Personal pride in your performance comes a distant second to being part of a winning team, Dundee’s Jesse Curran has insisted.
The Australian got his first chance under new manager Jim McIntyre against Hearts in midweek and was one of the better players in dark blue.
Given the fact that Dundee appearance number 13 was part of a three-goal loss to the Premiership leaders, the predominant emotion was disappointment however.
Curran said: “On a personal level, I suppose I can be satisfied that I’ve taken my chance and been doing quite well for the team, been putting a shift in.
“But on the other side, losing isn’t great and I don’t enjoy it at all.
“We want to be winning games. That’s what we’re here for. I just try to do my best for the team and if the gaffer thinks I’m ready to play and gives me an opportunity, I’m going to make sure I take it.
“It’s about working hard and doing it for the team.
“It’s not about the individual. It’s about how the team is doing and if the team is winning – that’s when it will be enjoyable.”
Hard work is the only building block for a Dundee revival, according to the 22-year-old.
“When you are in the bottom half of the table you need to keep fighting,” he said.
“It’s about graft at the moment. It’s not about playing fancy football. We just need to work hard all the time.
“We need to get results that way and once we have, then we can start playing the kind of football that we know we can.
“In the coming games we need to stick together to get out of this situation.
“I have to say that we are due a good break soon because we haven’t had any so far.
“Spirits are high in training and there’s a good tempo because we’re all working for each other. If we can get some good luck to go with that, we can kick on from there.”