Dundee boss Smith says poor final ball is costing points

Dundee manager Barry Smith has plenty to ponder

Dundee manager Barry Smith hopes for a change in his club's fortunes after their 1-0 home defeat by Ross County left them at the foot of the table.

"I think we were more than worthy of a point. We are letting ourselves down with our decision-making with the final cross or the final pass," he lamented.

"We got in behind them a few times but it was maybe the weight of pass or the wrong decision at the time.

"We've got to keep believing that we will get the points to keep us up."

Richard Brittain's penalty after 71 minutes won the game for County, referee Steven McLean having taken a dim view of Neil McGregor's tackle on Mark Corcoran.

Smith said after the match that he was refusing to "get involved with the referee" but it was clear he thought the decision was soft.

The result means Dundee have only one point from their four Scottish Premier League games, and they have yet to score.

The Dens Park boss added: "I thought we controlled the game for long spells.

"I can't fault the boys for effort and work-rate.

"That alone won't win games for us and we have to be better.

"The boys are working hard and putting people under pressure but it is the final ball that is letting us down.

"We are having a lot of possession but not doing a lot with it."

Smith hopes the arrival of former Kilmarnock and Hibernian striker Colin Nish will increase Dundee's firepower.

"Colin has great experience in the Premier League. He is not just a target man, he brings others into play. He will be a good addition to the squad," said the manager.