Dundee Boss Ross County To Move Ninth
A first away win of the season, our second clean sheet in three games and seven points accumulated out of nine. After suffering five defeats on the trot those words are music not only my ears but the rest of the Dundee support.
If you’ve followed this feature since it’s inception, you would know that a trip up to the Highlands to face Ross County (and when they were in the league, Inverness Caley Thistle) would normally be met with a type of defeatism from myself. Our record in that area has been well documented on here and with one win in around six years, it’s no wonder I felt the way I did when in my previews ad reviews against County.
Alas, this weekend would change all of that and Dundee quashed any of the defeatism that was still lurking around me with a well deserved 2-0 victory.
Having watched the full game back on DeeTV, we were well organised, took our chances and solid at the back and in the middle. I may get shot down for this but I even thought striker Sofien Moussa had a good game!
Jack Hendry continued to show why he is fast becoming one of the best centre backs in Scotland while Glen Kamara yet again produced a top performance to enforce my blue-tinted view that he is the signing of the season in Scotland. Josh Meekings also put in another solid shift beside Hendry at the back and for a player who has spent just under a year out on the side-lines, it’s great to see him slot in effortlessly.
Dundee took the lead when Mark O’Hara hammered home his third goal in two games early in the first half. We had a few chances, as did County, but we finished off the match with a few minutes to go when maverick Kamara played a beautiful ball to Fassial El Bakhtouia who chipped the oncoming goalkeeper to make it 2-0 and goodnight Ross County.
It was refreshing to see El Bak score and more so in the manner that he did. Most of his goals have been crackers from way outside the box but he has been culpable of missing the easier chances that have fallen to him. Looking back, I would have put money on him to try and round the keeper but to have the eye to hit it like he did and under pressure shows that his confidence must be on the up which is the case with the whole team.
I said last week that the hardest thing for us now was to back up the win against Rangers with another three points and we did so with ease. It’s a massive turnaround considering things seemed like they were at tipping point for some fans who were starting to call for change in the dugout. Two wins do not make us safe from slipping back into the bottom two nor does it take off all the pressure from the management team but it does show you that we can go out there and outplay teams and come away with the win.
We face a tough December with the amount of games we are about to embark on but a few wins could see us start looking and feeling that bit more comfortable.
As it stands, we are ninth and closer to sixth than we are to Partick at the bottom. We shouldn’t take that granted though as the teams around us keep picking up points in matches you would otherwise expect them to be defeated in.
We went on a wee run earlier this season after going five games without a win then followed that with another five straight defeats. We need to keep the consistency going but we all know that it will be hard with Aberdeen our next opponents.
With rumours that their manager might be bailing on them to rivals Rangers and with only one win in five, you could say that the otherwise solid Dandy Dons are in a bit if disarray.
That can’t be taken for granted and we must go into this match seeing Aberdeen as the team challenging for second and not the one that seems to be stuttering at the moment.
There won’t be a prediction from me here. We have an awful record against them and whenever we gain a bit of momentum, it normally grinds to a halt early on. One thing is for sure, the defeatism that I normally carry is long gone. It’s been replaced with a new-found hope that echoes from the way McCann has got us playing.
It may have taken a while to reap the rewards that it deserves but it’s started to benefit and long may it continue.
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Hibernian kept the pressure on Rangers and Aberdeen with a hard-fought win away to bottom of the table Partick. They had to rely on an own-goal just after half time to give them all three points. Partick now sit four points behind the team’s above them but they do have a game in hand.
Kilmarnock continued their good form away from home with a 2-1 victory over St Johnstone in Perth. They may be finding it hard to pick up points at home but on the road, they seem to be doing a good job.
St Johnstone did have to change their line up in the lead up to the game as four first team players missed the kick off due to an accident on the A9. The Saints however are on the slide. With only seven points picked up from a potential thirty, they find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being only three points off the play-off spot.
Hearts and Hamilton finished the game with a goal a piece as the Edinburgh side made it three draws in three in front of their new stand. They seem to be struggling at this minute and with Levein being sent to the stands along with his assistant who was involved with a scuffle with a Hamilton player (see clip above), things are not going that well for Hearts.
Celtic didn’t need the referees help this week as they comfortably beat Motherwell 5-1 while ten-man Rangers beat Aberdeen for the second time in a week, 2-1 at Pittodrie.