Dundee End Their Run Of Defeats In A Lacklustre Draw
It wasn’t pretty, there wasn’t much excitement and there were very few chances but Dundee managed to halt the run of five defeats and grab our first clean sheet of the season after a goalless draw with Kilmarnock at Dens.
First and foremost, it was a hugely frustrating game to watch. We passed it about well in the first half, generally controlling the play but we offered nothing up front. On the rare occasion that we did get the ball near their goal, we seemed to be devoid of ideas or the movement to open up a well organised Kilmarnock team who set up what seemed to be two lines of back four.
Our opponents looked deadlier going forward though. They set up to hit us on the break and nearly did so on a few occasions. Seeing them waltz forward, putting pressure on our defenders seemed a bit alien to the slow build up play that was our game plan.
It was a game that we should have been looking to win. We cannot take away the fine set of results that Killie have managed since Steve Clarke took over but this was the type of game where we should have had more urgency going forward and peppering the opponents goal with shots if any one of our players caught a sight of goal.
Earlier in the season we spoke about the amount of chances we were creating but on Saturday, it seemed that they had all but dried up. There had also been talk from the manager and players that it was now time to win ugly but we have yet to see that side of them.
Things have to change and fast. We are not exactly rooted at the bottom. A few wins and we could potentially be looking at 7th or 8th place. The thing is, we now need the team to show they want to win and more importantly, they can win!
We don’t have to wait long before our next home match as Rangers roll up to Dens this Friday night.
They aren’t exactly doing that well this term with the budget they have but their away form is the one shining light they do have at the moment, with no defeats in six on the road that consists of five victories.
They still don’t have a manager and were beaten by Hamilton 2-0 at the weekend so that will mean one of two things. They come out all guns blazing and continue their fine away form or their confidence will be shot and we grab the much-needed win for not only the team but manager to hopefully move off the bottom.
I can’t see this one ending in a draw. It’s either a home win or an away win for me. Obviously, my head tells me that it’s a no-brainer and we will win but then again, it tells me that every week.
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Celtic continued to win *yawn* and made it sixty-something games without a defeat with a 1-0 victory at Ross County while Hamilton secured their first win at Ibrox since 1926 with a 2-0 win over Rangers.
St Johnstone beat Hibernian at Easter Road 2-1. Hibs did equalise in the 91st minute but the Saints went right back up the pitch to secure the winner straight afterwards. Motherwell visited and left Aberdeen with the win thanks to a Louis Moult double which will give them a massive boost ahead of the League Cup Final against Celtic on Sunday.
Hearts celebrated finally opening up their new stand but could only muster a draw with Patrick Thistle.