Dundee boss Jim McIntyre warned there might be more pain ahead after seeing his team concede seven goals without reply in his first two matches.
A 3-0 defeat at the hands of table-toppers Hearts saw the Dark Blues remain bottom of the league with just three points after ten games.
Two goals inside 14 minutes from Oliver Bozanic and Steven Naismith put Hearts in total control and the second half was a stroll after Steven MacLean netted from close range 20 seconds after the restart.
After the game, new gaffer McIntyre lamented said the defeat wasn’t for a lack of trying and with champions Celtic up next for The Dee.
“It’s a needless free-kick to give away and Hearts have shown their quality by punishing us,” said McIntyre, whose side missed a penalty through Calvin Miller midway through the first half.
“But we need to give ourselves a hand.
“They showed plenty of character at 2-0 down. With the way things have been going it would be easy to feel sorry for themselves and collapse, but they never, they kept at it in the first half and created some good opportunities.
“That’s the positives but we need to eradicate self-destructing. There might be a bit of pain before it gets better, but it will get better.”