This week could be a crucial one for Dundee boss Jim McIntyre as he looks to grab his first three points as manager.
The challenge ahead of them on Wednesday comes from Hamilton at Dens Park – the only side the Dark Blues have beaten in the league this season, 14 matches into the campaign.
Going into the clash two matches unbeaten after draws against St Mirren and Hibs, the hope is McIntyre’s men have turned a corner in their season.
They had the same hope back at the end of September as they left New Douglas Park with their first three points of the season.
Goals in each half from Andy Boyle and Kharl Madianga sealed what seemed a massive victory at the time.
Since, though, only two points have been added with a managerial change in between.
The alterations on the pitch made by new boss McIntyre have slowly begun to show in the last two positive results while he has already made one signing in the shape of experienced midfielder Martin Woods, a man he knew well from their time together at Ross County.
The impact McIntyre has had on the squad since his arrival in October has already been significant, as is set to be shown in the changes to the starting line-up between Wednesday’s game and the last time the Dark Blues faced Accies.
Despite the success that day at New Douglas Park, no more than three of the men who started are likely to be on the pitch come kick off this midweek.
They are Cammy Kerr, Calvin Miller and Glen Kamara. For the other eight who were involved just over two months ago, the best most of them can hope for is a place in the bench.
Goalkeeper Elliott Parish was replaced by Jack Hamilton after just one game under McIntyre, on-loan centre-half Ryan Inniss has dropped well down the pecking order, while French midfielders Kharl Madianga and Elton Ngwatala are so far out of the reckoning there must be doubts over their Dens Park futures.
Adil Nabi has also been struggling for game time under the new boss and he could be on his way when his contract expires in January.
Young midfielder Lewis Spence has remained involved but the form of Kamara, Woods and Paul McGowan means he’ll have to wait for another starting chance.
Other starters in the September game, Boyle and Benjamin Kallman, have dropped out through injuries and although Boyle is fit again, the form of Darren O’Dea and Genseric Kusunga means he’s likely to be on the bench on Wednesday.
Kenny Miller, now Dundee’s top league goalscorer this season with two strikes in his last two games, missed the win in Lanarkshire due to the red card he picked up at Ibrox a couple of games before.
He’s certain to face them this week, injury-permitting of course, after opening his club account against the Buddies.
Also back available is left-back Nathan Ralph, who has impressed since returning from a troublesome hamstring injury while Jesse Curran has probably been Dundee’s standout performer in this most difficult of campaigns.
The availability of those two has also brought about changes by the new manager.
McIntyre has made it clear he sees Curran further up the pitch rather than at right-back as previous boss Neil McCann preferred while Calvin Miller has also been pushed up the field ahead of Ralph at left-back.
The Dark Blues next face Accies at the start of February – the first match after the January transfer window.
Who knows how many changes we’ll see between now and then?