Dundee head into this match under the guidance of new manager Jim McIntyre and the hope is he can turn around our fortunes by guiding the team off the bottom of the league and starting his tenure as boss with a victory. The fans will certainly be hoping to see a much improved performance from who ever McIntyre picks in his starting XI. Will we see a more direct attacking approach that will result in numerous shots on target and maybe some goals? Fingers crossed. Last Meeting | Livingston 0-2 Dundee March 15th 2014 Dundee maintained top spot in the Championship with a comfortable victory away to Livingston. Peter MacDonald claimed his 18th goal of the campaign to put the Dark Blues 1-0 up within the first ten minutes. Marc McNulty spurned the home side's best chance when his right-footed effort went just over the crossbar. Kyle Benedictus sealed the win when his header back across goal beat Darren Jamieson, keeping the Dens Park ahead of Hamilton on goal difference. Line Ups Livingston: Jamieson, Fordyce, Mevlja, Jacobs, Sives, Mensing, Jacobs (Denholm 73), Scott, Habai (Burchill 62), McNulty, Talbot (Praprotnikat 42) Subs Not Used: Mampuya, Walker, Wilkie, Mullen Booked: Keaghan Jacobs, Craig Barr. Goals: McNulty 39, McGregor 47 og. Dundee: Letheren, Irvine, Dyer, Davidson, Gallagher, Benedictus, Boyle (Conroy 87), Rae, Nade (Doris 69), MacDonald (Riley 80), McAlister Subs Not Used: Lockwood, Gibson, Cummins, Wighton Goals: MacDonald (8), Benedictus (55) Att: 1,759 Ref: Don Robertson Match Stats vs Livingston (Includes Meadowbank Thistle) League Head To Head P41 W25 D7 L9 F65 A33 Home P23 W16 D2 L5 F39 A14 Away P18 W9 D5 L4 F26 A19 Top Five League Goal Scorers Billy Dodds: 7 Nacho Novo: 6 Mickaël Antoine-Curier: 6 Bob Davidson: 4 Juan Sara: 3 Biggest Win 4-0: Dens Park, March 20th 1991 Biggest Defeat 0-3: Dens Park, September 20th 2008 Highest Scoring Match 2-4: Almondvale, August 20th 2011 Ticket Information
  5. If anyone had predicted that Livingston would be 5th in the league on 15 points in the league already, most would have you carted off to the funny farm to mend your ways, and maybe a lobotomy or two for good measure. However, that is the case and it seems that Livingston are riding the highs of promotion from last year and everyone is waiting on the proverbial bubble to burst. Gary Holt took over from Kenny Miller (Yes that Kenny Miller) just a few weeks into Livingston's season after the ex-Rangers striker left the club. Under Holts tenure, they have racked up an impressive run and already taken scalps from Rangers and Hibernian on the way. Holt has just won manager of the month for September as his team were unbeaten and third in the league at one point. The last time this Livingston team lost a game was back in August when they were beaten 3 - 1 by Celtic at Parkhead. So much for Livi side being cannon fodder for the rest of the SPFL sides. Dundee head into this match under the guidance of new manager Jim McIntyre and the hope is he can turn around our fortunes by guiding the team off the bottom of the league and starting his tenure as boss with a victory. The fans will certainly be hoping to see a much improved performance from who ever McIntyre picks in his starting XI. Will we see a more direct attacking approach that will result in numerous shots on target and maybe some goals? Fingers crossed. Last Meeting | Livingston 0-2 Dundee March 15th 2014 Dundee maintained top spot in the Championship with a comfortable victory away to Livingston. Peter MacDonald claimed his 18th goal of the campaign to put the Dark Blues 1-0 up within the first ten minutes. Marc McNulty spurned the home side's best chance when his right-footed effort went just over the crossbar. Kyle Benedictus sealed the win when his header back across goal beat Darren Jamieson, keeping the Dens Park ahead of Hamilton on goal difference. Line Ups Livingston: Jamieson, Fordyce, Mevlja, Jacobs, Sives, Mensing, Jacobs (Denholm 73), Scott, Habai (Burchill 62), McNulty, Talbot (Praprotnikat 42) Subs Not Used: Mampuya, Walker, Wilkie, Mullen Booked: Keaghan Jacobs, Craig Barr. Goals: McNulty 39, McGregor 47 og. Dundee: Letheren, Irvine, Dyer, Davidson, Gallagher, Benedictus, Boyle (Conroy 87), Rae, Nade (Doris 69), MacDonald (Riley 80), McAlister Subs Not Used: Lockwood, Gibson, Cummins, Wighton Goals: MacDonald (8), Benedictus (55) Att: 1,759 Ref: Don Robertson Match Stats vs Livingston (Includes Meadowbank Thistle) League Head To Head P41 W25 D7 L9 F65 A33 Home P23 W16 D2 L5 F39 A14 Away P18 W9 D5 L4 F26 A19 Top Five League Goal Scorers Billy Dodds: 7 Nacho Novo: 6 Mickaël Antoine-Curier: 6 Bob Davidson: 4 Juan Sara: 3 Biggest Win 4-0: Dens Park, March 20th 1991 Biggest Defeat 0-3: Dens Park, September 20th 2008 Highest Scoring Match 2-4: Almondvale, August 20th 2011 Ticket Information View full match preview
  6. The game against Livingston this weekend is admission by Ticket only. Tickets can be bought via the Ticket Office or Online for this game. Prices for this game are as follows: Adult: £24, Concession (Over 65 & 16/17 year's and Full time students): £16 Under 16's: £10 Away supporters should be advised not to travel to this game unless you have bought tickets before hand. Our Guide to Almondvale Stadium
  7. TheDarkBlues

