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Stephen: No need for panic.

Byline: Euan McArthur

Dundee skipper Stephen O'Donnell insists nobody at Dens Park is about to hit the panic button.

Barry Smith's SPL new boys head to Tynecastle today still searching for their first league win.

And the injury-hit Dark Blues were sent spinning out of the League Cup by minnows Queens Park in midweek.

But O'Donnell said: "This is not a time for anyone to hit the panic button.

"Instead we need to stick together and keep on believing in ourselves.

"It's not as though we're being overrun and outplayed.

"It's more just a case of not taking our chances and being punished by teams who do."

O'Donnell knows being back in the top flight was never going to be a stroll after a seven-year absence exiled in the First Division.

He said: "We always knew it was going to be tough and it would take us a while to bed in.

"We have a lot of boys out through injury but we've just got to get on with it.

"Tynecastle is a first-class venue and there's no pressure on us because nobody outwith our own camp expects us to do anything.

"Many people have been tipping us to go straight back down this season.

"That's fine - it is extra motivation for us to prove them wrong."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 2, 2012
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