IAIN DAVIDSON, the Dundee defender, has hailed Falkirk as the best team in the SPFL Championship, but wants his own side to be remembered for being champions.
Davidson was effusive in his praise when discussing today's opposition at Dens Park, but will hope to form the bedrock of a vital victory which could keep Dundee top of the table. Paul Hartley's side have failed to beat Falkirk this season, though they are looking to change that damning statistic against this afternoon.
Davidson admits he is a fan of their the visitors' free-flowing style of football but, with just six games left, he is ruthless in insisting that victory can kill off Falkirk's title bid.
"I've got a lot of respect for them," Davidson admitted. "They have been the best team this season. We've played everyone and I have to say they are the best footballing side we've encountered. It says a lot that we haven't been able to beat them this season and have suffered a couple of defeats to them.
"Hopefully that changes this weekend because it's obviously another big game for us, all things considered. It's all about just winning at this stage of things. It doesn't really matter how we do it, as long as we get the three points. We know the prize which is at stake and we want to be the ones going up. Everything is geared towards that but we know there's a lot of hard work still to be done, and they don't come much tougher than Falkirk."
Davidson's second-half header meant that Dundee managed to see off Queen of the South in midweek, to remain one point ahead of nearest title challengers Hamilton. It was a nervy night for the league leaders but Davidson is sure they are now in a bullish enough mood to handle the vital run-in. "It was one of those games the other night where we were just delighted to get the points in the bag," he said. "It's always going to be a bit tense at this stage but I felt we handled it better than we did against Raith Rovers the week before.
"The big thing is just to try and block out everything else and take one game at a time. There is an obvious expectancy from the fans because we're a big club and we're all in this together. It's something you just have to deal with when people expect you to win and I feel the win over Queens can help us. We want to build on that and make it three wins on the trot."
Davidson scored his third goal of the season with the looping header which sunk Queens, but he does not mind who takes the limelight as long as his club can secure a top-flight return following the pain of last season's relegation.
"It's probably the most important goal I've scored this season but at the end of the day it's the points which matter," he said. "When you've only got six games remaining, it's not important who scores - but which teams gets the victory.
"We've found it difficult against Falkirk up until now but there would be no better time to get the better of them than in this game."