Cup Final Post Match InterviewsAuthor: Stuart Meldrum Date: Tuesday, 29th May 2007
Highlights from interviews given by Scott Wilson, Jamie McCunnie, Darren Young, Dorus De Vries and Stephen Kenny after the Scottish Cup Final.
Scott is disappointed that the lads couldn`t carry their first half performance into the second, although proud at the run they had to get to the final he feels it has been for nothing if you don`t win. He explains that he only remembers finals that are won and he doesn`t look back on the previous finals with any great fondness solely because of the defeat. Scott feels that Dunfermline are far too good a team to be in the first division on the showing of the last month or two but the first half of the season done the damage early. On hearing that the Celtic fans applauded Dunfermline at full time, Scott is dismissive and doesn`t take anything from that.
Jamie thought that his side gave it their all but is realistic that Celtic opened them up a few times and maybe should have scored earlier. He also gives credit to his own team as they also created a few chances to score against the champions and it could have gone either way. Jamie is glad that his manager decided to go for it rather than shutting up shop and it nearly payed off, showing how far the club has come under Kenny`s guidance. He is in negotiations with the club over a new contract and has expressed a desire to stay at the club as he has enjoyed his time so far and feels Kenny is the right man to steer the team back to SPL football.
Darren thought that one goal would win the game and he is gutted that it wasn`t a Dunfermline goal. He believes his side had a good first half but didn`t take their chances in front of goal while Celtic didn`t take theirs but managed to squeeze a goal in late on. He is adamant that the sort of performances the team have put in of late show that if they can keep it up they can bounce straight back into the SPL next season. He is happy to receive the man of the match award but would much rather have had a winners medal to celebrate with his team mates.
Dorus De Vries
It is hard to hear Dorus but he starts by explaining his view of the scrappy goal which lost his side the cup. He doesn`t give much away as to where his future lies but he tells us how good a time he has had at Dunfermline and excitement of battling relegation, but could possibly be looking for a move unless something is sorted out.
Stephen reminds us that the club hasn`t won a trophy in over 40 years but he is still very proud of how his side competed in the final. He cant pick one player who under performed or froze on the big stage, he believes his side passed well and retained the ball in the first half. The second half was a little different as the team began to give the ball away cheaply on occasion but he insists he went out to win the game not just to take part. Stephen explains that, although it is no excuse, some of his players who haven`t played for a while started to lose their legs a little towards the end and that coincided with the goal, which was a bad one to lose. The side had chances to score but not really enough to constantly trouble the Celtic, but as Stephen points out, thats football.