Barry Smith plays down significance of Dundee’s clash with St Mirren

Dundee manager Barry Smith has played down his side’s clash with Dundee in Paisley, insisting it is not a relegation six pointer.

The Dens Park club are only a point behind Danny Lennon’s side going into the game in Paisley, having taken seven points out of nine.

St Mirren are on a run of six SPL matches without a win but Smith insists the game has no added significance.

He said: “It’s just another game, it’s very early in the season still and there are still a lot of points to be played for.

“We just have to concentrate on putting on a good performance like we have done the past few games and try to pick up three points.”

Asked if he felt the pressure was on the home side ahead of the match, he said: “No I don’t think so, as I said at this stage of the season there are still lots of points to be played for and we concentrate on ourselves.”

Despite their fight back, Dundee have sat at the bottom of the table for several weeks and Smith admits moving up the league would give everyone at the club a boost.

He added: “I think psychologically it would be a big thing for the players. Sitting at the bottom of the league for the majority of the season, it will give them a massive lift if we can get ourselves off the bottom.”

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