Straight-Talking Lewis Spence insists it’s only a matter of time before Dundee’s form in front of goal turns around, saying “some team is going to take a battering” from them soon.
The 22-year-old is hoping that’s today as Ayr United come calling in the Betfred Cup last 16 at Dens Park.
Although he’s backing his team-mates to start putting away the chances they are creating, he knows just how tough the Honest Men will be to get past.
Dundee will have to keep an eye on dangerman striker Lawrence Shankland.
He said: “It’s going to come, our luck has to change some time because we are getting the chances.
“I think some team is going to take a battering soon, we’ll take three or four off somebody, and hopefully that might be this weekend.
“It’ll be a really tough game, though, Ayr are no pushovers, I know a few of their players and they are a decent team.
“They play some good stuff and have goalscorers in their team so it’ll be tough.
“They won League One so they’ve come up with confidence and have goals in their team, boys that can put it in the net.
“They’ll come here with confidence but we’re confident we can get the job done if we apply ourselves the right way professionally.
“I’ve always said we want a cup run here to give the fans something back and this is a great draw for us.
“It’ll be difficult but we win that and we’re in the quarters and a decent draw can see you to the semis at Hampden.
“However, we need to take care of Ayr first – we can’t look past them.”
Spence was an injury doubt for this one after he was subbed in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at home to Aberdeen with an ankle knock. He says, though, coming off was just a precaution after needing surgery on the same ankle last season.
He said: “It was nothing too serious. I had a shot and rolled my ankle a bit and I’ve had previous with it, so it was a bit of a worry at the time. However, a good bit of rest and the physio saw it. I’ve trained this week and it’s good. I just need to keep an eye on it.”
Now would be an unfortunate time for Spence to be ruled out of action after some impressive displays in the early-season games and particularly due to the level of competition in the position now at Dens Park.
“Last year there were a lot of centre-mids but again this year we’re very strong there, one of the strongest areas in the team,” he added.
“I think that’s good because it keeps everyone on their toes, you can’t slack because there will be somebody else to take your place.
“I believe in my ability and I’ve worked hard over the summer, worked hard in pre-season, too.
“Obviously, I’ve been in the position but Glen Kamara is to come back and you’ve got Adil Nabi, Paul McGowan, Elton Ngwatala and Kharl Madianga, so there’s a lot of competition in there. I think throughout the season it will be getting rotated round and, hopefully, I can be in that team.
“I think I’ve done OK so far. It’s still early but I want to keep this up through the whole season.
“Last year I played well in stages and then got injured so I want to play consistently every week, play as much as I can, and obviously help the team climb the table.”
And the way to do that will be to start finding the net, something Spence is adamant that’ll change soon.
“I think our luck will turn around.
“We have to put some of these chances away, we all know that, but the main thing is we are creating chances.
“One day it is going to click, something is just missing at the moment but we all believe in the guys up front to go and do it.”