Kilmarnock V Dundee at Rugby Park : Match Preview

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05 May 2017

Steven Smith eyeing back-to-back wins as Kilmarnock host Dundee

Skipper Steven Smith is looking for Kilmarnock to perform at the double when Dundee visit on Saturday.

The Rugby Park club have not put back-to-back wins together this season and their three home victories in the Ladbrokes Premiership has been mirrored only by bottom side Inverness.

With four fixtures remaining, Killie sit in seventh place, six points ahead of Motherwell in the relegation play-off spot.

After a 2-0 win at Hamilton last week, which ensured there would be no chance of automatic relegation, the Ayrshire side have their sights set on Dundee.

Smith, back in contention after being out with a calf injury, said: "We had a meeting this morning about the fact that we have not won two games in a row for a long time which is not good enough if we are being brutally honest.

"Our home form isn't great either, which is something else that needs to change, but we are working hard and hopefully that begins on Saturday.

"So it is a massive game for us. We are confident but not over confident.

"We need to be ready for whatever they throw at us, match it and go again."

Defender Scott Boyd has been ruled out with a foot problem, while Rory McKenzie is in the final stages of his rehabilitation from a knee injury and will again be absent.

Meanwhile, Dundee midfielder Tom Hateley is determined to disappoint the neutrals hoping to see his side face a derby relegation decider.

With the Dark Blues just a point above the relegation play-off spot, and city neighbours Dundee United looking to progress from the Championship, there remains the possibility the Tayside rivals may have to face off for a top-flight slot.

But Hateley insists his team are now only focusing on climbing away from danger after new boss Neil McCann inspired them to victory in his first match in charge against Motherwell last weekend.

Hateley said: "The mindset about the place is now the only way is up.

"It's not about looking down the way any more. We're looking at every game as they come now hoping to win it.

"So we're 100 per cent looking up. We want to close the gap on Killie this weekend and finish as high as possible.

"I've honestly not thought about playing United in a play-off. It doesn't seem so long ago we were concentrating on getting into the top six. That's how quickly football can change.

"We had a good win at Motherwell and now we're 100 per cent focused on getting a good result against Killie this weekend."

Right-back Cammy Kerr returns from suspension, but centre-backs James McPake (knee) and Julen Etxabeguren (Achilles) are both out for the season.




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