Dundee Leave Inverness Without The Win … Again!
So near yet so far.
We headed up to the Highlands to try and secure our first ever win at Inverness Caley Thistle’s Tulloch Stadium but it was not to be as we brutally squandered a two goal lead.
Even though Caley find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Premiership, I would have snapped up a point if it was offered to us beforehand but it was the nature that we got the point that upset me.
We surged into a two goal lead on the stroke of halftime but criminally let Inverness back into the game by conceding two penalties (one was easily saved by Scott Bain) and missing a few sitters in tow. It was a frustrating second half which saw us propel up the league to sit in sixth place but then saw us finish the day back in tenth.
Just like I’ve repeated many a time this term, we missed yet another glorious chance to separate ourselves with a few teams at the bottom.
Worryingly was the two penalties that we gave away. More worryingly was the fact that defender Julen Etxabeguren conceded both of them. In total that was the fourth penalty that he has had awarded against him this season which is a pretty ridiculous record for any player to have. Paul McGowan was seen venting his feelings towards him which saw Dundee fans debating if it was right or wrong for him to do. I’ll be honest, I would have acted the same way as McGowan myself if I was in his shoes. On the other hand, I may have felt inclined if I was in Julen’s to give some of it back to McGowan after he squandered two fantastic chances to kill off this game.
This Saturday sees a massive game take place at Dens Park. In truth, every game is a massive one for us but this one has an extra edge because we have a game in hand over four teams in the same position as us and also take on a team who sit one point better off.
Kilmarnock are the visitors who come rolling into town. A draw will see us stay in tenth spot but move three points ahead of Hamilton in the play-off spot and six ahead of Inverness at the bottom. A win will put us two points clear in sixth place and see a nice divide with the bottom two teams.
Despite our away form being absolutely honking, we can take some confidence that our home league form has been nothing short of superb lately. I’m obviously not going to count the cup defeat against St Mirren because, well, I’ve done a good job forgetting that already.
Four wins and a draw is what we have accumulated at home since we suffered defeat to Partick at the end of October.
Saturday’s game will be a hard one and also an unpredictable one to call. Kilmarnock’s revolving front door has seen 297 loan players coming and going since pre-season. It’s a tough call to make on how I think we will fair against the Ayrshire team. Of course, I want the win desperately but I just don’t know what Saturday will throw up. Three points for the Dee would be braw but as Dundee fans, we all know it won’t be as easy as that.
MON THE DEE!