2 - 0
2 - 0
Scottish Cup (4th Round)
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Stewart Forsyth
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. John McCormack
5. Jim Smith
6. Jim Duffy
7. Rab Shannon
8. Ray Stephen
9. Vince Mennie
10. Bobby Connor
11. Ross Jack
12. Stuart Rafferty
14. Graham Harvey
Stuart Rafferty for Bobby Connor
Graham Harvey for Rab Shannon
A. Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)
|Bobby Geddes (GK)||-||30||-||148||-|
|Stuart Rafferty (sub)||24||24||3||68||7|
|Graham Harvey (sub)||23||25||6||35||8|
No league table has been added for this season.
In our last two matches against Celtic and Hearts it is a case of what might have been. In both matches we started well and got an early goal and this was followed by a good break in that Bobby Geddes saved a penalty in each match. We did not capatilise on these factors and as a result we ended up by losing both games. The performance of these last two matches will not be repeated again this season and the players are in no doubt that they will have to step up their performance. We must not dwell too long on looking behind as the games against Celtic and Hearts are now past and today we have a Cup match to look forward to.
The Cup is really important for us as it is vital for the team still to be involved in the Cup at this stage. We must look forward and not repeat the same mistakes of the last two weeks. The players know that they will have to step up their performance to get a result today against Airdrie. I watched Airdrie in the last round against Partick Thistle and the reason they are our visitors today is due to the fact that they never gave up even when a goal down in the replay. We are pleased to meet Airdrie at home but are aware that nothing but our best form will do.
At a time of the season when I was looking for the team to put together a string of results we have been hit by injuries. This is in no way an excuse for our current form as all the players who take the field are on the park to do a job. But having a steady side is important if a club wants to achieve success and we at Dens Park are looking for that type of success. Hearts, Aberdeen and Dundee United have all been able to put together a good run of results because they have fielded virtually unchanged sides that is what we must aim for. At the end of the day it is up to everyone connected with the Club to find the answer to fielding a successful side and we will find the answer.
The team has been pleased with the volume of our away support and we recognise that we have a hard core to travel to away matches. We sincerely appreciate their support and it is these supporters who recognise that we will succeed but also understand that the Club are improving all the time.