Belief is key for Dundee, says Elton Ngwatala, if they are to chalk up their first league points of the campaign.
The Dark Blues will make the short journey to Perth to take on Tayside rivals St Johnstone in what has become a crucial fixture.
The Dens men go into the clash stuck on zero points after two Premiership games keen not to repeat their slow start to last season.
It took last year’s team until mid-September to register their first victory of the campaign – notably against today’s opponents, Saints, in a 3-2 victory at Dens Park.
To repeat that, Ngwatala – one of the summer recruits – insists it’s about the players trusting each other to earn themselves a first win of the campaign.
The Frenchman said: “Last week was, obviously, a very disappointing result for us but I think we have to look forward now.
“We are back in the league matches and we have to start winning games, that’s the most important thing.
“We can take a lot from the last game and learn from our mistakes. We will do everything we can to win but we have to score as well.
“Obviously, we can do so much better than we have done.
“Everybody in the team knows that but we have to improve and keep improving every week.
“Now, everybody is on it. Everybody wants to do the best for the team, whatever the starting XI or subs, everybody wants to be part of it and we need that to be successful.”
Before the 3-0 home loss to Championship side Ayr United, Dundee’s big problem was putting away the chances they were creating against St Mirren and Aberdeen.
The defeat to the Honest Men has put a whole different spin on the club’s start to the season, however.
Ngwatala, though, says there is plenty of talent in the current squad to create a positive twist in the story of Dundee’s season tomorrow at McDiarmid Park.
“The first two games, I don’t think we deserved to lose,” he added.
“That’s the way it is, though, and now I think we have to be prepared to fight every game.
“As a team you have to give everything to get the win.
“Even if we have to wait to score in the 95th-minute we’ll do that – you have to believe to the end.
“We have to go there with confidence and express ourselves and do the best we can to get the three points.”
And Ngwatala says the points will only be heading their way if they can work as a team and trust each other to get the better of their Tayside rivals – that’s the message from boss Neil McCann, anyway.
“The manager has said we have to believe in ourselves, believe in what we can do and trust each other.
“If we do that, we’ll get what we deserve.
“It’s going to be a tough game – we have to treat this game like any other and prepare like we would against any team.
“We must go there and do everything we can to get a result.”
In those two league games, getting anything positive on the scoresheet was a big issue with Ngwatala the only Dundee player yet to find the net.
He’s pleased to have got off the mark in goalscoring terms but would much rather have points on the board.
“It was good for me to get the first goal so now I’m relaxed, the first is gone and I can carry on now.
“However, I need my teammates to help me score and I will help them to do the same.
“I want to score but when I do, I want my team to win, not just get a goal and we lose the game.
“I want to help my team get points, that’s all I want.”