Del had confidence in his Dons
ABERDEEN manager Derek Mcinnes claimed he was always confident his players’ focus and technique would see them through a penalty shoot-out against Kilmarnock.
Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved three spotkicks as the Dons prevailed 3-2 to set up a William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Motherwell.
The on-loan Newcastle player denied Eamonn Brophy, Greg Taylor and Greg Kiltie after a 1-1 draw and Niall Mcginn could afford to hit the bar as Aberdeen clinched the contest with one penalty to spare.
Kenny Mclean had earlier kept the Dons in the tie from the spot after Stephen O’donnell had given Kilmarnock the lead six minutes into extra-time.
Mcinnes said: “I said to the players, don’t buy into this ‘penalty-kicks are a lottery’. It’s about concentration, technique, confidence, mentality.
“The good thing for me, when I went over I had a list of five I wanted to take them. I was confident all five would score.
“We dealt with that situation better and that’s the only thing that separated a very tough tie.” DUNDEE United boss Csaba Laszlo’s first-half anger at Palmerston turned to delight as birthday boy Matty Smith sealed a 3-1 victory.
Csaba watched his side come from behind at Queen of the South after Dom Thomas gave the home side the lead with a curling effort after 21 minutes.
Thomas Mikkelsen quickly levelled matters before Smith, who turned 21 yesterday, stepped up with a second-half brace to win it.
Smith might even have had a hattrick after missing a chance late on.
For that, Csaba couldn’t hide his frustration despite enjoying the youngster’s performance.
He said: “I am just a little bit sad because Matty Smith had his birthday and to make a hat-trick on a birthday is not every day possible!
“For this I am angry about him but happy birthday and he made a good job, scoring two goals.”
The start to the game, however, didn’t please the United gaffer.
He added: “We didn’t play for three weeks because of the weather and