Dundee Show Fighting Spirit With Draws Against Hearts And Celtic
After suffering three defeats in a row that included a mauling at home to St Johnstone, Dundee have bounced back by collecting two points from two games where it seemed we would be unlikely to do so.
Up first was Hearts at Dens on Easter Sunday. This match was moved due to it being chosen to be shown live on Sky Sports with a midday kick off. With adult tickets priced at £26, the attendance suffered but that’s an entirely different rant for another occasion.
We lost an early goal and it seemed we would be in for a long afternoon but for once, the team knuckled down, grabbed an equaliser and were unlucky not to come away with three deserving points.
It was a good match to watch with end to end action and despite my feelings that we should have won, it was fantastic to put an end to our horrendous home form that has produced five straight defeats.
The manner in which we played gave the fans hope. Gone was the slow build up of passing around the back and that was replaced with forward passes and direct play. We looked far more comfortable playing this way.
Chances have been few and far between for us lately but we did well to create a few. My only moan would be that most of them were half chances and we couldn’t create many clear-cut opportunities in front of goal.
If we weren’t happy enough with a point against Hearts, the fans would be over the moon with our next result.
A trip to Glasgow to take on Celtic is always a daunting task. They haven’t tasted defeat in the league on their home turf since 2015 and teams generally fold when they visit Parkhead, sometimes with the help of the match officials. This time though, we stood up to the Scottish Champions, produced a clean sheet and put another unexpected point onto our current tally.
This result has rejuvenated the support. Again, out the window went McCanns passing around the back. We did weather the storm for a huge part of the game. We also hit them on the break and gave it a go, hitting the post just before half time and seeing a cross from Mark O’Hara go untouched through the penalty box which with only minutes to go, would have gave us three points.
We now have a five point gap over the bottom two sides, Ross County and Partick Thistle but with six games still left to play, there is still a long way to go and we are not in the clear just yet.
We head back to Glasgow on Saturday, this time to do battle with Rangers. Our confidence will be riding higher than it was on Wednesday night but it will still take a huge performance for us to get a draw or the win.
My fingers will be crossed that Thistle and County both fail to pick up anything in their matches and we add more points onboard. That would top off a very good week!
In other news, we received a bid for England international defender Steven Caulker this week from Rosenborg for around £1.8million. That is pennies compared to some of the fees that get banded around the English Premier League but for us, that’s a massive sum of cash. In fact, it would be the highest we have ever received. Thankfully, we are in no position to be forced to sell Caulker who has only played seven times for us.
The club and player have stated that the move is a no-go which is music to my ears, especially since we are in the midst of a relegation battle. The sale of Jack Hendry for £1.5million in January no doubt puts us in better position to keep hold of Caulker for the time being.
MON THE DEE!