Dundee Look To Bounce Back Against The Saints
After the brilliant performances that came with our previous wins over Rangers and Motherwell, Dundee dished up an under par display as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at home to Partick last Wednesday.
Dundee also saw their impressive home record of five wins and two draws from the previous seven games come to an underwhelming end. Coincidently, our last defeat at Dens before this run was against none other than our conquerors on Saturday, Partick.
We were always going to be beaten at Dens before the end of the season with no-one under the illusion this run would go on forever (well, I hope not!), but it was the manner at how it happened that was the most frustrating. Add into the mix a poor refereeing display only compounds matters.
With the Scottish Cup being played at the weekend, Dundee found themselves in the very familiar position of having a free week. Personally, I think it came at just the right time for us. The team put in a hell of a lot into the Rangers and Motherwell games and maybe they were tiring a bit against Thistle last week.
Players such as O’Hara and Ojamma are maybe not at the point of their fitness yet that they can take part in three games in just over two weeks and with both picking up knocks, a week off will be like a blessing in disguise.
We do head back into league action this Saturday, making the short trip to Perth to take on St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
The Saintees have stuttered the past month and seen a comfortable gap between their position in fifth to sixth wither to just five points. This shouldn’t worry them in the slightest as I still see them finishing in the top half.
I would like to see them sweat a bit though, starting on Saturday with a Dundee win. I said in my last article that the Partick game would be much harder than our previous two and this was unfortunately proved correct. Also unfortunately, I see this clash being even harder than against the latter.
Matches between these two teams have seen a fairly even outcome since our promotion in 2014. We surprisingly demolished them at home this season on New Years Eve so my fingers and toes will be crossed that we can duplicate that.
We are at the crucial stage of the season where we have some very tough games ahead of us before the split. With the teams at the bottom still surprising each another and picking up points that no one expected them too, everyone is still in the mix. Normally there is one team adrift at the bottom with another two, maybe three, clubs battling to get away from the play off place. Right now, there are six teams including ourselves who can easily slip down the league after a few bad results.
We may be sitting closer to fifth than bottom but I tell you this, it still hasn’t stopped me looking over my shoulder after every result. I’m not quite shitting it but with each County win against Hearts or Hamilton win against Aberdeen, I feel the urge to head down to Primark to invest in some new boxers just in case!
Hopefully after Saturday, I can save myself a few quid and we can comfortably look ahead instead of what’s behind us.
MON THE DEE!