01-05-2017, 06:28 AM
Dundee’s end-of-year victory over St Johnstone capped a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the club.
When the Dark Blues lost 2-0 at home to Partick Thistle at the end of October, it left the club three points adrift at the foot of the Premiership table with only six points from 11 games.
That fact, combined with their abject performance that evening against the Jags, had many fans, and pundits alike, suggesting Paul Hartley’s men were bankers for the drop.
However, the team galvanised themselves and produced a run over the next 10 games which yielded five wins, four losses (two of which were against Celtic and Rangers) and one draw.
The 16 points collected now sees the Dens men sitting in eighth spot but, more importantly, with a five and six-point cushion respectively over bottom pair Hamilton and Inverness Caley.
Tele Sport looks at the run which has put the smiles back on the faces of the Dens Park faithful.
Saturday, October 29
HAMILTON 0 DUNDEE 1
A Paul McGowan goal after 61 minutes won a scrappy affair as the Dee dug in for a vital win. Although they remained at the bottom, the gap to Accies had been cut to just two points with Ross County splitting the pair.
Saturday, November 5
DUNDEE 2 MOTHERWELL 0
The Dee’s first home league win of the campaign and it came in impressive fashion as goals by Cammy Kerr and Marcus Haber saw off the Steelmen. The win saw Dundee leapfrog County at the bottom.
Saturday, November 19
RANGERS 1 DUNDEE 0.
A last-gasp Harry Forrester goal denied the Dark Blues a share of the spoils and also sent them back to the foot of the table, level on points with Hamilton, who’d played two games less.
Saturday, November 26
DUNDEE 2 INVERNESS CALEY 1
Goals by Kosta Gadzhalov and Craig Wighton ensured back-to-back home wins for the Dee. Incredibly, in a jam-packed relegation zone, Hartley’s men jumped to seventh, with Partick dropping to the foot, albeit only two points behind.
Saturday, December 3
KILMARNOCK 2 DUNDEE 0
A below-par performance got what it deserved as Dundee returned home pointless from Rugby Park.
Saturday, December 10
DUNDEE 0 ROSS COUNTY 0
The Dark Blues were made to work hard for their point, although it could have been three had Marcus Haber converted when right through on goal.
Saturday, December 17
CELTIC 2 DUNDEE 1
Haber made up for his miss the previous week as a plucky performance came up just short against the champions at Parkhead. Faissal El Bakhtaoui missed a great chance to grab a point when he blazed over late on.
Friday, December 23
DUNDEE 3 HEARTS 2
Haber caps a brilliant fightback as his stoppage-time winner sinks the Jambos, who led 2-0 at the hour mark. Darren O’Dea and McGowan were also on target as Dundee climb up to seventh on 19 points from as many games.
Wednesday, December 28
PARTICK 2 DUNDEE 0.
A flat performance sees the Jags claim victory at Firhill.
Saturday, December 31
DUNDEE 3 ST JOHNSTONE 0
Best show of the season for the Dee as goals by El Bakhtaoui, Gadzhalov and Steven Anderson (og) sink a powerful Saints outfit. The win also sees Dundee put a six-point gap between themselves and Caley Thistle at the bottom.