Football - Easton eager to show fight

Brian Easton aims to show Dundee have the fight to stay in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League if their clash with Aberdeen turns into a "battle" on a poor Pittodrie pitch.

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Brian Easton's Dundee travel to Aberdeen on Friday

The Dons' pitch has cut up badly in recent months and this week's rain and snow will ensure the surface is still not conducive to good football.

Dundee have tried to play their way out of trouble but fell 15 points adrift last weekend after losing 2-0 at home to Ross County. And Easton hopes the heavy Pittodrie park works in their favour as their relegation battle becomes critical.

"I've seen it a couple of times and we have spoken a bit about it during the week," the former Hamilton and Burnley left-back said. "It's not a pitch to be playing attractive football but it's a game where we are going to have to go in, regardless of how the pitch is, ready to fight for our lives.

"It might work out to our advantage. It is going to turn into a battle and it's really about who wants it more. We really need to want it more."

Easton has bad memories of Pittodrie this season having suffered a hamstring injury in October less than four minutes into his second appearance for Dundee.

The 24-year-old did not return to the first team until last month and his absence was typical of a season that has seen Barry Smith do without the likes of captain Stephen O'Donnell and forward Carl Finnigan for most of the campaign.

But Easton feels he can now fully contribute to a revival as Dundee aim to give themselves a glimmer of hope.

"This season has been frustrating because I missed nearly all the first half of the season," he said.

"Since the turn of the year I have been in every game. I've been happy with how I'm playing. My fitness has been getting better and better so hopefully it can keep improving and we can turn that into good team performances."

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