By Calum McCrindle
James McPake’s Dundee side came away with a point from Somerset Park after grinding out a 0-0 draw for the second time this week, this time against Ayr United.
A penalty save from Conor Hazard kept Dundee in the game late on and with Ayr creating good chances in the first half, it could be viewed as a point gained rather than two points lost for the Dark Blues.
After the draw earlier in the week, McPake was critical of his players’ finishing and praised Alloa goalkeeper Neil Parry but the performance against Ayr was of a different sort.
Following the match against the Ayrshire side McPake said: “We’re never happy with a point but it was completely different from Tuesday night where we weren’t happy with the point. It was a difficult day for football. Given the fact we conceded a penalty, I thought we showed real character.”
The conditions were less than ideal and the Ayrshire weather played its part in the match according to McPake: “There’s been a lot of rain during the game and there’s that wind as well, so it was difficult for both teams and I think that was evident in the way the game was played. I don’t think you saw much of the quality from either team.
“We created loads of chances today it was a different game, we showed real character and a real desire not to concede but having done that, going forward we weren’t as good.”
“A bit of that down to the conditions and a bit of that down to how the game was played but we’ll be better on Tuesday night.”
The former Hibs player now has to reset for Tuesday night as Dundee face Ayr again, this time hosting them at Dens Park for a rescheduled match. McPake said he’s just treating it like any other game: “It’s part of football. We got a game called off. It’s the way the fixtures come, and we’ll have to deal with that.”