After having to endure our fair share of last-minute heartbreak in our previous two matches, Dundee finally managed to make their chances count by firing their way to victory away to Livingston.
Over 900 Dundee fans travelled down to West Lothian in anticipation of seeing Jim McIntyre’s new look Dundee team grab the win that would take them out of the bottom two since the first round of games this season and they were not be disappointed.
It was not all plain sailing though. Despite Livingston being rightly reduced to ten-men after around fifteen minutes, they took the lead just a few movements later. It seemed the most Dundee thing we could do but thankfully, the players never let this setback get to them. Even though Livingston still had some very good chances of their own to win the game, it was Dundee that produced the goods to seal the win.
Andrew Nelson scored yet again to show all of us just how good a signing he has been for the Dee since his switch from Sunderland, when he flicked a Scott Wright cross with his head which dipped over the opposition goalkeeper.
Then, with around seven minutes left to play, on-loan Aberdeen striker Wright stood over the ball 25-yards from goal and smacked home the free-kick into the top corner to ensure scenes in the away end and all three-points making their way back up to Dundee.
With results elsewhere, it meant Dundee would be sitting in the lofty heights on 10th in the table on Saturday night. It’s hard to believe that we have never won on Livingston’s ground in the top flight but this match was just as good a time to start.
It’s now coming to the ‘nitty gritty’ part of the season, we know that every point is a prisoner and it’s vital as ever to make them count. We are now showing that we can do this. Compared to our squad in the first part of this season, we now have characters on the field that are showing the fight and hunger to save this club from relegation. I’m sure that this is why we saw a near thousand strong Dundee support travel to cheer them on Saturday.
It’s not just a one-way street of the fans feeding off the determination from the players, but the players will also be seeing the encouragement coming from the stands. This has been evident in the our last few home matches when the players who were running on empty, were shown appreciation from the fans for their performance.
Next up is a very tough match under the lights at Dens Park on Friday against Hibs.
Hibs are coming off a 2-0 victory over Hamilton in Paul Heckingbottom’s first match in charge. Their form since the middle of December has been quite horrific after such a good start to their season with only nine points picked up from a possible twenty-seven.
Despite their poor form and an upturn in ours, they will be coming to Dens Park as the favourites. They certainly have the talent in their team to pick up wins against most teams so we will have to go into this match not getting too far ahead of ourselves after our own victory at the weekend.
McIntyre wants to take it one match at a time and I’m sure all our support will be the same. Our home form is the worst in this league so we have to start picking up points on our own turf and if we can produce the same level of performances as we did in the second half of Livi and even the first half against Killie, we could very well take something from this match.
MON THE DEE!