Cup Quarter Final Date But Dundee Suffer In League
Despite the numerous chances that fell our way on Saturday, Dundee were unable to convert any and with a combination of sloppy defending, conceded three goals to suffer another defeat against Hamilton and hit the bottom of the table.
There isn’t much point in sugar coating it. Yes, we had chances, plenty of them but we shipped three goals. That there is the only statistic that matters when the full time whistle blew.
We are crying out for a proven goal scorer. I like Marcus Haber but he isn’t someone that has that striker instinct and that’s what we are in desperate need of in and around the six-yard box.
Frustratingly, we have witnessed players who are proven at this level head to rival teams, players who could do a job in our team.
We did however go into this game on a high.
Midweek saw us beating our neighbours Dundee United 2-1 in the League Cup at Dens Park. Our reward was a fine display and a place in the quarter finals albeit against Celtic who haven’t been beaten in over fifty competitive matches in Scotland.
We should have won this match by more than a single goal but a few fine saves and near misses kept it down. It would seem that these near misses would be our downfall on Saturday along with some soft defending.
So it’s two defeats in two and with the next four fixtures consisting of Aberdeen (a), Hibernian (h), Rangers (a) and St Johnstone (h), our start to this season looks like it may become a bit of a nightmare unless we can start taking chances and tighten up at the back.
We have two round ups for you this week. First up is the latest round of the League Cup along with the quarter final draw.
The ties on Tuesday saw Celtic and Hibernian score five each without reply against their opponents Kilmarnock and Ayr United while there were a few surprises in the other two fixtures.
Livingston beat Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium 2-1 after extra time while Partick smashed three passed St Johnstone away from home.
The ties on Wednesday night did not see any slip ups from the favourites as Rangers easily put six past Dunfermline at Ibrox while Aberdeen ensured their name was in the hat thanks to a single goal victory. Motherwell and Ross County went to extra time with Motherwell coming away the victors in a 3-2. Dundee, of course, saw off Dundee United in a very one sided contest.
The draw for the last eight was made straight after the Dundee Derby;
- Hibernian v Livingston
- Motherwell v Aberdeen
- Dundee v Celtic
- Partick Thistle v Rangers
Now on to the Premiership round up and Friday night’s game kicked things off with a 1-0 win in favour of Celtic away at Partick. It could have been very a different story if the referee didn’t bottle giving Thistle a penalty near the end of the game though.
Dundee went down 3-0 away to Hamilton and are now resigned to the bottom of the league as mentioned above while St Johnstone ran riot at home beating Motherwell 4-1, the latter seeing THREE of their players sent off. Aberdeen came from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Ross County and Hearts got off the mark with a 1-0 victory at Kilmarnock. Rangers and Hibernian served up a cracker with the Edinburgh club winning 3-2 at Ibrox.
Saturday sees us visit Aberdeen, a place we haven’t won in the league in eight attempts and in five of those matches, have failed to find the net. It’s going to be a massive task to come away from Pittodrie with a result but we can only hope that we can end our run of bad results against the Dons.
MON THE DEE!