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Aitken gets the last touch, but Paul Sturrock the credit for the opener. Paul Sturrock then levels tie, chasing a Narey free-kick to squeeze it past Bonner. Holt is dismissed after a second caution. Aitken and McStay are booked. Nicholas nicks the winner with a low 18-yard drive from Burns' pass.
It goes without saying that I am extremely disappointed at Saturday's result though not with your support. Once again, your encouragement of the side was magnificent. The result was highly unusual and as you'll appreciate, no one at Tannadice is happy following our heaviest defeat for six years. In fact. we have let the fans down in our outings against Viking and Aberdeen but tonight provides a great chance to repay your support with our tie against Celtic. However if we are to have any chance of success it will require peak performances from every player. For too long this season we have had to tolerate too few players on top form. Even though we managed an unbeaten run of 19 games from the opening of the season, I can't, in all honesty, say our form has been out of the ordinary. Only the 2-0 win in Eindhoven, the 3-1 first leg at Pittodrie and the six-goal romp against Morton can be categorised as exceptional performances. We still have a lot of work to do but it is very difficult to unearth the exceptional players we require to strengthen the squad. Returning to this evening's tie, it is essential we score first but, to be frank, our task is enormous, but the fact that we can even contemplate victory illustrates the strides we have made at the club. Last year we faced a similar situation against Borussia when we knew that an early goal was a must, but this will be a tall order against one of the best sides in Scotland. Eamonn Bannon returned to the side last Saturday but clearly lacked match fitness. Hopefully Paul Sturrock will have received the all clear to play tonight. However, even his return won't solve all our problems. Earlier in the season Paul's and Ralph Milne's form left us relying heavily on Davie Dodds and he is now in need of a rest. He must play tonight and again on Saturday but perhaps he can be rested against Hibs. I would not have expected to lose by that 5-1 scoreline last Saturday but tonight is different. We must have a go at Celtic. I'd prefer to make an exit in style rather than sit back to steal a couple of goals. Remember in our recent league meeting we wiped out a two-goal deficit in the last 14 minutes. Tonight we have 90 minutes to achieve the same target.