    Almondvale Stadium

    Almondvale Stadium has been the home to Livingston since 1995 when the team relocated and changed its name from Meadowbank Thistle. Throughout the years, the stadium as went under numerous name changes due to sponsorship deals. Its previous titles are: The City Stadium, West Lothian Courier Stadium, Braidwood Motor Company Stadium, Energy Assets Arena and its current name, Tony Macaroni Arena. The stadium is owned by the West Lothian Council and is rented by Livingston each year.
  8. TheDarkBlues

    Livingston 4 – 2 Dundee

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  9. TheDarkBlues

    Livingston 2 - 0 Dundee

    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 seven 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. Livingston FC 4-4-2 Jamieson Fordyce, Sives, Mevlja, Talbot (Propratnik 41) Keaghan Jacobs, Kyle Jacobs (Denholm 72), Mensing, Scott, Kyle Jacobs Habbai (Burchill 61), McNulty Unused subs; Walker (gk), Mampaya, Mullen, Wilkie Booked; Mensing (foul on Riley) Dundee FC 4-4-2 Letheren Irvine, Gallagher, Benedictus, Dyer Boyle (Conroy 86), Davidson, Rae, McAlister Nadé (Doris 68), MacDonald (Riley 79) Unused subs: Gibson (gk), Lockwood, Cummins, Wighton Goals: MacDonald (7), Benedictus (54) Booked: Benedictus (foul on Habbai), MacDonald (foul on Keaghan Jacobs), Boyle (arguing with Mensing) Attendance: 1,759 Referee: Don Robertson Report: James Christie
  10. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 1 Livingston

    Top scorer Peter MacDonald was missing and Craig Wighton replaced him. The only other change was Iain Davidson returning from suspension in the place of Kyle Benedictus. However, the midfield four was rearranged with Jim McAlister playing in an attacking role and Gavin Rae in a holding position, as the Dee finished the win against Raith. Dundee started confidently without threatening the Livi goal. Similarly there was no early threat to the Dundee defence, which has looked impressively mean in recent weeks. However, that stinginess evaporated and the Dark Blues sold a goal that was so cheap it would have looked a bargain in Poundland. Scott's free kick from the left found Mark BURCHILL unmarked and he duly scored with a simple, close range header. This was horribly familiar. The fans became nervous and that spread to the players. Jim McAlister tried to drive the team forward in the first half, but received little in the way of effective support from his teammates. Midway through the half McAlister powered through the middle and won a corner. Conroy's inswinger nearly caught out Jamieson, who had to claw the ball back just as it was crossing the line. Conroy then came close in more orthodox style. Wighton's clever play sent him clear into the penalty area, but Jamieson's managed to parry Conroy's shot, which was perhaps too deliberate. He might have done better to pass the ball across goal where McAlister would have had a simple chance. Dundee's only other chance of the first half also fell to Conroy, but he pulled his shot well wide after running onto Boyle's cut back. Livingston always looked dangerous on the break, in particular when the talented Scougall got onto the ball. Livi had a good balance with the pace and movement of Scougall, McNulty and Jacobs complementing the experience of Burchill, Scott and O'Brien. Livi's neat play and fast breaks only creeated one further chance in the first half after their goal; McNulty stabbed Mampuya's cross a couple of feet wide. Dundee were making life far too easy for the Livi centre backs by asking Boyle and Wighton to battle for a succession of long balls. Dundee's strikers are nimble lightweights and they are not equipped to challenge players like Simon Mensing for high balls with their backs to goal. Dundee have tended to perk up after the interval this season. Today there was perhaps more energy in the second half, but if anything the quality of the Dee's play deteriorated. Livingston were far more comfortable and effective in possession and Scougall was by some distance the best player on the park in the second half. Dundee had a half chance when Gallagher headed down a long free kick, but Boyle miskicked wide. However, it was the visitors who looked more dangerous. Scougall and Docherty combined impressively in a clever attack that Dundee's defence was happy to clear for a corner. Scott and Burchill then worked a lovely move that ended with Scott shooting over from a good position. The Dark Blues were doing most of the attacking, but without ever looking convincing. Poor movement, bad choices and final balls that were almost designed for the defenders meant that Darren Jamieson had a stress free time in Livi's goal. Too many of Dundee's passes were either easy ones that posed no problems for Livingston, or wildly optimistic ones that gave the strikers no chance. Just after the hour Craig Wighton was withdrawn and Leighton McIntosh came on. McIntosh looked better suited to challenging Livi in the air, but there was no improvement. Martin Boyle was replaced by Carlo Monti, who found life no easier. Dundee had one more half chance when Gallager got to a corner first, but he couldn't control his header, which flew wide. John Brown's final change was to send on 18 year old Cameron Kerr for his debut. He replaced Kevin McBride and offered enthusiasm and real pace, but he had no opportunity to shine in a poor team performance. In the last 10 minutes Livingston looked entirely comfortable, alternating between dangerous attacks and frustrating possession tactics in the corners. Scougall twisted and turned to wriggle his way through the defence, but hooked his shot wide as Letheren raced from goal to challenge. Scougall then saw his powerful on-target shot from the edge of the box deflected wide after Scott's free kick broke to him. Kerr's pace got him into a position to shoot from distance, but Jamieson turned the ball round his post. Gavin Rae sent McIntosh into the box, but he screwed his shot over the bar from an almost impossible position. Deep into injury time Conroy tried an optimistic, and outlandishly difficult volley. Jamieson was able to watch it fly wide, and that was the sad end to Dundee's efforts. Livingston's defence was weakened by suspension today, but after some nervous moments in the first half they saw out the game with ease, thanks in large part to Dundee playing a game that was ideally suited to the visitors' makeshift defence. The supporters who see Dundee both at home and away must be baffled at the gulf between performances at Dens and on the road. Those who see only the home games must be baffled that the Dark Blues are still leading the Championship after a succession of poor home performances. The Dark Blues might be top for now, but that won't last long unless they can shake themselves out of this worrying pattern. Dundee FC 4-1-2-1-2 Letheren Irvine, Gallagher, Davidson, Lockwood Rae McBride, Conroy McAlister Boyle, Wighton Unused subs; Twardzik (gk), Dyer, McIntosh, Monti, Benedictus, Cummins, Kerr Booked; Davidson (foul on Burchill) Livingston FC 4-4-2 Jamieson Mampuya, Mensing, Talbot, Docherty Keighan Jacobs, O'Brien, Scougall (Wilkie 88) Burchill (Denholm 62), McNulty (Mullan 90) Unused subs; Walker (gk), Beaumont, Downie, Rutherford Goals; Burchill (10) Booked; Scott (foul on Lockwood) Attendance; 4,367 Referee; Steven McLean Report; James Christie
  11. TheDarkBlues

