Hart­ley urges toil­ing Dundee to ‘fight and scrap’ for win


PAUL HART­LEY, the Dundee man­ager, has urged his play­ers to bat­tle for three points against Hamil­ton af­ter ad­mit­ting con­cern over their lowly league po­si­tion. The Lad­brokes Premiership’s bot­tom club slipped three points adrift on Wed­nes­day night when they suf­fered their sixth con­sec­u­tive de­feat against Partick This­tle.

Dundee have not won since the open­ing day of the cam­paign and Hart­ley ad­mits they will have to end that wait the hard way if they do so to­day at the Su­per­Seal Sta­dium.

“It’s one of the tough­est away fix­tures so we have got to pick a team that can fight and scrap and try and get a win,” he said. “Some­times for­get abil­ity, it’s all about the at­ti­tude and try­ing to dig a re­sult out from some­where.

“We are on a los­ing run just now, we have got to worry where the next win is go­ing to come from. We have got to find it from some­where and we have got to find it quick. You’ve got to pro­duce on a match day and we are not pro­duc­ing. We are mak­ing in­di­vid­ual mis­takes and it’s cost­ing us.”

Dundee were booed off fol­low­ing their mid­week de­feat at Dens Park and Hart­ley ac­cepted the fans’ ire, but has called for them to get be­hind the play­ers from the start in La­nark­shire. “I can see their frus­tra­tion be­cause of the per­for­mance,” the former Scot­land mid­fielder said. “Sup­port­ers pay good money and they have the right to have their opin­ion, but we need them just now, we are on a bad run. We have got to stick to­gether and try to fight and try to get a re­sult.”

Hamil­ton man­ager Mar­tin Can­ning, who has come un­der pres­sure from his own sup­port­ers in re­cent times, em­pathises with Hart­ley. “It is al­ways dif­fi­cult when you are not get­ting the re­sults,” said Can­ning. “You need to con­tinue to work hard and I am pretty sure he will be do­ing the same. We have all been through it, we all go through it.

“Paul is a good man­ager, he has proved it over the last cou­ple of years with Dundee so I know it will be a re­ally dif­fi­cult game for us. We came up (into the Premiership) with Dundee, there is lit­tle bit be­tween the teams as well so it is al­ways a com­pet­i­tive game.”

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