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Friday, 21 December, 2001, 16:20 GMT
Killie win at Dens Park
Ally Mitchell is congratulated by team-mates
Kilmarnock emerged victorious at Dens Park
Dundee 1-2 Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock emerged from Dens Park with all three points after an entertaining clash with Dundee.

The visitors looked the sharper side in attack throughout the afternoon and created the bulk of several goal-scoring chances that kept the crowd warm on a freezing cold day.

Ally Mitchell put the Ayrshire side in front with a superb strike before Scotland cap Gavin Rae drew the teams level.

The impressive Stephen Murray clinched victory for Bobby Williamson's side with a sweet shot.

Zura Khizanishvili, injured against Celtic last week, was missing for Dundee and crocked Marcello Marrocco was also ruled out.

Beto Carranza was the only change from the team which lost at Parkhead. Manager Ivano Bonetti's newest signing Khaled Kemas, signed midweek from French side Paris Saint Germain, could not find a place on the bench.

Kilmarnock's new signing, the experienced Tommy Johnson, was signed too late to make his debut so the Killie boss retained faith in his young players with Craig Dargo, Paul Di Giacomo and Murray playing up in attack.

The home side created the first good chance when a Beto Carranza cross from the by-line found Enrique Torres unmarked at the back post but the former Real Madrid man's header was saved on the line by Killie keeper Gordon Marshall.


Gavin Rae tracks Ally Mitchell
As the game swung from end to end, Killie striker Di Giacomo beat Barry Smith, slipped the ball to Dargo but the youngster's shot from six yards was pushed onto the post by Jamie Langfield.

Moments later, Dargo again was foiled by Langfield when the Killie striker really should have scored after running clear of the Dens defence.

In the 16th minute, Killie had a strong penalty claim when Dargo went down in the box after a challenge by Walter Del Rio but referee John Underhill waved play on.

Moments later at the other end, Temuri Ketsbaia went down in the box looking for a spot-kick only to be booked by the referee for his troubles.

Kilmarnock took the lead after 21 minutes following another good spell of pressure.

A Murray corner was headed clear by Fan Zhiyi to the edge of the box and the ball was picked up by Mitchell who took one touch with his head before hammering a volley past Langfield from 20 yards.


Temuri Ketsbaia goes by Alan Mahood
With 32 minutes on the clock, Di Giacomo drifted past Smith at the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a shot from 18 yards which Langfield did well to push past the post.

Dundee almost shot themselves in the foot when Fan Zhiyi attempted a headed pass back which Langfield had to scramble away for a corner.

Dundee introduced Steven Milne for Javier Artero at the beginning of the second half and the substitute made an immediate impact.

Milne had two attempts from close range blocked by Marshall and when the ball broke to Gavin Rae via a clever flick from Ketsbaia the midfielder blasted the ball into the top corner of the net.

In the 57th minute, Kilmarnock regained the lead and it was the impressive Murray who was the goalscorer - his first goal for the Ayrshire club.

Di Giacomo picked up a pass from Mahood, crossed from the right to Mitchell, who swiped and missed right in front of goal.

The ball, however, ran kindly to Murray who drove a wonderful shot low past the despairing hands of Langfield.

In the 65th minute Killie should have increased their lead when Peter Canero raced to the by-line and cut the ball back to Dargo who was presented with an open goal form six yards but somehow the striker blasted over.


Dundee: Langfield, Smith, Del Rio, Zhiyi, Beghetto, Rae, Torres, Artero, Ketsbaia, Carranza, Caballero. Subs: Speroni, MacKay, Milne, Romano, Naveda.

Kilmarnock: Marshall, Canero, McGowne, Dindeleux, Hay, Mitchell, Fowler, Mahood, Di Giacomo, Dargo, Murray. Subs: Samson, Sanjuan, Boyd, Calderon, McDonald.

Referee: J Underhill

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BBC Scotland's Bill Moulds
"Bobby Williamson will be well happy with Killie's third win in four games"
Kilmarnock manager Bobby Williamson
"We managed to get the result we were looking for"
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