Kilmarnock V Dundee at Rugby Park : Match Preview

02 December 2016
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Kilmarnock defender Will Boyle thinks the decisive games are yet to come

Kilmarnock are just emerging from a run of games against the top four teams in the Ladbrokes Premiership but defender Will Boyle claims the big matches are yet to come.

Killie have played Hearts, Rangers and Celtic in their last four games and have Aberdeen to follow on Tuesday, but it is the teams nearer to the bottom of the table that Boyle is targeting as the big fixtures, starting with Dundee at Rugby Park on Saturday.

The on-loan Huddersfield centre-back said: "We've had a couple of big teams and tough opposition in the last few weeks. We have seven games in December, quite a lot of teams who are round and about us in the league, so it's a big period coming up.

"They are the big fixtures, what can be classed as the six-pointers."

Meanwhile, defender Darren O'Dea admits he could not see where Dundee's next victory was coming from when they were bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

O'Dea began to question whether his team had the character to get out of their slump after a 2-0 home defeat by Partick on October 26 left them adrift with six points from 11 games.

One month later, Dundee secured a third victory in four matches and are only in the bottom half on goal difference ahead of Saturday's game at Kilmarnock.

O'Dea believes manager Paul Hartley and his coaching team deserve the credit for moving to a 3-5-2 formation ahead of their victory at Hamilton - and for keeping faith in their players.

"I have been in football for quite a while and that was one of the toughest weeks I have had," the 29-year-old Irishman said. "It's easy to say 'try to be confident and be upbeat' but I couldn't see where we were going to get a win, and that's worrying when you feel like that.

"But the manager never felt like that. He had everyone going on the Thursday. We changed a little bit, our thoughts on how we played the game away to Hamilton, the shape, he decided this was the way we were going to go. And credit to him, it has worked."

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