Smith expects motivated Dees
Dundee boss Barry Smith believes his players will be motivated by their derby defeat by St Johnstone when they face Hibernian at Easter Road.
Dundee remained rooted to the bottom of the SPL after going down 3-1 to St Johnstone at Dens Park last weekend, a defeat which left them four points behind city rivals Dundee United.
The SPL new boys now head for the capital to take on Pat Fenlon's men looking for only their second league win of the new campaign - the other was across Edinburgh against Hearts.
And Smith is convinced they will have a big point to prove.
The Dundee boss said: "They will be motivated for sure for the Hibs game.
"The boys weren't happy with the performance against St Johnstone and I would be expecting a massive reaction for Saturday.
"No-one likes getting beat but it makes it worse when there's such a below-par display which we're all aware of.
"We've got a good dressing room of honest professionals and they know they fell way short of our standards against St Johnstone.
"The training has been good this week so I'd expect them to be right at it come kick-off at Easter Road."
Smith admits their selection problems in defence have not helped on their return to the top flight but is refusing to make excuses.
He said: "We've not had a settled back four. That has been a big factor.
"When I come to think of it, we've not played the same back four twice and it doesn't make it easy when you're coming up against teams who do have continuity.
"But I still think it's about the team and it's not an excuse by any means.
"I'm not just having a go at defenders. It's the team as a whole who can do better and we're confident that can be the case.
"I've got a good dressing room. I've always known that, so it's about getting the reaction which will hopefully see us getting a positive result at Hibs."
Smith is full of praise for Fenlon's side, who are unbeaten at home.
He said: "They've been doing pretty well of late.
"Their defeat by Aberdeen was their first in seven games which tells you something.
"We know we'll have to be at our best to get a win because they're a decent side who've got some confidence about them."