Roarie Deacon: Dundee can ‘batter’ Motherwell again

Roarie Deacon

He missed the last clash between the sides through injury but Dundee’s Roarie Deacon believes they can, once again, dominate Motherwell in the Scottish Cup today.

The 26-year-old winger sat out the 1-1 league draw at Fir Park on December 23 with a thigh problem but claims the Dark Blues “battered” their Lanarkshire rivals that day.

After making a 12-minute cameo return in the 4-1 Premiership loss to Ross County on Saturday, Deacon followed that up with a scoring double for the Development team on Tuesday night — and now he looks set to get the nod to start this weekend’s fifth-round clash at Dens.

“It was a great feeling to be back with the boys against County,” he said.

“Obviously, the result wasn’t favourable for us and we know we didn’t do ourselves justice. But on a personal note, it was great to be back on the pitch playing league football.

“We played Motherwell a couple of months ago where we drew 1-1 at their place.

“I wasn’t involved but, watching on from the sidelines, we battered them in that game.

“We played very well and should’ve picked up all three points but that wasn’t the case.

“We know if we play our normal game, like we did last time, they won’t be able to handle what we have to offer.

“We want to pick up the win and be in the next round of the cup.”

The Englishman has previous in cup competitions, reaching the same stage of the FA Cup last season where his non-league Sutton United were knocked out by holders Arsenal.

Dundee haven’t lifted the Scottish Cup since 1910 and Deacon hopes to use his experience of knockout football to help the Dee into the next round and, hopefully, end 108 years of hurt.

He added: “You know there are no second chances — obviously if you pick up a draw there’s a replay — but you don’t really want the extra fixture.

“We’ve got lots of important games coming up but we want to pick up wins in the cup and go as far as we can.

“With the players we have in our dressing-room, we feel we can go all the way.

“Last year when I was at Sutton, it was about setting records and writing your name in history.

“Myself and the rest of the team did that by getting into the fifth round and playing such big opponents like Arsenal.

“That’s what I want to do here — write my name in history along with my team-mates by going all the way with Dundee and winning the cup.”

Returning to the fold last weekend, Deacon was part of a very different team.

After Jack Hendry’s move to Celtic and Scott Allan’s loan switch to Hibs, the Dark Blues lost, arguably, their two best players.

Although Deacon wishes both men well at their new clubs, he insists the Dens Park side need to focus on what they have, not what they don’t.

“We lost Jack and Scott, two very good players in our team,” he said.

“Jack, particularly, was fantastic for us. No one can dispute that.

“He’s gone to Celtic now and will have a good career, he’s a good player.

“What we have to do is focus on who’s in our dressing-room.”

n ROARIE Deacon was speaking at Coldside Library, promoting the SPFL Trust’s 4-4-2 reading challenge, which offers free SPFL match tickets to kids who read four books.