Kerr calls for a dogged, determined Dundee display at Hibernian

Dundee’s Cammy Kerr and Hibernian’s Dylan McGeouch battle for the ball

Cammy Kerr wants to see a “dogged and dead determined” Dundee at Easter Road today as they look to get off the bottom of the table.

A poor run of eight defeats in their last 12 outings has seen the Dark Blues drop into 12th spot in the Premiership table.

And the fixtures don’t get any easier with a trip to face a third-placed Hibs side on the back of three victories on the bounce.

The good form of Neil Lennon’s side is something Kerr says the Dark Blues need to be aware of.

He said: “Hibs have been going well. They had the derby win last week and then went to Killie, who have picked up under Steve Clarke, and kind of brushed them aside.

“They’re a good side and have a lot of threats we need to make sure we combat.”

This is the second time the sides have met in the Premiership this season with the last coming at Dens Park with the spoils on that August day shared.

Hibs were disappointed not to have left the City of Discovery with all three points that day after dominating much of the game.

Dundee boss Neil McCann felt that game was his side’s worst performance of the season.

However, they still came away with a result despite not playing as well as they would have liked.

And, for Kerr, replicating that desire and attitude while adding a bit more attacking threat is the aim of the game today.

“It wasn’t exactly a pretty performance for us but it was dogged and dead determined that day, everyone was working for each other,” he added.

“As much as we didn’t really have our foot on the ball and dictating the play, I thought defensively we held out.

“We’ve definitely got a lot of grit and bottle in the ranks throughout the team.

“Sometimes you’ve got to have that if a game doesn’t go so pretty or doesn’t go your way, you’ve got to make sure if things aren’t going well on the ball you’ve got to be determined and work hard off it.”

The management team of McCann and Graham Gartland have been mixing up training this week in a bid to re-energise their players after a punishing week which saw three defeats. They have worked on things specific to the threats they’ll face today in the capital.

Cammy added: “We’ve been disappointed with the recent results but certainly in the games there have been positives to take.

“This week has been another tough training week where we’re bedding in the stuff we want to work on in the game which all goes towards the aim of getting a result today.

“There’s been a lot of different stuff in terms of what we want to work on.

“The manager and Garts are building that into the team and getting it across to the boys.

“It’s important you do that so everyone’s obviously on the same page on a Saturday.”

Kerr has found himself out of the first-team after a formation switch to utilise wing-backs but made a return to the pitch off the bench in the second half of last week’s 3-1 home defeat to Hamilton.

“It was good to come on but not to win and the way we ended the game wasn’t good. I’d like to think I came on and added something to it.

“The competition keeps me on my toes.

“Obviously the gaffer changed the formation and it’s up to me to show him I can play that position and make sure I’m one of the first names on the teamsheet.

“That’s my goal, to make sure I play, play well, and if I’m not in the team I’m doing everything, I’m giving him a headache, to get back in.”