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Graeme Shinnie | Dundee Pre-Match

December 7, 2017 4:56 pm Author: AFC Media Team

“It’s not been too bad to be fair.

“We have to try and stick to preparing for the game and training’s been good. Paul’s came in and not a lot has changed, and the boys know there’s a game at the end of the week so that’s what we’ve been trying to focus on.

“Naturally when you are at the club you don’t know what’s going on, but you’re aware of the situation around you. All we’re trying to drum in is to focus on the game.
It’s been a bit stronger this week, but before it was just speculation and as a team we can’t get drawn into that. The results haven’t been good enough, so we need to focus on trying to turn that around and that starts on Friday. Paul said on Wednesday that he was taking training and told us to go out train as normal, keep the intensity up and credit to the players we’ve all done that.

“Everybody’s got different reasons for what they want to do and us players would never question that. We’ve got a job as football players to win football games, which we didn’t do last week, and the performances haven’t been as good as we know we can be, so we need to turn that around. Barry and Paul have taken training and it’s been really good. The boys are looking forward to the game on Friday.

“We know as a squad that we’re still in a good position and are still in that fight. We’ve got a great squad, and there’s plenty of talent here. There’s a big month of December with some big games and we know we’ve got to focus on that. As players you’ve experienced it before and Paul’s come in and done brilliantly with training. We had a tough week last week and we were disappointed in the way we performed so there would be nothing better than bouncing back and getting back to winning ways. It’s important as players to put it to the back of our mind. The whole focus has been preparing for this game. It was a tough schedule last week.

“It’s important for the whole Club comes together. The squad will help each other, and the fans will back us at Dundee and we know that. It’s an important game for us on Friday and one we’re looking forward to.”

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