Smith hopes to build on win

Dundee manager Barry Smith has urged his players not to let their win over Hearts go to waste when they head to Fir Park to take on Motherwell.

Dundee secured their first home league victory of the season last weekend, beating Hearts 1-0 thanks to Matt Lockwood's free-kick, and will be attempting to make it back-to-back victories for the first time this season as they prepare to head to Lanarkshire to face Stuart McCall's men.

Dundee have had a tough time on their return to the SPL after a seven-year absence, but after moving to within five points of St Mirren last weekend Smith does not want his side to fall short in their efforts to climb the table away to the Steelmen.

Smith said: "It's all about trying to build on what we did against Hearts.

"It was a great result and performance to match which was the most pleasing thing.

"It's only one win but the important thing is that we must take confidence from that into the Motherwell match.

"We showed what we can do on our day, so if we can play like that again we'll certainly give ourselves a chance.

"The mood has been good in training all week, with a view to going to Fir Park, so we have to try to build up some sort of momentum.

"We go there knowing what we're capable of and hopefully the Hearts game can spur us on to do something good in this game."

Smith watched Motherwell lose narrowly to Dundee United in midweek but is under no illusions just how tough it will be to come way with a positive result.

He said: "It was one of these games which could have gone either way.

"Motherwell were left with nothing to show for their efforts but they still put a lot into it and were unfortunate that was the case.

"They are dangerous with a lot of pace and skill in their side.

"We know that because the last time we played them at Dens earlier in the season they came from behind to win 2-1.

"That was disappointing from our point of view but the players are learning all the time at this level.

"We reached a standard against Hearts which we want to maintain but Motherwell will have other ideas so we'll have to ready from the very start.

"Michael Higdon is always a threat in the air and on the deck and he's just one of a number of players we'll need to keep an eye on."