James McPake has been left gutted that Dundee didn’t win on Saturday – but he reckons Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi ought to have won his side a spot-kick.

The Dee drew 1-1 with Raith Rovers on Saturday. A Charlie Adam strike had McPake’s side ahead before Frankie Musonda leveled near the end, Dundee’s Celtic loanee denied a penalty after knocking the ball onto the arm of defender Iain Davidson.

The Celtic loanee could have had a penalty. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

McPake has spoken out after not getting the decision his way: “It was a stone-waller. I hate doing it as it’s not an excuse. We couldn’t defend a set-play and that’s why we couldn’t get all three points from the game.

“I’m expected to do my job, which I didn’t because we didn’t win, my players didn’t do their jobs properly to defend the set-play and the referee didn’t do his properly either.”

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Dundee’s boss was left lamenting the inability to defend a set-play at full-time. It ultimately cost his team three points and it’s something he has branded ‘criminal.’

Dejected in the end. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“I’m devastated to not get all three points,” he said. “I didn’t feel we needed the second goal, we didn’t need that last week but you have to do your jobs properly from set-plays. Set-plays are massive in football at every level.

“To concede such a poor goal from a set-play after getting a warning from Musonda before is criminal. At any level of football. They came into the game and are a good side going forward but I still felt comfortable enough in the game in open play but if you don’t defend a corner it’s criminal.”

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