Dundee captain Joe Shaughnessy confident of first Premiership victory

Shaughnessy is aiming to deliver three points against Hearts.

Dundee captain Joe Shaughnessy confident of first Premiership victory SNS Group

Captain Joe Shaughnessy has seen enough to believe Dundee are ready to get their first victory in the cinch Premiership.

The newly-promoted Taysiders, under new boss Tony Docherty, failed to get out of their Viaplay Cup group and had to sit out last weekend as the last-16 ties took place.

Previously, the Dens Park club began their cinch Premiership campaign with a 1-1 home draw against Motherwell and a 2-1 defeat away at St Mirren.

Ahead of the home game against Hearts on Sunday, Shaughnessy is optimistic that fortunes will improve.

“It will be another tough game,” said the defender, who joined Dundee from St Mirren in the summer.

“I think we should have maybe got more out of our first two games but we will be looking to put that right this weekend.

“The break has been good. All the lads are looking good in training. We would have rather been in the cup but we trained hard all week and we are looking for that first win and I am confident that first win will come.

“We gave a pretty good account of ourselves in the first two games, maybe not for the whole 90 minutes – certainly in the first half at St Mirren we weren’t at the races – but in the second half we probably should have got something out of the game.

“And against Motherwell, we did enough to win the game so there is enough there to push on and get that first win.

“There is a lot of new faces in the building, including the manager and staff and it is going to take a while to gel but it is starting to come together. The sooner the better, but I think it is getting there.”