Elliott Parish says Dundee’s victory at Hamilton last week was one of the best of his career – but he’s not content to settle for just a single success.
The Dens goalkeeper says the feeling after the win at the Hope CBD Stadium was “superb” and he’s desperate for more at home to Kilmarnock.
Kharl Madianga’s stoppage-time strike sealed the Dark Blues’ first league victory of the season after a run of six defeats to start the campaign.
Despite being stationed at the other end of the ground, Parish admits he just couldn’t help himself getting involved in the celebrations.
He said: “The feeling after the game was superb – one of the best wins I’ve had in my career.
“Everyone was involved, it was awesome.
“I can’t control myself sometimes!
“I get so into it and so passionate about it, it being so late in the game, I just couldn’t control it and had to be amongst it so there was only one place I was going – go and celebrate with the boys!
“More of that please – I’d run up the pitch every week if I could!
“Hamilton really did have a go, they threw on their attacking players but we stood up, which we maybe hadn’t done as well before, but it was fantastic.”
The former Colchester and Bristol City stopper, however, knows how difficult it will be against Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock side, who sit fourth in the table and have won three of their four away Premiership matches this season.
And, with Dundee not having won at Dens for five months – a 1-0 win over Hamilton on May 5 – putting an end to another unwanted run would be more than welcome.
He added: “Steve Clarke has them very well drilled and, if you look at the form guide from when he came in, they’ll be right up there so it’ll be a real tough game.
“However, we know what we are getting into and absolutely want to come away with three points.
“Kilmarnock have a lot of good players but every game is a different challenge, every team has a different way of playing with different threats and that’s something else for us to think about. The gaffer will get us set up and we can’t wait for another game.
“Last Saturday was long awaited so it would be nice to get one here.
“The atmosphere at Dens can be amazing.
“Everyone’s home ground is good but Dundee fans don’t half try to stay with you and when you are playing well, it’s an awesome place to play football.”
After getting the monkey of no wins off their backs last weekend, Parish says belief has surged through the playing squad once more.
“We’ve done well to keep ourselves up before we got the win, though that was maybe forced a little bit, but there’s definitely a different vibe about the place this week so, hopefully, we can keep this feeling,” he added.
“It’s made such a difference to everyone associated with the club, not just the players or the staff, it’s made a big difference to everybody.
“We are really positive and it’s built back the belief by getting the pressure off your back – you should believe in yourselves every game anyway but even more so now.”
And a timely boost for the goalie and his defenders was a clean sheet, the team’s first in the league but Parish’s third of the season after shutouts against Peterhead and Brechin.
“We deserved it, got a wee bit of luck but it’s always nice to get clean sheets.
“It’s about time we got that bit of luck, definitely.
“We look back at last year and we probably didn’t have a great deal then either but we’ll certainly take more of that – we’ll take all we can get this year!”