Dundee boss James McPake expects that this evening’s game against Ayr United will be a tough one, as both sides go into the game on the back of poor results.

Dundee lost 3-2 at home to Queen of the South at the weekend, whilst Ayr went down 2-0 to Inverness. With both sides needing points for different reasons – Dundee to get into the play-off places, Ayr to get away from the bottom of the table – McPake expects a tough game at Dens.

“They’ll be hurting”

“It’s a big game, every game is big. They lost today (against Inverness) so they’ll be hurting. The league’s tight. We know that” he said.

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Dundee manager James McPake watches his team (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“They’ve been on a good run. They showed that by going up to Inverness, and they can come here and win. So they’ll be fancying their chances. Every game’s big, and that’s the way it’s going to be between now and the end of the season.”

McPake will want his side to improve on their performance in the loss to Queen of the South. Dundee didn’t recover from losing a goal after 37 seconds.

Unhappy with recent display

McPake was very unhappy with his player’s performances, especially in the first-half.

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Ayr United and Dundee in action (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It was embarrassingly poor. To lose a goal after 37 seconds is criminal. We were sloppy, we couldn’t do the basics right. The first-half cost us the game. We were ridiculously poor in that first-half to a man. That’s what cost us the game” McPake mused.

Despite the poor result against Queen of the South, a win over Ayr would move Dundee above Queens in the table to fourth spot in the Championship.

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