    Livingston 2 - 1 Dundee

    Iain Davidson was injured, which meant that Declan Gallagher was the only member of the back four playing in the same position as last week. Gary Irvine moved to left back, Matt Lockwood switched to centre back and Kevin McBride came in to play right back. Livingston were a much tougher prospect than the outfit that went down tamely at Dens Park in August. The Lions were comfortable on the ball and moving well as they came forward. Dundee had at least as much possession as Livingston in the first half but the hosts' quick breaks always looked capable of opening up the Dark Blues' reshaped defence. The Dee needed two fine saves from Kyle Letheren to reach half time with a clean sheet. First the keeper had to dash from his line to block Scougall's shot after Andy Barrowman had played in the skillful midfielder. Another neat Livingston move ended with Letheren touching Wilkie's volley over the bar. Livingston might have looked impressive coming forward, but they were less assured at the back when Dundee put them under pressure. However, the Dark Blues' final balls into the box weren't good enough to set up clear chances. Late in the half Riley and MacDonald had the Livi defence in trouble, but the ball bounced off Beattie and then McAlister in the goalmouth and into the hands of keeper Jamieson. As in recent matches the Dark Blues came out with greater urgency after half time. Riley's pressing forced O'Brien to lose the ball and when the winger's cross came over Fordyce's push in the back on MacDonald gave the Dark Blues a penalty. MacDonald took the kick but it was too close to the keeper and Jamieson sprang to his right to save. MacDonald didn't let the miss trouble him and scored a superb goal only three minutes later. Fordyce misjudged Letheren's long punt down the pitch and MACDONALD let the ball bounce before flashing a dipping, angled shot over Jamieson. Sadly, just like last week Dundee conceded an unnecessary equaliser immediately. Livingson took a short corner, working the ball to Keighan JACOBS on the edge of the area. He took a touch before hitting an accurate low shot inside Letheren's right hand post; a fine finish, but he was given too much time and space. Livingston then had a brief spell of dangerous attacking in which their pace and movement caused Dundee problems. The Dark Blues responded well, and their pressing high up the park cut off the supply to the Livingston forwards and allowed Dundee to dominate. Declan Gallager came close with a curling 18 yard shot that was well saved by Jamieson. Livingston then had a massive escape when Craig Beattie chased an angled ball into the penalty area. Jason Talbot barged him over from behind, a clear foul. However, the referee Mr Charleston astonished the away support by booking Beattie for a dive. Centre back Mensing was the next to get the benefit of the doubt from the referee. After being booked for a crude challenge on Beattie he ended a Dundee attack by fouling MacDonald on the edge of the penalty area, an offence that many referees would have decided worth a yellow card. Steven Doris came on for Beattie, and then Martin Boyle replaced Nicky Riley. The Dark Blues were stilling looking the stronger side and the more likely winners. Ryan Conroy's 18 yard shot was well saved by Jamieson at full stretch. The keeper was beaten when the corner came over but MacDonld’s header was acrobatically cleared by Talbot with the Dundee players claiming it was already over the line. Against the run of play Livingston grabbed a winner four minutes from time, and again it was from a poorly defended set piece. Donaldson got on the end of a long free kick but his header from beyond the far post lacked power. Letheren couldn't hold the ball, however, and substitute Martin SCOTT bundled it into the net. There was no late goal this week to dig the Dark Blues out of a hole and Livingston were able to weather Dundee's late charge. Yet again the Dark Blues were slow off the mark and couldn't score, or even get their game going before half time. Livingston were worth a goal in the first half from their neat football in open play. It was frustrating that after surviving that poor spell and getting to grips with Livi's good football Dundee then conceded two poor goals from set pieces. This was a game that swung on a few moments that didn't go Dundee's way, but that shouldn't be put down to bad luck. The Dark Blues were never at their best, but they could, and should, have won. The lesson is that Dundee made mistakes and Livi punished them. Livingston FC Jamieson Fordyce, Donaldson, Mensing, Talbot Scougall (Mullen 90), Keighan Jacobs, O'Brien, Wilkie (Denholm 68) Barrowman, McNulty (Scott 81) Unused substitutes; Walker (gk), Scott, Denholm, Beaumont, Praprotnik, Rutherford, Mullen Goals; Jacobs (54), Scott (86) Booked; Scougall (simulation), Jamieson (disseant), Mensing (foul on Beattie) Dundee FC 4-4-2 Letheren McBride, Gallagher, Lockwood, Irvine Riley (Boyle 75), McAlister, Rae, Conroy MacDonald, Beattie (Doris 67) Unused subs; Twardzik (gk), Kerr, Thomson, Monti, Doris, Boyle, Wighton Goal; MacDonald (53) Booked; Beattie (simulation), MacDonald (blocking free kick) Attendance; 1,597 Referee; Craig Charleston Report; James Christie
  12. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 3 - 0 Livingston

