• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Dundee's Friday fright night

Meetings between Dundee and Ross County were expected to be significant this season, although the latest one is worth more to the Dens Park side than three league points.

The club are 15 points adrift of County at the foot of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League but have found further incentive given their last taste of Friday night football proved quite unpalatable.

Dundee lost 4-1 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a Friday night back in October – having conceded two goals within the first seven minutes – and that experience has continued to rankle with the squad since then. The visit of County tonight, then, is the ideal chance to make amends.

"That was a real kick in the teeth," said Gary Irvine, the Dundee defender. "Before we knew it we were 2-0 down and shell-shocked by what had just happened. It was the worst possible start to any game we've had this season but, hopefully, we've learned from it.

"We were dealt a few harsh lessons that night about how ruthless life can be in the SPL. I'm sure we won't get a repeat against Ross County because we're all geared up and raring to go. It's a massive game."

Dundee are still without the injured Stephen O'Donnell, Davide Grassi, Jamie McCluskey, Carl Finnigan and Mark Kerr ahead of tonight's match. However, Barry Smith is in a positive mood after watching his side thump Morton 5-1 in the Scottish Cup last weekend.

"We know what we have to do and there's no reason why we can't go out there and get a positive result," said the Dundee manager.

Contextual targeting label: 

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.