Scott Bain says Dundee are determined to make up for Wednesday night’s defeat at Hamilton today — but they’ll be doing it their own way, the “right way” as he puts it.
The 2-0 home defeat to Inverness in midweek was a huge let-down for the sizeable crowd that turned up to see the season’s last game at Dens Park.
And goalkeeper Bain wants to put that right at the SuperSeal Stadium to finish off what has been a frustrating season on a high.
He said: “We want to put on a good performance for the fans but more importantly for ourselves.
“We felt we let ourselves down on Wednesday with how we played and we want to put that right, especially after the three games before and how good we were.
“The last three performances before the Inverness one were great.
“We’ve passed the ball well, the tempo’s been high and we tried to play the right way.
“We did that on Wednesday and there was a bit of negativity creeping in from the stands at the way we were playing.
“But it’s the same way we played the last three games and the fans were happy with that, so I think they need to realise we’re trying to be a football team and trying to do things right.
“It didn’t quite come off for us on Wednesday but we’ll go again.
“We’ve worked extremely hard to put ourselves in a good position to really achieve something in the bottom six and we’ve let it slip but we’ve got another game quickly and we can go again.”
With a good following expected to travel to Hamilton to cheer on the Dark Blues in their final game of the season — and possibly interim boss Neil McCann’s final match in charge at the club — Bain is hoping to send the supporters home happier than after the Inverness game.
But he is also asking for a bit of patience with the team as they continue to play out from the back and risk putting themselves under pressure, despite concern from the fans in the stands.
“They need to realise we have a gameplan to play through the lines,” he added.
“All the chances we created on Wednesday were from playing from the back, playing through the lines, people being brave on the ball.
“That’s the way we want to play, that’s the way the game should be played and that’s the way the manager wants us to play.
“I think the last few games, even on Wednesday, we passed the ball well and we need to keep that going.
“We want to finish on a high again and finish off the season strong.
“Obviously, we wanted to win on Wednesday but it wasn’t to be.
“We’re all 100% on the way we want to play, though, and, if the fans get behind us and support us in the way we want to play with more positivity, then that’ll definitely help.”
Bain also dismissed any notion of the players taking their foot off the pedal with safety already assured before the game against Inverness.
The defeat to Caley had plenty of hallmarks of an end-of-season contest from Dundee’s point of view.
Hamilton’s defeat at Ross County on Tuesday night did the job for the Dark Blues in sealing safety but the goalkeeper says that result had no bearing on the team’s performance.
“I can only speak for myself, it didn’t affect me, I think we were still playing for a lot.
“We’re still playing to win games and to prove people wrong.”