Glen Kamara insists that while the Dundee players are fully focused on Saturday’s Premiership game at St Johnstone, no-one will be able to erase memories of last weekend’s horror show against Ayr in the Betfred Cup any time soon.
The 22-year-old Finnish international made his long-awaited comeback from a niggling ankle injury in the 78th minute of the match against the Honest Men.
However, the midfielder was helpless to prevent the Dark Blues being dumped out of the cup with the 3-0 defeat at Dens also seeing home players Sofien Moussa and Genseric Kusunga red carded.
Now, Kamara insists lessons have to be taken on board – especially by the club’s new summer signings – ahead of the game at McDiarmid.
Kamara said: “We knew Ayr would be a decent team and have some decent players, that they would be organised and difficult to beat so it wasn’t a surprise.
“All the boys were second best in Saturday. We’ve got to give Ayr some credit but the defeat was down to us. We weren’t at it at all.
“We knew their qualities and had watched them so it wasn’t about underestimating them.
“We just didn’t create enough and were second best for the whole game.
“It might be a lesson for some of the new guys – you need to be ready for every game.
“It was a hard one to take and we have to pick ourselves up for a big match this weekend at St Johnstone. We need three points there.
“We will just do our stuff on the training pitches for the week coming up and put our attention now on St Johnstone.
“But we definitely have to look back on the game on Saturday – we can’t just forget about that performance.
“We have to pick ourselves up but I know this team is capable of doing that.
“We played some good football in the games before Ayr so we know what we are capable of.
“The results haven’t gone our way though and it is obvious Saturday just wasn’t good enough from us.”
Kamara was one of the stand-out players for Dundee last season with his performances attracting interest from clubs both in this country and down south.
However, he insists that when the transfer window shuts soon, he will still be at Dens.
He added: “I will definitely be here at the end of the month, 100%.
“I want to stay and play games, win games and that’s the plan.
“It has been difficult sitting on the sidelines – I’ve hated every minute of it watching from the stands.
“Hopefully I am back into it soon. I’m feeling fit.”