Neil McCann slammed his Dundee players’ lack of appetite in their 1-0 home defeat to Partick and accused them of “short-changing the fans”.
The Dark Blues brought their season to a close with a limp display at Dens Park as the relegation-threatened Jags came away with a vital three points.
Kris Doolan’s 63rd-minute strike was the only goal of the game and the only goal Thistle needed to stave off automatic relegation and set up a play-off with Livingston this week.
For Dundee, however, it just wasn’t good enough for gaffer Neil.
He said: “I’m angry – that was unacceptable.
“We probably had a 15-20 minute spell in the first half where we moved the ball quickly, we looked a threat, got into good areas.
“However, the start of the game and the second half was just nowhere near good enough.
“The players have been reminded again after the game.
“I’m just not putting up with that, we’re trying to set standards at the club.
“You could probably look at the overall work-rate and the sports science stuff and they’ll say the players covered distance but you need an intensity, you need a real fire and a determination to go and get results.
“You don’t get handed results in this league, never mind against a side who are fighting for their lives.
“That’s short-changing the fans.
“We shaped up tactically all week, we spoke about how we would get at Partick Thistle and that’s not good enough.
“We looked as if we were devoid of ideas, we looked devoid of real appetite to take the ball and be brave.
“Not good enough.”
Thistle boss Alan Archibald admitted his relief and paid tribute to goal scorer Doolan.
Archibald said: “I am delighted. He may be raging that he didn’t start.
“He started the last few games but we needed something from the bench. It was a bit of a gamble but sometimes it pays off.
“I am looking forward to the next game. I thought it was important to get the win to take a bit of momentum into the next game.”