Seven Days, Three Games, Three defeats
Where do I begin? Three defeats in a week and Dundee are rock bottom of the Premiership League table.
I already spoke last week about our first defeat of these three matches away to Partick and how it should have been a victory and three points for the Dee but our next two matches, both at home, were vastly different.
Motherwell were first up, fresh from reaching the League Cup Final, and took an early lead which would be enough to beat us at Dens.
We were never at the races for this game. Throw in a refereeing performance which can be best described as horrific and we never stood a chance. For all of the negativity surrounding the floundering Sofien Moussa, his perfectly placed header which would have seen us draw level, was wrongly chalked off by the bumbling officials. Nonetheless, we offered no other threat upfront and the fans left the stadium to drown their sorrows as the floodlights were dimmed on a cold Wednesday night.
Confidence was high for Saturday’s match though. Hamilton had gone eight games without a win with six of those matches resulting in six straight defeats. With turmoil in the boardroom after they had recently been swindled out of nearly £1million by a fraudster, it would seem that Saturday was as good as any time to face the Accies.
It would end in a defeat for Dundee and quite a defeat it was too.
A 3-1 victory for our visitors sent us hurtling to the bottom of the league but it was a lacklustre display on the field that hurt the most. Some of McCann’s selections have left a few of us scratching our heads, none more so that the inclusion of Randy Wolters who hadn’t had a sniff of first team football for a while.
For all the passing from the back and possession we had in the first half, I only need the one finger to tell you exactly how many chances we had and that came from young Lewis Spence in midfield.
Then came the sucker punch. A punt from Hamilton into the box went right through the six-yard box and was nodded in at the back post. After watching back the highlights, the defending was horrific as was Bain’s decision to stay on his line and lose yet another goal from close proximity. I’ve seen people debate if he was at fault or not for the first goal but I firmly believe he could have got this.
I rarely criticise Bain in our goal but after biting my tongue for so long because he often pulls off some wonder saves, seeing the ball sweep past his six-yard box while he was rooted to his line was as much infuriating as seeing the Accies defender ease past Wolters to nod home.
More bad defending lead to another goal but we were given hope when we were awarded a penalty which Leitch-Smith swept home and then Hamilton found their selves down to ten men. We pushed forward, trying to find anyone in the box but most of our attacks saw the ball over hit or missing the intended target.
Then came an even bigger blow. The ten men scored a third. All I will say about their goal is that I’ve seen better defending in my nephews Sunday Under 12’s league. Even thinking about it now, it angers me.
It was a fourteenth consecutive match without a clean sheet. Fourteen bloody games. Amateurish.
We need to start picking up points and fast. I like the way McCann wants to set the team out but it isn’t working right now and without an end product up front, I’d rather we started to dig deep, get in the opponents faces and grind out the wins. It’s all good playing the way he wants us too if we are comfortable in mid-table but we are bottom. We need to pick up points by any means necessary. Oh, and playing a settled team with four at the back. It’s like a lottery each time we are awaiting the team line-ups.
Of course, it’s going to be a huge ask for the team to prevent making it five games without a win on Saturday. We head to Edinburgh to face an inform Hibernian team. I’ve have blindly gone for a 2-1 win for Dundee but it will take a blood and guts performance. We can only keep our fingers crossed that we can turn this around and quickly.
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It was a full card this Saturday in the Premiership and the early kick off saw Rangers win 3-1 away at Hearts despite the Edinburgh club taking the lead.
Partick continued their good form by beating an out of form team St Johnstone 1-0 at home. Aberdeen defeated Ross County at home 2-0 to keep the pressure on Celtic at the top with the Glasgow team only managing a draw with Kilmarnock at home.
Hibernian continued to climb up the table with a one goal victory away to Motherwell.
MON THE DEE!