Dundee 2
Aberdeen 3
Scottish Cup (3rd Round Replay)

2 - 3

Scottish Cup (3rd Round Replay)
Wednesday, January 21st, 2004
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,857
7:45 PM Kick-off

Steven Robb (9)
Nacho Novo (90)
Chris Clark (5)
Markus Heikkinen (77)
David Zdrilic (89)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Steve Paterson

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
16. Jonay Hernández
3. David Mackay
19. Lee Mair
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
26. Garry Brady
21. Steven Robb
24. Neil Jablonski
33. Bobby Linn
17. Nacho Novo
David Preece .1
Kevin McNaughton .17
Russell Anderson .5
Scott Morrison .24
Markus Heikkinen .29
Alexander Diamond .27
Steve Tosh .8
Chris Clark .14
Leigh Hinds .7
Brian Prunty .21
Scott Booth .9

22. Derek Soutar
27. Callum MacDonald
34. Dougie Cameron
25. Steve Lovell
15. Steven Milne
Ryan Esson .23
Richard Foster .18
David Zdrilic .19
Paul Sheerin .10
Scott Muirhead .22

Steven Milne for Neil Jablonski (80)
Steve Lovell for Bobby Linn (90)
David Zdrilic for Brian Prunty (71)
Paul Sheerin for Markus Heikkinen (87)
Scott Muirhead for Kevin McNaughton (90)

Bobby Linn (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Neil Brand & Willie Dishington (Assistants)
Gary Mitchell (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee went out of the Scottish Cup to Aberdeen at Dens after a poor second half display handed the initiative to the visitors. It was all the more disappointing because the first forty five minutes had served up a decent cup tie with the Dees hitting back to equalise through Steven Robb after the Dons had taken an early lead via Chris Clark's effort.

They allowed Aberdeen to dominate midfield in the second period though and after falling behind with 13 minutes to go when Clark's shot was blocked by Barry Smith only for Heikkinen to despatch the spinning ball from the edge of the box with a fine finish.

Almost immediately Aberdeen hit the bar through Booth's header and they sewed the game up with two minutes to go as substitute Zdrilic punished them on a quick break.

Nacho Novo pulled one back in injury time to give the tiniest glimpse of hope but despite Julian Speroni heading into the Dons box to try to get on the end of Robb's corner a dramatic ending wasn't to be.

It was a repeat of the last Scottish Cup meeting in 1986, when Aberdeen progressed after a replay. and ended a run of five meetings between the clubs without a win for the Pittodrie outfit.

Boss Jim Duffy made two changes, recalling young striker Bobby Linn for Duncan MacLean and replacing the suspended Mark Fotheringham with Neil Jablonski.

Aberdeen's Steve Paterson also made a couple of changes, dropping Kevin Rutkiewicz and Scott Muirhead for fit-again Kevin McNaughton and giving a debut to new signing Bryan Prunty.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and struck the first blow after only five minutes.

Clark took possession on the edge of the penalty area and took the ball wide of two defenders before driving a low right-footed shot through a crowded box past Julian Speroni. Dundee, however, hit back within four minutes after some great work from Novo.

The Spaniard broke clear of the Dons defence and, when his powerful strike was beaten clear by goalkeeper David Preece, Jablonski poked the ball back into a six-yard box for Steven Robb to divert it into the net for his first top team counter. Both sides came close either side of the break, but Aberdeen then started to take control.

Clark sent a low 22- yard drive a couple of feet wide and Hinds sliced wide from 16 yards.

A one-two on the edge of the box with Prunty gave Tosh another chance for Aberdeen, but his low first-time effort skidded just wide. Heikkinen put the visitors back in front after 77 minutes with his first- ever goal for the Dons.

The ball deflected into the Finnish international's path 20 yards out and he sent a dipping volley past Speroni.

Scott Booth should have put the result beyond doubt almost straight from the kick-off, Hinds setting him up only five yards out only for the Scotland striker to head against the crossbar.

Substitute Zdrilic pounced on a cross into the box to put the Dons 3-1 up following a Tosh cross a minute from time.

That looked to have settled the game until Novo poked home from close range after a Lee Wilkie's back- heeled deflected the ball into his path to set up a tense closing minute.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at January 21st, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 28 - 95 -
Jonay Hernández24 22 - 591
David Mackay22 26 - 872
Lee Mair23 261602
Barry Smith29 2823384
Lee Wilkie23 2831186
Garry Brady27 25 - 581
Steven Robb21 41161
Neil Jablonski20 5 - 7 -
Bobby Linn18 121121
Nacho Novo24 28177126
Steven Milne (sub)23 3 - 9817
Steve Lovell (sub)23 1214716

League Table (as at January 21st, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Tonight we welcome Aberdeen back to Dens Park for this Tennent's Scottish Cup replay after what was a very close encounter in the first meeting at Pittodrie.

I think that it is fair to say. that we had the better of the first half a week past Saturday, during which we had enough chances to probably have won the match.

However, we came under a fair bit of pressure in the second half, particularly after Mark Fotheringham was sent off, so in the end, I suppose I have to be relatively pleased that we are still in a competition, which provided everyone connected to the club with such good memories last season.

On the evidence of our last meeting with Steve Paterson's men and the 2-2 draw in the league just before Christmas, it is pretty obvious that the two teams are pretty evenly matched. Like us, they lean heavily on home-reared players, and there will be plenty on view this evening.

We are likely to have around half-a-dozen on duty in that category and Aberdeen even more, all of which is good for the long term good of the game.

Looking rather less far forward, ensuring that we progress into the next round is our remit this evening, so that we can then anticipate meeting Falkirk in the last sixteen

Up at Pittodrie, our fans gave the lads tremendous support, particularly in the last ten minutes of the game, when they cheered every tackle and header won and got behind the team superbly.

The players undoubtedly took a big lift from that and the support made a big difference, which I hope will again be the case this evening.