DUNDEE TIGERS’ forward Paul Guilcher believes their Autumn Cup second leg semi final clash with city rivals, Dundee Comets will have an extra edge.
Both teams played out a cagey goalless draw in the first leg four weeks ago, but it’s winners takes all with a final place at stake.
While Guilcher admits it perhaps wasn’t the best game to watch, he acknowledges his team have to take their chances now.
He said: “For the fans, it probably wasn’t the best of game to watch, as it was scrappy due to both teams cancelling each other out for large parts of the game.
“I did hear a lot of people commenting after the game saying that it was one to forget, but it’s a two legged cup tie, and the tie can’t be won in the first leg.
“This time round though, there has to be a winner, so we need to take chances going forward.
“But playing the Comets is always special, but with a cup final slot up for grabs, this definitely has an extra edge to it.
“I think you can say, for some players and even coaches, you could argue, this game is more important than the final itself.”
Tigers come into the last four clash on the back of a narrow come-from-behind 6-5 win over Solway Sharks to keep alive their Scottish Cup campaign.
After losing back to back league matches to Aberdeen Lynx, the Tayside men got themselves on track with the win over the Dumfries side.
Guilcher believes that was important going into Saturday’s rematch with the Comets and insists he doesn’t let derby fever affect him too much.
He added: “The win over Solway broke that run of games we had without a win and it wasn’t just the victory that was important.
“The manner we did it in was equally vital and to be trailing 4-1 with five minutes of the second period remaining, we turned it with four unanswered goals.
“By the end of the period, we were 5-4 up and knew as a team in the dressing room the shift in momentum had changed and that we weren’t going to lose that game.
“As for me, as we look ahead, I try to treat every game the same. I’ve seen players past and present, getting too caught up in the emotions of the derby.
“However, it would be good for the team if we made it through to the final, as it would mean we’d be one of the last two teams left in the competition.
“That would give us a chance to grab the first piece of silverware of the season, but we need to get there first.”