A Dean Windass stunner cost him and Bristol City a place in the Premier League – but Liam Fontaine wants to put it right with Dundee.
The centre-back hasn’t had much luck in play-off competitions. He started at Wembley age 21 in front of 80,000 as Bristol City lost 1-0 to Hull City in the 2008 Championship play-off final. A loss to Hamilton Accies with Hibs in the Premiership play-offs six years later also hurt Fontaine.
Bristol City defeat to Hull was particularly sore but Fontaine says it was a brilliant experience: “I was 21, that was 13 or 14 years ago now! These days and games don’t come about often. It’s what you play the sport for and if you don’t want to play these games then you’re in the wrong sport. You play to get into these pressure situations.
“It’s something that sticks with you throughout your career. We were the better team on the day but sometimes in football, it doesn’t go for you. We were the better team that day but Dean Windass scores a worldie and they go to the Premier League. You learn, you move on, and get on with your life.”
Dundee take on Raith Rovers in the first leg of the Premiership play-off semi-final tonight and Fontaine says he’s eager for a Premiership return: “We are capable of stepping up to Premiership level. As a team you have to have that belief if you do want achieve that.
“If you want to play in the Premiership, you have to believe you can, because if you don’t, what’s the point in getting to that level? Everyone here has it as a target. We want to put Dundee back in the Scottish Premiership.
“I remember playing here when I was at Hibs and the fans were always great. It’s something you want to achieve and when you finish football and look back, you want to have been part of something. This would be a great achievement.”
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