Dundee Finally Get A Win
After ten matches without a win, six straight defeats and numerous performances that would have made a Sunday league team blush, Dundee eventually managed to grab only their second win of the season against Hamilton.
Make no doubt about it, confidence wasn’t high within the ranks of the Dark Blue supporters in the lead up to this match. The statistics for this fixture would not have helped either.
While our recent form has been well documented, Hamilton’s had somewhat flown under the radar. The Accies were looking for their fifth straight game without defeat and also their fifth straight game at home without a loss. Add in to the mix that our form at Hamilton’s ground has only seen a return of two wins in fifteen matches, it was all looking quite bleak.
Fast forward ninety minutes to 16.45 on Saturday and all that frustration, fear and more importantly the dark cloud hanging over us had evaporated thanks to a Paul McGowan winning goal. This victory brought us to within one point off second bottom and one win from potentially moving out of the bottom two.
In what was a stark contrast from Wednesday’s performance in the 2-0 defeat to Partick, where the team seemed to fall apart, there was a togetherness from every single player from start to finish. When it was time to stand up and be counted, our team certainly did that. There had been ‘clear the air’ talks with management and players and it certainly looked like it had an effect.
At the end of this match, everyone who was on the bench made their way onto the field to join the team. They applauded the travelling support and showed unity within the ranks by producing a huddle near the away end which was reminiscent of season 2010/11 after we went into administration and fought tooth and nail to save our club. Though the circumstances are certainly different, the same rule applies. We all must band together to grind out the wins to move up the table.
What we have to be careful of is getting carried away with this win. Yes, we can all enjoy it as it’s been long overdue and it’s been a torrid time for the fans, manager, staff and players but the hard part is up next. What we need to do is follow up this result with another positive one this Saturday at Dens Park.
Motherwell are the visitors to Dens and despite them sitting one space above us, they will be buzzing after a destructive 4-1 win against Ross County.
We have yet to win in six home league matches this season so there is no time like the present to grab our first and hopefully continue our ascendance from the bottom of the table. It is easier said than done but right now after Saturday, all the faith that diminished after Wednesday’s sub par score line has been restored.
Dundee Football Club, you sure as hell can frustrate me but I’ll appreciate it if from now on you can keep that to a minimum!
MON THE DEE!