For Dundee’s players, it’s time to produce the goods today at home to Hibs if they are to finally get some Premiership points on the board, according to midfield man Paul McGowan.
In his usual no-nonsense fashion, McGowan admits the Dark Blues “haven’t been good enough” this season.
That’s left them rooted to the foot of the table with no points to their name.
The 30-year-old, though, is adamant Dundee have the ability to get themselves out of the trouble they find themselves in.
He said: “A bit of luck is just missing for us right now but we need to make our own luck.
“We need to start finishing the chances we are creating and we’re not keeping clean sheets.
“That doesn’t bode well for trying to get the three points but we need to stick together, start from a clean sheet and then, hopefully, finish off a chance.
“Listen, I could sit here and go through all sorts of stuff but it’s time to man up now and be counted.
“It will be hard out there, the crowd will be on us a wee bit and rightly so with the way we have started but we need to overcome that and, hopefully, get them onside by putting in a performance.
“We need to give them something to shout about because they haven’t had that.”
And McGowan says he has no problem with having to deal with a bit of stick from the stands.
“The fans have paid money so they’re entitled to have a moan because we’ve not been playing that well,” he added.
“We accept that, we’re grown men and if you can’t take criticism then you shouldn’t be in this game.”
After a 4-0 tanking at Ibrox last week where the Dark Blues were blown away in the early stages, trailing 2-0 within 15 minutes, McGowan has urged his team-mates to be more streetwise going forward.
“You’ve got to weather that first 10, 15 minutes or so and we didn’t.
“We gifted them two goals and you can’t do that at Ibrox – you can’t do that against any team in this league.
“We need to be more streetwise with how the game is going, if we’re under it a bit, just sit in and soak up the pressure until the game settles down a bit. We need to learn that.
“Individual mistakes are costing us and we’re getting punished for them all.
“It’s amazing how quickly football can change. At the start of the season we had the chance to go 2-1 up at St Mirren but missed the penalty and then we conceded a freak goal.
“Things like that can just turn and luck starts going against you but, listen, we haven’t been good enough.
“I’m not going to make excuses or any rubbish like that – we haven’t been good enough and that’s down to the players.
“We need to stand up and be counted and start showing how good a football team we are. We need to produce, starting today.
“I believe in every one of us that we are good enough to get out of the situation we’re in.
“It’s only five games into the season, a couple of wins gets us right up there.
“I know we are a good footballing side, it’s the other side we need, being hard to beat and getting clean sheets.”
The Dens men come up against a formidable attacking outfit when Neil Lennon’s Hibs come to town – McGowan, though, is certain Dundee can cause some problems of their own.
He added: “Hibs are good going forward but they can be got at at the back. They are expansive, have a go, that’s the way Lenny like’s it but he’ll have them well-drilled and well up for it.
“It’ll be a big ask for us to get the three points but I’m pretty sure we can.”