The Dark Blues were leading 1 – 0 thanks to a Paul McGowan goal in the 25th minute and were in complete control of the game up until the second half. However, Partick Thistle eventually went on to win the game, and Dundee fans on Social Media such as Twitter and Facebook suggesting it was the managers substitutions which lead the home defeat last weekend.
The Dundee boss substituted Shaun Byrne and Paul McGowan for two youngsters Fin Robertson and Josh McPake during the second half against Partick Thistle and came into some criticism from the Dundee faithful.
However, the manager spoke of his reasons behind the substitutions:
“At the time I thought we were struggling to deal with Kenny Miller getting into space which is why Fin went on.”
“Paul McGowan was dead on his feet; his partner had a baby last Tuesday and was poorly. Thankfully, the baby is doing okay now.”
“On Saturday morning we found out he was coming to play so it was a minor miracle to get 73 minutes and that performance out of him.”
“He was outstanding in the game so I can see why people would question him coming off.”
“I got praise for making substitutions at Dunfermline that worked, which is great – I have to take the stick when it comes, too.”