Jim McIntyre led his Dundee team to a stunning 2-1 victory in the capital last night to lift them off the bottom of the table and earn their first win in seven matches.
Dundee took the lead early on when Genseric Kusunga rallied up the park to slot home his first goal of the season but the Dark Blues were dealt a cruel blow when with minutes to go until the end of the first half, Hearts equalised through a free-kick which unfortunately deflected off of Jesse Currans head, looping into the back of the net.
Despite this setback, Dundee would claw their way back into the lead when Craig Curran swopped on a defensive mistake to set up Andrew Nelson who hammered home the what would prove to be the winner.
Hearts came at Dundee but the away team held out despite one or two near misses to claim a valuable win to start 2019 with a bang.
It was a deserved victory for the Dee. In sharp contrast to the last time both sides met at Dens Park, Hearts took apart a shambolic Dundee side that night but, on this occasion, it was the boys in their white away tops who bullied their counterparts.
McIntyre was obviously delighted with the win, and also the way his team dealt with the freak Hearts equaliser.
“It was a hammer blow, the equaliser. You just don’t expect to concede that type of goal.
“They were annoyed with themselves at half-time, a good sign for me.
“We knew we had to do the same again and more to get a result.
“Hearts put us under enormous pressure but our keeper didn’t have too many saves to make.
“We got a lot of defensive headers in and a bit of Lady Luck as well.
“I don’t think we take anything from being off the bottom. It’s too easy to say that’s us on our way.
“We could be back on the bottom come Saturday. But it’s great to send the fans home happy.
“We’ve still got it all to do. That’s the way we must approach every game.”