    Three points, three goals, three successive clean sheets. Pleasing! Even though the players had a very tough two hours of football on Tuesday night there were no changes to the Dark Blue line up. Nor was there any sign that the players were suffering from their exertions only three days ago. The kick off time might have been quarter to eight, but anyone who rolled in at quarter past the hour would have missed nothing. The first 30 minutes was played in leisurely style, largely in the midfield, with neither keeper having much to worry about. Dundee gradually wound up the pace and started to ask serious questions of Livi's defence. Peter MacDonald was involved in every move, holding the ball up, bringing other players into the game and looking to play penetratikng passes through Livi's back line. Just after the half hour. MacDonald cleverly released Conroy on the left. The cross was half cleared to the edge of the box where Gary Irvine and Martin Scott challenged for the ball. The Livingston midfielder was a shade late and Dundee had a penalty. Carlo MONTI took the kick and although Kevin Walker got a hand to the ball he couldn't keep it out. Scott nearly had a quick chance to make amends in Livi's next attack, but Gavin Rae nicked the ball away from him as he was about to shoot from 10 yards. That was the end of Livingston's threat in the first half as Dundee started to pass the ball around fluently, continuing to probe the visitors' defence. The Dark Blues started the second half equally smoothly, but with a spot of added urgency that promised another goal. MacDonald and Monti were linking well with the midfield and Livi's defence was in trouble. The second goal duly arrived when Jim McAlister swung over a corner for Declan GALLAGHER to climb high and smash an unstoppable header into the net. Jim McAlister nearly added a quickfire third, but shot wide from MacDonald's pass. Dundee's movement, passing and ability to find space was pulling the Livingston defence apart now. Nicky Riley replaced Carlo Monti after an hour and ensured there was no let up in Livi's pain. Just when it seemed that Dundee might run away with the match Livingston raised themselves to mount a challenge. Letheren had to dive at Mullen's feet to block following Barrowman's header into the goalmouth. Talbot's well flighted free kick found Denholm who headed against the crossbar. Letheren then dived smartly to his right to stop Donaldson's low 25 yarder, and he was up quickly to block Mullen's follow up. Even during this bright spell Livingston always looked vulnerable to a break away. Their defence couldn't handle Dundee's intelligent attacking, they struggled against simple balls into space down the wings and they took unnecessary chances. It was a careless piece of defending that gave Dundee the opportunity to grab their third goal, and the Dark Blues exploited the chance beautifully. Conroy robbed full back Mampuya by the corner flag and sent Riley racing into the penalty area. Nicky skinned a defender, drew the keeper, swerved past him and set up MACDONALD for an easy finish. Kevin McBride had limped off injured just before the goal. Kyle Benedictus came on to play at right back and Gary Irvine moved into midfield. Ryan Conroy flashed a 30 yard free kick narrowly past the post before going off to give Jamie Reid a run out for the last few minutes. The game ended with Dundee comfortably on top and pinging the ball around in attractive fashion. I wasn't alone in worrying about how the players would cope with this match after Tuesday night's extra time, but I needn't have worried. There was no shortage of energy and enthusiasam tonight and Dundee added some excellent football to their hard work. The team looked very comfortable playing 4-4-2, and the midfield was far more effective and inventive than in the first few games of the season. The wide players, McAlister and Conroy, played tighter with the central midfielder and at time the full backs were playing as wing backs. Kevin McBride and Gavin Rae were highly effective, pushing forward, forcing errors and playing imaginative passes. As for the defence, three clean sheets in the league is marvellous after the problems of the first match at Queen of the South. Everyone played their part in a very pleasing team performance tonight. Watching the Dee cruise to a 3-0 victory isn't a bad way to spend a Friday evening! Dundee FC 4-4-2 Letheren Irvine, Gallagher, Lockwood, Dyer McAlister, McBride (McBride 77), Rae, Conroy (Reid 88) Monti (Riley 60), MacDonald Unused subs; Twardzik (gk), Thomson, Carberry, Boyle Goals; Monti (32 pen), Gallagher (56), MacDonald (81) Livingston FC 4-4-2 Walker Mampuya, Mensing, Fordyce, Talbot McDonald (Mullen 62), Scott, Donaldson, Wilkie Barrowman, Denholm (Lauder 90) Unused substitutes; Jamieson (gk), Downie, Hastings Bookings; Donaldson (foul on McBride), Scott (dissent) Attendance; 3,955 Referee; Brian Colvin Report; James Christie
  13. TheDarkBlues

