Nicky Clark admits Dundee United are “making it very hard for ourselves” as their bid for promotion to the Premiership stumbles yet again.
The Tangerines fell six points behind leaders Ross County and three behind Ayr United after losing to the Honest Men 1-0 last Friday.
With 14 matches remaining in the Championship race, Clark admits the Tangerines need to pick up three points more often than not between now and the end of the campaign.
And that starts this weekend at home to Greenock Morton.
The striker said: “We’re still up there, still round about it but we know we need to pick up now.
“The next game is massive for us now, we need three points because we are making it really hard for ourselves but we need to just concentrate on our own matches and it’s important we pick up three points from most games between now and the end of the season.
“There is still plenty of time, especially in this league because everybody seems to beat everybody, but it’s games like Friday you need to go and win if you want to win titles.
“Friday we didn’t manage that so we only have ourselves to blame.
“However, we have Morton this weekend and we can galvanise ourselves and get three points.
“Saturday will be tough – it’s all good teams in this league so we need to prepare ourselves this week. The gaffer will get us ready for it and we need to make sure we go and do the business.”
The performance at Somerset Park was a bitter disappointment for the 584 United fans who made the long trip on a Friday night.
And Clark admits it wasn’t good enough from the Tangerines.
He added: “We went down to Ayr with full intentions of winning the game.
“We gave ourselves a chance a couple of weeks ago against Dunfermline when we won and got ourselves up the league but we let ourselves and the fans down on Friday.
“The weather meant it was never going to be a pretty game and they got a chance early on and took it.
“I think we only had one real chance with Aidan towards the end where the goalie was out quick and made a good save.
“All in all it was a very frustrating night and we were very disappointed.”
Strong winds made life difficult for all the players but it was clear Ian McCall’s men coped far better with the conditions than United.
The home side dominated the opening period and got their goal through Craig Moore early on but the expected response from the Tangerines with the wind in their favour in the second half never really materialised.
Clark added: “It was difficult conditions but we’ve all played in wind like that before, we all know what it’s like.
“We had a game plan – I don’t know if we didn’t stick to it but it never happened for us.
“We’re disappointed because that’s nine points we’ve given Ayr this season and we’re making it very hard for ourselves.”
It’s been a stop-start first season at the club for Clark with a series of injuries curtailing his first-team opportunities.
Now, though, he says he’s back to 100% and ready to help United get back on track.
“It’s been very frustrating for me, I’ve missed a lot of games with daft wee injuries here and there where you can’t actually treat them, you just have to leave them until they get better.
“It’s been frustrating but I’m back and feeling good now so, hopefully, I can kick on now and help the team get where we want to be.”