Seven Days, Three Games, Nine Points As Dundee See Upturn In Form

Craig David famously once sang that in the space of seven days, he met a female, took her for a drink and then spent the rest of the week getting lucky.

His time sounded enjoyable but I don’t think it would have compared to the euphoria of Dundee’s week in which we accumulated victories over Ayr, Alloa and Morton to make it three wins in three.

After the collapse that this team suffered the weekend prior against Partick where we conceded three goals in the remaining five minutes, a trip to Somerset Park on a Friday night live on TV to take on Ayr United seemed a bit daunting but thankfully, it ended on a happy note that set the tone for the rest of that week.

Dundee went two goals ahead before giving away, what feels likely a running nightmare, a cheap goal from a set-piece. The match stayed this way and even though Ayr did press us and the last few minutes made every Dundee fan feel uncomfortable due to the events of the week before, we saw out the 90 minutes and claimed the first three of nine points for the week.

Then it was onwards to Alloa, where some teams seem to be unable to register a result.

There was part of me that saw this as a potential banana skin, especially with how close they came to winning a point in our first encounter of the season at Dens Park, but from the first minute we gave a polished display while knocking three past their goalkeeper.

It was the best I’ve seen us this season. We rarely got out of second gear and should have won by more but three goals away from home is always pleasing.

Alloa may be a part-time team but they are no mugs and have done well to go toe-to-toe with teams in the Championship the past few years, so to come away from their ground unscathed in the manner we did was quite the boost.

Then it was back to Friday night football with the cameras showing Dundee yet again, this time at Dens Park with Morton the visitors.

Morton have been defeated in every away match in the league so far this season and Friday was no different as we ran out 2-1 winners despite their best attempts to leave our turf with at least a point. Morton did have a few green patches where they looked like they could cause problems but truthfully, they never looked like hurting us and it was our own fragility at the back that gifted them their goal.

Most of the game was played with them having eleven men camped in their own half, especially in the second half, but we were able to find ways to beak them down though sometimes not enough as some would have liked. Overall, we were far the better side and for the third time that week, deserving of the win.

So, three wins in seven days. After the stuttering start to the season we have had, these results are music to our ears. Our first back-to-back wins for a few years and then making it three victories on the trot since 2014 has me a little more optimistic than I’ve shown the last few articles I’ve written.

There are however, three main points I want to talk about though.

Number one is Declan McDaid. The pacey winger has contributed recently with some top-notch performances, goals and assists. I did reserve judgment over him at the start of this campaign but he has quashed those.

Second, Kane Hemmings. When he re-signed for us, everyone was excited and opposition fans were fearful. Unfortunately, things didn’t seem to go to plan at the start of his second spell with the club. Constant changes to the team and formation meant he never really settled in as quick as we all hoped and there was some fear that Andrew Nelson and Danny Johnson would push him down the pecking order but he has finally found his feet.

Both first halves in previous matches against Arbroath and Partick Thistle, I felt he was improving but he proved some critics wrong with a good displays against Ayr, Alloa and Morton. With these improved displays also came goals, two against Alloa and one against Morton. It was like the Hemmings of old but with the feeling he still has more to offer.

Lastly, Graham Dorrans. Make no doubt about it, he has been an absolute revelation for us in midfield. His injury history was a massive worry for us when he signed but the 32-year-old has made us forget all of this with some top drawer displays on the pitch.

The middle of the park had a massive whole for us creatively but his class has filled that void and we are now reaping the benefits. If we are to push for a title challenge or finish in the top four comfortably, I’ve got my fingers crossed that we can keep him fit and away from any injuries.

Now onto our next match which will again happen on a Friday night in front of the television cameras yet again for the Dundee Derby.

I don’t think anyone will again be able to predict the outcome of this match. Dundee are on a good run and playing better than we have previously but on the other hand, so are United.

Their support have been vocal about the way they have played lately and this has got the Dundee support hoping they would drop points in their last few encounters in the league but they have grinded out the wins and on Saturday, played as well as they have all season.

After our last outing against our rivals, it was a night to forget. They were riding high while we were still trying to find our feet and it showed. We will get all the sound bites such as ‘revenge’ ‘paying back the support’ etc but I just want us to do our talking on the park. Please excuse my own soundbite!

I still feel we are fragile in positions that United seem to excel but there is no doubt a few of their own fans saying the same about us. A win would be fantastic, a draw not too bad but a defeat would be utter shite as it would move them nine points ahead of us and halt any momentum we have built up the past week.

Right I’m off, my anxiety is going through the roof just thinking about this game. I bet Craig David never felt this after his week of shenanigans!

MON THE DEE!

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