Dundee pushed Hibs all the way on Sunday – but James McPake says they blew their chances of winning in six key minutes.
The Dee lost 4-1 to their Premiership opposition in the final League Cup group stage contest, matching them for large spells. It was 1-1 with 20 minutes to go before a late flurry of Hibs goals handed Jack Ross’ men victory, setting up a last 16 tie at home to… Dundee in a couple of weeks time.
Whilst McPake is taking plenty from their efforts against his former employers, he says they can’t afford to switch off like they did after getting their equaliser.
“They’re a good side but we were very much in the game in the first half,” said McPake. “We started brightly in the second half and got the goal and got back in the game.
“To concede three goals in six minutes is the disappointing thing, they were poor goals we lost.
“There were loads of positives that we can take and that can sometimes happen, you get yourself back in a game and they get the next goal. What you can’t do is lose a game in a six minute period.
“I never saw that coming, at the time you’re thinking maybe we could be the team that could get the winner but you can’t switch off against good players. That period effectively killed the game.
“Even before the goals we had the better chances in the second half with Gowser (Paul McGowan) and Danny Mullen and we looked like the team that was going to score.
“The squad is depleted and we had a couple of school kids on the bench but we don’t use that as an excuse. The positive thing was getting through, that was done before the game but we wanted a good performance.
“Apart from six minutes we got that.”