Dundee ended their pre-season preparations with an entertaining 2-2 draw with English Premier League side West Ham United.
It was a positive performance from James McPake’s newly-promoted cinch Premiership side. Goals from Charlie Adam and Paul McMullan put the Dens Park hosts ahead before a second half Jamal Baptiste header and Jarrod Bowen penalty leveled the scoring.
Both sides made a host of changes throughout the match but West Ham United still played plenty of experienced players, including Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini and Angelo Ogbonna. There’s concern for Dundee though after Danny Mullen was subbed with injury just six minutes into the match. Here are three things we learned.
The Dundee stopper made a string of fine saves to deny the Premier League side an opening in the first half.
Dundee boss McPake suggested that there are several areas in the side that need to be strengthened, including the goalkeeper department. However, on this showing, Legzdins proved that he can be a safe pair of hands between the sticks.
McPake would have hoped to have passed through pre-season without injury, but Mullen has picked up an ankle problem in a big blow ahead of the new term. He will be scanned over the next 48 hours ahead of Tuesday’s Premier Sports Cup group stage opener Brora Rangers. Dundee have Irish striker Cillian Sheridan on trial.
You could hear West Ham United manager David Moyes shouting encouragement from the stand to his youngsters. The second half had more young players featuring and that was when the tempo lifted. Premier League clubs are keen to get their youngsters senior minutes and perhaps Moyes will consider the SPFL as a destination.
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