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    • By UWTB1893
      After a disastrous start to the season, Dundee more than earned their first points of the campaign with an away win against Hamilton and will now be hoping to take this momentum onto their next few fixtures as they eye moving up the table.

      "I hope this is a turning point and I believe we can carry on from here," said McCann.
      "We have a tough game next weekend against Kilmarnock but I told them to enjoy the weekend because it has been a long time coming.
      "It is a relief to get the three points and I am really pleased for the guys. I have been saying for a number of weeks that I had belief in them to get a result.
      "I thought we were well worth the three points. We dominated the first half and we continued to do things well.
      "The coming weeks will tell us how high the confidence will soar. It was a happy dressing room.”

      "There has been questions asked if the dressing room was together in these dark times but today showed the togetherness and it showed I have a bunch of boys who love being in each other's company."
    • By UWTB1893
      It was another afternoon of despair for the long-suffering fans of Dundee as they watched their team being beat 3-0 while only really threatening the opposition goalkeeper in the opening minutes.

      When quizzed if he felt he was still the man to get the club off the bottom of the table and climbing up the league, McCann responded: “Yes, absolutely,” while insisting that had not spoken to John Nelms about his future.

      "I don't seek assurances. I’ve not had any conversations with John with respect to my job.
      “I just keep working hard. If that time comes then we will have the discussion but so far, it’s not happened.

      “I feel we are working under pressured circumstances, clearly. I’m not going to hide from that. I know we’re on a real, real bad run in terms of results, so I won’t be ignorant to that fact.
      “I’ll deal with the pressure. You take a job in management, you have to deal with the ups and downs.

      “Every manager I’ve worked with has had to work under those circumstances and I’m not the type of guy who is going to be frightened by that challenge. I’ll just keep working hard as that’s the only thing I can do.
      I’m trying to give the lads every piece of information they can use.
      “Unfortunately, the guys are playing with that lack of confidence. I can’t give them that. They have got to find that.”
      “They still have my belief in them and I’ll keep giving them it.”
    • By UWTB1893
      "I understand the pressure is greater on myself and the team because the points are not free flowing, but my belief is not any smaller in the group. I need to see them have that same belief I have in them," said McCann.
      "I'm expecting the fans will get behind us like we always do."
      Though he is still confident in his squad of players to turn it around, that does not distract him from the inevitable scrutiny that will come if Dundee are defeated tomorrow at home.

      "I'm aware of the situation and people are saying that's another game gone by and we have lost and we have not got any points."
      "I feel the same pressure I was under when I took the job. I feel it because I set high demands on my team.
      "I walked away from a brilliant job and you’re walking into a precarious job where you are reliant on players. But we understand the pressures.
      "It's probably getting more difficult as the years go on as the pressures become greater. The quality is going up and so your job becomes harder.
      "I still want to be successful. I still have an enormous belief in my team. It's the same belief I had in the team at the start of the season."
    • By UWTB1893
      Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring after the Dundee defence were unable to clear their lines from an Ayr United goal kick.
      Substitute Sofien Moussa was then sent off after a second bookable offence following a 15 minute cameo and the opposition took full advantage of this when Shankland added a second.
      Our misery was further compounded when Moffat got in on the act to smack home a third in a day to forget for everyone associated with Dundee 
      "The result flattered us," said McCann.
      "It’s Difficult to put my finger on it. It’s not often in management or playing in football that so many things are wrong in one game. Poor passing, poor application, we looked flat and everyone was waiting for someone else to step up for us."
      "The thing is we’ve played really well in the league and not taken chances, and the puzzling thing is we’ve prepared well and had a game plan.
      "We come out and put on such a weak perforce and it’s a sore one. It happened against Dunfermline as well so that tells me it’s a mindset thing.
      "I’m very angry about Moussa’s red, we had a word with him when it kept happening, and we can’t afford for things like that to happen.
      "Then Genseric has lost all his composure, he’s obviously hurting but it doesn’t help anything. 
      The whole team and myself let the club down today, we should have enough, like we showed against Aberdeen last week and we didn’t show any of it today. And it hurts because we’re out the cup now.
      "That is not acceptable and I have to apologise to the supporters."
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