By David Buick and Ben Banks

James McPake has said he can take Dundee forward after the 2-0 Dee defeat to Dunfermline.

Goals from Ryan Dow and Kevin Nisbet sealed a first Pars win in five for Stevie Crawford. For McPake, it was a third defeat in succession without a goal scored.

Dundee were easily beaten by Dunfermline. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Whilst they remain in the play-off spots with a game in hand, Morton as low as seventh are only three points behind them now.

McPake was left frustrated after the Fife defeat and called for new players: “It was really poor. We started extremely poor, no tempo, no drive.

“No real fluency to our game and not enough of our senior players standing up and being counted. We were playing against a team that has lost five in a row, we should have been able to take the game to them.

Dundee have been on a ‘downward spiral’ for a lengthy spell says McPake. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“We work all week and that’s all well and good, but we turn up and it just doesn’t click. What I will say is I believe in my ability to get this right, I’m working extremely hard, as are the players.

“But unfortunately it’s not showing. We need help, we need to bring in a couple that will freshen the place up. It sounds daft as we had so many in and out in the summer.

“But the process is what it is. We’re a club that’s been on a downward spiral for the last couple of years and we’ve not got it right yet. But we need to and we need to quickly.”

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