Dee boss Forbes: We’ll play our own game and hope we’re walking on Ayr after Scottish Cup clash

Tommy Forbes.

Banks o’ Dee co-manager Tommy Forbes thinks the route to a Spain Park giant-slaying starts with his team playing their own game.

Dee, flying high once more at the top of the Superleague, take on League One table-toppers Ayr United at Spain Park tomorrow in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

It’s the Granite City junior outfit’s first time at this stage of the competition and, to progress, Forbes knows they’ll probably have to weather an early storm, but can’t be content to park the bus.

He said: “The last thing you want to do is worry about what they’ve got and us stopping how we play.

“We’ll need to be a bit tighter earlier in the game, but we’re a team that likes to get the ball down and pass it.

“We don’t want to invite them on to us, if you do that against the better sides they’ll pick you off.

“We’re going to go for it – make it a real cup tie.

“I just hope we can do ourselves justice and nick an early goal.

“It’s our fourth game in the Scottish Cup this year and the furthest we’ve been. The guys are buzzing.”

Forbes watched the Honest Men play Arbroath at Gayfield on November 4 and said it only reinforced in his mind the battle Dee face against attackers like former Don Lawrence Shankland, Craig Moore and veteran Michael Moffat.

He said: “We were down watching them two weeks ago against Arbroath at Gayfield. They are going for promotion and are joint top of the league.

“Arbroath did quite well in the first half, but in the second half they went up a gear and scored three goals in five minutes to blow Arbroath away.

“They’re quite a big side, strong and they can play, which you expect from the level they’re at.

“But we’re looking forward to it. We probably couldn’t have got a tougher draw with the teams that were left.

“We’ve got nothing to lose, they’re obviously hot favourites.

“Because they’re full-time, everything’s sharper. They’re touch is better and you don’t get so much time on the ball that we get week in week out.”

He added: “Arbroath asked questions of them for half an hour and there are chinks in their armour. It’s just getting at them.

“How many times have I been involved in games where they score two quick goals and the game is gone, so we need to be aware of that.”

The artificial surface at Spain Park – where they train as well as play – is often Dee’s secret weapon, which showed as they blew away Lowland League side Selkirk in the second round.

Forbes hopes Ayr will be the latest team to struggle at his team’s home ground, where they have only lost three times in 17 months.

To help them reach the next round, Forbes and co-boss Sandy McNaughton left out several players in the 10-0 win over Superleague strugglers Banchory St Ternan last weekend.

Among them were striker Jamie Watt, creative midfielders Jack Henderson and Michael Phillipson and central midfielder Kane Winton,

Full-back Alan White should return from illness, and Mark Taylor will be in the squad after a double against Banchory, in what was his first appearance since an anterior cruciate ligament injury in May last year.

However, Luke Barbour looks set to miss out with an ankle ligament tear, while captain Josh Winton has failed to recover from a hamstring injury.

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