Paul Hartley vows to stop Dundee slide

Dundee manager Paul Hartley signals the referee during the match against Kilmarnock on Saturday. Picture: SNS Group
Dundee manager Paul Hartley signals the referee during the match against Kilmarnock on Saturday. Picture: SNS Group
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Paul Hartley has promised to do everything in his power to ensure Dundee return to winning ways. The Dens Park club fell to seventh position in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership with Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Kilmarnock.

Dundee made an impressive start to the season and blew away Killie 4-0 on the opening day but form has taken a dip in recent weeks.

At the weekend, they found themselves 2-0 down after 48 minutes, Josh Magennis heading the visitors in front early on and Steven Smith firing an unstoppable shot from 25 yards just after the break.

Rhys Healey pulled one back for Dundee with a looping header but it wasn’t enough, and Hartley insists the only way they will correct things is by getting back to basics on the training ground ahead of next weekend’s trip to Inverness.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up,” the Dundee boss said. “We can’t make out that we were anything but flat. It’s hard to explain why we were like that because we weren’t expecting it.

“Now it’s about moving on and our next game is away to Inverness. We’ve got to make sure we get a good result up there. The only way we’ll get it right is by putting the work in on the training ground.”

Meanwhile, Kilmarnock counterpart Gary Locke is sure his players won’t get carried away with their recent run of fine form, which has seen them win four of their last six matches.

“This is all down to the boys,” he said. “But we can’t slacken 
off and that won’t happen. The lads are realistic enough to know that.”