Dundee midfielder Charlie Adam has called on the entire Dens Park squad to improve ahead of a crucial Championship game with Ayr United.

The Dee lost 3-2 at Dens Park to Queen of the South on Saturday, pulling them out the promotion play-off spots, albeit with games in hand. But it’s now back-to-back defeats after a loss to Raith Rovers three weeks ago.

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Dundee lost on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Adam is aware the Ayr United match is a big one but standards must go up: “We never started the game well against Queen of the South and losing a goal after 40-odd seconds is not what you want.

“It took us 45 minutes to get going. It’s not about individuals. Collectively as a group we should be doing better. We need to find a solution to get out of this run. Back to back defeats is tough. It is frustrating again but we have to dust ourselves down and go again Tuesday.

“Collectively and individually we didn’t do what we were supposed to do. It cost us goals and all of a sudden we are 2-0 down and fighting our way back. Second half we create probably enough chances to win the game.

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More is needed. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“If you don’t start the game well enough, though, you put pressure on yourself. They sat in and made it difficult to break down. You don’t give yourself a chance, it’s hard to build anything and get a platform in the game.

“We always say first 10, 15 minutes to try and get it in behind and put pressure on them but we just never did that from the off. Cammy (Kerr’s) throw, my poor touch and we end up losing a goal straight away. It’s disappointing.

“We can’t just keep saying we have enough games because we don’t, they are running out.  We have to start winning and that has to start Tuesday against an Ayr United side that beat us comfortably down there earlier in the season. We have to be ready and we have to be at it. Having the next game so quickly is good to get over the disappointment but only if we win.”

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