Dundee manager James McPake says that his new signings, Paul McMullan, Jason Cummings and Tottenham Hotspur kid Malachi Fagan-Walcott, have all benefitted from a short break from action.
The Dee last played against Raith Rovers on January 30th in a 3-1 loss, since having Championship matches with Inverness, Ayr United and now this weekend’s match with Dunfermline called off due to the weather. In that Raith game, McMullan, Cummings and Fagan-Walcott had only just arrived at the club from Dundee United, Shrewsbury Town and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.
McPake believes some extra time on the training pitch has helped them settle in: “I think in every situation, you can use it to your advantage. We have brought three new players to the club and we have had a good couple of weeks now to integrate them into the squad and get them working the way we do.
“Before the Raith Rovers game, Malachi met Sam Fisher the day before and they are forming a centre-back partnership. Paul McMullan had been in the building three days and Jason Cummings came up from Shrewsbury 48 hours before.
“That’s tough going. This wee spell has allowed them to get into the training group and get to know their teammates, how we work and how we play. So that’s the advantage for that, but the players want a game.
“That’s what we want as well because it has been too long without a game. But it’s the weather, the Scottish weather, and that’s just what we need to deal with. We have been here before and we’ll be here again.”
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