Paul Hartley bristled at criticism aimed at his team before they played Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.
But he fully understands why it will be coming their way after the game.
Hartley struggled to find any positives from the Dark Blues’ trip to the Highlands, and the 3-1 defeat extends their record to 16 games against Inverness without a win.
“The performance wasn’t good enough and I’ll accept criticism in terms of this. Too many of them had a bad day at the office,” he said.
“It was a poor performance. The goals we lost were poor on our part.
“As a team we’ve got to be better, show more desire. I didn’t think we offered enough in terms of the final third.
“As a team we didn’t play well. There’s not many players with pass marks today. It was our performance today that let us down.”
Dundee, who haven’t won since the opening day of the league season, now welcome league leaders Celtic to Dens Park on Saturday.