    Livingston 0 - 2 Dundee (Scottish Cup)

    The Dee have a superb record at Almondvale in recent years, and Livi never looked like changing that. The only worry for Dark Blues supporters was the sight of Milne limping off at half time. John Baird replaced the suspended Colin Nish in attack. The only other change from last week was Matt Lockwood returning in place of the missing Nicky Riley. Ryan Conroy moved forward from left back to left midfield while Jim McAlister switched wings to take Riley's spot on the right. Baird's control and movement caused constant problems for the Livi central defenders in the first half and he was involved in both the goals. After nine minutes he took an Irvine throw in and played a simple ball to the feet of Steven MILNE, who turned away from his marker and shot across keeper McNeil from 12 yards to open the scoring. Gareth Evans, the new Livingston manager, must have been furious at the ease with which Dundee opened up his defence. Livingston were playing neat passing football but lacked the penetration that Dundee enjoyed with their faster and more direct game. Baird and McAlister worked a fine move that ended with Conroy stabbing the ball wide, but the midfielder had strayed into an offside position. The second goal followed quickly. Livingston had a throw in deep in their own half. Milne, McAister and Baird pressed Livi aggressively to win the ball. John Baird spun round Tena, the Spanish centre back, and was dumped to the ground for a clear penalty. Ryan CONROY tucked the ball away with no problems. Livingston nearly pulled a quick goal back following a corner. A Fox shot was deflected beyond Douglas's reach, but Davidson did well to clear off the line. At the other end a Conroy corner led to Booth pulling off an even better goal-line clearance. He stretched acrobatically to get his head to Milne's header that seemed sure to reach the back of the net. McNeil couldn't hold Baird's fierce 25 yard shot, but recovered the ball just in time before Milne could turn it into the empty net. More good play from Baird on the right gave Conroy the chance to shoot from 15 yards, but a deflection sent the ball spinning just round the post. Shortly before half time Milne was caught by a late challenge from Fox and was clearly in trouble. Not surprisingly Martin Boyle replaced him at half time. The young striker showed some good touches, and a dangerous turn of pace, but the second half was largely a non-event. Dundee looked content to sit on their lead and see the game out, while Livingston enjoyed lots of possession but lacked the penetration to open up Dundee. Livi didn't have a clear chance in the second half till the 90th minute. A neat passing move finally created some space in the penalty area, but McNulty shot tamely at Douglas. Until then Dundee's disciplined and well organised defence had foiled Livi repeatedly. Up against a Dundee back line that was giving nothing away the home side let themselves down by over-elaboration, reluctance to shoot, poor decision making and careless final balls. The ball spent less time up at the Livingston end, but the Dee had the better chances in the second half. A Boyle shot from 12 yards was turned desperately inches over his own bar by Tena. McNeil then saved superbly to keep out a fierce shot from Benedictus following a corner. Dundee struggled against lower division opponents in the league cup earlier in the season and Livingston must have fancied their chances of embarrassing the Dark Blues today. However, the Dundee players turned up with the right attitude and won through with a solid, professional performance in which the whole team worked well together. There might not have been many real thrills, but we saw plenty of composure and and hard work from the Dark Blues. That was certainly good enough on the day at a ground where Dundee have now won eight games out of ten in the last six years. The players approached the match as if they expected that run to continue, and got the win they deserved. Livingston FC 4-4-2 NcNeil Kyle Jacobs, Barr, Tena, Booth Scougall, Andreu (Morton 70), Fox (Mullen 63), O'Brien McNulty, Keaghan Jacobs Unused subs; Jamieson (gk), McCann, Fordyce Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Irvine, Benedictus, Gallagher, Lockwood McAlister, McBride, Davidson, Conroy John Baird (Toshney 85), Milne (Boyle 45) Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), McGregor, Webster Goals; Milne (9), Conroy (17 pen) Attendance; 1,432 Referee; Crawford Allan Report; James Christie
  14. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 0 Livingston

