Back To Back Wins Confirm League Safety For The Dee
Dundee ensured that Premiership football would be played at Dens Park next season after two fine wins in the space of four days.
Any relegation or play-off fears were 99.99% eradicated on Saturday when a Kevin Holt goal gave Dundee a 1-0 victory over Hamilton at Dens Park. This was followed up with another one-goal victory against Ross County up in the Highlands with Simon Murray grabbing the winner, cementing our Premiership status with one game left to play.
The last few weeks have brought a sense of dread among some of the support as the realisation that we could possibly be involved in the play-offs started to dawn on them and myself. There were questions if this team had the fight in them to get out of this situation but the players responded in brilliant fashion.
As soon as the final whistle went on Saturday against Hamilton, I’m positive that every fan knew that we would be safe. In fact, most fans maybe started to believe a few minutes before then. With the game reaching the closing stages, Hamilton were awarded a penalty. The sense of dread rang round the stadium and it looked like we had thrown away a massive three points.
Thankfully, Elliot Parish in the Dundee goal guessed correctly to save Dougie Imrie’s penalty to an erupting Dens Park. It was a great feeling to not only get that wee bit of luck but also see one of Scottish football’s most hated players blow a golden opportunity to help his own teams cause to avoid relegation while hampering ours.
Then it was onto Dingwall where we took on a Ross County side with Dundee only needing a point while County needed a win to have any hope of getting out the bottom two. On the other hand, defeat for them followed by a victory for Partick Thistle who sat one place above them would see the Highland team relegated.
Dundee would make it two wins on the trot with on-loan striker Simon Murray heading home the decisive goal to all but ensure our safety.
It seems like a rare occurrence for Dundee fans. Our first back to back wins in the league in over five months and our first back to back clean sheets since the tail-end of 2016. It all seemed to be done with a bit of ease minus the penalty save in the dying minutes of the Hamilton game. We went into these ties wanting and expecting the win and we got them. This is not the Dundee way. We normally make things hard for ourselves but hey, we won’t complain in this upturn of fortunes.
Only a few weeks ago we were fearing for our Premiership status and come this Saturday, we could be looking at finishing this season closer to seventh in the league than the bottom two. If we beat Partick Thistle, we will be a massive twelve points ahead of them.
This now brings me onto our opponents for our final game of the 2017/18 season, Partick Thistle. They will finish in the bottom two this season but a defeat followed by a Ross County win at St Johnstone would see Thistle relegated. Due to their superior goal difference, a draw would be enough to stave off automatic relegation.
Nonetheless, we should be going all out to make it three wins in a row, something we haven’t done since 2014. To finish off with four wins from the last five matches would be magnificent after the struggle of this campaign. After question marks hanging over the managers head if he could handle the pressure and if certain players were up to the task, it is comforting to eventually see us finish this season relativity comfortable in the league despite it not being in the position we were hopeful of at the start of last summer.
MON THE DEE!