Mark Durnan says team performances let Ray McKinnon, Arabs and Dundee United down

Mark Durnan says the Dundee United players need to stick together.

It’s in their name but centre-back Mark Durnan wants his team-mates to remember that they are Dundee UNITED to get themselves out of a growing crisis.

Two desperately-poor performances in the space of seven days has seen the reign of manager Ray McKinnon come to an end.

And while a successor is yet to be named, Durnan insists an inquest will be going on among the players to figure out how things came to this.

The 2-0 defeat to Inverness saw the players booed off at Tannadice as they dropped further behind the leaders in the Championship title race.

“We have to stick together,” Durnan said.

“Obviously we’re disappointed and confidence takes a knock when you lose but that’s when you need big characters and boys who will stand up.

“We’re all here at the club for one thing and that’s to help the club be successful. To be successful this year we need promotion.

Ray McKinnon

“We need to be at the standard we set ourselves.

“We set a good standard at the start of the season and when we played Dunfermline a couple of weeks ago we were brilliant, probably one of our best performances.

“We haven’t taken advantage of that.

“We need to stick together and be a unit, be united and try to improve on the last two weeks.

“We needed a reaction on Saturday from last week and we didn’t get that so we need to discuss between the team why it went wrong.”

The result and performance along with it spelled the end of McKinnon’s time as team boss.

And while the players wait to find out who will be their new gaffer, Durnan insists the players need to shoulder plenty of blame.

“It’s a football business,” he added.

“Obviously the results haven’t been great over the last couple of weeks.

“As players we certainly haven’t set any standards and we really let the team, the manager, the club and the fans down.”

As soon as Inverness took their first-half lead, confidence visibly disappeared from the Tangerines and they struggled to create anything in the second period.

With such a strong home record over the past two seasons and aspirations of getting back to the Premiership, for Durnan, that just wasn’t good enough for a club like Dundee United.

“Everyone is disappointed and angry,” he said.

“It wasn’t an acceptable performance, not one we should be putting on at home.

“The boys are really hurting after that — it’s easy to say that and easy to do the talk but it’s not good enough. We demand more of ourselves.

“Football’s a business and you need to win matches, the last couple of games we’ve not done that.

“We’ve not scored, not looked like creating any chances and that’s not the standards we expect.

“I can’t even remember if we did create any chances, I think the Inverness keeper was quite comfortable in the match. I don’t really know what to say. I’m so disappointed about that performance on Saturday.”

With leaders St Mirren five points clear of the Tangerines at the top, this week’s trip to bogey side Dumbarton is almost a must-win for whoever is in charge.

“I think the pressure is on the club at the moment that we need to win every match. That’s a demand as a club and as players we put on ourselves that we want to win every match.

“The last two weeks have been deeply disappointing.”