    Barry Smith made two changes after last week's defeat at Ayr. Jamie Reid and Leighton McIntosh came in to replace Matt Lockwood and Rhys Weston. Ryan Conroy moved to left back with Reid in front of him on the left wing. Young Jamie was quickly involved in the match. In the first minute he took a McIntosh pass and burst past a defender into the penalty area but Milne couldn't turn onto his pass to get shot in. Nicky Riley on the right had an equally lively start. After an early Livi corner he picked up the ball on the edge of the Dundee penalty area and raced nearly the whole length of the field till he lost possession deep in the opposite penalty area when he tried to cut in for a shot. Next he raced round left back Fordyce and into the penalty area, and the full back was fortunate that his recovery tackle was considered legal when the home support were appealing for a penalty. Livingston did well to cope with the disruption caused by losing right back McCann after 7 minutes and then his replacement Beaumont only 10 minutes later. Ryan Conroy may have been playing in defence but he was still keen to venture upfield. His rasping 30 yard shot was still rising when it rebounded from keeper McNeil's left hand post. At the other end Livi came close when Bobby Barr tricked his way past Nicky Riley on the byline and hammered the ball across the face of goal with no teammates on hand to turn the ball in. Livi then settled into a lengthy spell of tidy possession, but they had difficulty picking their way through the Dundee defence. It was Dundee who threatened next when a trademark Conroy free kick was well saved by McNeil. Jake Hyde came on for Leighton McIntosh at half time, and kept his head well under pressure to clear a Livi corner early in the second half. The clearance went straight to the only Dark Blue left upfield. Jamie REID flicked the ball past his marker on the half way line and he was clear on goal. On and on he ran, with more than enough time to think about the glory of scoring on his debut, or about how he'd celebrate the goal! Happily he put all such thoughts out of his mind and concentrated on keeping ahead of the defenders, then picking his moment to clip the ball past the keeper and high into the net. What a wonderful moment for a young player, and how he enjoyed it! Dundee picked up their game and attacked Livingston with more fluency than they'd shown in the first half. Jake Hyde ended a fine move with a fierce volley just over the bar. He should then have scored when McNeil parried a shot from Milne, who'd picked up a lovely pass from Riley. Unfortunately Hyde stabbed the ball wide and lost the chance of a goal on his last appearance for the Dee. Livingston worked their way back into the game, playing some lovely, incisive passing football. Stefan Scougall, who was outstanding in Livi's midfield, shot just wide from the edge of the area. Boulding then burst clear and lobbed the advancing Douglas, but the ball drifted just over the bar. Douglas had to be at his best when Bobby Barr was allowed to run clear, and the veteran keeper saved superbly. Livingston might have been playing well and creating the better chances, but Dundee still looked dangerous when they attacked. Surprisingly an open and entertaining game ended with no further goals. The last chance for Livi came from a corner, which created a scramble that ended with Kevin McBride clearing the ball of the line in the last minute. Dundee weren't at their best today, but it was a considerable improvement on recent performances. The defence played well against a very good footballing side. The players in front of them worked hard and linked well. It was good to see Nicky Riley back to something close to his best after his injury problems. But the best thing by far about today's game was seeing the euphoric excitement on the face of a teenager who'd just scored on his debut. To cap a day that Jamie Reid will never forget he was named as the sponsor's man of the match. I bet he's grinning still! Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Irvine, McKeown, Benedictus, Conroy Riley (Fotheringham 85), McBride, O'Donnell, Reid Milne (Bayne 89), McIntosh (Hyde 46) Unused subs; Gibson (gk), Chisholm Goal; Reid (47) Booking; O'Donnell (foul on Beaumont) Livingston FC 4-5-1 McNeil McCann (Beaumont 7 (Russell 17)), Watson, Craig Barr, Fordyce Bobby Barr, Kyle Jacobs, Docherty, Scougall, Cummings (Downie 82) Boulding Unused subs; Murphy (gk), McDonald Attendance; 3,675 Referee; Stephen Finnie Report; James Christie
  15. TheDarkBlues

