Dundee boss full of praise for returning striker John Baird

Dundee's Ryan Conroy (right) celebrates his goal with team-mate John Baird
Dundee's Ryan Conroy (right) celebrates his goal with team-mate John Baird.SNS Group

Dundee manager Barry Smith singled out striker John Baird for praise as the Dark Blues beat Livingston 2-0 in the Scottish Cup fourth round.

Ryan Conroy converted from the penalty spot after Baird was brought down.

Steven Milne had put the SPL side ahead after only nine minutes as the Dens Park side warmed up for next weekend’s Dundee derby.

Baird is yet to score in 17 appearances for the club since his summer move from Raith Rovers but was given a chance in place of the suspended Colin Nish.

Smith said: "It was a good professional performance by us. Stevie Milne was very sharp and John Baird came in for his first start for a long time.

"It was great for him to put in a performance like that because he's waited for his time, and he did well and got the penalty.

"Although Livingston had a lot of possession, they didn't create too many chances; but credit's due to them for the way they kept the ball, as they kept it very well for spells in the game.

"It was good to get the victory; performances in the league have been decent so hopefully that's the start of another wee run."

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