Scott Allan out to ensure Dundee’s loss to Aberdeen was ‘a blip’

Dundee midfielder Scott Allan came off the bench against Aberdeen on Friday night.

Scott Allan felt Aberdeen got a lucky break against Dundee on Friday night — now he wants to ensure his side redress the balance of the fates by winning at Hearts tonight.

The Dons just edged the hard-fought contest at Dens Park with Scott McKenna’s bundled finish the only thing splitting the sides.

And, the fact that Derek McInnes’ men were more than happy to sit in and protect their lead, hitting the Dark Blues on the counter when they can, showed the threat Dundee now pose according to Allan.

He said: “I don’t think there was much in the game and I thought we actually had the better clear-cut chances.

“It was just one of those nights where it didn’t go in for us.

“We lost a poor goal but other than that they never really troubled us and it was really nip and tuck the full game.

“It looked like one of those tight games where whoever got that bit of luck on the night would go on and win the game.

“Unfortunately for us, they got it.

Dundee midfielder Scott Allan came off the bench against Aberdeen on Friday night.

“We did get in behind them at times and there were a couple cleared off the line.

“To be fair, they’ve been the second best team in the country for the last three years and the last half an hour they were basically sitting in and trying to catch us on the counter-attack.

“That’s because they were aware of the threat we had going forward.

“So there are still a lot of positives to take out of the game but there’s a chance to go and make it right again tonight.”

Allan is hoping to make his first start for the Dark Blues since the end of September after recovering from groin surgery.

He’s come off the bench in the last four fixtures as manager Neil McCann eases him back into action.

However, the mercurial midfielder says he’s ready to go from the beginning in the trip to Hearts at Tynecastle.

And, although he’d have preferred to be out there on the pitch recently, the disappointment of having to watch on from the bench lately hasn’t been a big problem for Allan.

He said: “It’s not as tough to sit out when the team’s winning!

“I’m starting to feel match-fit now and pushing for a start. We’ll see how this week goes.

“It was a hard one to take on Friday night but we’re starting to gel together as a team and that’s been proved the last few weeks.

“We have to make sure Friday was just a minor blip and put things right.”

It’s a swift turnaround for Dundee this week and the players were back in training yesterday to prepare for the trip to the capital.

Then comes Partick Thistle at Dens Park on Saturday and Allan reckons this could be a pivotal week for the Dark Blues’ season.

With the Jambos six points ahead in sixth spot and the Jags four behind at the bottom, these two games will give a good indication of what kind of second half of the season Dundee fans can expect from their team.

Allan added: “It’s a big week for us and we’re looking forward to it.

“On Friday, there were positives to take, we were disappointed to lose the goal in the manner we did but on another night we could have scored two or three.

“To get something at Hearts would be brilliant and then we can go into the Thistle game on Saturday and have a right go. There’s no let up.”