Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer is hopeful of exacting revenge on Aberdeen following the club’s 4-3 defeat to them in the Scottish Cup last month.

The Dons edged past Killie to book their place against St Mirren in the quarter-final, which they won 2-0 to set up a last-four clash with Celtic.

Kilmarnock looked as though they’d won the thrilling replay as they led 3-2 with two minutes to go, but Aberdeen struck two late goals – a Sam Cosgrove penalty and a Connor Johnson own goal – to seal progression.

Kilmarnock were narrowly beaten 4-3 by Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup last month

Kilmarnock were narrowly beaten 4-3 by Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup last month (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was a tough one to take for Killie, who then lost their next game against Celtic in the league, but Dyer is looking forward to the chance for redemption.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s match, he said (club’s official YouTube): “We want to put it right, from the cup game, and get three points.

 

“We know it’s going to be a tough game they’re a good, hard-working side, but we’re ready for the game.

“I thought we played well on the night [of the Scottish Cup clash]. I couldn’t say too much to the lads because, obviously at the time they were distraught and hurting but, it’s a fast time for them to put it right – it’s only been two weeks. They have the opportunity to make amends.”

Rugby Park curse

Kilmarnock will have to get over the curse that is Rugby Park if they are to beat Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Aberdeen are unbeaten in 16 visits to Rugby Park (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Aberdeen haven’t lost any of their last 16 matches there, and will be feeling very confident of getting another result.

The visitors will be particularly buoyed by the result two weeks ago, and a big performance is needed from Killie if they are to end their rotten home record against the Dons.

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