Striker Sofien Moussa’s 15 minutes of madness and Genseric Kusunga’s wild tackle added “insult to injury” for Dundee on an all-round bad day against Ayr United.
The Honest Men dumped their Premiership opponents out of the Betfred Cup at Dens Park with a superb display – a performance in stark contrast to their hosts.
And Dark Blues boss Neil McCann went as far as saying his side were lucky to get away with just a 3-0 beating.
He said: “3-0 probably flattered us on our performance – they were better than us.
“It’s hard to find words. It was just a terrible performance from the start.
“I thought we were slack, very poor in possession.
“Ayr had several early corners that put us on the back foot, there were bits of the first half where we got going but it really wasn’t good enough.
“As a team, it’s not often I’ve seen so many players off form in one game. It was the polar opposite of Aberdeen last week, against the second best team in the country for the last few years, where we more than matched them.
“The players can’t just take plaudits for how well they play and miss chances and then turn in a performance like that, it’s just not acceptable.”
Striker Sofien Moussa was dropped to the bench after a poor run in front of goal but did his chances of a reprieve no good whatsoever after his introduction from the dugout.
Within 15 minutes of replacing Jean Mendy, Moussa’s continual fouling caught up with him as referee John Beaton gave him his marching orders after a barge on Ayr midfielder Mark Kerr.
And to cap things off, centre-back Genseric Kusunga was shown a straight red with the final kick of the game, scything down Michael Moffat in injury time.
Neil added: “It was really poor from him, really poor from Gense.
“I told Moussa that he can’t be making silly fouls, especially the one where he dived in to try to make a tackle on a yellow card.
“It was a very dangerous game and he was warned and then paid the price for a poor challenge.
“Then Gense obviously lost his composure and got a straight red which hurts us for this weekend, adding insult to injury.
“Moussa had a great impact on the game, getting sent off, but, on the whole, our performance had a greater impact from start to finish, just not good enough.”