Scottish Cup: Paul Hartley and Derek McInnes expect goals

Aberdeen won 3-2 when the sides last met at Dens Park.
Aberdeen won 3-2 when the sides last met at Dens Park.
Scottish Cup fourth round
Venue: Dens Park Date: Saturday, 29 November Kick-off: 12:15 GMT
Coverage: BBC One Scotland & online. Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB; live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Paul Hartley and Derek McInnes have promised to serve up a Scottish Cup cracker when Aberdeen and Dundee meet at Dens Park on Saturday.

The Dons won 3-2 when the sides last met, and both expect goals again.

"There's a lot to like about the tie, it's a brilliant tie to be involved in," said Aberdeen manager McInnes.

Hartley told BBC Scotland: "It'll be a hard-fought cup tie. Two good teams that like to try to play football, it'll be a terrific atmosphere."

A header from Aberdeen striker David Goodwillie settled a five-goal thriller between the teams last month. However, McInnes says his men will have to up their game.

"We won a tight game down there a few weeks ago but I wasn't totally happy with our performance, but we scored enough good goals to get the job done," he explained.

"I've seen enough of Dundee this season and we know we're going to have to play well. I would suggest we'll have to play better than we did last time out.

"There's no point entering a competition if you don't feel you can win it. For Aberdeen the demand to win the cups should always be there.

"We did it last year in terms of the League Cup, there's nothing to suggest we're not capable of doing it this year."

Dundee striker David Clarkson
Dundee striker David Clarkson has scored seven goals in seven games this season

Dark Blues manager Hartley, whose side sit just one place behind Aberdeen in the Premiership table, admits the Dons' pace could be a major factor.

But he will not send out his side to go on the defensive.

He said: "Their biggest asset is their pace, from middle to front, and their two full backs.

"I've seen Aberdeen more than any other team this year and I know how good they are. But I think they know they'll be in for a tough game

"We'll have to be at the top of our game. If chances come our way we'll have to take them.

"It's the style of football that I like to play. It's what the players are used to, we've got good quality players who like to pass the ball, so there is no reason why we have to change."

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