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  1. After a disastrous start to the season, Dundee more than earned their first points of the campaign with an away win against Hamilton and will now be hoping to take this momentum onto their next few fixtures as they eye moving up the table. "I hope this is a turning point and I believe we can carry on from here," said McCann. "We have a tough game next weekend against Kilmarnock but I told them to enjoy the weekend because it has been a long time coming. "It is a relief to get the three points and I am really pleased for the guys. I have been saying for a number of weeks that I had belief in them to get a result. "I thought we were well worth the three points. We dominated the first half and we continued to do things well. "The coming weeks will tell us how high the confidence will soar. It was a happy dressing room.” "There has been questions asked if the dressing room was together in these dark times but today showed the togetherness and it showed I have a bunch of boys who love being in each other's company."
  2. Danny Smith from The Dark Blues website and Walking Down The Provie Road podcast also joins The TwoPointOne members to give his thoughts on the current situation Dens Park. You can view more content by subscribing to the website starting at £5 a month and you will receive a discount using the promo code: provieroad Website: https://www.thetwopointone.com/ iPhone: https://apple.co/2BzgOtB Android:http://bit.ly/2Oa61LQ Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2IlOTNO
  3. It was another afternoon of despair for the long-suffering fans of Dundee as they watched their team being beat 3-0 while only really threatening the opposition goalkeeper in the opening minutes. When quizzed if he felt he was still the man to get the club off the bottom of the table and climbing up the league, McCann responded: “Yes, absolutely,” while insisting that had not spoken to John Nelms about his future. "I don't seek assurances. I’ve not had any conversations with John with respect to my job. “I just keep working hard. If that time comes then we will have the discussion but so far, it’s not happened. “I feel we are working under pressured circumstances, clearly. I’m not going to hide from that. I know we’re on a real, real bad run in terms of results, so I won’t be ignorant to that fact. “I’ll deal with the pressure. You take a job in management, you have to deal with the ups and downs. “Every manager I’ve worked with has had to work under those circumstances and I’m not the type of guy who is going to be frightened by that challenge. I’ll just keep working hard as that’s the only thing I can do. I’m trying to give the lads every piece of information they can use. “Unfortunately, the guys are playing with that lack of confidence. I can’t give them that. They have got to find that.” “They still have my belief in them and I’ll keep giving them it.”
  4. "I understand the pressure is greater on myself and the team because the points are not free flowing, but my belief is not any smaller in the group. I need to see them have that same belief I have in them," said McCann. "I'm expecting the fans will get behind us like we always do." Though he is still confident in his squad of players to turn it around, that does not distract him from the inevitable scrutiny that will come if Dundee are defeated tomorrow at home. "I'm aware of the situation and people are saying that's another game gone by and we have lost and we have not got any points." "I feel the same pressure I was under when I took the job. I feel it because I set high demands on my team. "I walked away from a brilliant job and you’re walking into a precarious job where you are reliant on players. But we understand the pressures. "It's probably getting more difficult as the years go on as the pressures become greater. The quality is going up and so your job becomes harder. "I still want to be successful. I still have an enormous belief in my team. It's the same belief I had in the team at the start of the season."
  5. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring after the Dundee defence were unable to clear their lines from an Ayr United goal kick. Substitute Sofien Moussa was then sent off after a second bookable offence following a 15 minute cameo and the opposition took full advantage of this when Shankland added a second. Our misery was further compounded when Moffat got in on the act to smack home a third in a day to forget for everyone associated with Dundee "The result flattered us," said McCann. "It’s Difficult to put my finger on it. It’s not often in management or playing in football that so many things are wrong in one game. Poor passing, poor application, we looked flat and everyone was waiting for someone else to step up for us." "The thing is we’ve played really well in the league and not taken chances, and the puzzling thing is we’ve prepared well and had a game plan. "We come out and put on such a weak perforce and it’s a sore one. It happened against Dunfermline as well so that tells me it’s a mindset thing. "I’m very angry about Moussa’s red, we had a word with him when it kept happening, and we can’t afford for things like that to happen. "Then Genseric has lost all his composure, he’s obviously hurting but it doesn’t help anything. The whole team and myself let the club down today, we should have enough, like we showed against Aberdeen last week and we didn’t show any of it today. And it hurts because we’re out the cup now. "That is not acceptable and I have to apologise to the supporters."
