Dundee 0
Falkirk 0
Scottish Cup (3rd Round)

0 - 0

Scottish Cup (3rd Round)
Saturday, January 27th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,400
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Alex Totten

Starting Eleven
1. Marco Roccati
22. Chris Coyne
4. Marcello Marrocco
2. Barry Smith
6. Steven Tweed
18. Javier Artero
25. Beto Carranza
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
14. Gavin Rae
33. Claudio Caniggia
15. Steven Milne
Miles Hogarth
Andy Lawrie
Steven Rennie
David Nicholls
Jamie McQuilken
Mark Kerr
Kevin Christie
John Henry
Kevin McAllister
Mark Roberts
Gareth Hutchison

3. Jamie Langfield
26. Walter Del Rio
12. Shaun McSkimming
29. Alessandro Romano
11. Willie Falconer
Darren Hill
Andy Seaton
Ian Morris
Steven Craig
Alex Burke

Shaun McSkimming for Marcello Marrocco
Willie Falconer for Steven Milne
Alessandro Romano for Javier Artero

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Michael McCurry (Referee)
Ricky Smith & Euan Young (Assistants)

Match Report

Battling Falkirk earned a third round replay with gritty a performance.

The Bairns and the Dark Blues will have to do it all again on Tuesday week after the First Division outfit defended stoutly in the face of some concerted second-half pressure from their Premier opponents.

Not that Alex Totten's side did not deserve a second game. Indeed, they created a fair number of chances themselves.

Cheered on by around 3000 travelling fans, they started the brighter of the two and, in just five minutes, Gareth Hutchison was denied by a good save from Marco Roccati.

Then a spectacular John Henry overhead kick, after good work by veteran Kevin McAllister and Mark Roberts, was also well held by the home keeper. Myles Hogarth in the Falkirk goal was hardly a spectator and, with 16 minutes on the clock, he pulled off a quite wonderful save to deny Claudio Caniggia.

The Argentinian worked a neat one-two with Steven Milne and his well-placed shot from just eight yards looked net-bound until Hogarth somehow got a hand to the ball and kept it out.

That early action suggested the tie was going to live up to the billing of being one of the fixtures of the round.

But between then and half-time there was plenty of effort but few shots on target as the action took place mainly in the middle of the park.

After the break, Dundee's quality began to tell and they pushed forward with greater frequency.

Just 60 seconds into the second half they almost took the lead when a Shaun McSkimming cut-back found Caniggia, but his shot was blocked.

The home team continued to press and Hogarth denied Beto Carranza and Willie Falconer with good saves.

Ironically, the best stop of the second period came at the other end when Hutchison fed Roberts and his low shot was superbly turned round the post by Roccati.

Despite that, most of the attacking was from Dundee, but the well organised visitors stood firm and always managed to look dangerous on the break. With some justification they must feel they can go through in the replay and become the third consecutive First Division side to knock Dundee out of the cup.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at January 27th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 12 - 12 -
Chris Coyne22 7 - 7 -
Marcello Marrocco31 21 - 21 -
Barry Smith26 26 - 2051
Steven Tweed28 251754
Javier Artero25 242333
Beto Carranza28 122122
Giorgi Nemsadze28 251251
Gavin Rae23 21212510
Claudio Caniggia34 125125
Steven Milne20 143163
Shaun McSkimming (sub)30 13 - 1007
Alessandro Romano (sub)31 11 - 11 -
Willie Falconer (sub)34 14 - 8520

League Table (as at January 27th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It may be a bit late in the day, can I first of all wish everyone a very Happy New Year. With the last game here against Dunfermline having been postponed prior to the winter break, today is our first home match since before Christmas and of the year 2001.

And after our training campaign in Italy, I feel that we are in very good shape for the Tennent's Scottish Cup campaign which starts this afternoon and fulfilling our top six ambitions.

Although the weather wasn't as warm as we had anticipated, the facilities in Riccione were excellent and enabled us to put in a lot of hard work on the training ground in favourable overhead and underfoot conditions.

Equally importantly, the time together has helped to make us more of a unit with a determination amongst the squad to build upon what we have a achieved in the first half of the season.

Immediately, that means trying to improve on the club's recent poor record in the Scottish Cup.

People tell me that a lot of SPL sides fell at the first hurdle or performed poorly in this competition on their return from the break at this time last year.

And Dundee were no different, going out to Ayr United, albeit after a penalty shoot- out.

On that count, I can assure you that we are extremely focused to ensure that there is no repeat of that this time round. Indeed, we have been concentrating more on our own game than on our opponents.

Having said that, we are well aware that Falkirk are a side to be reckoned with, but so long as we play to our full potential, then we must be confident of progressing.

By the same token, we also know that they arrive at Dens on the back of an excellent win over Livingston who are favourites to come up and last season were unlucky to be denied a place in the play-offs.

So, under no circumstances must we under-estimate them, because they will relish the prospect of taking on Dundee and we know that we have a fight on our hands.

There is, however, a very real determination amongst the players that we do well in this trophy.

For example Claudio Caniggia has been saying that he is used to playing for trophy-winning sides and sees no reason why his outlook should be any different now that he is a Dundee player.

For the game we only have a couple of injury problems with both Juan Sara and Marco de Marchi unavailable, but we are well covered for both their positions.

On the plus side, we have Alessandro Romano back after his illness. His return gives me several options as well as meaning that my own place in the starting line-up is under threat.

But having competition for all places is exactly what I am aiming for and an essential ingredient for any successful side which is what we are striving for here at Dens Park.