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    After a few weeks off due the Scottish Premiership’s winter break, I thought I would have had the pleasure of marking my TEB return by writing about our safe passage to the next round of the Scottish Cup.

    As we all now know painfully well, what was conjured up in that game was a vastly different story.

    St Mirren were the visitors to Dens Park last Saturday. Their season has been utterly horrific for them so far. Rooted to the bottom of the Championship, seven points away from second bottom and only thirteen points picked up so far. Oh how easy it should have been for Dundee.

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    Oh, how wrong were we!

    Followed by a healthy traveling support, this St Mirren team who were sporting FIVE former Dundee players, showed up and looked far more hungrier than their Premiership counterparts. Dundee did have a few chances early on and rattled the post but as soon as we gifted them their first goal, we totally fell out of the game. To sum it up as quick and politely as possible, the performance was shambolic.

    We have been prone to a good few cup embarrassments in my lifetime but given our recent exploits in the League Cup this season and previous, the fans were very vocal in venting their frustration and anger that we are unable to even muster up a decent cup run. The anger was too much for some fans around me when during the match, St Mirren fans sang “…if you hate Paul Hartley clap your hands…”, they joined in by clapping theirs.

    It was another cup disaster for the Dee. So much has been said in the press by the players and management about delivering silverware to Dens Park but we always see the same outcome. No matter how upset I am at being defeated by lowly opposition in these competitions, it’s one that I’ve unfortunately become accustomed to.

    One highlight to the cup weekend was seeing a boozed up Rod Stewart help conduct the draw for the next round. He clearly over indulged in the hospitality for the Albion Rover versus Celtic game that afternoon!

    Moving swiftly on from any cup nightmares that we may still be having, league duty resumes for the Dark Blues this Friday night when we travel up to the Granite City to take on Aberdeen. If you are ever looking for the ideal hangover cure, a trip to Aberdeen to do battle with the Dons would be very far from the top of the list. Irn Bru, yes. McDonalds, yes. Aberdeen away…..nah!

    Our current away form this season consist of two wins, one draw and seven defeats. A defeat or draw on Friday will mean that we will have gone five games away from home without a win. If I hadn’t depressed you enough already, that should have done it!

    God knows what Dundee side we will see turn up. It would be brilliant if the team that ripped St Johnstone apart 3-0 showed their faces because we would stand a magnificent chance of securing a result up there.

    Despite confidence in my team being pretty low just now, once we kick off on Friday night, I’ll be overcome by a new found enthusiasm, a new found hope, a new found belief. You see, no matter how low I may be regarding my team, they will have my full support every minute of any match they play.

    Mon The Dee!

    Daniel Smith

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