‘Calamitous’: Neil McCann says poor defending is killing Dundee

Neil McCann

Saturday’s 1-0 Premiership defeat to Aberdeen was the story of Dundee’s season according to manager Neil McCann.

Minutes after letting a gilt-edged chance slip through their fingers, the Dark Blues gifted the Dons the one and only goal through “calamitous” defending.

The club’s top league goalscorer, A-Jay Leitch-Smith, raced through on the Aberdeen goal 29 minutes in but saw his effort saved by the goalkeeper.

Then, six minutes later, a collision between goalkeeper Elliott Parish and his defence saw the ball fall to the feet of Graeme Shinnie, who knocked into the empty net.

Neil said: “It’s the story of our season, really.

“We have a golden opportunity to take the lead, I just don’t think it would sit for A-Jay at all, it was bumping around.

“It was a great run, really well timed and A-Jay is one you’d want to get on it but it just wouldn’t sit for him.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith missed a glorious chance to put Dundee 1-0 up.

“Whether it’s a good save or a poor finish, we should be taking the lead and just shortly afterwards another calamitous goal we give away.

“We’ve got a habit of passing up real chances and giving away really poor goals.

“It was a classic example of that on Saturday.”

Neil revealed he’d spoken with goalkeeper Parish after the game at Pittodrie about the goal that gave the Dons all three points and condemned Dundee to a sixth defeat in their last seven matches.

Neil said: “I’ve had a word with Elliott because I don’t think he should be coming into traffic.

“The ball is coming in and I don’t think there’s enough air on it for the keeper to come and deal with.

“It’s coming into a part of our defence where we are strongest because we have three big centre-backs and I think they can deal with that.

“He’s cleaned everybody out there and not taken much of the ball.

“Shinnie has done what you want midfielders to do and gamble and he’s got a tap-in.”

Meanwhile, St Johnstone are reportedly eyeing a move for Dee midfielder Paul McGowan.

The Dens man is one of a number of players at the club out of contract at the end of the season and Tommy Wright is apparently keen to make him part of his squad for the next campaign.