James McPake was left delighted with his Dundee team as they took positive steps to promotion with victory over Partick Thistle.

In what was a tight encounter, all it took was a Paul McGowan effort to win the game. His strike in the first half was enough as the Dee held on for a vital three points.

McGowan scored the winner. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

After Dunfermline lost to Inverness, McPake’s men climbed back into the top four and play-off spots ahead of 2019’s final game. They’re now just four points off Inverness in second and will face them following the Dundee derby.

It’s also consecutive wins for the second time this season for McPake. Whilst it is a positive step, the Dee boss is determined not to look at the Championship table until more results are earned.

“It was a good performance in a game which we saw out comfortably,” said McPake. “We didn’t feel under any pressure late on. It could have been easier, we could have three or four goals in front but we showed a lot of character to hang on.

The Dee battled hard. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Kenny Miller was unlucky when he hit the bar but we were due a wee bit of luck. If Jack hadn’t had save Miller’s effort late on we would have been annoyed.

“I’m not interested in the league table at the minute. I’ll start looking at it when we put in a consistent run. We were at a point when we were miles behind teams in the play-offs and the team at the top of the league.

“We were in a run when we weren’t picking up any points. We’ve flipped it a little but we need to be consistent. There were no chinks in our armour today after last week when we blew up after being 4-1 up against Dunfermline and them scoring twice.

McPake was pleased with the endeavour his Dundee side showed. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

“It didn’t feel like that was going to happen at any point. Our aim is get out of this league but we need to get ourselves right. Today is a massive step in that direction.”

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