Josh Meekings says it was “a privilege” to be given the captain’s armband in midweek as he led Dundee out in Peterhead.
The Dark Blues came away with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday at Balmoor to set up today’s home fixture against Brechin City.
The Dens men now need three points against the Glebe Park side if they are to have a chance of progressing into the knockout stages of the Betfred Cup.
Darren Dods’ men took a heavy beating from Dunfermline in midweek, as they fell to a 7-1 hammering at home.
Meekings, however, isn’t taking any notice of that.
He said: “Whether that proves Dunfermline are a good side or Brechin had an off-night, I don’t know.
“We’ll be looking to be ready and I think, if we take the game to them, we’ll be OK.
“It’s all about us, we have to put on a performance and go out there and get the win. That’s what we’re looking to do.”
Whether or not he’s got the armband, Meekings is determined to put Sunday’s dreadful showing in front of the Dens Park crowd well behind them by giving the home fans something to cheer.
“It wasn’t nice to start off at home with a defeat,” he added.
“Hopefully, the fans will still come in their numbers and we can try and turn that around.
“It was disappointing to get off to that kind of start and we totally understand the frustrations from the supporters and the people paying money to come and see us.
“Ultimately it’s up to us – we’re the ones who have to go out there and put on a performance and try to make it worth their while and get them going again.”
And 25-year-old Meekings will be the proudest man in the stadium if he gets the opportunity to lead the team out once more.
“Personally, it was a very proud moment and it was great opportunity, one I’m grateful for,” he added.
“To have that trust from the manager to go out and perform is great.
“There are a lot of leaders in that dressing-room, players that could easily get the armband.
“He’s been trying it out with a few boys, I think that’s what he’s doing, moving it around and whatever his decision is everyone will back it and be ready to go.
“The manager told me I had the armband before the game and it was a privilege.
“It shows he has a lot of belief in me and what I’ve been doing – I still feel I can give more but, hopefully, that will come.”
To cap a fine night for the Englishman, along with the rest of the backline, he earned his bread and butter with a clean sheet at Balmoor.
“It was nice to get the clean sheet, that’s something we are really looking at tightening up on.
“It’s a tough place to go, Peterhead, Dundee have been up there and been beaten.
“It’s tough conditions, the pitch was sticky.
“They got a lot of bodies behind the ball but we tried to move it as quickly as we could – that’s what we said after Sunday.
“We were so slow at the start, lackadaisical, and it wasn’t good.
“We just said we have to up the pace and, if we do that, we’ll hurt teams we play against.
“It’s just about tidying everything up as a squad.
“If we’re at it, we’re a good side but when we’re not we can get into big trouble.”