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Spurned Chances Cost Dundee A Result

It’s now three defeats from the opening three games for Dundee after the team left Aberdeen without any points on Saturday.

Last week I said that the only statistic that matters is the scoreline at the end of the game but after watching the game back on television, the players and fans must feel that the results will start to happen soon.

We squandered golden chances that would have seen us win this match but again, a combination of hesitation and poor finishing much like the week before at Hamilton, saw the outcome end in a Dundee defeat.

It maybe didn’t help that at the time of Aberdeen’s winning goal we were down to nine men with two players receiving treatment at the time. Just our luck!

The main thing is, we are creating opportunities. I’ve seen many a Dundee team that have been beaten but offered next to no service for the strikers but this team are creating them in abundance.

I’m not saying that we are going to give a team a right seeing to very soon, I just feel that when it all clicks, we will see results come our way and we will move up the table.

One thing that is a worry are the injuries picked up at the weekend by Marcus Haber and Faissal El Bakhtaoui, our only fit strikers.

We face a huge match on Sunday in front of the Cameras against Hibernian and we need them to be fit and ready to lead the line. Despite the three defeats, a win can propel us up the league, show we have the cutting edge up front and more importantly, raise the confidence. I’m not trying to say that the players are low in it just now, it’s just that a win here would give them that wee boost that we need.



Elsewhere, we have seen Dundee announce a new signing in Josh Meekings this week.

He will no doubt be unknown to the readers down South but up here in Scotland, capturing his signature is something that a lot of top clubs would have like to have done if he wasn’t still recovering from injury.

He has been using our facilities all summer as he made his comeback from a knee injury that he suffered back in March that ended his season. Once he is fully fit, he will be a great asset to the team and will hopefully plug up the leaky defence we have.

Now on to the last bit of news but what could also be the most important, the announcement from the club that they have started the process of planning for a new stadium with a planning application due for December this year.

Like many a Dundee fan, we have had our fingers burnt in the past when it comes to upgrading our stadium. We have seen plans drawn up of massive two-tier stands to replace the old and rather derelict South Enclosure back in the nineties and just before the millennium, we saw the club run out of funds to upgrade the same part of the stadium while the stands behind the goals were built.

It’s still at a very early stage but it does look promising. The stadium will basically be a venue for a host of other events such as conferences and serving as a music venue.

Our owners want a multi-purpose ground, one that will generate money seven days a week and if it benefits the club, it will only help us in the long run. They have been working closely with the council for the past year so you can only hope that this means they are on board with the whole project with no objections.

Now for my round up of the Premiership this past weekend and I kick off with Celtic who won 2-0 at Kilmarnock so no surprises there at all. St Johnstone gained revenge on Partick for dumping them out of the League Cup in a win by a single goal at home.

Motherwell beat Ross County to pick up their first points of the season and Rangers and Hearts played out a stalemate at Ibrox which has seen some pressure put on the Rangers manager.

In what was a coupon buster for many fans, unfancied Hamilton put three past Hibernian with the only joy for the Edinburgh team coming in the last minute in the form of a consolation. It’s not often I’ll touch on other teams performances or goals but if you get a chance, watch the Accies third goal. It was a joy to watch.




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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Daniel has been a Dundee fan for thirty-something years. He Was invited to write for TEB following the Julian Speroni Testimonial. Uses the excuse for drinking on following The Dee.

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