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Wednesday, 26 January, 2000, 22:46 GMT
Points shared at Dens Park




Dundee 0-0 Kilmarnock

Dundee held on for a point in a drab 0-0 encounter with fellow strugglers Kilmarnock, despite being reduced to 10-men.

Both sides struggled to play any decent football and goalmouth incidents were scarce.

The major talking point was Dundee midfielder Nicky Banger's sending off in the 52nd minute for a second yellow card.

Banger, dismissed on his debut against Motherwell earlier in the season, again received his marching orders when referee John Fleming ruled that he had dived having been booked in the first half for handball.

Kilmarnock were slightly the better side throughout and will be aggrieved they could not take advantage of the extra man they had for most of the second half.

Both teams made a sluggish start to the game but it was the visitors who had the first attempt on goal.

Following their first corner in the sixth minute the ball broke to the edge of the box to Kilmarnock midfielder Mark Reilly, who steadied himself but blasted the ball harmlessly over the bar.

On the half-hour mark the visitors forced a couple of corners in quick succession but the Dundee defence easily cleared.

Few chances

There was little for the crowd to get excited about even in the second-half, though Kilmarnock went close in the 50th minute when a Gary Holt shot was pushed over the bar by Douglas.

One minute later Banger, who was booked for handball in the first half, received his second caution for diving.

The Dundee players surrounded the referee but the official refused to change his mind and Banger was led away shaking his head in disbelief.

This seemed to spark Dundee into life and Annand should have scored in the 56th minute but his shot from 12 yards was saved by Kilmarnock keeper Colin Meldrum.

In the 77th minute Kilmarnock came close again when midfielder Ian Durrant's shot went narrowly past Dundee's far post with Douglas stranded.

Both teams continued to look for the elusive opening but they failed to arrive and in the end the freezing crowd were sent home goalless.

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