The Dens Park side hold fourth place in the league table on goal difference following Saturday's defeat by Falkirk, Brown's grip loosening on an ambition to claim top spot early an march off towards promotion.
The loss in Falkirk - with Rory Loy scoring twice to help the home side into a 3-0 lead within 65 minutes - was their third in succession, contributing to form which has been embellished with just two wins in the league this season. There may well be a silver lining but for the moment it is hard to envisage that taking the form of the league trophy.
Instead it is Hamilton Academical that have engineered breathing room at the top of the table, with Cowdenbeath gasping to keep up at the weekend. That the Fife side were defeated was hardly unexpected then, much like the result between Morton and Queen of the South - with the Dumfries side able to maintain their impressive record at Cappielow with a 2-0 victory. Elsewhere in the Championship, Raith Rovers defeated Alloa Athletic.
It is possible to be just as prosaic about results in League 1, with Dunfermline Athletic winning at home against Airdrieonians and Stenhousemuir also retaining an interest in the play-off places after beating Arbroath, albeit 4-3. Stranraer also enjoyed a weekend win to send East Fife bottom.
It is an uncomfortable position for a club which started the season with such grand designs. There is plenty of ambition in League 2 as well, with Peterhead pursuing promotion with victory over Montrose, although leaders East Stirlingshire suffered a 4-1 defeat against Albion Rovers.