Dundee’s Haber: ‘We must stop giving teams a head start’

Dundee's Marcus Haber

Marcus Haber reckons Dundee can’t keep giving themselves “a mountain to climb” as they continue their battle to escape the drop zone.

The Dundee striker says it’s time to stop talking about performances and, instead, focus on picking up three points.

Kilmarnock arrive at Dens Park on Saturday for a vital clash as both teams fight to make their way out of relegation danger.

Dundee remain anchored to the bottom spot following five consecutive defeats.

The most recent loss came at the hands of Hibs, who ran out 2-1 winners at Easter Road.

Canadian targetman Haber brought Dundee level with a header following a goal from ex-Dee winger Martin Boyle in the first minute.

But, despite another promising display, the Dark Blues fell to a second-half winner from former Dundee United striker Simon Murray.

Haber believes the Dens Park squad is “resilient” and reckons gaffer Neil McCann can see them through the rough patch.

He said: “We’re disappointed. I felt we gave a good account of ourselves away from home.

“We gave away some sloppy goals. Obviously, it’s difficult when you go behind in the first minute and you’ve got to regroup.

“We responded quite well. We feel like we’re a resilient group of players.

“We can’t keep giving ourselves a mountain to climb, especially against good teams like Hibs.

“Every player would say the same. You try to do your bit for the team, work hard as a unit and we need to stay together when results aren’t going our way.

“We’ve got a good group of players, a deep squad and a manager who is very enthusiastic and very organised in the way he wants to do things.”

The international break gives Dundee time to regroup ahead of Killie’s arrival on Saturday.

Three points separate the sides at the bottom end of the Premiership.

Kilmarnock are enjoying a new lease of life under manager Stevie Clarke and most recently picked up a 2-1 win over Hearts at Murrayfield

Haber believes the international break can only work in Dundee’s favour.

He said: “We look at the international break as a positive.

“It gives us time to rest, regroup, come back sharp and look at how we can pick up points.

“We’ve had a few results on the bounce now without a win.

“The performances are there but it’s about finishing in the final third and keeping clean sheets. You need a combination of the two.”

The 28-year-old’s equaliser against the Leith side was his first league goal of the season.

Haber scores against Hibs

Although points have been hard to come by, Haber believes the mood in the Dundee camp is good despite the slump.

He added: “You can always improve and want to do more. I’m always hard on myself but I’m sure all players are the same.

“You want to play the best you can and do your best for the team.

“If I’m scoring goals for the team that’s a bonus but there’s a lot more to the game being a striker than scoring goals.

“We’re all a hard-working group. The camaraderie is good, everyone’s got a positive attitude.

“There’s no issues there, it’s all about on a Saturday, getting that finishing touch and getting results.

“We’ve got good enough players to be much higher than where we are.”