Dundee boss Jim McIntyre has urged his players to “flood the box” in a bid to turn around their fortunes.
In their 12 Premiership matches this season, the Dark Blues have only managed five goals with the last coming against Kilmarnock a month ago today.
Ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash with fellow-strugglers St Mirren, Jim has urged his players to get into the danger area to get themselves a vital victory.
He said: “Against Motherwell we got into good areas but never had that final bit of quality or made the right decision which then doesn’t result in a goal attempt.
“Then people look at it as if we didn’t have a shot on goal and there wasn’t a lot of play in the forward areas but there was for us.
“There are several areas where it’s just got to be better and that’s where games are won and lost.
“Too many times we only have two guys in the box – you need to get four in there, you need to flood the box.
“Going back to the earlier games, whenever we got four in the box it caused mayhem. We are working on that.”
Centre-backs Darren O’Dea and Andy Boyle were both forced off injured at Motherwell but Jim is hopeful he might have both available against the Buddies.
He said: “Boyley has had a few stitches in quite a deep gash so he will be touch and go for the game.
“Darren didn’t train yesterday but he should be OK.
“Benjamin Kallman has had a wee concussion but, hopefully, he will be OK.
“Nathan Ralph also trained this morning and did very well.”