    Livingston 3 - 2 Dundee

    Dundee were so much on top in the first half that this should have been a relatively straightforward three points. After Jamie McCluskey's opening goal they horrified the fans by shipping two awful goals, but Dundee fought back strongly and took all the points with an equaliser from Carl Finnigan and an 88th minute winner by McCluskey. Dundee's only change was the return of top scorer Steven Milne, in place of the injured Jake Hyde. Dundee's pressing game caused Livingston endless problems throughout the first half. The hosts couldn't work the ball forward, and were reduced to hitting long passes that didn't suit their neat passing style. After a long spell in which Livingston had been pressed back in their own half Dundee took a well deserved lead after 25 minutes. Conroy's pass in from the left was flicked on by Finnigan to send McCLUSKEY clear to score with a fine left foot finish across the keeper. The Dee nearly grabbed a quick second. Weston's header from a corner flew across goal and inches past the post when it seemed sure to find the net. Steven Milne had to leave the game just after the half hour, with Graham Bayne coming on to replace him. Dundee were in full control at this stage and looked likely to extend their lead. Surprisingly Livingston equalised with a goal totally against the run of play. Keighan Jacob's simple pass to the edge of the penalty area allowed McNULTY to get on the wrong side of Rhys Weston and shoot past Douglas from 12 yards. It would have been a dreadful goal to concede at any time, and was particularly disappointing when Dundee were so much on top. The Dundee players kept their heads and continued to press and dominate Livi. McBride did well to win the ball deep in Livingston's half and give Conroy the chance to cross, but Finnigan's volley was saved by McNeil. The Dark Blue supporters may have been disappointed and frustrated that Dundee weren't holding a comfortable lead at half time but that was nothing to their horrified dismay when Dundee found themselves trailing only a minute into the second half. Bobby Barr was given far too much time and space on the right to choose his pass into the box. His low ball was allowed to travel all the way to the far post where Neil McGREGOR lunged at it to stop McNulty reaching it, but only succeeded in nudging the ball past Douglas. The first goal may have been dreadful, but this was worse; it was an embarrassingly poor goal to concede, and McGregor was far from being the main culprit. Happily Dundee's response was excellent, and they went straight back onto the attack. Livi were forced into deep defence and couldn't keep the ball away from their penalty area. Scougall attempted to break quickly, but 10 yards inside his own half he was stopped by a crunching block tackle from Weston that sent the ball flying back over the Livi defence for FINNIGAN to turn, run in and rifle his shot across McNeil for an opportunist equaliser. This sparked Livingston into their best spell of the match. At last they were getting their passes away before the Dundee midfield nailed them. Their movement up front and runs into space behind the defenders gave Dundee a nervous time. McNulty ran clear onto a Scougall pass, but Douglas saved well with his feet. Again McNulty found space, but Douglas saved his shot from a tight angle. Dundee weathered Livi's purple patch and gradually started to turn the screw again. Watson's slip allowed Finnigan through on the right, but McNeil managed to scoop his shot round the post for a corner. A smart O'Donnell pass then sent Finnigan through in a similar position, but he was foiled by a fine save from O'Neil. Dundee's determination not to settle for a point eventually brought its reward after 88 minutes. O'Donnell's corner from the left was headed down by Finnigan and McCLUSKEY poked the ball into the net from point blank range. The Dee still had to endure a nervous three minutes of injury time. Neil McGregor was booked for bringing McNulty down just outside the penalty area, but Scougall's free kick was driven straight into the defensive wall. This should really have been a comfortable three points against a skillful, but inexperienced and lightweight, Livingston team. Yet again defensive errors put Dundee onto the back foot and handed their opponents a huge boost. The players deserve plenty of credit for the way they responded to the setback and ground out the win they wanted so badly. Dundee's best players were mostly in midfield and attack. Only Irvine and Douglas in defence could really have been happy with their performances. Kevin McBride and Stephen O'Donnell dominated the central midfield in the first half. Livingston had the better of the midfield exchanges for a spell in the middle of the second half, but the Dundee central midfielders took charge again to provide the base for the Dee's late push for a winner. Up front Carl Finnigan showed good movement, linked well with his striker partners, and also with the lively McCluskey, and was well worth his goal. When Dundee were carrying the ball towards the Livingston goal they looked as good as they've done for some time. However, the defensive performance was nowhere near good enough today, and that will have to improve. Soft goals have cost Dundee too many points recently, and it was very nearly the same old story today. Livingston FC 4-3-2-1 McNeil Cummings (Fordyce 89), Watson, Craig Barr, Docherty Kyle Jacobs, Fox (Russell 70), Scougall Barr, Keaghan Jacobs McNulty Unused subs; Jamieson (gk), Boulding, Downie Goals; McNulty (38), McGregor og (46) Booking; Keighan Jacobs (foul on Irvine) Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Irvine, Weston (McKeown 66), McGregor, Lockwood McCluskey, O'Donnell, McBride, Conroy Milne (Bayne 32), Finnigan Unused subs; Gibson (gk), Chisholm, Benedictus Goals; McCluskey (25, 88), Finnigan 55 Bookings; Irvine (foul on Bobby Barr), McBride (foul on Scougall), McGregor (foul on McNulty), McKeown (foul on Russell) Attendance; 2,052 Referee; Bobby Madden Report; James Christie
  16. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 3 - 0 Livingston