  6. Dundee went down to a Gary MacKay-Stevens penalty in the 75th minute but not before they had chances to put themselves ahead in this tie. Sofien Moussa spurned two chances either side of half time while his strike partner Jean Mendy dragged a shot wide when he was bearing down on goal. Josh Meekings also had a glorious chance to put us ahead in the second half but he failed to make proper contact from the corner with his head. "It's a sore one to take. In this match we had our opportunities to put ourselves in front, so we've only got ourselves to blame,” said McCann. “The biggest disappointment for me is that I don't mind keepers making saves, but not to hit the target is poor. Aberdeen are a good side so you have to take those chances when they come along. "Moussa's in the first half when he skies it over the bar then Mendy's, with some good play, when they don't hit the target from those opportunities - that's the frustrating part. "It annoys you because you just want the boys to have a wee bit of composure, I can’t give them composure. We haven't done that today, and we paid the price." “If you create three 100 per cent chances and you don’t work the keeper once that’s where you fall down. “The guys just need to slow down and it’s sore because we could have been sitting with six points instead of none.”
  7. Defender Kevin Holts 18th minute strike secured the three points for the Dee and despite the Accies trying to rally a comeback in the 2nd half, Dundee would stand strong and see out the match 1-0. This result means that Dundee can’t finish bottom and it’s highly unlikely we will finish 2nd bottom. The away side did have a glorious chance to draw level with minutes to go when debutant Daniel Jeffries fouled Marius Ogboe in the box to hand Hamilton a penalty. Dougie Imrie took the spot-kick but Elliot Parish in the Dundee goal was on hand to save his penalty, albeit a poor one. Dundee’s win puts them 6 points ahead of Partick Thistle in the play-off spot with just two games to play. With Dundee’s goal difference sitting at 9 goals better than Thistle, it would take a massive swing for the Dark Blues to fall into second bottom. Despite this, Neil McCann has urged his team that their mission to stay up is not finished until mathematically possible. "Clearly we are safe from automatic (relegation) but there is still work to be done," he said. "We have put ourselves in a really good position. I have told them in there, no over-celebration and to be fair they weren't. "They are rightly happy with the result because it takes us clear (of automatic relegation) but the job is not totally done yet and you cannot be too complacent or take anything for granted. "We will go up to the Highlands on Tuesday (to play Ross County) and try to get three points."
  8. After an incident with St Johnstone's goalkeeper Zander Clark following Dundee 4-0 by the defeat to the Perth team at Dens last month, both McCann and Clark with issued with a two-match ban for “excessive misconduct” by the SFA. The Dundee manager has denied slapping the back-up goalkeeper and after his appeal was upheld in part, he has seen it his ban reduced to just the one match. McCann will sit in the stands this Saturday as Dundee take on the club that this incident happened against, St Johnstone.
