There’s been plenty talk of making Dens Park a fortress.
But if Dundee are to win the Championship, it’ll be their away form that’ll do it.
Some players have talked of the fans making it difficult. Others have hinted it’s the opposition, with their negative tactics, who’ve made Dens a tough place to claim victory.
Whatever the reason, the squad must pull their finger out.
A losing home record only makes things more difficult in the long run, especially when away form eludes you, which it inevitably will.
For the fourth home game in succession, the hosts were outplayed by their lowly visiting victors.
Livingston came with a plan to stifle and play swiftly on the break and it worked to a T.
Hats off to John McGlynn. Once the goal, courtesy of ex-Dark Blue Mark Burchill, went in, there was only going to be one winner.
The effort, on 11 minutes, was a disappointing one all round. A simple free-kick in from the left by Martin Scott was nodded home by his striker.
The problem for Dundee was he was in acres of space, unmarked.
Gary Irvine felt as though he was blocked at the set-piece but, either way, one of Declan Gallagher or Iain Davidson should have marked better.
From then on it didn’t get much better.
Ryan Conroy should have scored when played in by Craig Wighton but his powerful low shot was straight at Darren Jamieson, who was almost a bystander on the day.
Later on in the game, Gallagher somehow contrived to head a corner handsomely wide from five yards and Cammy Kerr had a low shot palmed away.
In truth, McGlynn’s men were comfortable.
Livi’s Stefan Scougall took the prize for miss of the day. After skilfully chipping the ball over the Dundee backline, his rushed effort should have ruffled the net, instead it troubled the corner flag.
In promotion terms, little damage was done.
Hamilton drew with Falkirk, and Raith drew a blank, too.
The cold facts tell you Dundee remain in pole position the pack only gained a point.
But what they don’t tell you is the Dark Blues are showing a soft underbelly.
It’s glaringly there for all to see their previously proud home record has crumbled.
That’s Raith Rovers, Cowdenbeath, Dumbarton and now Livingston who’ve all come to Dens and made life difficult. Three have stolen the spoils.
Home wins are becoming a rarity, it’s no wonder the crowd are starting to feel a little starved of cheer.
If this squad is serious about getting back to the top flight, they need to snap into action quick.
Championship rivals Accies are next up. The winner of that one will end the day top of the pile.
It almost makes you wish the game was at New Douglas Park.