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Smith hopeful of good result

Dundee manager Barry Smith believes last weekend's draw with Ross County stands his side in good stead for the trip to Inverness.

The Dark Blues were on course for a win in Dingwall last weekend until the Staggies hit a late equaliser, but Smith still insisted there were plenty positives to take from their match.

Now the basement club find themselves on the road north again, this time to tackle third-placed Caley Thistle, and Smith believes they can take inspiration from their most recent trip.

Smith said: "We can take a lot of heart from the County game going into this one.

"I think it will be a similar type of match, in terms of the opposition and how tough it will be, so the Ross County game should stand us in good stead.

"We acquitted ourselves really well and we'll need to do the same again this Saturday.

"It's never easy going to Inverness but we have no fears about it. We'll go into it like any other game, looking to get the three points, and hopefully we can get a positive result to show for our efforts."

Dundee face a tough festive period with Inverness first up, followed by Boxing Day opponents Celtic and then Aberdeen.

Smith knows the Christmas fixture list is always important but will focus on only take one game at a time.

He said: "There are a lot of big games to look forward to.

"They tend to come thick and fast at this time of the year and the players love that sort of thing.

"But we can only really take one match as it comes and then concentrate on the next when it comes round.

"Inverness will get our full attention as they deserve it. They are doing really well just now and Terry Butcher has them playing with a lot of spirit and style.

"In saying that, we know what we can do on our day, which is what we want to produce come Saturday.

"Our supporters have been great all season and, of course, we would love to give them something to be happy about at this time of the year."