  9. Following Dundee’s draw with Hearts on Easter Sunday, Neil McCann heaped praise on his team who despite falling behind only after a few minutes, never let their heads go down and could have finished the match with all three points. Hearts took the lead after only two minutes through Ross Callachan and it seemed that the Dundee faithful would be in for another long ninety-minutes at Dens Park but the Dee refused to give up so easily and immediately went about trying to grab the equaliser. We did manage to hit back in the form of Sofien Moussa who tucked away Roarie Deacons cross at the back post for his fifth goal of the season in the league and also his first coming from open play in the Premiership. At full-time, Neil McCann was upbeat as he spoke of his admiration towards the players for going at Hearts even after going behind and looking ahead to the Glasgow double-header this week against Celtic and The Rangers. "There was a belief and trust in our work that led to a really good performance. "You're looking for the players to stay strong because sometimes the head can overrule the heart and you go into yourself - but that didn't happen. "We continued to play with purpose and I felt we gave Hearts more trouble today than many sides have done this season. That was down to our intent. "We have taken a lot of confidence and belief from that performance. It's going to be a big, big task to go to Glasgow twice in succession. "It's also a big demand on the fans to dip into their pocket for that but hopefully they will have seen enough from us today to see that it's doable because we need their support. "The biggest thing for me is that when we are on it we can go to Glasgow and cause Celtic and Rangers problems if at our best." McCann was equally as happy with the result as he was to see Sofien Moussa net the equaliser following from open play for the fist time in the league this season. "In terms of a reaction to a really poor goal, I thought it was brilliant. The fans didn't get too edgy, they could see we were playing well, and then you're asking questions of Hearts whether they can stem the tide. "I'm delighted for Moussa because he's scored from open play. He's been getting a bit of stick. With the match ended one-all, it was a massive point for Dundee in our quest for Premiership safety but it could have easily have been al three-points for the Dark Blues if we were able to have tucked away one of our many chances. This result also stopped the run of defeats at home for the Dee. A loss would have seen us extending our unwanted run of form at home to six defeats in a row which we haven’t done since back in 2006.
  10. The Saints goalkeeper was also given a notice of complaint and is due to also learn if he is to be punished or not for "excessive misconduct". McCann is hopefully that common sense "will prevail" and he will be taking his place in the dugout for Sundays clash against Hearts at Dens Park. "It is important that I am there because I want to be there," "All the work and preparation is done during the week and really the job as a manager and coach is trying to tinker while the game is on-going. "We are clearly not at the stage where I can sit back and take a seat. "Anyone who watches me, I don't think I have ever sat down for longer than two minutes. "I feel that I need to coach so it is important that I need to be there and I'm hoping that sense will prevail and I will be there. “I expect a fair hearing. I will represent myself. "I am pleased that the hearing has been put back. "They gave me an earlier time which was stopping me doing my preparation towards what is going to be an important period going into the Hearts game. "I was pleased that they knocked it back to 2pm so I will get myself down there. "My statement has been handed in. It hasn't changed".
  11. It was an afternoon to forget for the Dens Park faithful who were to witness yet another defeat at home. St Johnstone were worthy winners and won’t find an easier three points all this season. A Jordon Piggott own goal on the youngsters debut put the Saints in the lead and that was followed by a double from Chris Kane which came either side of a Blair Alston goal. At the final whistle, a small scuffle broke out between the Dundee manager as he was passing the St Johnstone bench which McCann described as “handbags.” McCann said: "The spat at the end, I'm just a bit fired up," he said. "I thought I was controlled during the match but I've gone over and words were exchanged and one of their players has put their hand on me and wouldn't let go. "I asked him to let go and he wouldn't. It took me a wee bit of time to calm down and walk away. "But when somebody puts their hands on you and you ask them to remove them and they don't, it is hard to just back off. "I put my hands up to grab Zander to say get his hands off me. Then I retracted them because I had started to regain my composure. "There was no punch, no slap or anything like that though." McCann also blasted the players for their inept performance which has seen the club without a home win all year and staring right into the face of a battle to stay out of the bottom two. "I'm ashamed of the performance. I'm embarrassed by it. There is nothing left to say that wasn't said in the dressing room. That will remain in the dressing room, hopefully. "I can only apologise to the fans because that doesn't sit well with me and hopefully it doesn't sit well with the players. We were outfought and outplayed, a weak performance. "The goals we have lost today are embarrassing. It's basics and schoolboy defending and we have no excuses for it. I'm furious and to be honest I'm actually angry at my own players that they didn't show anger on the pitch. That's embarrassing. "I want aggression on the pitch and some sort of show that they are not accepting of that type of performance and result and I didn't see it. That from a group of players is not acceptable and I will not tolerate it."
