Dundee take on St Mirren tonight and new manager John Brown wants his side's fans to get right behind their team in their fight to avoid the drop. 17 points separate bottom club Dundee and tonight's visitors but Brown has not given up hope just yet. He believes it is possible and has pleaded with the Dark Blue faithful to turn out in numbers for the game despite losing the Scottish Cup derby game at the weekend against neighbours Dundee United. Brown said: "I think the fans appreciated what the guys put in against United as far as effort goes. They all gave everything and when they do that I'll never criticise them. We need the supporters to keep right behind us and hopefully they do that. We have to be attack-minded without going gung-ho. We know wins are ideally what we need to try to make up some ground on the teams above us. That's our job, to close that gap, and nobody here will ever be giving up on that."This season sees the just 16 points separate 10 of the 12 teams in the SPL. That is why St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has not given up hope can go even further than their original target of sixth. A win tonight would leave them just seven points behind fourth-placed Ross County. He said: "This game is of huge importance to us because we still have a strong desire to keep chapping at the door for the top six. This is our game over all the other teams in the league and I believe we are still capable of fighting for three of the top-six slots. Only Celtic, Motherwell and Inverness are guaranteed to be in the top six and the rest is up for grabs. There are plenty of twists and turns and a win would certainly keep us in there with a realistic shout. But it's totally down to us and we need to get the wins on the board."