Del had con­fi­dence in his Dons

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS - BY GE­ORGE CRAN

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

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