Dundee manager James McPake was delighted to see his side pick up a much-needed three points against St Johnstone – but confessed it could have been more than the 1-0 scoreline his side won the game by.

Danny Mullen scored the only goal of the game to send the Dee climbing up the Premiership table and into ninth place, above St Johnstone and Livingsston, as the Dens Park boss hailed his side’s fighting spirit.

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After seeing his side come out on top, McPake also reserved praise for Saints keeper Zander Clark, admitting the keeper does his “head in” with the number of saves he makes to deny his side.

“It should have been more but I’ll take it,” McPake said.

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“St Johnstone are a very good side – that’s the fourth time I’ve played Callum’s team and that’s the first time I’ve won.

“We should have been more comfortable but what we saw at the end was real heart and real desire not to concede.

“We outfought them which is one of their strengths but they have good players and a very good coaching team.

“Tonight we were the better team and the better team won the game.

“Big Zander Clark – every time we play against him he does my head in because he pulls off saves.

“He’s been the difference before but it changed tonight and I’m delighted for my players.”

Next up for Dundee is a trip to Ibrox to face Rangers as they look to build on their recent improved form and continue to climb the Premiership table.

While the Dee are likely in for a tough afternoon against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, recent games have shown there are clear weaknesses that can be exploited – if Dundee are on top of their own game.

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