Dundee 4
Falkirk 1 (AET)
Scottish Cup (Quarter Final Replay)

4 - 1

Scottish Cup (Quarter Final Replay)
Wednesday, April 9th, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,562
7:45 PM Kick-off

Fabian Caballero 
Mark Burchill 
Steve Lovell 
Steve Lovell 
Stuart Taylor (32)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Owen Coyle/John Hughes

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
16. Jonay Hernández
3. David Mackay
19. Lee Mair
2. Barry Smith
6. Lee Wilkie
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
8. Gavin Rae
7. Fabian Caballero
15. Steven Milne
17. Nacho Novo
Allan Ferguson .1
John Henry .2
James McQuilken .3
Scott MacKenzie .4
John Hughes .5
Brian Reid .6
Mark Kerr .7
Lee Miller .8
Owen Coyle .9
Craig McPherson .10
Stuart Taylor .11

1. Jamie Langfield
26. Garry Brady
14. Gavin Beith
18. Mark Burchill
25. Steve Lovell
Collin Samuel .12
Kevin Christie .14
Andrew Rodgers .15
Ian McSween .16
Darren Hill .17

Steve Lovell for Steven Milne (75)
Mark Burchill for Nacho Novo (76)
Garry Brady for Gavin Rae (115)
Collin Samuel for Owen Coyle (70)
Kevin Christie for John Hughes (105)
Andrew Rodgers for Lee Miller (107)

Barry Smith (65)
Steve Lovell (100)
Stuart Taylor (22)
Mark Kerr (39)
Mark Kerr (101)
John Hughes (102)

Red Cards
None. Mark Kerr (101)
Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Referee)
Martin Doran & Willie Dishington (Assistants)
Tom Brown (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee head for Hampden and their first Scottish Cup semi final in 16 years on Easter Sunday, but those who thought that they were certs to make the final, after the draw had dictated that two First Division sides were all that stood in the way, got a wake up call as Falkirk showed admirable quality and incredible work rate to take Dundee to the limit in the quarter final replay at Dens.

The extra time goals of Mark Burchill and Steve Lovell finally broke the resistance of a brave Falkirk side who were desperately unlucky not to be heading for the semi final in regulation time.

Although Dundee had a three goal margin at the end of the night, what the scoreline doesn't tells you is that the Bairns only crumbled after Burchill had put Dundee ahead three minutes into the first extra period. They lost a bit of discipline too as Mark Kerr was red carded for a second bookable foul on Caballero, who got a fair bit of the treatment throughout.

The visitors had dominated the first half hour to such an extent that they could have been several goals ahead rather than just the one-but what a strike it was that gave them that slim advantage-Stuart Taylor picking up a poor header Lee Mair clearance on the half hour mark, taking a stride forward and lashing a vicious dipping shot over Speroni.

The Bairns line was led well by Lee Miller who looked an outstanding prospect on this form, while at the back they snuffed out the threat of Novo, Milne and Caballero with some comfort. The midfield too was a sea of red shirts at times as Dundee were outnumbered, outfought and simply outgunned for most of that period. Going behind shook Dundee into action and they began to exert some pressure, but without any apparent cutting edge until, with moments remaining in the first half, Fabian Caballero tired of trying to eave intricate passing patterns, simply took on the defence single-handed and rammed a twenty-yarder past Ferguson for a leveller that Dundee certainly didn't deserve at that stage.

The first forty-five minutes provided an outstanding cup-tie, but with Falkirk on top perhaps not comfortable viewing for the home support, and it was always going to be hard for the pace to be maintained in the second period.

It wasn't, but it was still frantic enough with a deflected Rae shot narrowly wide in the opening minutes and a Caballero cross whipped across the box with Lovell inches away from contact in the last minute were Dundee's closest moments.

In between, Miller slammed an angled drive into the side netting.

The game was evenly poised right through the second half, but within minutes of extra time starting, substitute Mark Burchill provided the pivotal point.

Jonay Hernandez hit a high ball towards the centre of the Falkirk defence and Hughes ducked to allow the ball to run through to Ferguson. What he hadn't allowed for was Burchill's pace and the striker won the race with the keeper to finish expertly.

The on loan man from Pompey started to show his best form since arriving at Dens and he was involved in the third goal six minutes later, picking up the ball from Hernandez and sliding a cute pass to Lovell who looked to have too tight an angle, but somehow squeezed the ball home.

The scoring was completed early in the second period of extra time with the pick of the Dee's strikes, Burchill surged through midfield before feeding Caballero wide on the right, he clipped in a perfect pass to Lovell who stepped sideways and blasted a shot into the top comer to clinch Dundee's semi final place.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at April 9th, 2003)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 38 - 59 -
Jonay Hernández24 291291
David Mackay21 371552
Lee Mair22 26 - 26 -
Barry Smith29 36 - 3031
Lee Wilkie22 352833
Giorgi Nemsadze30 251774
Gavin Rae25 36522023
Fabian Caballero25 3679223
Steven Milne22 2658816
Nacho Novo24 369369
Garry Brady (sub)26 261261
Steve Lovell (sub)22 29132913
Mark Burchill (sub)22 8282

League Table (as at April 9th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

An awful lot of people seem to think that we are already in the semi-final of the cup, but in my book, this evening's game is going to be every bit as difficult as last Sunday's SPL match against Celtic.

There is no doubt that this is going to be an ultra competitive cup tie against a Falkirk side that has equally as big an incentive to win as ourselves. And whilst we remain unbeaten since the break, Falkirk too are in very good form as we well know from the first meeting at Brockville.

We always knew that it would be a tough game and took a little while to settle down and after going behind, the lads showed tremendous spirit and character and stayed calm for Nacho Novo to score an equaliser.

Indeed, we had one or two chances to even win the game and make tonight's replay unnecessary, but it wasn't to be. From that experience, we know that nothing less than 100% will do this evening.

Falkirk are a very capable side and are in a great position in their league and after drawing at home, the pressure will be off them a bit, which will allow them to come here in a more relaxed mood and if anything that will make them even more dangerous opponents.

Obviously we go into the tie with Falkirk boosted by the result against Celtic.

Overall I was really pleased with the way we played.

This season is about making improvement, and Sunday went a long way towards telling the players we are getting somewhere.

A point against Celtic is a good point, and I felt we deserved it.

I thought the back four were superb, and I was delighted for Mark Burchill. We changed his role a bit, dropping him into a wee hole, and he did really well for us there.

The big difference, however, is that whereas we went into the Celtic match as underdogs, tonight it is a case of role reversal, because being the SPL side; we'll be expected to beat opponents from the league below.

As I have already said, however, Falkirk are a very good side and in addition to their current form being very good, in recent years they are a club with a good cup pedigree, all of which means that we are going to have to bite, fight and scratch our way into the last four, such is the magnitude of the task ahead