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  • The Main Thing He's Said We Have To do Is the Basics - Spence

    Despite suffering comprehensive defeats in his first two matches as manager of Dundee, midfielder lewis spence spoke to the evening telegraph about how Jim McIntyre has got the players training to do the 'dirty side of the game.

    Throughout this season, Dundee have lacked that extra bit of fight that’s needed sometimes to get a result and have suffered because of that with nine defeats in ten matches. However, Spence has said that his new manager has come in and told the squad of players exactly how he wants them to play from now on in.

    “The gaffer wants the training to be high intensity and there’s been plenty hard work. It’s been really good and everyone’s been flat out,” said Spence.

    “He’s come in and told us exactly what he wants straight away and that’s what you want as a player. He’s trying to get us organised and he’s wanting us to do the dirty side of the game that we’ve been lacking this season.

    “We’ve all got ability but it’s the other side we need to bring. The main thing he’s said we have to do is the basics.”

    “We’re known for being a good football team but we need to bring more than that. The top teams do the dirty side, the hard work and in every game, we need to be a bit nastier, street-wise and more aggressive.

    “We do have that in us and we’ve proved it before, that we can do the dirty side.

    “In the past we’ve gone to Parkhead and drew 0-0 with Celtic. That was with a different kind of performance, when we got the result through hard work and a good shape.”

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