Craig Wighton says Dundee’s wake-up call on Sunday in their defeat to Dunfermline shouldn’t be needed as they’ve heaped the pressure on themselves.
The Dark Blues failed to inspire during the first home game of the season as they were beaten 1-0 by Championship Dunfermline at Dens Park.
The lacklustre display leaves Dundee chasing the Pars in Group D and needing two wins from their remaining two games to give themselves a good chance of progressing.
Wighton said: “I think everyone knows Sunday wasn’t good enough and the manager told us that.
“Right from the first whistle we lost a goal and then there was no reaction.
“They controlled the first half, in the second we started a bit better but we didn’t create anywhere near enough chances.
“I don’t know what the reason for that was but we’ve got a lot of work to do.
“We’ve put more pressure on ourselves and we’ve only ourselves to blame.
“We go up to Peterhead needing three points and that’s a tough place to go. We need to be at it and I’m sure the manager will set us up to go and get the three points.
“It is a wake-up call but we shouldn’t need that.
“We are a Premiership side and we should be dominating games like that and winning comfortably.
“That is disappointing and we have a lot of work to do.
“We have two important games coming up this week because we want to do well in this cup.”
The Dark Blues head to Balmoor on Wednesday night to face Peterhead.
Wighton played the last time the two sides met when Jim McNally’s men ran out 2-1 winners and effectively knocked Dundee out of the same competition two years ago, almost to the day.
If Sunday wasn’t enough of a warning for the squad then the prospect of repeating that result from two years ago has to spark a reaction or the Dens men will once again crash out of the Betfred Cup at Balmoor in the middle of the group stage.
Wighton added: “We’ve been up there before and had a bad result so we know exactly what to expect.
“We know it will be a battle and we need to be ready for it.
“There were a few boys off injured on Sunday and we don’t have the biggest squad at the moment so everybody needs to be ready.
“Everyone has impressed in training but that doesn’t count for anything – you need to do it out on the pitch and we didn’t do that on Sunday.
“It was a disappointing way to start the home season.
“We’re going up to Peterhead knowing we need three points, nothing less, but we should be getting that because we are the Premiership side and we’ve done a lot of really good work in pre-season.
“We’ve looked really good in training up until Sunday so that’s really disappointing.
“You do all that work and going away, you do the right things in training every day as a group and you come to a match and to perform like that is frustrating.
“The manager, the players and the fans are frustrated because it’s not good enough.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do because if we perform like that in the league then we’ll have a long campaign.”