James McPake is looking for Dundee team to click on pitch

Dundee manager James McPake says that he is pleased with his team’s attitude, but he wants to see the things they work on in training translate to the pitch on matchdays.

The Dark Blues were held away to Queen of the South last Friday evening in a 1-1 draw. The Doonhamers took sixth minute lead with Dundee levelling the game five minutes later through Jordan McGhee.

While frustrated that the team wasn’t quite clicking in the final third, James McPake is at the very least pleased with the attitude his players showed.

“Frustrating, again it was another game where we had loads of the ball,” he said.

“And we were very wasteful to say the least in the final third, but I think as I said on Friday, we showed a lot of character to come back.

“That was a question that was hanging over me a wee bit in my mind anyway, but they showed character to get back into the game.

“We couldn’t quite find the winner, but again what I will say and as I expect and every fan would expect, they are giving me everything.

“So, I can’t fault them in terms of effort, attitude, but the quality does need to be a bit better.”

Since taking over in the summer, McPake has overseen a massive overhaul in the Dundee squad. He believes he is now seeing signs of the squad settling in, but he now wants to see that translate into consistency on the pitch.

“We added to our squad as late as last week with Graham (Dorrans) coming in,” he said.

“It has been an ongoing process, there has been no real continuity yet in terms of team selection or who we have got available for training.

“And that stops with me because ultimately, I pick the team, but now we feel we’ve got the settled squad.

“We can work on everything that we are trying to get across to them, and in training you are certainly seeing that, but above all it has to click on the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Ness remains out of contention with an ankle injury, other than that McPake has a full squad to pick from.

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