in #KillieStories March 12, 2018
Gary Dicker says Killie can enjoy the challenge of trying to reach a Scottish Cup semi-final when we take on Aberdeen in our quarter-final replay.
Kris Boyd's penalty forced a replay in Ayrshire following Graeme Shinnie's opener at Pittodrie earlier this month.
Irish midfielder Dicker believes Killie are under less scrutiny heading into the match.
"It is a massive game for us but the pressure is probably on them," he said."They are one of the best teams the last few years in the league, they were in two cup finals last year and finished second.
"They have been the only team right behind Celtic so we are not going to believe all the hype and think they are on a bit of a downer.
"They are expected to get there whereas for us it's a bonus. Our aim was to stay in the league, let's not butter it up any other way. Our objective was to stay in the league after the start we had. Anything after that is a bonus.
"I said a few weeks ago, people were talking about top six but we still had a chance of being dragged down because of the start we had. So it's a bonus game for us, a one-off.
"Nobody expected us to get this far, nobody even expected us to get something up there. When the draw came people probably thought our chance was gone.
"We are looking forward to it but they probably need to win to keep their season alive to be honest."
Dicker believes Killie have a stronger mentality now than earlier in the season and the 31-year-old believes the coaching staff have to take credit for instilling confidence in the side.
"I think everyone has been waiting for us to trip up to jump all over us again but we have kept it going, even when we have been down and out in games we have come back, and that probably hasn't happened over the last few years," he added."We are always in the game and that is a massive thing. Even up there, we went 1-0 down quite early on but you always get that feeling you can get back in the game.
"That's credit to the lads, the manager, and Alex (Dyer), the assistant. But it's every day that's like that, it's training we are getting that from."