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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 February 2008, 22:31 GMT
Levein dedicates win to chairman
Craig Levein greets his players after the 4-1 win at Tynecastle
Levein was delighted with United's semi-final display
Manager Craig Levein dedicated Dundee United's CIS Cup semi-final triumph to ailing chairman Eddie Thompson.

"That was for him," Levein told BBC Sport after beating Aberdeen 4-1 at Tynecastle. "The chairman gives so much, despite being seriously ill.

"I'm so proud of the players. Aberdeen are a very good side and to win in the style we did is very pleasing.

"We've got a bit of resilience about us now and I wasn't worried when we went a goal behind."

Supermarket millionaire Thompson, who has terminal cancer, has ploughed more than 5m of his own money into the Tannadice outfit in recent years.

And he said: "It's a night to remember for me.

"The players were magnificent. There were some outstanding performances.

"I saw them on Saturday and they couldn't kick a ball but Craig got them going for this one.

"I've been supporting the club for 40 years and I've spent a fortune since I took over.

"But I don't care about my own finances I only want a return for the fans."

United striker Noel Hunt failed to add to his 14-goal tally for the season as the goals came from Darren Dods, Christian Kalvenes, Craig Conway and Morgaro Gomis.

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But the Irishman was delighted at full-time, also taking time out to thank Thompson's contribution.

And he thinks United can go one step further when they meet Rangers in the final at Hampden on 16 March.

"Anything can happen in a cup final and we've worked so hard to get here," he told BBC Sport.

"We showed a lot of character after going a goal down and it's just a brilliant feeling."



SEE ALSO
CIS Cup photo gallery
05 Feb 08 |  Scotland
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