Dundee boss Neil McCann has urged his players to be more decisive in front of goal against Hibs this weekend to finally get some Premiership points on the board.
The Dark Blues host Neil Lennon’s men this Saturday still in search of their first positive result of the season and languishing at the foot of the table.
With time marching on and teams above them picking up results, pressure is building at Dens Park on the management team.
A wee bit of composure in front of goal, however, would be the perfect tonic to lift the spirits at Dens Park against the Hibees, according to gaffer Neil.
That would have helped at Ibrox had Elton Ngwatala kept his cool in front of goal, despite being on his weaker side, as he raced beyond the Rangers defence with the score at 2-0.
Kenny Miller played in the Frenchman in the 36th minute but Ngwatala dallied on the ball and didn’t even manage to get a shot off despite having just keeper Allan McGregor to beat.
Had Dundee made that count, Neil insists the outcome of the match would’ve been different.
He said: “Elton took an extra touch and I don’t think he needed to.
“It was a blistering counter-attack, it was a lovely ball, and he should just take it early but his extra touch allows the defender to recover and doesn’t even make the keeper save.
“I definitely believe it would have changed the outcome of the whole match but it’s been the story of our season where we don’t take chances or choose the right decision in the final third.”
Poor decision-making has also cost the team dear in defence, with Ngwatala’s missed opportunity compounded shortly afterwards as Darren O’Dea brought Alfredo Morelos down for a penalty moments before half-time to end the match as any kind of contest.
Neil added: “I felt we had enough of the game in between the second and third goal.
“Darren gets injured and then makes a poor decision in the end because he was struggling.
“I had no complaints about the penalty but it was a sore one because we were going in at 2-0 with us well in the game.”
More frustration would follow for the Dark Blues as key man Kenny Miller saw red for a rash challenge while already on a yellow card.
Referee Kevin Clancy brandished a straight red card for the tackle on Gers full-back Borna Barisic.
The former Celtic, Wolves and Rangers striker will miss Saturday’s clash with another of his old clubs Hibs and the following trip to Hamilton after the club’s appeal against the decision was unsuccessful.
And Miller says he’s “disappointed” to be missing out when his new club is desperate to turn their dreadful opening to the campaign around.
Miller said: “Anyone who knows me knows I am not a dirty player.
“My eyes were firmly on the ball throughout.
“I went wholeheartedly to win the ball. I did win the ball but on the follow-through there is always going to be contact.
“We have watched it back and I am actually pulling my leg away as soon as I touched the ball to try to minimise the contact.
“I never went in to harm anybody and I think the red was brandished too quickly.
“I have been in the game a long time but I have never gone in to hurt anybody.
“It was an honest, genuine attempt to play the ball which I did.
“So it is disappointing I am going to miss two games after just going to a new club.”