Dundee Sink The Saints For Their First Win
Played eight, won zero, drew two and defeated six times.
That was our record at home in the Premiership since our last victory against Rangers way back in February when Paul Hartley was manager for the Dee.
It was with great delight that we managed to banish this horrific run to the history books after a 3-2 win over St Johnstone at Dens Park on Saturday.
It was a deserved win for the Dark Blues but by god, we didn’t half make it hard for ourselves when it seemed we had the game sewn up.
On-loan striker A-Jay Leitch-Smith grabbed his first goals for the club either side of half time on his home debut and it seemed that it was game over. The Dee had been the better team and at this point, looked like they would coast the last twenty-five minutes.
Three penalties in an eight-minute spell changed this game from a comfortable three points for the Dee to one of the most nervous last ten-minutes I’ve sat through in a very long time.
Two of the penalites were conceded by us and they were needless ones in my book, as was the red card our captain was shown to give away the second one. Our penalty was put away by Sofien Moussa which turned out to be the winning goal.
Luckily, we managed to see this game out, something my finger nails failed to do.
With other results acting in our favour, these three points saw the club move off the bottom of the table and into ninth place. It’ still early days to be looking at the table and thinking we are doing well because it’s still tight all over but right now, ninth place looks absolutely magical.
A trip to Ayrshire next week is on the cards as we take on Kilmarnock who haven’t won in the league at all this season. It is a great opportunity to secure back to back wins after such a hellish start and see a nice five point cushion between us and them at the bottom.
In the meantime, we welcome Celtic to Dens on Wednesday evening in the League Cup Quarter Final. Let’s be honest, Celtic will be looking to make it fifty-six games without defeat domestically and will be undoubtedly the favourites. We haven’t beaten them since 1988 at Dens. Everything is stacked against us winning this.
This is the cup though. A one off. If we lose, we concentrate on the league. If we win, we proceed into a rare semi-final appearance.
With an Old Firm match this weekend for Celtic, you have to be hoping that they will be resting a few top players and their minds are elsewhere. Then again, it’s the hope that kills you!
SPFL PREMIERSHIP ROUND UP
In the Friday night game, Partick were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Rangers. Thistle were 2-1 up but then had a man sent off. Despite late pressure from the away team, both clubs took a point each and Thistle remain winless.
Celtic put four past Ross County without reply. County have now gone five matches without a win, only picking up one point since their opening day victory over yours truly.
Hibernian blew a two-goal lead and let Motherwell stage a comeback to claim a point that kept the Steelmen fifth in the league.
Hearts were made to sweat it away to Hamilton but their large away support witnessed the team finish as the victors while Aberdeen struggled at home to Kilmarnock with both teams settling for a point.
The top of the table looks the way it has for the past few years now. Celtic sitting top with Aberdeen second. While at the other end of the table, Partick and Kilmarnock occupy the bottom two as they both continue the search for three points this season.
MON THE DEE!