Dundee Utd: Jackie McNamara concerned by fearful showing
Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara was worried by the fear shown by his team in the 1-0 home loss to Inverness.
Billy McKay's first-half goal made the difference and the Tangerines are still looking for their first Scottish Premiership win.
"I felt that there was a lot of fear in the side in terms of passing and moving," McNamara told BBC Scotland.
"A few mistakes and a few went into their shell. They need to be a bit braver, especially at home."
United's on-loan Blackburn Rovers striker had the best chance to equalise but mis-hit badly from close range with 15 minutes to go.
McNamara admitted the 24-year-old might be low on confidence.
"He possibly is, the way things have happened for him there [Blackburn]," he said.
"He scored a few pre-season and had a few chances last Friday night at Firhill. He'll be disappointed with the one he's missed there but he'll hopefully get a few more for us.
"We did pass the ball, get in behind and cause a few problems, but there wasn't enough of it."
The way in which Inverness broke through United's defence to score also concerned McNamara.
"At the back at times we were a bit sloppy, a bit panicky," he said.
"There were a lot of nerves out there. I said to them after that they need to be braver on the ball and take responsibility.
"The defence is maybe not quite there yet. Gavin Gunning's coming back - it was good to have him on the bench today although he's not quite 100% yet."
And former Partick Thistle boss McNamara believes Richie Foran was lucky not to be shown a red card after a knee-high tackle on Gary Mackay-Steven.
"It looked like a red to me at the time," he said. "I thought it was a bad challenge."