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Partick Thistle 2
Scottish Cup (4th Round Replay)

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Scottish Cup (4th Round Replay)
Wednesday, February 6th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,913
3:00 PM Kick-off

Juan Sara (pen.) (54)
Gerry Britton (26)
Gibson (86)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
John Lambie

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
2. Barry Smith
31. Fan Zhiyi
17. Walter Del Rio
24. David Mackay
32. Kiko Torres
5. Beto Carranza
6. Temur Ketsbaia
8. Gavin Rae
28. Khaled Kemas
15. Steven Milne
Kenny Arthur .1
James McKinstry .2
Alan Archibald .3
Stephen Craigan .4
Paddy Kelly .5
Paul Deas .6
Gerry Britton .7
Danny Lennon .8
Paul Walker .9
Martin Hardie .10
Derek Fleming .11

1. Jamie Langfield
11. Mark Robertson
14. Beto Garrido
9. Juan Sara
7. Fabian Caballero
Garry Gow .12
Andy Gibson .14
Willie Howie .15
Scott McLean .16
Jamie Dolan .17

Mark Robertson for Beto Carranza (18)
Juan Sara for Khaled Kemas (38)
Fabian Caballero for Gavin Rae (55)
Andy Gibson for James McKinstry (70)

Kiko Torres
Fan Zhiyi (81)
Fan Zhiyi (82)
Jim McKinstry
Martin Hardie
Alan Archibald

Red Cards
Fan Zhiyi (82)
Match Officials

Douglas McDonald (Referee)
Robert Johnston & Peter Crilley (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee's players failed miserably to give manager Ivano Bonetti a welcome wedding present as the groom-to-be saw his side crash out of the Tennent's Scottish Cup. The Italian will now set off for Riccione in his homeland for his marriage to fiancee Erica this weekend, but his team did nothing to put him in the party mood last night.

A strike from 19-year-old substitute Andrew Gibson sealed victory for Partick in this fourth round replay after Juan Sara had levelled from the penalty spot following a superb first half strike from ex-Dundee frontman Gerry Britton for the visitors.

Bonetti, who saw Chinese defender Fan Zhiyi sent off for the second time in his Dens career, said, "I am really, really angry.

"We got a wonderful reaction from the players, but having 10 games in 25 days has not helped us.

"We should have had a penalty in the first half, that's for sure. We lost the player.

"We started to play after they scored their first goal and it was a wonderful goal. We will need to see evidence of the Fan Zhiyi incident.

"All my players say he did nothing.

"If the linesman (who brought attention to the Dark Blues defender's offence) is right then I will apologise but If I'm right then I will be really angry for a couple of days.

"I don't want to say anything about the referee, but I still need to see the evidence against Fan Zhiyi.

"The linesman made a mistake-he had a big responsibility, for the game itself and for the financial side of the cup.

"I can't see how we would have lost the game if Fan Zhiyi had stayed on the pitch."

Goalscorer Gibson, who revealed he was playing in only his second match for the Jags, said, "To score the winner was great.

"I was going to hit it first time when the ball came to me but I took a touch and knew it was going in as soon as I hit it."

Jubilant John Lambie, the Thistle boss, added, "This was a wonderful night."

"I deliberately picked Gerry Britton for this game because he played here-just like I am saving Scott McLean for Inverness, because that is his former team-I used to love playing against my former teams."

"The last thing we wanted was to play a replay as we are after league points in the first division.

"It is ironic that we now face Inverness Caley Thistle in the league on Saturday as we will also meet them in the quarter-finals."

"We knew this would be a difficult place for us to come, Dundee have a lot of good players-a lot of good individuals, if you like-but we fought our way through."

The Dark Blues went for youth rather than experience in attack, with Argentinian duo Fabian Caballero and Sara left on the bench as Bonetti started with young pair Khaled Kemas and Steven Milne up front.

The injured Alessandro Romano was dropped altogether from the side that lost narrowly at Ibrox on Saturday.

The opening stages were nothing to write home about but the match burst into life on 17 minutes when Beto Carranza collected a pass from Kemas inside the box but was clattered by Partick defender Alan Archibald.

