Dundee Fail To Produce As Replay In Highlands Awaits
Despite a whole division between us and Inverness Caley Thistle, it was the same old story as we stuttered against our Highland opponents which resulted in a poor performance and an unwanted replay up North.
We had the look of a team who had had a good few weeks off. We never looked sharp and were prone to quite a few mistakes while I thought Caley looked the fitter side and it showed who has been playing competitive matches and who hasn’t the past three weeks.
Defensively, we looked all over the place. The loss of Jack Hendry to illness showed just how much we missed him in our starting line up and just how much of a loss he would be regardless of any price tag we throw on his head.
Up front we yet again lacked the cutting edge to slot the ball into the net and as each day passes without some fresh attacking faces being bought in, each day I keep worrying that little bit more.
In a nutshell, Saturday’s performance was not to the standard that you would accept a Premiership team to produce against a Championship side.
From the managers point of view, he must surely not only be angered by how his team played but by himself and his baffling substitutions which in my opinion, cost us the victory. We did go ahead before Scott Allan was taken off but we certainly missed his vision after he had cut open the Caley defence a few times with some tremendous through balls.
Replacing Paul McGowan was equally baffling. It might not quite be scientific but it’s certainly a fact that most Dundee fans know that when McGowan isn’t on the field, we have no shape. The fact he replaced him with a winger who hasn’t played in months for the first team, made this decision, well, ludicrous.
It might have just been me but when we went 2-1 ahead, it seemed that everyone, and I include the management team in this, thought we had sewn up the game and it would end in a Dundee win.
So this tie goes the extra leg, at a venue we have never won at. Should we be surprised? Probably not. It’s Caley and the Scottish Cup.
We need a big reply from the team on Wednesday evening when Hibernian visit Dens.
We know that they are a tough team and one that has impressed me the most when I’ve seen them play. They might have only have won two matches in the last nine but that doesn’t mean they will be easy prey for us.
Hibs will be licking their wounds after being beaten by rivals Hearts on Sunday in the Scottish Cup and much like us, will be looking to banish the weekends results with a win here.
Let’s hope that Hendry has taken some flu tablets and is back in the heart of the defence because I don’t think I can bear to witness another shambles in the freezing cold like I did on Saturday.
I would like to take this time though to pass on my condolences to the gentleman’s friends and family who had a heart-attack in the Bobby Cox stand on Saturday and sadly passed away. It may not be much to comfort to them but they are in the thoughts of every Dundee fan.
MON THE DEE!