    The only concern for Dundee was when Nicky Riley's goal-scoring cameo appearance from the bench ended with him limping off five minutes from the end. Dundee were unchanged from last week's cup tie against Kilmarnock, but Rhys Weston was fit enough to take a place on the bench along with Nicky Riley. Gavin Rae was again playing just behind the sole striker, Steven Milne, in front of a four man midfield where Conroy and McCluskey were pushing aggressively down the wings. The Dee were quickly on top, and set the pattern for the match with intelligent movement and passing that created lost of space around the Livi defence. However, it was Livingston who offered the first threat. Iain Russell failed to trouble Douglas when presented with a half chance from a difficult angle. The Livi striker then lost out in a challenge with Douglas when a passback held up on the sticky pitch. Apart from these minor alarms the play was mostly towards Livi's goal. Although the visitors' midfield looked neat in possession they were failing to keep an eye on Dundee's runs from midfield. After 18 minutes they were finally caught out. Irvine and Milne completed a superb 17 pass move by allowing Gavin Rae to charge into the penalty area and switch the ball cleverly to the unmarked Ryan CONROY, who took aim and slammed his shot across keeper McNeil from 12 yards to open the scoring. Dundee were largely in charge for the rest of the first half. Steven Milne forced a good save from McNeil with a 25 yard shot, and the keeper did will to keep out a Conroy free kick from the same distance. However, the odd moment of carelessness from Dundee in midfield and defence gave Livi hope that they could get something from the game. The first part of the second half was very open, with play switching fast from end to end. Milne shot narrowly wide when put through by a Lockwood pass. At the other end Douglas pulled off a great save to touch a Fox lob over the bar. Dundee's play was more composed and their attacks carried more danger, but Livingston still carried menace on the break. Jamie McCluskey went on a mazy run into the penalty area before setting up Gavin Rae whose powerful shot was deflected just wide. Kenny Deuchar fired wildly over the bar after Bobby Barr had broken free on the right. Deuchar should have equalised and it was a costly miss. It was their last chance of the game and Dundee stepped up a gear to take charge decisively. Nicky Riley came on, along with Jake Hyde, to replace Milne and McCluskey with 20 minutes left. Riley won a free kick on the right almost immediately. Conroy's good ball to the near post was flicked on by Craig McKeown for Neil MCGREGOR to chest in his first goal for Dundee. Ex Dee Mark Fotheringham then caught Gavin Rae with a late tackle. He'd already been booked for stupidly arguing with the referee over where a free kick should be taken from, and he was duly sent off when he received his second yellow card. Fotheringham had been Livi's best player up to that point, orchestrating their attacks from the centre of midfield. His departure meant that Dundee were able to do what they liked in midfield and confirmed that the points were staying at Dens. Dundee's third goal was no surprise, though the way it arrived certainly was. Jake Hyde had just seen his header acrobatically turned over the bar by McNeil, but the goal was delayed for only a few more seconds. Stephen O'Donnell's corner to the near post was glanced home by the head of Nicky Riley, possibly the last player Dundee fans would have expected to get on the end of a corner and score! Sadly the match didn't end well for Nicky. He pulled up clutching his thigh, signalled to the bench that he'd have to go off and was replaced by Graham Bayne for the last few minutes. Dundee finished off the game keeping possession and passing the ball around the Livingston half in complete control. This was a fine team performance and a thoroughly deserved victory. Livingston had their moments, but Dundee's individual and collective play was always superior. Gary Irvine was the sponsor's choice for Man of the Match. Gary certainly had a very good game, but there were any number of good candidates in dark blue. Significantly half of the team picked up nominations for man of the match on the Perth Dees bus afterwards, surely a good indication of an excellent team performance. Another pleasing factor was that Barry Smith was able to replace Milne and McCluskey who'd both been playing well and working hard, with Jake Hyde and Nicky Riley. The replacements slotted neatly into the same pattern of play, but the fresh legs gave Dundee an extra, and decisive, edge. The fans were in a good mood as they headed out of Dens, with Nicky Riley's injury the only cause for concern in the post match discussions. So it's on to Rugby Park next for the cup replay on Tuesday. Dundee FC 4-4-1-1 Douglas Irvine, McGregor, McKeown, Lockwood McCluskey (Riley 69 (Bayne 87)), Chisholm, O'Donnell, Conroy Rae Milne (Hyde 69) Unused subs; Gibson (gk), Weston Goals; Conroy (18), McGregor (72), Riley (81) Booking; Chisholm (foul on Bobby Barr) Livingston FC 4-4-2 McNeil Kyle Jacobs, Craig Barr, Watson, Ross Bobby Barr, Fox (Scougall 81), Fotheringham, Keaghan Jacobs Russell (Sinclair 81), Deuchar (McNulty 65) Unused subs; Jamieson (gk), Fordyce Bookings; Russell (foul on McKeown), Ross (foul on Riley) Sent off; Fotheringham (bookings for dissent & foul on Rae) Attendance; 4,176 Referee; Craig Charleston Report; James Christie
  17. Livingston have been fined £5,000 and given a registration ban for breaking Scottish FA dual interest rules. In January, the Championship club were found to have breached four SFA rules due to majority shareholder Neil Rankine's involvement with East Fife. And the division's bottom side face more action if Rankine does not dispose of his interests in one of the clubs. In November, Livi were deducted five points and fined £10,000 for breaching rules relating to non payment of tax. They were also banned from signing players by the Scottish Professional Football League after failing to declare bonus payments with HM Revenue and Customs. That sanction was lifted on 1 January, but the new ban prevents the West Lothian club from making any new signings or extending existing new contracts. Rankine is also a former owner of Dumbarton and his links with Livingston's Championship rivals were also under investigation but the charges were dropped. He became involved in Livingston in 2009 when he and current chairman Gordon McDougall took the club out of administration.
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