Referee Dougie McDonald waved play on but Carranza appeared to have a good case and, indeed, hobbled off injured and had to replaced by sub Mark Robertson.

Thistle then took a sensational lead just six minutes later when Britton flicked the ball up into the air before hammering it home from the edge of the area.

And the visitors could have been two up when former Dundee United winger Paul Walker raced clean through the middle of the home defence. However, keeper Julian Speroni-as he has done on several occasions recently-rescued his side with a fine save.

Bonetti, clearly realising his strikeforce needed beefed up, brought Sara on for Kemas after 38 minutes. It was a shame for Kemas but it was obvious greater physical strength was needed in attack.

Thistle held on until the interval but the Dark Blues came out fighting, with a Dave Mackay shot being well saved by Jags goalie Kenny Arthur.

But they did make the breakthrough after 54 minutes when sub Sara was toppled inside the box after a clumsy challenge from Stephen Craigan.

This time ref McDonald did point to the spot and the Argentinian ace picked himself up in order to slot home his eighth goal of the season.

Sara was then joined by his fellow countryman Caballero-Milne making way-and you had to wonder if Bonetti had considered starting with that forward pairing.

Speroni was the hero again for the Dens men when he flung himself at a Danny Lennon freekick to palm the ball away, then Arthur at the other end produced as good a stop to keep out a Gavin Rae shot.

There was uproar in 82 minutes when Dundee's Chinese defender Fan was ordered off for two quickfire bookings.

He had been cautioned for a foul on Britton and the tussle carried on as the pair made their way into the goalmouth. The referee missed it but standside assistant Robert Johnston raised his flag and, after consultation, sent Fan off and booked Britton.

Bonetti was incensed but it got worse as Thistle grabbed what turned out to be the winner just four minutes from time, when sub Gibson took a touch at the far post before firing home.

Bonetti can only hope he has a happier day on Sunday.

As well as those dished out to Fan and Britton, there were four players booked: Dundee's Kiko Torres for a foul on Derek Fleming and Thistle trio Jim McKinstry (late challenge on Barry Smith), Martin Hardie (foul on Sara) and Archibald (lashing out at Robertson).

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at February 6th, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 8 - 8 -
Walter Del Rio25 29 - 38 -
Fan Zhiyi32 143143
Barry Smith27 33 - 2541
David Mackay20 101101
Gavin Rae24 29517117
Temur Ketsbaia33 172172
Beto Carranza29 251514
Kiko Torres26 111111
Steven Milne21 294558
Khaled Kemas - 7171
Mark Robertson (sub)24 17 - 22 -
Fabian Caballero (sub)24 2854513
Juan Sara (sub)25 2486025

League Table (as at February 6th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our hectic schedule continues with the visit of Partick Thistle in tonight's Scottish Cup fourth round replay.

Even before the first meeting, we knew that we were in for a very hard time and whilst not wishing to have a replay to fit into our very busy schedule, we'd far rather be in that position than out of the competition.

With Partick going so well in the First Division, our attitude at Firhill had to be spot on and the boys did exactly what was asked of them.

Even going behind at a time when we perhaps least expected to, fortunately we quickly got back on level terms.

Whilst we did have a great chance to win the tie when Kemas was through on the goalkeeper, it was an acceptable result for us.

Thistle impressed me with the way they played and their hard work, and are obviously a good team, but from the reports I had, that didn't come as a surprise.

And when you consider that Dunfermline and Hearts both went out to sides from the First Division, drawing away from home with the leaders of that division has got to be regarded as an acceptable result.

For that first game, we had to change things about a bit with Mark Robertson coming and doing well, whilst Julian Speroni once more stood out and improves with every game.

Fortunately, one or two of the important members of our squad have recovered from injury since that the first game, giving us a bit more quality from which to choose.

That is particularly the case up front where Khaled Kemas and Savo Milne have looked a lively and tricky pairing up front to push themselves into contention for this evening's replay.

Much is at stake this evening with a home tie against Inverness Caley Thistle the prize for victory, but that will act as great an incentive for Partick Thistle, as it will be for us, so a very exciting tie is in prospect. Whilst we are two home wins away from a place in the semi- final, before there can be any thoughts of that, we must focus fully on getting through this one first.