By Steven Campbell and Ben Banks
The Dee took the lead in this tie. Debutant Christophe Berra slipped Kane Hemmings through on goal and he made no mistake with the nutmeg finish.
Jim McAlister equalised for the Ton before Kyle Jacobs was sent off in the second half. Dundee couldn’t break down the defensive Morton wall after that and both sides came away with a point.
McPake has lamented the missed Mullen opportunity as the Dens Park club went five games without a win: “It was frustrating to let them back into the game with a cheap goal.
“I thought we started very well. We were trying to create chances but nothing bounced for us. It’s massively concerning, I’m not going to lie. The window is shut.
“But I believe we’ve brought quality players into the squad. We need this week to get them on the training pitch. I’m happy with the business we’ve done and I’m never going to say the club haven’t backed me, because they have.
“We tried at five to midnight to bring in Danny Mullen from St Mirren. Will we be looking? Yeah, but it’s not something we will be forcing into. I thought Kane did a lot of good work.
“You’re disappointed any goal you concede but I thought overall we defended the box really well. It’s just that second phase that comes out and their player reacts quicker which is a disappointment.”