Queen of the South player Andrew Stirling insists Dundee will be dreading their Scottish Cup replay and reckons all the pressure will be on the Dark Blues in Dumfries.
Stirling was gutted to leave Dens Park not having booked a place in the fifth round due to Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Premiership’s bottom club.
Gary Naysmith’s Championship visitors went ahead through goal machine Stephen Dobbie, before Australian Jesse Curran levelled right on half-time for Jim McIntyre’s men.
Now Stirling believes Dundee won’t be relishing next Tuesday’s replay at Palmerston, the winner of which will face either Aberdeen or Stenhousemuir away next month.
Stirling said: “The replay will take care of itself.
“I don’t think they will fancy coming down to Dumfries. They won’t be looking forward to it.
“You can always tell because they are expected to win. So the weight is on their shoulders.
“On the other hand, we are really looking forward to it.
“We just need to come out on the night and give it our best shot as we know what’s at stake.
“They will need to deal with our Astroturf pitch as well. We already know how to deal with it so we’ve got to be positive.”
Stirling reckons the manner in which the Doonhamers dominated the fourth round tie ought to fill them with confidence for the return.
He said: “I think we should have won.
“When you look back at the chances we created overall, we were the better team.
“The only thing our keeper Alan Martin had to do was pick the ball out the back of the net.
“So we are a wee bit disappointed just to have left Dens with only a draw.
“For us, Dobbie is on fire. He’s never not been on fire this season to be honest.
“That’s him with 33 goals. Every time he gets the ball you expect him to score and he hasn’t disappointed so far – long may that continue!”