Jim McIntyre's reign as Dundee manager suffered yet another defeat yesterday at Motherwell but the gaffer was encouraged by the performance, despite lacking in that killer touch up front that has evaded them all season.
David Turnbull’s wonder goal was all that separated both sides as Motherwell collected all three points to leave Dundee and also St Mirren firmly in the bottom two.
Darren O’Dea’s header in the early part of the match came off the bar and despite numerous penalty claims, the Dee were unable to find their first goal in four matches and their fifth straight defeat.
In spite of this, McIntyre was encouraged by what he had seen.
“The way we lost the ball before the goal was really disappointing but it was a lot more positive and a lot like I expect us to play in terms of doing our jobs and doing the ugly side of the game,” he said.
“We switched the play very well and that got us into wider areas, but it was just the final bit.
“It’s going to take them a wee while to get used to what I expect, the demands that are going to be placed on them every day, not just at the games. Slowly but surely, they are starting to get to grips with that.
“But, having said that, we need to pick up results as well because we don’t want to get detached. It’s important we get a result next week.”