Roarie Deacon looking capitalise on Dundee’s home form with a win over Hearts

Dundee attacker Roarie Deacon

Dundee winger Roarie Deacon admits that home comforts are king for the Dark Blues as they prepare to face Hearts at Dens Park on Saturday.

Four of the Dee’s five points have been picked up at home so far this season with Neil McCann’s men unbeaten in their last two at Dens.

The 25-year-old, signed from English non-league outfit Sutton United in the summer, believes they perform better in the city of Discovery.

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Roarie Deacon goes up for a header with Killie’s Stephen O’Donnell in the game at Rugby Park.

“I think as a team it’s on our minds subconsciously that we play better at home,” the ex-Arsenal man said.

“We’ve done very well at home this season, we picked up the point against Hibs, beat St Johnstone and I think we’ve been unlucky in the other games, too.

“As a team we want to improve on the Kilmarnock game for Saturday and put things right and pick up the three points.

“I don’t think we played well as a unit for the whole 90 minutes — we’re not happy with that, we know we can do a lot better.

“We go again on Saturday. There’ll be a good crowd at home which will hopefully help us pick up maximum points.”

Dundee threw away an early-lead, thanks to a Faissal El Bakhtaoui goal, to draw 1-1 with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park at the weekend.

Faissal El Bakhtaoui slots the ball past Killie goalie Jamie MacDonald.

Despite holding out for a point after Gordon Greer’s equaliser, Deacon says it could have been more.

“It feels like two points dropped. We were quite fortunate to come in at half-time at 1-0,” Deacon said.

“I felt like in the second-half we bucked up our ideas and kept the ball better to create a few more chances.

“We were playing a little bit better as a team but, obviously, when they scored they got the upper hand in the end.

“They had a few good chances after that.

“No one’s happy with the point. The gaffer’s definitely not happy because as a team we’re 100 times better than that but maybe in the end we’re lucky to have got the point.

“The only positive we can take from the game is we got the point and we’re unbeaten in two games now.

“Looking at it from that point of view is positive but we’ve got to build as well.”

Hearts are the visitors to Dens on Saturday with the Edinburgh club unbeaten in their last three under new manager Craig Levein.

Deacon admits Dundee need to start winning and go on a positive run themselves.

“We need to get a bit of momentum going in the league to get us in a higher position.

“That’s what we’re trying to do. We’ve got Hearts on Saturday and we’re back at home so we need to pick up the three points.”

The Englishman was unhappy that Dundee conceded via a corner on Saturday after working on their defensive shape in training.

However, he feels the squad still has some way to go in terms of team chemistry before everything goes right on the park.

Deacon added: “We conceded another set-piece goal against Kilmarnock and that’s disappointing because we’d been working a lot on our defensive shape.

“Sooner or later we’ll click as a team much better.

“We’ve got a lot of new players in, everyone’s gelling but we’ve been playing well.

“In the league we’ve been good most weeks. Kilmarnock wasn’t our greatest performance, we know that as a team, we just have to put it right.”

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