It has been near enough a whole month since I last graced TEB with my musings on Dundee’s current predicament so I guess it is only fair that I enlighten you all how we have fared since.
In a nutshell, not very well, but we have seen some signs of improvements.
Last time around, Dundee had sacked Neil McCann and appointed Jim McIntyre as our new manager. We had also just been hammered 4-0 away to Livingston and following that dreadful result, it was followed up with heavy defeats at home to Hearts and Celtic which saw us ship eight goals without reply.
The Dee then took on Motherwell and were beaten by a single goal and despite failing to cause much havoc up front, the performance was better than what had been served up recently.
Then came our match with fellow strugglers St Mirren. It really was a must win match for us and we could only manage a 1-1 draw. The plus points I managed to take away was that we were finally able to score a goal and McIntyre was able to pick up his first point as Dundee manager. The team performance wasn’t too shabby either but we lost our way when both our strikers were substituted and their replacements failed to make any impact.
We may still be bottom but after seeing what St Mirren have to offer, I can say confidently, well at least 80%, that we will be above them come the end of the season. Saying that, four of their five points have come against us so my confidence could be a bit misleading.
Due to the international break, we have had a few weeks to re-group and surprisingly, see Scotland win a few matches. It’s refreshing to see the national team top their group and qualify for the play-offs of the UEFA Nations League.
So we head back into domestic duty with a trip to our capital to take on Hibs.
Hibs are currently on a four-game losing streak and we have yet to win at their ground since 2001. With eight matches between now and the end of the year, Dundee really need to start picking up points and fast as the gap between ourselves and Hamilton in tenth is starting to widen. We know that Hibs are a very dangerous team despite their current form. They like to use the wings and even though we have tightened up at the back recently, we are still vulnerable in these areas.
If we can come away with a point here, it will be a very good result for us. With Hamilton and Motherwell both having tough home games against Celtic and Hearts, any points we can get to shorten the gap will be very much welcomed. Let’s hope the team can produce them and give us some hope that we can turn this around.
MON THE DEE!