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‘I’VE GOT TO BE WORRIED,’ HARTLEY

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UNDER-PRESSURE Dundee boss Paul Hartley admitted he is worried and his rock-bottom team “are in trouble” after losing 2-0 to Partick Thistle at Dens Park last night.

The former Hearts star saw his side go down for a sixth consecutive game to Alan Archibald’s Jags who had been only one point ahead of them before kick-off.

However, goals in each half from Ade Azeez and Kris Doolan secured three much-needed points for the Maryhill men. The defeat has left the Tayside outfit on just six points and without a league victory since August 6 – the opening day of the Premiership campaign.

Hartley said: “It was the same old story and not a good enough performance. Okay, we had a better spell in the first-half, but the goals we conceded – it’s not good enough.

“The first goal was a free header. For the second, we had three chances to clear our lines. It’s a problem all over the whole team.

“When we lost that first goal we looked a bit fragile. That has to change. We are in trouble. The points tally isn’t enough and we are in a battle.

“Every time you lose, you’ve got to feel pressure. We’ve all got to take responsibility – myself, the staff and the players.

“We’ve got to have the characters in the dressing room to get out of this. We’ve got to start producing and battling. We’re not doing that right now.”

Hartley conceded the visitors deserved their win. He added: “Yeah, they were better than us in every department. We’ve got to produce something now. We’re not producing and we need to start.

“It’s about mentality. Sometimes you just forget ability. It’s all about attitude and digging out a result out of somewhere.

”Am I worried? You’ve got to worry about where the next win is coming from. When you’ve gone so long without a win, of course, you worry.”

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