  12. A Sofien Moussa double, both from penalties, and another strike from midfielder Mark O’Hara gave Dundee a much needed 3-0 victory after suffering back-to-back defeats against Aberdeen and Hearts last week. “I’m smiling. I didn’t hide that I was so disappointed (on Tuesday), I’ve said it in a load of interviews about a lack of application and responsibility,” said McCann. “I think we showed that when the application is right, we look a right good side so I am really happy with the performance and some really good individual performances in a great team performance. “The main thing for me was the energy levels. We broke forward with unbelievable good purpose and that put Partick on the back foot.” “It was total team performance. “From how poor we were on Tuesday night, to flip it to how good we were says a lot about them.” Dundee’s victory along with Ross County’s defeat seen the Dee move back out of the bottom two, sitting two points behind Hamilton who are ninth
  13. Goals either side of the break from Esmael Goncalves and Christophe Berra were enough for Hearts to see off a Dundee side who were missing the vital end product that has been absent all of this season and of last. This result seen Dundee slip into the play-off position with a massive game looming this Saturday at Dens Park against bottom of the table Partick Thistle. “I thought we were better in the second half for a wee spell,” said McCann. “But I am not going to say that cheered me up any. That was a shocking performance tonight. I didn’t see it coming and it won’t be accepted. “It is something we work on at this club, where everything is geared to winning. “Everything we do in training has a purpose, everything we do has an end point where it is about standards but tonight’s performance was a joke. “Anything in the second half would have been an improvement on the first. “I am not accepting that. When you set standards you should stick to them and if you fall below them, something like that can creep in so I am not accepting that. “I think you can take it from my tone that I am not happy with them (the players) and they know that. “That’s not right. The fans who travelled down from Dundee have been short-changed.”
  14. McCann said: “It was two great goals but performance-wise it was good to beat Ross County, who have been playing well under Owen Coyle. “We are showing signs of adaptability and flexibility that I have been working on. We showed a different side to our game by playing from the back. “We got that first goal then became a different animal and hit on the counter. “We have been poor this season and I think that’s the first away clean sheet Dundee have got and that’s really pleasing. “I told the players that they are beginning to show glimpses of that hard work they are putting into training. “I have to say Elliot Parish was brilliant with two clean sheets (in three games) and I am buzzing for him because he waited a long time to come in. “Mark O’Hara hit a wonderful goal and we have been encouraging him to go forward. He has that in the bag and he is starting to believe in himself now.”
  15. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, Kevin Holt’s form in the team has meant that he has yet to feature for the Dee in a competitive match. McCann has put this down to Aurtenetxe’s arrival because before he joined up, Holt was the only recognised left-back in the squad. “Jon is good. He’s unfortunate that Holtie has kicked on a bit and has been looking good the last few games. “Holtie knows that if his performances dip Jon is there and he’s reacted. “Some players don’t enjoy that competition but he has and upped his performances. “If a situation arises through injuries or suspension, Jon has proved he’s ready to come in. “I like my full-backs to play with a purpose and get forward and he does that. “He has a real good pedigree and he is quality. “I gave him a few days off last week to go back to Spain and he came back ready to go again.”
  16. Since signing from Arsenal, midfielder Glen Kamara has been given plaudits by the fans during pre-season but in the team’s first competitive game of the 2017-18 season, it was the managers turn to heap the praise on him. “Glen’s a class act, that’s why we brought him here,” said the manager. “He’s obviously gone under the radar and people were wondering who he was, but he’s a player I saw and he was exactly the type I was looking for, for that position. “We’ve probably got three guys in the squad who can play that position but he showed why we’ve got him at Dundee. He’s a real intelligent player.” Dundee took the lead in the 83rd minute when Moussa netted for his first Dundee goal but the celebrations were short lived when Lewis Vaughan equalised just as the game headed into the final minute. Dundee teams of yesteryear would’ve normally let their heads go down and accept their fate but this Dundee team showed they had some new character about them to go back up the field and slot home the winner thanks to a Jack Hendry header. “I was really pleased that when we lost the goal we took the ball back, we weren’t feeling sorry for ourselves, and we wanted to get up the park and go for the winner. I was delighted with that aspect of the game. “I think we showed a bit of character. We’ve been working hard on our mindset in pre-season. Even in training everything is geared towards winning. We’ve got a wee thing going within the club, I’ll not go into too much detail, but you get rewarded if you win, even games in training.”
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