Dundee Grab First Win Of The Season
Well praise the lord, Dundee have finally ended their losing streak and picked up their first points, win and clean sheet of this seasons league campaign.
Last week was the most vocal I have ever been towards a manager of Dundee and despite saying that a win over Hamilton would paper over the cracks of our problems, Neil McCann deserves a reprieve for this week of any criticism.
I’ve said it, actually, every Dundee fan has said it but there is nothing in this world we want more than McCann to succeed in being a successful manager with us. He is far from being so and is still closer to the door than being a success but for this week, we can all bask in the glory of a much needed win and appreciate how much it meant to the fans, players and especially the gaffer.
You wouldn’t believe me if you have read my previous article but I went into this match with the confidence we would win this encounter. In fact, I predicted a 1-0 win and along with our first clean sheet of the season. Luckily enough, I’m not betting man or I would have been the only Dundee supporter who was angry when we wrapped up this match in the 93rd minute!
The last few times we have been crying out for a win, fate would bring us up against Hamilton Accies and on the previous two occasions, we have come out on top.
It was a fantastic victory. We took the lead just before half time when on-loan defender Andy Boyle headed home and even though Accies struck the bar twice and applied the pressure, midfielder Kharl Madianga smashed home our second in injury time to lay claim to the much needed three points.
A defeat would have seen Hamilton go nine points ahead of us but instead they sit only three and we have reduced the gap to Motherwell and St Mirren to just the one in 10th and 11th in the league. Though we still sit bottom of the table, it weirdly looks a lot better than the past few weeks.
It’s been great to put up posts on Facebook, Twitter and write a positive article for TEB and not have to read through and deal with the aftermath of another defeat and the outrage it brings. No doubt people will include myself in that category considering what I’ve had to say the past few months!
To read comments praising the team on a hard-fought win and willing them on to reproduce the same type of fight from now on has been blissful. With so much frustration building up inside of all of us, to have that evaporate and be replaced with joy has been, well, a joy!
We aren’t kidding ourselves though. One win doesn’t mean we have finally turned a corner. Only continuously collecting points and winning matches in the coming weeks will show that we have finally got our season on track.
For the Palace fans reading this for an update on defender Ryan Inness, the big man had the chance to open his scoring account with us but when the ball fell at his feet about eight-yards out, his shot was straight at the opposition keeper. I’ve been impressed with him so far in the matches he has played and a continuous run in this team – which I’m sure he will get – will only see him go from strength to strength.
The big question now will be if we can take this win and add to it next week. A visit from in form Kilmarnock at Dens Park is our next test and it will prove to be a difficult one.
Nobody can deny the change that Steve Clarke has made to the Ayrshire side. He took a struggling top-flight team and has turned them into an outfit that can take points from the bigger teams in the league. You could also say that based on this and last season, they are a top-six club. I’m not saying they are world beaters but they certainly aren’t the Kilmarnock of old.
Not only have their fortunes turned around in quite a spectacular manner, they also have ex Dee Greg Stewart in their side and he looks to have rediscovered the form that he produced with us after a lacklustre stint on loan with Aberdeen last term.
If we can get a point from this tie, it will be another huge result for Dundee. Unfortunately, I’m attending hospitality that day and my record for attending matches while suited and booted are zero wins and six defeats.
Surely my own losing streak must come to an end soon?
MON THE DEE!