Smith seeking more of the same

  • Last Updated: November 23 2012, 17:09 GMT

Dundee manager Barry Smith has warned his players not to let their recent standards drop in Saturday's clash with St Mirren.

Barry Smith: Looking for more from players

The Dark Blues have picked up considerably in recent weeks and are on a three-match unbeaten league run which has seen them move to within a point of second-bottom Saints.

And Smith insists it is up to them to carry on the good work which will see them leapfrog Danny Lennon's men with a win in Paisley.

He said: "We've been getting the right sort of results recently which has obviously been pleasing.

"The lads have deserved it for all their efforts but it's only a start as far as we're concerned. The important thing now is to make sure we keep it going.

"I'll be asking them for more of the same against St Mirren and in the weeks to come.

"When you set a standard you like to try and maintain, which is our aim.

"It won't be easy as St Mirren are still a good side but we'll focus on ourselves and see where it takes us."

Smith knows the Buddies have hit a rough patch recently but is adamant that will not make his side's task any easier.

He said: "Even though their results haven't been all that good, I don't think St Mirren have been playing all that badly.

"We know what they're capable of as they came to Dens Park and won 2-0 earlier in the season.

"They have a good mixture of youth and experience who know what the SPL is all about.

"We don't read anything into their results of late because we know that one win can start to turn things round for you."

Dundee hope to finally move off the bottom of the table but Smith knows league placings mean nothing at this stage in the season.

He said: "It's still early days. There's a lot of football still to be played between now and the end of the season.

"It would be nice to get off the bottom and it could be positive psychologically for us.

"That's what we're going to try and do but this game won't decide anything."

Dundee are still without injured skipper Stephen O'Donnell (hamstring), Carl Finnegan (knee), Jamie McLuskey (Achilles), Brian Easton (hamstring), Mark Kerr (knee), and Davide Grassi (knee).

Forward Mark Stewart has stepped up his comeback from a knee operation earlier this season but is still some way away from playing.

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