Dundee’s Neil McCann wants momentum against ‘solid’ Kilmarnock

Dundee manager Neil McCann has called on his players to keep the momentum going against Kilmarnock this weekend.

The Dens Park side had been on a terrible run of results until they secured their first points of the league campaign with a win at Hamilton last weekend, and for McCann the win simply underlines the trust he had in his players all along.

“The mood in the past few weeks has been really good anyway,” he said.

“But clearly there is a wee bit of a different emotion because we are on the back of a very good performance and three points.”

“Sometimes when you are not getting tangible results, points from the weekend’s work, then sometimes the hard work that you’ve put in all week is sort of overlooked and maybe even doubted.

“But I’ve always been pretty bullish of the fact that I have full trust in the team and that they were good enough to get results.

“If we got ourselves in front during the season, then I would like to see what would happen – we got a clean sheet and a great three points.”

Kilmarnock visit Dens this Saturday and McCann is very aware of the test his side will face. However, he is keen to see the momentum from last weekend, and from training this week, carry forward into this game.

“What I’d like to see is momentum built on last weekend,” he said.

“We’re up against a really, really good side.

“Under Steve (Clarke), I think Kilmarnock have a real solid way of playing, a set way of playing, and it’s been very successful, so we know it’s going to be tough.

“We’ve worked really well this week and I have to say that it has been a wee bit lighter than the start of the week because of the injury situation which has not cleared up too well.

“But, the work that we have done, even today, has been very good.”

Injuries have caused McCann headaches this season. However, despite the injury issues, he feels that the available players are raring to go.

“We are not being blessed with a lot of luck in our return from injuries,” he said.

“A lot of those boys are still feeling the effects and we’ve actually, if anything, had one or two knocks from last weekend that we’re having to manage.

“It’s not great in terms of numbers but it’s great in terms of the boys who are ready to go.”

Dundee take on Kilmarnock at Dens Park on Saturday. The visitors are unbeaten in nine of their last 10 away games, whereas Dundee have lost their last four home matches. Kick-off is at 3pm.

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