Dundee’s players are “choking” for the victory that will turn their season around, according to left-back Kevin Holt.
The Dark Blues have lost six out of their last seven matches and find themselves in the middle of a relegation battle. Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Aberdeen made it three Premiership defeats on the bounce with no goals scored.
He said: “It was obviously disappointing to get another defeat, we need points badly but there was no questioning the boys’ fight.
“I thought we defended really well but it was another cheap goal and another game we weren’t clinical when the chance came about.
“Over the course of the whole season it’s been a feature of our play — we’ve lost too many soft goals and not taken our chances.
“When we’re coming down to just eight games left, it’s coming back to bite us.
“We more than matched Aberdeen in terms of battle which was lacking the week before so there’s no questioning the fight and the desire was there to win the game. There were positives to take which we can bring into the next game against Hearts.
“We’ll be looking to play better football and, hopefully, pick up a win.”
For the clash with the Jambos, Dundee will be glad to be playing on a better surface than the one at Pittodrie. However, there hasn’t been much home advantage for the side of late.
The 4-0 drubbing handed out by St Johnstone last weekend made it eight games without victory at Dens Park.
Holt added: “Everyone is still hurting from that St Johnstone game.
“We lost 4-0 at home, we’ve lost 4-1 earlier in the season (Ross County). There’s been games at home where we’ve let ourselves down, let everyone down.
“You can’t just put it to bed. Last Saturday was another defeat and it carries with you until you get a result.
“We’ve got Hearts next at home and we need to show there’s no problem playing at Dens and we just need to turn our form.
“The St Johnstone game was embarrassing for the club and for everyone involved.
“That’s not what we want, it’s not the way the club want to be going and we have higher expectations.
“We have underachieved this season with the squad we have. It’s a big squad full of quality and we’ve let everyone down so far.
“The good thing is we still have games to resurrect it, there are points to play for and we’re not in a terrible position.
“It’s not ideal but, like I said, there’s eight games left and plenty of points to be picked up.”
What might help is having a breather this weekend with international football taking over. Now the question is can Dundee make the most of the extra time?
Holt added: “There’s no question everyone is working hard in training every day but it might be good just to clear a few heads and come back ready for the next game.
“I think everyone’s ready and raring to go to change things, everyone’s wanting to change the form we are in, everyone’s choking for a victory.
“I think you could see that on Saturday. The battle was there, it was just waiting for it to come, something to change and take our chances as well as cutting out mistakes.”
And Holt insists he’s looking no further than the next game for the Dark Blues, despite his contract coming to an end this summer.
He said: “I’m out of contract in the summer but I’ve never even thought about it, to be honest.
“We’ve got a big eight games to come so we’ll see what happens after that.”