Dundee 1
Falkirk 1
Scottish Cup (3rd Round)

1 - 1

Scottish Cup (3rd Round)
Sunday, January 6th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,517
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Milne (82)
Rodgers (88)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Alex Totten

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
30. Massimo Beghetto
17. Walter Del Rio
2. Barry Smith
31. Fan Zhiyi
5. Beto Carranza
14. Beto Garrido
6. Temur Ketsbaia
32. Kiko Torres
15. Steven Milne
9. Juan Sara
Hogarth .
Lawrie .
McQuilken .
Rennie .
Mair .
McStay .
Craig .
Morris .
Waddell .
Pearson .
Miller .

1. Jamie Langfield
24. David Mackay
18. Javier Artero
21. Alessandro Romano
7. Fabian Caballero
Boyle .
Hill .
Deuchar .

Fabian Caballero for Juan Sara (59)
Javier Artero for Beto Garrido (72)
Alessandro Romano for Beto Carranza (84)
Rodgers for Pearson (50)
Deuchar for Craig (84)

None. Lawrie (
McQuilken (
Rodgers (

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Brian McDuffie & Steve McGeouch (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee's continuing struggles in front of goal ensured they face another potentially tricky Tennents Scottish Cup replay a week on Wednesday, The Dark Blues completely dominated yesterday's tie at Dens Park but had only an 82nd-minute counter from Steven Milne to show for that.

And in the dying stages 18-year-old Falkirk substitute Andy Rodgers, making only his second appearance at first-team level, snatched an equaliser on the break to force the clubs into a second meeting at Brockville, just as happened at the same stage of the competition 12 months ago.

Dundee back in action following a two-week lay-off-were robbed of a goal shortly before taking the lead when South Enclosure linesman Steve McGeouch failed to spot that a Javier Artero effort had crossed the line before being cleared. However, that piece of misfortune ought not to have impacted on the outcome, so much were they on top, as boss Ivano Bonetti acknowledged.

"Apart from that we had three or four-clear opportunities which really should have been converted and I am really disappointed," said Bonetti.

"It could have been four, five or six if we'd put our chances away but we took Just the one while their only shot went in.

"I am confident we will win the replay because this was not a bad performance from us considering we had been off for 15 days and they will have to push and not just defend when we meet down there. But we should have killed the tie off today.

"And apart from the missed chances I am annoyed that we should have been caught on the counter-attack as we were at the end."

Being taken to a second match by the first division outfit was the last thing Dundee needed in view of the fixture congestion already confronting them.

The outstanding SPL meeting with Dunfermline, pencilled in for next midweek, has now been provisionally rearranged for February 13th as a consequence of yesterday's slip-up.

But Bonetti added, "We could have done without this but if playing another game helps us grow up then that is OK."

Dens defender Walter del Rio echoed many of the sentiments expressed by his manager.

"When you consider the chances we had and their lack of chances it is unbelievable that we finished the match level," said a disappointed del Rio. "My being named man-of-the-match came as a surprise to me because our keeper Julian Speroni hardly touched the ball in the game.

"But if you do not score there is always the danger of something like what happened to us here occurring and it seems scoring is a problem for us at the moment.

Speroni's inclusion at the expense of Jamie Langfield came as something of a surprise.

Although Langfield has been erratic this term his last appearance, against Kilmarnock, saw him at his best.

It may be, however, that the Scotland squad keeper finds himself confined to the bench again against Motherwell on Wednesday.

"This was a good opportunity for Speroni, who is a good young goalkeeper, to show what he can do," said Bonetti.

"As it turned out he was not busy and couldn't be blamed for the goal we conceded.

"But I know I have two good keepers and we will see for the next game."

Falkirk chief Alex Totten could not hide his delight at the outcome.

"We had only three players aged over 22 out there and, taking everything into consideration, to come here and get a draw is a marvellous result," said Totten.

"I thought we played very well in the first half but the second half belonged to Dundee who put us under a lot of pressure.

"When we went 1-0 down we had nothing to lose and just went for it. But I felt we deserved the result for the effort we put in."

The Bairns boss highlighted the contribution made by Lee Mair, on loan to Falkirk from Dundee for this season.

"It was really good of Dundee to allow Lee to play in this game and I think today they saw how good a player he is because he did a great job marshalling our defence," said Totten.

The Dark Blues looked threatening throughout the first half-but when it came to applying a finish to some decent build-up work they were constantly found wanting.

Last season's top scorer Juan Sara was first in the firing line, showing good awareness in getting on the end of a Beto Carranza free-kick delivered to the near post only to let himself down with a complete miscue.

And the Argentinian, who has struggled to rediscover his best form this term following a bout of tendonitis, was again out of sorts when the ball broke to him after Mair thwarted Milne with a last-ditch challenge. This time he seemed to hesitate, allowing a posse of Bairns defenders to close him down and ensure he could do no more damage than secure a corner.

Carranza, who was clearly toiling to get over a head knock suffered early on, nevertheless threatened to calm home concerns as his driving 30-yard run punched a hole in the heart of the Falkirk rearguard.

However, having done the hard work in creating the opening, he switched the ball on to his left foot and ballooned it high over the bar from 14 yards.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at January 6th, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 1 - 1 -
Massimo Beghetto33 9 - 9 -
Walter Del Rio25 21 - 30 -
Barry Smith27 25 - 2461
Fan Zhiyi32 6161
Beto Carranza29 191454
Beto Garrido - 16 - 26 -
Temur Ketsbaia33 112112
Kiko Torres26 5 - 5 -
Steven Milne21 234498
Juan Sara25 1965523
Javier Artero (sub)26 10 - 594
Alessandro Romano (sub)32 16 - 35 -
Fabian Caballero (sub)23 2153813

League Table (as at January 6th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

In the wake of the extremely disappointing performance and result against Kilmarnock, I demanded a proper approach from the players as we attempted to get our season back on track at Motherwell last week.

In every game you will have problems if you do not have the right mentality, and it is important that we went into last week's match in the right frame of mind. And if I asked the players to be focused in trying to bring back three points form Motherwell, then that will apply equally, if not more so this afternoon.

Unfortunately, print deadlines prevent me from making any reference to either of the matches against Motherwell or Dunfermline, but hopefully, we registered the wins we required to maintain our hopes of finishing in the top six.

Of course, this afternoon, we take a break from league business to welcome Falkirk in the opening round of the Scottish Cup.

This competition presents us with a golden opportunity to achieve something tangible this season. Unlike the league, every tie is a one-off occasion and are determined by who wants to win it most, and on that score, there is a very real determination for us to do well in this year's competition.

However, as we know only too well after meeting Falkirk at the same stage last year, we certainly can't afford to take them lightly.

They maybe a First Division side and not Premier opponents, but given their very good record in this competition over recent years, not to mention the struggle we had in overcoming them last season, we know that we are in for a very tough match.

It was only in the last twenty minutes of the replay twelve months ago that we finally got the better of them, and there is no way that we want a repeat of that this year, particularly how busy and important a schedule we have coming up over the rest of this month.

I hope, therefore, that the players make sure that they get the same result as last year, but this time at the first time of asking!

Having said that as I mentioned at the outset, this will only be achieved by concentration and commitment of the highest order because we cannot afford, nor tolerate, more displays like the one against Kilmarnock, which proved so costly, especially as we start out on the road, which will hopefully lead us to Hampden, next May.