Dundee and Hibs shared the spoils in a 2-2 Scottish Premiership draw as both sides battle fitness concerns.
The Dens Park club were ahead initially through Jason Cummings before Hibs moved in front via a Martin Boyle penalty and Ryan Porteous effort. Paul McGowan netted late on to move Hibs onto seven points from nine available. Dundee have two from their opening three league matches.
James McPake’s Dundee side took the lead after 10 minutes. A fantastic ball came in from the left channel by Charlie Adam found Cummings, who took an initial touch before firing into the net against his old employers.
The visitors were slowly growing into the game and got a penalty six minutes before the interval with Christie Elliott fouling Jamie Murphy. It drew complaints from the Dundee camp who though contact started outside the box but Boyle converted regardless.
Porteous made it 2-1 to Jack Ross’s team on 59 minutes with a Kyle Magennis low corner falling to the centre-back inside the box, finishing with aplomb. Hibs wouldn’t win the day though, Paul McMullan sending in a lovely ball from the left which McGowan guided home. Here are things we learned from the game.
Draw a fair result
The opening quarter of this match was all one-way traffic with Hibs up against it immediately. Hibs went a goal down with Cummings the scorer but the response from the away side was excellent, with more urgency going forward apparent. Dundee then showed character to respond to going a goal down.
Strength and depth
Both teams were missing so many bodies and it’s clear that the fitness rooms need a clearing out. Cummings was the only fit Dundee striker, Danny Mullen, Cillian Sheridan and Alex Jakubiak all out. Another two players were missing through Covid-19 while Hibs missed Kevin Nisbet, Christian Doidge, Paul Hanlon and Joe Newell.
Good point for Dundee
It’s been a great response from Dundee to the 6-0 defeat at Celtic Park a fortnight ago. A solid 1-0 win over Motherwell in the Premier Sports Cup followed by a draw against high-flying Hibs carries a fresh influx of positivity around Dens Park.
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