‘Well boss Mark McGhee knows his side have to expect Dundee at their best on Saturday when his side travel to Dens Park.
With mixed results in recent weeks, the manager is well aware that any side in the league can play well or poorly on the day.
Speaking to the press this morning, McGhee admitted it was hugely important to bounce back to winning ways against Ross County and hopes the run can continue into the weekend.
He said: “We played well against Hearts, we played well against Celtic but we didn’t get good results of course – but because of the nature of the opposition it tends not to affect your confidence quite as much.
“The Inverness game was neck and neck until the last half hour where it was like a balloon was popped and that was hugely disappointing, so it was just making sure that we were a bit more robust than that mentally against Ross County. We started the game really, really well then we got the first goal which was very important.”
[pullquote]We’ve got to go in to every game thinking whoever we’re playing will play well, that they’re capable of it and that day they will play well – that way we won’t be taken by surprise.[/pullquote]
He added: “It wasn’t too long between the matches, it was only a couple of days so it wasn’t like a week or it wasn’t the international break and we had two weeks to fester, it was a case of getting in the next day and knowing that we were better than that, let’s get up to training, let’s get on with it, get together again and go out and batter, to the best of our ability, Ross County.”
Dundee currently sit bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership on nine points, but a win on Saturday could lift them to ninth.
McGhee said: “Dundee aren’t any different to the rest of us in this league, I’ve seen Dundee play poorly but I’ve seen them play well, I’ve seen the same with Inverness, Ross County, Partick Thistle.
“We’ve got to go in to every game thinking whoever we’re playing will play well, that they’re capable of it and that day they will play well – that way we won’t be taken by surprise. Dundee have that in them, they’re at home and the first goal is really important I feel.”
[pullquote]When I came here a year ago he was the one I targeted and he’s done everything I’ve asked of him. We’re delighted with him, I’m delighted for him and we’re starting to see him develop on and off the pitch.[/pullquote]
On the day Chris Cadden penned a new deal with the club, Mark McGhee expressed his delight at securing the star’s future until 2019.
He said: “It’s thoroughly deserved. He signed a contract back in March and he deserves a new deal – he’s playing every week, he’s starting most weeks and he’s applying himself.
“When I came here a year ago he was the one I targeted and he’s done everything I’ve asked of him. We’re delighted with him, I’m delighted for him and we’re starting to see him develop on and off the pitch.”
He added: “He’s just got to keep improving cause I still think there’s aspects of his play that he can work really hard on. At the moment he’s most effective on the outside but I still think he can develop his game in a 360 degree basis and play in the centre of the park where I think he could be a great asset.
“He needs to add some goals, he’s got goal potential and I see that every day in training, but he’s still young and he’s still working at it and he’s still developing so I’m sure he’ll keep improving.”