Dundee United boss Peter Houston has insisted his players are hurting after another heavy SPL defeat.
The Tangerines were thumped 4-0 away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday, just seven days after capitulating 3-0 at home to Heart of Midlothian.
Houston admits the pressure is on him and the squad to turn things around.
Speaking to The Courier about the mood in the dressing room, Houston said: “They are hurting. They know they are better than that and they let their heads go down at the weekend.
“The performance wasn’t anywhere near the standard we are capable of reaching. It wasn’t good enough.”
Houston said he did not want to make excuses for his side, which now sits second bottom of the table, but did confess it was difficult to rebuild over the summer after losing players like Scott Robertson, Paul Dixon and Dusan Pernis.
The Tannadice boss said: “I would like to think it’s a time for calm heads all over the place with regards to myself, the players and the supporters.
“When you look at St Johnstone, they have just won three league games in a row and shot up the table.
“I still believe on our day we can beat anybody.”