Dundee manager James McPake has admitted that he was left feeling like a broken record after his side came away with nothing from yesterday’s Premiership clash with Rangers at Dens Park, insisting he is “extremely proud” of his stars after their valiant performance against the champions.
Joe Aribo scored the only goal of the game for Rangers but the Light Blues were made to work for their win by a dogged Dundee side who probably should have grabbed an equaliser when Jason Cummings saw his penalty saved.
After an entertaining game, McPake was left gutted as his side were left still looking for their first league win of the season as McPake reflected on a hard afternoon for his players.
“Both sides made it a really entertaining game,” McPake said. “I feel like a broken record but we should have come out of the game with something. I am extremely proud of my players, the way they handled a very good side but gutted for them that they have come away with nothing.”
The Dundee boss was left unhappy with Bobby Madden’s decision not to show Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin after he brought down Paul McMullan and the Dens Park manager was blunt when asked after the full-time whistle if he felt McLaughlin should have remained on the park, saying: “In my opinion, no. I know the rule is if you make a genuine attempt and people will disagree and say it’s a genuine attempt.
“Paul McMullan is clearly by him and the leg comes out. If it’s Adam Legzdins would my answer be different, probably not.
“I am just giving an honest opinion having seen it back I think the arm catches him as well. TV footage will maybe show that better. I am looking at it from a high camera.
“We miss the penalty but we still have half-an-hour to play with 11 v 10. I like the rule that if you make a genuine attempt it’s not a red card offence but Paul McMullan is clearly by him by the time he makes an attempt.”
McPake would be shown a red card by Madden as the teams made their way off at the end, and the Dundee manager insists the referee was “uunapproachable” and refused to speak about the penalty incident.
“I got an explanation out of Bobby. I have a fantastic relationship with Bobby. In the end, he became unapproachable and said ‘I am not speaking to you about it, I can’t talk about an incident’ and then you get the ‘you missed the penalty anyway’ shout. We know that, I watched it.”
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