Dundee fans’ favourite Glen Kamara says the players have a point to prove to St Johnstone today as they gear up for a massive final five games.
And the classy midfielder insists the performance won’t be affected by the absence of Neil McCann in the home dugout — the Dee gaffer serving a one-game touchline ban.
The Dark Blues kick off their post-split fixtures with a repeat of their lowest point of the season, just over a month ago.
On March 10, Saints made the short journey to Dens Park and came away with a 4-0 victory in the Tayside derby.
Kamara sat that game out through suspension — his only league absence since signing last summer — but says it was a result the whole squad had to take responsibility for, just like they did earlier in the season when they beat the Perth side home and away in the first half of the campaign.
He said: “I watched that game. It wasn’t a good result at all but we performed well against them away from home and earlier in the season, so we know what we can do.
“Hopefully, we can get a win.
“At least, we need to show them that we’re not that easy to beat!
“We’ve beaten them twice already this season so, hopefully, we can get a third.”
The Finland international says he’s keeping an eye on the league table, with the Dark Blues just four points ahead of 11th-placed Ross County, but knows if they can start grabbing wins — beginning today — that won’t be necessary.
“Of course we look at the table but we’re not too focused on that really,” Kamara added.
“We’re looking at the games ahead, the game in front of us that we’ve got to play, that’s all we can affect.
“I don’t think we should be in the position we are but we are there.
“All we can do is concentrate on what’s ahead of us.
“We don’t want to be going into the last couple of games needing points so we’re targeting five wins out of five.
“The plan is to try to win as many matches as possible.
“We’re just focused on us and what we can do to affect the league table, we know how good we can play so it’s about doing that.”
Manager Neil McCann will be in the stands serving a one-game suspension after an altercation with Saints keeper Zander Clark in the last meeting between the sides.
That, though, won’t be a problem for the players on the pitch, according to Kamara.
“That won’t affect us. He’ll still be watching the game and we have a good No 2 as well in Graham Gartland.
“We’re all fixing our thoughts on the game and nothing outside of it.
“All he can do really is give us information but it’s about us players on the pitch to do the job first and foremost.”
The Dark Blues go into the game on the back of decent enough form, even if the record books say the last one was a 4-0 tanking at Ibrox.
Kamara, though, insists the scoreline was harsh on Dundee after a good couple of draws against Hearts and away at Celtic.
He added: “We did well in a couple of those games and got a couple of good points to show for it so, hopefully, we can do that again today.
“The Rangers game was frustrating because I don’t feel the score reflected the game, definitely not for me anyway. We’ve already forgotten about that game, though, so it’s about picking the heads up and focusing on the games ahead.
“This is a big one and, hopefully, we can pick up some points.”