Dundee boss James McPake felt mistakes cost his team in the derby at Dens last night.
The three points and bragging rights went to Dundee United and left the Dark Blues nine behind their city rivals in the Championship after the 2-0 loss.
He highlighted Declan McDaid’s foul on the Tangerines’ Liam Smith that led to Nicky Clark’s first goal from the penalty spot as well as Andrew Nelson’s losing the ball to Lawrence Shankland in the build-up to the second.
McPake said: “It was a scrappy game and there wasn’t much in it in the first half.
“Two individual errors cost us and it has cost us the game.
“You have to make the right decisions.
“We steamed into a tackle and gifted Dundee United the opportunity to take the lead.
“For the second, we gave the ball away cheaply and it was another goal where they didn’t have to work hard enough.
“We gifted them two goals.
“Every time you lose a derby it hurts.
“Recent results don’t matter – tonight is what matters.
“We go away feeling we have let the fans down but we have to pick ourselves up.
“This is going to be another sore weekend and have another few weeks until our next game so we have to get back to working on the training ground.”