A few weeks ago, skipper Darren O’Dea promised himself he would jump into the Derry if he scored at Dens and after his thunderbolt of a penalty to level the scoring against Ross County, he kept his promise.
“I said I was going into the Derry but that was weeks ago,” admitted O’Dea.
“It’s been an up and down season and it’s been tough on the players because we give everything but the fans have always been here.
“They have been here before me and they will be here after me.
“It was a bit of relief and I decided ages ago if I had scored I was going in.
On the caution he received for his celebration, O’Dea declared: “I took the booking but it was well worth it.”
The Irishman had only scored one penalty in his career previously to Saturdays goal and it also came in a Dark Blue jersey and against the same opponents.
The Irishman said: “I have hardly taken a penalty in my career so it’s a bit new to me,”
“I thought beforehand: ‘If there is any doubt in my head then I am going to leather this.’
“To be honest with you, for the first one away at Ross County there was a bit of pressure. In fact, there was no one on the pitch who had taken a penalty so there was a bit of responsibility on me to take it.
“This time, I was sure there were other people who would have taken it but I scored the last one so was happy to take it again.
“I think every footballer should be able to take one.
“Tom Hateley is the normal set-piece taker so he might have taken it if he had been on the pitch but I was happy to score.
“It was great and it was what we deserved.”