16 Feb Roarie Deacon: Dundee players have point to prove to boss McCann
Roarie Deacon admits Dundee owe boss Neil McCann a performance against Partick Thistle following their midweek collapse at Kilmarnock.
The Dark Blues looked to be in command against 10-man Killie on Tuesday as they found themselves 2-1 up with just over quarter of an hour left.
But McCann was left furious as his side opened up, allowing late strikes from Kris Boyd and Iain Wilson to hand the Rugby Park hosts a stunning victory.
The manager even branded his side’s showing in the final 20 minutes “unprofessional” as they threw away a victory which would have moved them five points clear of the bottom two.
Now midfielder Deacon has promised McCann there will be a reaction when they run out to face Thistle at the Energy Check Stadium on Saturday.
He said: “The gaffer shows a lot of faith in us and when we go on the pitch we need to repay that – especially so this weekend because it was a very hard defeat to take on Tuesday.
“We were 2-1 up against 10 men so it’s true what the manager said. We weren’t professional in terms of seeing out the game.
“There’s nothing we can do about Tuesday now. We just need to look to Saturday and try to put things right against Thistle.
“After the game the manager obviously wasn’t happy at all. We weren’t happy ourselves as we let a big opportunity slip away from us.
“That could have been us bridging the gap. It could have been us getting further away from the bottom end and closer to the top.
“All we can do now is look to correct what we did wrong. One hundred per cent we’ve now got a point to prove.
“Training has been sharp this week. Everyone looked up for it and everyone wants to put Tuesday behind us and pick up three points on Saturday.”