Blues hope for cup upset

0
Have your say

Stranraer boss Stephen Aitken is hoping his side can pull off a cup upset on Sunday when his side take on Dundee Utd in a Scottish Cup fifth round encounter.

The Blues go into the live Sky encounter top of Scottish League One but Aitken knows his side will have to be at their best if they are to progress in the competition.

Aitken said: “This is probably the biggest game of my managerial career so far and you can sense the excitement that is building.

“We haven’t really spoke about it until it has come around this week as we’ve been focused on the league.

“I’ve went and watched Dundee United myself as have others and you see their games on the telly and we know how tough it is going to be.

“They have a lot of really good players who like to attack and they’ve just reached the League Cup final so we know how organised we’ll have to be.”

Dundee United lost two of their star players on transfer deadline day on Monday to Celtic in the form of midfielder Stuart Armstrong and winger Gary McKay Steven but Aitken says that won’t change his game plan.

“Our plan will be the same as Dundee Utd have a big squad and other players will be looking to seize their chance now.

“I know Jackie (McNamara) will be disappointed at losing quality players and that’s the same for any football manager but when players are playing well they’re always going to put themselves in the shop window.

“Our game plan will be to make sure we’re organised as they will have a lot of the ball but we’re going to enjoy the occasion of a cup tie and give it our best shot.

“You only need to look at the FA Cup down south to see that shocks can happen.”

Stranraer go into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over Stirling Albion on Saturday which kept them top of the table.

“It was an important win as you’ve got to look to win your home games to keep up the pressure.

“I was a bit disappointed in how we played in the first half but we kept going on and got the winner late on which is credit to the players as Stirling did make it tough for us.”

Title rivals Morton strengthened strongly in the January transfer window but that was something Aitken expected.

“I’ve said all season that the full time clubs in the division would be able to go and do that and that is just something we cannot do here.

“But we’re delighted we’ve kept pace with them until this point and we continue to take one game at a time.”