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Smith: Dundee always positive
Published : 18 Nov 2012 16:14:00
Dundee boss Barry Smith insisted after Saturday's 3-1 win over Hibernian that his team never lost confidence during their early-season slump. The Dark Blues struggled to get up to speed after a seven-year absence from the top flight and soon found themselves eight points adrift at the foot of the SPL. But the SPL new boys have since picked up and are now three games unbeaten and just one point behind second-bottom St Mirren following their convincing triumph over Pat Fenlon's second-placed Hibs side. "There has always been good morale about the place," said Smith, whose side emerged victorious at Dens Park thanks to goals from Kyle Benedictus, Steven Milne and Kevin McBride's penalty. "We all know we had a difficult start but the players have always stuck together and been positive about our situation. "I think that has been proved with the way we've been playing recently so all credit to the lads for the turnaround. "This was a really good result and performance to match when you think of how well Hibs have been doing in the league. "We spoke all week about going out and trying to win the match and thankfully that's what we've done. "We won't get carried away as it's still early days but we're all in this together and there's a good feel about the place." Dundee can overtake St Mirren by beating them in Paisley next weekend, although Smith is refusing to look at other teams in the SPL. He said: "We've always just tried to look after ourselves. That's the best way for us to be. "We'll take one game at a time and see where it takes us because it's going to be a long season for everyone." Goal hero Benedictus said: "It's a massive result for us. "Scoring was nice but the main thing is the three points and trying to keep this run going." Meanwhile, Hibs manager Pat Fenlon challenged his side to bounce back when they take on Aberdeen next following their surprise defeat on Tayside. Fenlon said: "We've got to dust ourselves down and get on with it. "We've got a big game next week against Aberdeen to look forward to. "This was unlike us and it's difficult to put your finger on why this was the case. "We didn't match Dundee for effort and commitment which was the thing that disappointed me most. "But we'll try to put it down to an off-day and hope there's no repeat of it."