Dundee will have to face a different kind of pressure this weekend against Kilmarnock but manager Neil McCann is backing his players to handle it once again.
The Dark Blues boss was full of praise for the way his defence dealt with Hamilton’s direct approach in the second half of their 2-0 victory.
Accies brought on strikers Rakish Bingham and on-loan Mason Bloomfield as they bombarded the Dundee defensive line.
However, with the help of the crossbar a couple of times, Dundee held out and lifted some of the heat that’s been on the manager and his team after the six straight defeats that began their season.
With Killie’s attacking line of Greg Stewart, Eamonn Brophy, Jordan Jones, Chris Burke and Kris Boyd it’ll be a different sort of pressure the Dark Blues will have to be ready to deal with.
Neil, though, expects the edginess in their defending as they homed in on their first win to be gone come Saturday.
He said: “The next game will be a tough one against Kilmarnock but we enjoyed last weekend because it had been a long time coming.
“Against Hamilton, I knew they would go direct, they brought Bingham on and did go more direct.
“You have to deal with that – there is only so much you can do as a manager, tactically, and the players have to deal with it.
“You have to be able to deal with the threat of them going direct.
“There was a wee bit of edge still in their game because I’ve been saying for weeks I’d love to see them go in front and see what it did to their game.
“I always knew they would still be playing with pressure but they dealt with that.
“They had to deal with long balls, there were a couple of balls flashed across the goal but I thought we were well worth our three points last Saturday.”
Meanwhile, a Dundee reserve side including first-teamers Jack Hamilton, Darren O’Dea, Jesse Curran and Jean Mendy were thrashed 5-0 by Dunfermline at Kelty Hearts’ New Central Park.
It was Jimmy Boyle’s men’s first defeat in the Reserve League with goals from Lewis McCann, two from former Dundee United man Robbie Muirhead and second-half penalties from Tom Beadling and Myles Hippolyte counting for the Pars.
The match did see a first outing for new Dee signing Grant Nelson.
The 19-year-old from Rangers signed up with Boyle’s reserve side before the contest.