Smith wants Motherwell repeat
Dundee boss Barry Smith wants his side to replicate their recent first-half display against Motherwell in Saturday's clash with St Johnstone.
The Dark Blues produced some of their best football so far this season which had them 1-0 up on Stuart McCall's league leaders until a late collapse cost them the points.
The SPL new boys are back on home turf on Saturday when Steve Lomas' on-form side arrive at Dens with Smith urging the hosts to hit the heights they did reached against the Steelmen in a bid to celebrate a home victory.
He said: "In our last home game we were very good against Motherwell who're top of the league.
"That's the kind of standards we want to aim for but have to try and maintain that for the 90 minutes.
"Ideally we would like a repeat of our first-half display but obviously we want a different result.
"We want a victory for ourselves and for the fans but know we can't afford to switch off at any time."
Dundee welcome St Johnstone who've climbed up the table thanks to back-to-back league wins as well as securing their place in the Scottish Communities League Cup earlier in the week.
Smith is full of praise for their Tayside rivals, but wants his own side to fully focus on their own business.
He said: "Saints are doing really well and they're a quality side.
"They've picked up recently to put themselves back in the pack although things are still very tight.
"We respect them but know ourselves what we're capable of on our day which is what we have to concentrate on.
"We'll go out and play our normal game as we've a lot of attack-minded players so we'll see what happens."
Smith hopes his side are spurred on by the lively atmosphere likely to be created by the derby clash.
He said: "I would hope St Johnstone bring through a decent following because our fans will turn out in numbers as usual.
"These are the kind of games our players should be relishing being back in the SPL.
"It's got the makings of a good game and we hope to get the three points like we do in every other game."