Smith hoping for response

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Barry Smith is glad to be back in action
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Barry Smith is glad to be back in action

Dundee manager Barry Smith hopes his side's lay-off can be the catalyst for them picking up their first home victory in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League when Inverness visit Dens Park.

The Dark Blues have had almost two weeks, because of the international break, to smart over their 3-0 defeat by Hibernian, which left them rooted to the bottom of the table.

The SPL new boys are now preparing to host Terry Butcher's resurgent Inverness side in the Friday night fixture with Smith banking on his players' eagerness to get back into action in the hope it can finally see them chalk up three points in front of their own fans.

He said: "Normally when you have had a free week for whatever reason it means you are just desperate to go out there and do yourself justice.

"I can sense a determination among the players to do well in what will be a very difficult game.

"It's all about getting up for this fixture and treating it like any other which which we face.

"I would hope there's still a feeling of frustration from the way we lost at Hibs because again individual errors cost us, which is something we want to put right."

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