Despite Defeat, Dundee Must Pull Together Before The Split
It was always going to be a tough ask for any side to take something when they play Celtic this season and try as we might, Dundee would fall under the same umbrella of most of Scottish football.
I can’t speak much about the game. I had to keep my season ticket in my back pocket and attend a christening while home improvements mean that I have yet to watch the whole ninety minutes back on DEETV. However, I did manage to find time to catch the highlights on Sportscene. Considering the bias that they show to the Glasgow team, I may as well not have bothered.
Despite a spirited rally near the end after a wondergoal from El Bakhtaoui, the end result was the same as our last two league ties. Defeat.
Luckily for the club, other teams around us didn’t narrow the gap too much. In fact, you could say that all the results this weekend went in our favour.
We have now reached crunch time in our quest for a top six finish. We are only four points behind Partick with our last games before the split consisting of Aberdeen (h), Ross County (a), Hearts (a) and Hamilton (h). I know we are currently having a bad March with three defeats in a row but each of these games are winnable in my opinion. Despite County and Hearts being away from home, we can easily head to these venues and pick up points while I would rather be playing Aberdeen and Hamilton at home than on their own turf.
Truthfully, it would have to see a massive upturn in fortunes for us to reach the top six. We may pick up a win or two before the split but I can see Thistle also picking up at least one win. We have fared better against the top teams this year than the previous but we have also seen this side struggle against teams around us, especially when it matters. Both losses against Thistle at home will especially stick out as sore ones for myself if we find ourselves stranded in the bottom half of the table.
Until it’s mathematical, I will continue to have faith that we can achieve what some may say is unachievable for the Dee.
Thankfully, we have a free weekend before taking on Aberdeen at Dens in our next tie. This couldn’t have happened at a much better time for us.
It’s now time to regroup, look at the path ahead of us and work as hard as possible in training to get something from these games. I may have blethered on above about our top six aspirations but on the other side of the fence, we have only a six point cushion over the bottom two teams.
I made no secret in my last article that the thought of being dragged down near the bottom of the table gives me the absolute fear. This may be down to the Jekyll and Hyde team that we have become accustomed to this term. If the team can show the side that beat Rangers and demolished Motherwell from here until the split, I’ll be more confident that there will be no bottom of the table scraps for us and this includes if we do unfortunately finish in the bottom six.
Until next week, MON THE DEE!