St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson has stressed the importance of Wednesday night’s home clash with Dundee to his players.
The fifth-placed Buddies are bristling with confidence following their convincing 3-0 cinch Premiership win over Hibernian at Easter Road on Saturday.
Next up are Tony Docherty’s Taysiders who, along with Hibs, are also competing with Saints for a top-six finish, but Robinson is looking for more league joy before St Mirren host Celtic in the Scottish Gas Scottish Cup on Sunday.
The Northern Irishman said: “We established ourselves as a top-six side last season.
“The hardest bit is trying to repeat that. So far we are doing that.
“These two games against teams directly below us means it gives you a little bit of a cushion if you can win the game.
“Sometimes you try to play that down to players, but we have done the opposite, we have played it up and made the level of importance of the game really high and it is the same on Wednesday night.
“We created numerous chances against Hibs, but that comes from a solid base and we need that tomorrow night and we need it again on Sunday.”
Robinson insists lessons were learned in the 4-0 defeat by Dundee in November, the Buddies’ biggest defeat of the season.
He said: “We had a lot of possession, 60 per cent, and we had more than 30 crosses into the box, but we played in front of Dundee a lot, we didn’t go in behind them, turn them around and make them go towards their own goal. So there’s lessons in that.
“We conceded from two set-plays. Dundee are a high threat in set-plays, very well-organised and very pro-active in their set-plays.
“We have to be well versed in that. No matter how bad we played up until half-time, we were 2-0 down due to set-plays.
“It is a critical part of the game now and we have to be on top of that tomorrow night.”
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