Curran believes Dundee squad can handle St Mirren match pressure

Dundee striker Craig Curran believes that the squad can handle the added pressure of Saturday’s crunch clash with relegation rivals St Mirren.

The Dark Blues currently sit 11th in the Scottish Premiership table with three games until the split and a further five games until the end of the season. This weekend they travel to Paisley for a massive match against 12th placed St Mirren who lie just one point behind Dundee. Curran says the time for talking is over and the team need to go out and finish the season positively.

“All eight games are massive now,” he said.

“This is the business end of it, we have to start putting results together and turn performances into results.

“We can’t keep talking about it, we’ve got to go and do it now.”

The game itself will be the focus of intense scrutiny as it could play a defining role in determining who will finish in the automatic relegation place. Curran admits that there is extra pressure in this game, but he believes his teammates have the mental strength to cope.

“There’s an added pressure but that’s what we are paid to deal with,” he said.

“This is the business we are in, we can’t shy away from it and I know there is enough in the changing room right throughout the squad that will not.

“We’ve done all the talking, now we know what we’ve got to do.

“Everyone is telling us what we need to do and it is time for us to go do it.”

A win for Dundee would see them move four points clear of St Mirren which would give them a potentially vital cushion going into the split. Curran was frank in his assessment of how big a game Saturday will be.

“There is no point in playing it down, the game is huge,” he said.

“We need to go and win the game and look at catching Hamilton.

“We can’t change anything about their results, it’s in their hands, but we’ve still got to play them.

“So, we need to close that gap and we need to close it quick.”

Dundee fans have rallied behind their side and have sold out their allocation for the trip to St Mirren. The Dundee striker is delighted at the fan response and believes it will give the players a boost during the game.

“The one thing I’ve noticed since I’ve been here is that, even where we are at, they are still so positive,” he said.

“They are still behind us and that is not just me saying it.

“When we went to Livingston they were big for us, so knowing that we have sold out will be really good for the lads.”

Meanwhile, Dundee manager Jim McIntyre has confirmed that Andrew Davies has broken his metatarsal bone for a second time and is out for the season. Davies had initially broken his foot in January before he could make his debut.

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