Neil McCann witnessed his team slump to the bottom of the Premiership table on Saturday after suffering defeat against ten-man Hamilton who hadn't won in the League in eight matches.
Poor defending and lacking any end product upfront was the catalyst to a fourth straight defeat in a row for the Dark Blues, with three happening in the space of a week.
“I don’t like being down at the bottom of the table. I’m trying to change things here so that we’re not looking down in that direction,” said McCann.
“All the other teams who’ve started to come above us now have been through a difficult period and we’re experiencing one now.
“The only way to get out of it is to get the boys to be brave and still believe in what we’re doing.
“This is when you need to use a lot of your man-management skills to gather the boys and make sure they become stronger characters.
“Our game has been really attractive to watch without getting results but we need to do the ugly side of things as well.
“I’m not going to roll over. We’ll get back to work to try and become harder to beat.
“We’ve got a young group and this is when they become men, when it’s difficult at times.
“Without stating the obvious we need to work on our defensive side of things. There’s a real sense of disappointment because the goals we lost were very poor.
“Again, we were in control of the match and then we get done by a sucker-punch at the first one just before half-time.
“It’s a bit indicative of our season that we’re losing such soft goals.”
Paul McGowan also spoke of his shock that the Dee were at the bottom of the pile.
“It’s hard to say that we’re bottom of the league,” said McGowan.
“I can’t believe how it’s happened because of the way we’ve been playing.
“But you’re not going to get anywhere if you’re not scoring and you’re conceding poor goals.
“We’re a young squad and it’s a learning curve but we need to learn quickly.
“Before you know it, you’re staring down the barrel.”