Back to basics for Jim McIntyre and Dundee

Jim McIntyre intends to keep it simple as he looks to improve Dundee’s fortunes following a dismal first game in charge.

Dundee were soundly beaten 4-0 by high-flying Livingston at the weekend with four goals conceded from four set-pieces, and McIntyre is clear as to why his side lost.

“It was quite basic on Saturday,” said McIntyre.

“We just didn’t do our jobs and it was as simple as that.

“If you don’t do the basics in football, then you generally don’t win games.”

Dundee did come close to levelling the game at 1-0, however missed opportunities and poor defending contributed to the Dees’ downfall.

“Overall, I thought our open play, especially first-half, was fine,” said McIntyre.

“We created a couple of near things.

“We had a good opportunity from a set-piece that would have made it 1-1 but their keeper has made a good save.

“All-in-all we know it needs to be better.

“We know that we didn’t do our jobs and that came back to bite us.”

The Dundee players would be forgiven for being angry about what transpired at the weekend but McIntyre sees none of that and is focusing on taking the small steps required to imprint his philosophy on the Dens Park side.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve seen an anger,” he said.

“I have seen the exact same commitment that I have seen since day one.

“The boys are committed on the training ground and they are putting a shift in.

“They are trying to take on information that I am trying to give them and obviously I am not wanting to give them too much information too quickly because they are working with a new manager who likes to work in different ways.

“So, it is important that we are taking small steps, if you like, and make sure that we are keeping it as simple as possible for them.”

Dundee are back in action against league leaders Hearts at Dens Park tomorrow night and McIntyre has stressed the importance the fans can play in securing a good result.

“Supporters at any club are huge and they come out in their numbers here,” said McIntyre.

“It is so important that we give them something to get excited about.

“Equally, it is a two-way street with supporters, I will ask for a bit of patience but I obviously know that my team needs to give them something to get excited about as well.

“That is the responsibility that falls on me and the players to make sure that they are getting fully behind us and getting as vocal as they possibly can.

“I have played here when the Dundee crowd is bouncing and it is intimidating and that is exactly what we want to have.”

A win against Hearts on Tuesday night would be Dundee’s first home league win of the season and would also see them move off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table.

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