By Steven Campbell
Dundee were on the hunt for a goal from kick-off and it only took them 12 minutes to take the lead. Former Hearts captain and debutant Christophe Berra spotted Kane Hemmings making a run in the box and picked him out perfectly.
Hemmings calmly slipped the ball between the legs of defender Sean McGinty and placed it with precision past Danny Rogers from 10 yards out.
Morton hit back in the 25th minute. A Nicky Cadden free kick was deflected but saved by Conor Hazard, however, his loose ball was seized upon by Jim McAlister. He put the rebound past Hazard for the equalizer.
In the second half, the game fell in Dundee’s favour as Morton were reduced to 10 men. An already booked Kyle Jacobs made a sloppy challenge on McDaid and was given a second yellow.
Dundee couldn’t take advantage of this and Morton fell deep and tightened up defensively. The Dee failed time and time again to penetrate until the final whistle.
As each side looks towards next Saturday’s games, here are three things we learned.
Failure to sign Danny Mullen a big loss for Dundee
After the game, Dundee boss McPake lamented the unsuccessful attempt to sign St Mirren’s Danny Mullen, which fell through at the 11th hour.
This need for a striker and a striker of Mullen’s quality is evident is the side’s failure to grab a winner. As good as Hemmings was in the first half, it’s not hard to see what effect a player like Mullen would have had on the Cappielow match.
Result works in Morton’s favour
Morton manager David Hopkin seemed very pleased with the result and so he should be. With this draw, Dundee drop from fourth to sixth place, three points ahead of Morton.
The next two games could potentially see Morton leapfrog Dundee in the league. This draw gives Morton the motivation they need to keep their 4-game unbeaten run going.
Sloppy officiating is still one of the biggest issues in Scottish football
Hopkin described the second yellow and sending off of Kyle Jacobs as very harsh . There were worse challenges made throughout the game that warranted a yellow or even red in a couple of cases but not even a foul was given.
And this continues this season’s trend of bad officiating. All officials make mistakes and are entitled to do. It seems that harsh challenges are being given lenient punishments and challenges that only a few years back would have been a caution at best will get a yellow or red in some cases.