The Dundee players owe it to their manager to turn round a season that is rapidly spiralling out of control, according to Cammy Kerr.
The Dark Blues have dropped into the play-off position after their seventh Premiership defeat in a row on Saturday.
Dens Park boss Paul Hartley endured the long walk back to the tunnel after the 2-0 loss to Hamilton Accies with the boos of home supporters ringing in his ears.
But Kerr exonerated him from blame.
“The manager can’t do any more,” the young full-back said. “He demands high standards and trusts the players. It’s not his fault.
“You can say he’s signed the players but it’s up to us to repay the trust he’s put in us.
“Training this week has been the best it’s been.
“After the defeat to Hearts the manager told us that nobody was to come into training down. And we haven’t been.
“Boys have been really upbeat. It’s a good bunch and we’ll stick together right through to the end.”