Faissal El Bakhtaoui is certain “the goals will come” for Dundee in the second half of the season — starting at Hamilton.
With just one point separating the sides before the weekend clash at the SuperSeal Stadium, the French-Moroccan admits the game is “massive” for the Dark Blues.
Following the 1-0 defeat to Hibs on Wednesday night, Dundee sit in 10th spot just two points above the relegation play-off place.
Their recent record against Accies doesn’t make good reading either, with just the one win in the last eight meetings of the sides.
In fact, since that 1-0 win in October, 2016, Hamilton have won the last four, scoring 12 goals in the process.
And El Bakhtaoui reckons the Dark Blues owe themselves a performance against Martin Canning’s men — and with that, all three points.
The Dee striker said: “It’s a massive game for us against Hamilton.
“We will need to work hard over there and need to try to get the three points.
“Hamilton is a hard place to play, they have some good players as well.
“The pitch is not the best but we’ve played there and know what it’s like, so we just need to stay concentrated.
“I was on the bench, I think, for the last game at Dens Park but I started the game at Hamilton earlier in the season.
“They have good players and they are physical in defence, some big boys, so we’ll have to work hard.
“It’s been a long time not to get three points against them and the manager has said it’s a massive game. We need to go there and come back with the three points.”
That need comes after the disappointment of the 1-0 defeat to Hibs on Wednesday at Dens Park.
John McGinn’s 52nd-minute strike was enough to split the teams but not before Dundee had created, and then passed up, a number of decent chances themselves.
El Bakhtaoui himself had a few opportunities, particularly in the first half, but he says as long as they continue to get themselves into positions, the goals will come.
He said: “We have good players, we know that, we just need to take time and the chances will come for us.
“That’s what it is, we make chances but we need to start getting goals as well.
“One hundred per cent we have players in the team that can get the goals.
“We know it’s going to come, the manager keeps telling us it’s going to come — if we make chances, the goals will come.”
The Dundee players walked off “frustrated” at coming away with nothing from the midweek game but El Bakhtaoui insists there was not much wrong with the performance, overall, in the defeat.
He added: “We were frustrated. I thought we played really well, we had some good chances.
“Hibs have some big defenders and we didn’t have Sofien Moussa or Marcus Haber in that game.
“I thought we did OK, it wasn’t a big miss up top but they are strong and big.
“First half I was midfield, the manager told me to play midfield with Gowser but then we switched later and I was up top.
“I think it was one of those games where the team that scored first would go on and win.
“Saying that, I thought we had some really good chances after they scored, so we should have drawn at least.
“We’ve played some good games this season where we’ve had some chances but it just hasn’t happened for us.
“We just need to keep working hard in training to get better at that.”