Partick Thistle 0
Dundee 2
Scottish Cup (3rd Round)


0 - 2


Scottish Cup (3rd Round)
Saturday, January 25th, 2003
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 4,825
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Giorgi Nemsadze (14)
Gavin Rae (82)

Team Managers
John Lambie Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
12. Kenny Arthur
17. David Lilley
4. Stephen Craigan
5. Scott Paterson
3. Alan Archibald
7. Jamie Mitchell
16. Jamie Buchan
8. Danny Lennon
10. Martin Hardie
11. Alex Burns
19. Gerry Britton
Julian Speroni .12
Zurab Khizanishvili .13
David Mackay .3
Lee Mair .19
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .6
Garry Brady .26
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Gavin Rae .8
Steven Milne .15
Nacho Novo .17

1. Kevin Budinauckas
21. Andy Gibson
23. Richard Waddell
2. James McKinstry
14. Paul Walker
Jamie Langfield .1
Gavin Beith .14
Steven Robb .21
Mark Robertson .11
Barry Forbes .20

James McKinstry for Jamie Buchan (10)
Paul Walker for Jamie Mitchell (71)

None. Lee Wilkie (44)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)
David Doig & Jim Dunne (Assistants)

Match Report

When Dundee visited Firhill in the Tennent's Scottish Cup fourth round back in February last year they turned in a display which had the support fuming as the Dark Blues were outfought by a First Division club.

This return in the latest vintage of Scotland's major Cup competition wiped all bad memories of that day with Dundee outfighting and, more importantly, outplaying the home team on their way to earning a home tie against Queen of the South or Aberdeen. Injuries had restricted Jim Duffy's striking options ahead of the tie, Nacho Novo and Steven Milne being the only recognised strikers of any experience available, and the manager went to a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield, Rae pushing forward and Georgi Nemsadze in the deeper position. It was a formation in which both players thrived.

Thistle were first to threaten though, Britton playing in Burns after only two minutes, but as the striker lined up his shot he was thwarted by a superb Khizanishvili tackle. Play was end to end in the early stages and Britton for Thistle and Nemsadze for Dundee quickly looked like the key men in the contest. The former Dee was continuing his 'Indian Summer' with another fine display of how to lead a front line, while the Georgian International was getting the room in his deep lying role to turn in his best performance in well over a year. He would push forward much more as the game progressed and by the end was turning on the style to delight the large travelling support.

It was Georgian who would make the breakthrough for the Dark Blues, and it came on 14 minutes, Lee Wilkie lurked upfront after a set piece had come to nothing and when the ball was played to him 22-yards out, he was felled by a lunge from Martin Hardie. Dundee's record from direct free kicks in recent season's isn't good but Nemsadze was about to double their tally for this campaign with a wonderful curling effort which beat Arthur as it flew into the postage stamp corner of the net. The Thistle keeper had been at fault when last Dundee scored direct from a free, leaving a gap that begged Garry Brady to exploit it, back in November, but he was faultless here, nobody would have stopped Georgi's effort.

Seven minutes later and it was Speroni to the rescue as Thistle threatened an equaliser, Hardie's cross from the left found Britton 12 yards out, he turned well and fired in a rising shot which the Argentinean keeper palmed away. It was a moment that Thistle boss John Lambie would later describe as "A turning point."

There wasn't much in it as the interval approached but Dundee picked up the first booking of the afternoon via Lee Wilkie's wild challenge on Martin Hardie, it was a challenge which might have been rewarded with a red card on another day.

Dundee had been content to sit and frustrate Thistle in the last third of the first period but they had their attacking heads on as the teams restarted battle. Steven Milne having an early opportunity from Novo's cross. Thistle briefly hit back but without creating any real chances and on the hour Wilkie went on a mazy run. taking the ball from deep in his own half to the edge of the opposition penalty area before firing a low left foot shot which Arthur got down to hold.

Novo and Milne were looking livelier than they had early on and in 70 minutes the two players were involved in a fine move along with Gavin Rae which ended with an angled shot from Novo which was beaten away by Arthur. Milne was next to try his luck just minutes later, racing onto a Rae through ball to fire just wide from just inside the penalty area.

The home side had virtually disappeared from the contest, but they gave Dundee a scare with 14 minutes left. Walker's cross from the right was knocked down by Hardie but as Speroni cut down the angle the Thistle man fired his shot high into the Maryhill sky.

That was to be it as far as the Jags were concerned and five minutes later any doubt disappeared as a fine move involving Brady, Novo and Rae ended with the latter scoring at the second attempt after Arthur had blocked his initial effort.

The last nine minutes allowed the fans a chance to appreciate some outstanding skills, mainly from the dancing feet of Georgi Nemsadze who looked as if he wasn't satisfied with one perfect goal in this contest, several times he threatened to repeat that 'Grimsby' goal as he jinked past player after player, the closest being when one such run ended with a brilliant diving save from Arthur, the keeper getting down low to his right to block the effort.

Novo came close too with time running out, his 25-yarder screamed past Arthur and off the crossbar and as the game moved into injury time Wilkie fed Novo, then raced into the box for the cross, only to be denied by Arthur again, this time the custodian managing to fingertip Wilkie's header onto the inside of the upright.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at January 25th, 2003)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 27 - 48 -
Zurab Khizanishvili21 10 - 36 -
David Mackay21 26 - 441
Lee Mair22 16 - 16 -
Barry Smith28 26 - 2931
Lee Wilkie22 24 - 721
Garry Brady26 171171
Giorgi Nemsadze30 151674
Gavin Rae25 25420922
Steven Milne22 1627813
Nacho Novo23 255255

League Table (as at January 25th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.