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Does Your Team Need A Win? Then Head To Dens Park

Shambolic, horrendous, chaotic, disorganised and in disarray. They are but a few choice words that I can think of to describe the abysmal display that saw us well beaten by St Johnstone at Dens Park.

I have seen plenty of pathetic performances in my time by Dundee but this one will be fresh in my mind for a very long time. I can’t give pass marks to anyone, each player was just as bad as the other and a few you would have forgotten they were even on the park as they went into hiding when the going got tough.

We lacked any imagination, width, threat or fight. We let their players run all over the park while when we got the ball and tried to put two passes together, they were on our backs getting stuck in. It was utterly infuriating to see our players looking confused at what job they were supposed to be doing along with what formation they were supposed to keeping shape of.

The fact our whole team seemingly can’t cope due to the absence of centre midfield pairing Paul McGowan and Glen Kamara is scary. No, it’s not just scary, it’s frightening!

Then we have the incident involving manager Neil McCann and St Johnstone substitute goalkeeper at the end of the game. McCann has described it as handbags and in my opinion, it was just that.

He should know better though and as he did raise his hand, he should probably be given a talking to from our owners about his reaction at the end of the defeat. Getting a petted lip from the opposition bench should be the last of his worries. I don’t agree with the St Johnstone goalkeeper grabbing and pulling him and he was equally at fault for the aftermath.

That’s five home league games we have been defeated in a row. In those matches, we have only scored once and conceded twelve. In our last ten matches, we have only picked up ten points from a possible thirty. In the midst of this involves giving away a 2-1 lead over then-man Kilmarnock to lose 3-2 and a 4-1 defeat to bottom of the table Ross County who managed their first win in twelve matches. Throw in this defeat and it’s grim reading.

We are a soft touch and McCann’s vision of playing the proper way is relegating this club. I’m not saying that it isn’t the right way but as of this moment, we need to grind out results by being absolute bastards on the field. Kilmarnock are doing it as are Motherwell. They don’t play pretty football but they get stuck in, they don’t get pushed around and it’s working for them.

McCann’s coat is on a shoogly peg. This isn’t me saying he should be sacked, this is fact. These results have been shocking and it wouldn’t matter if you were Alex Ferguson or Pep Guardiola, anyone would be fearing being handed their P45 after these results and the clubs league standing.

Our next five games before the split are absolute humdingers.

We play Aberdeen (away) followed by Hearts (home), Celtic (away) and Rangers (away). I’m at a loss at where the points will come from. Normally I would say that Hearts at home would be worth a point at least but as I’ve said above, our home form right now is driving me to drink so I can’t even be optimistic about that game.

Our last win at Pittodrie came in 2004, our last win at Parkhead and Ibrox both in 2001. It’s very hard to see us going to these venues and coming away with anything.

There is always the chance we can pull off an upset in one of these games but the odds are stacked against us.

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Motherwell failed to do us a favour as they tasted defeat in the Lancashire Derby, going down 2-0 to Hamilton. Kilmarnock nearly threw away a 3-0 lead but eventually ran out 3-2 winners against Ross County.

Partick got a much-needed point on board after a goalless draw against Aberdeen which now moves them just three points behind us.

 

 

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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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