The Sunday Post (Newcastle)

Result just what Doc ordered, but he wants more


Delighted Dundee boss Tony Docherty.

Dundee boss Tony Docherty is refusing to get carried away despite a thumping win over St Mirren.

The 52-year-old said: “I thought it was an overall fantastic team performanc­e. It doesn’t surprise me – we’ve been showing levels of real quality.

“We picked them off and the real pleasing aspect for me is that teams are always going on about us scoring from set plays. But we scored two goals from open play.

“To get all your strikers on the scoresheet and to get a clean sheet is particular­ly pleasing.

“As a squad and as a staff, we will never get carried away. It’s always about your next game and it’s always about improvemen­t. Every day we are trying to leave the training ground better as a player, better as a squad.

“I think you’ve seen the performanc­e levels, I’ve been really pleased with them and there is a consistent improvemen­t in terms of clean sheets and now we are adding open-play goals to setplay goals.

“We’ll dust ourselves down. It’s just one game and we’ll take the three points and look forward to another game here at home to Hibs.”

St Mirren had been affected by a sickness bug, with skipper Mark O’Hara missing the game, but boss Stephen Robinson insisted it was just a very bad day at the office.

He said: “I think I would be making excuses. As a collective and myself included, it wasn’t good enough.

“We started really poorly and we got a wake-up call when Rudden hit the post – we were sleeping.

“But we didn’t respond to it. Probably the biggest disappoint­ment is that we made it very clear as a group that set-plays were their biggest threat.

“Every single player had an off-day – outwith Scott Tanser, who got pass marks just.

“We haven’t become a bad team overnight. We will get criticised for the performanc­e and rightly so.

“I maintain we need to stay in the division. That hasn’t changed.

“We are a good side with good players and good characters who will respond.

“We have had a very good start to the season. The league table doesn’t lie overall and we deserve to be where we are.

“But certainly, on the performanc­e today, it is a reset. We need to get back to doing what we were doing before.”

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