Dundee manager Barry Smith hopes for momentum from Cup win

Highlights - Dundee 5-1 Morton

Dundee manager Barry Smith is hoping his side's progression to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals will have a positive impact on their league form.

The Tayside side cruised into the next round after thrashing Morton 5-1 at Dens Park.

However, they remained rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premier League table, 14 points adrift of St Mirren.

"It is a great result, and we look to kick on now," a satisfied Smith told BBC Radio Scotland.

"We must take that performance into our next game, against Ross County.

"We've had a hard time of late, but I'm delighted that, playing against the top team in Division One just now, we've had such a convincing result.

"If we keep playing like that, we've got enough here to build on."

The Dundee boss also expressed his happiness that the goals came from five different sources.

"We're pleased to get goals from five different scorers," Smith stated.

"We knew it was going to be tough, and it was a difficult game, but I think, overall, we deserved the win."

Morton equalised almost immediately after Dundee took the lead, but Smith always felt that, the longer the game went on, the more his side would be in control.

"You think that, once you've got that first goal, you should kick on," he explained.

"But they came straight back into it and made life very difficult for us.

"I think the strength in that second half showed; the boys looked comfy in possession which was good for us to see."

Smith insisted the backing from the fans had allowed his side to play more expressive football in the second period.

"We've got a great support here, and when they give the players their backing, it's massive for the players," he added.

"It gives them confidence, it allows them to do things or try things they'd maybe not if folk were getting on their back.

"We just ask the supporters to stick with us."