Following Dundee’S Draw With Hearts On Easter Sunday, Neil Mccann Heaped Praise On His Team Who Despite Falling Behind Only After A Few Minutes, Never Let Their Heads Go Down And Could Have Finished The Match With All Three Points.
Following Dundee’s draw with Hearts on Easter Sunday, Neil McCann heaped praise on his team who despite falling behind only after a few minutes, never let their heads go down and could have finished the match with all three points.
Hearts took the lead after only two minutes through Ross Callachan and it seemed that the Dundee faithful would be in for another long ninety-minutes at Dens Park but the Dee refused to give up so easily and immediately went about trying to grab the equaliser.
We did manage to hit back in the form of Sofien Moussa who tucked away Roarie Deacons cross at the back post for his fifth goal of the season in the league and also his first coming from open play in the Premiership.
At full-time, Neil McCann was upbeat as he spoke of his admiration towards the players for going at Hearts even after going behind and looking ahead to the Glasgow double-header this week against Celtic and The Rangers.
"There was a belief and trust in our work that led to a really good performance.
"You're looking for the players to stay strong because sometimes the head can overrule the heart and you go into yourself - but that didn't happen.
"We continued to play with purpose and I felt we gave Hearts more trouble today than many sides have done this season. That was down to our intent.
"We have taken a lot of confidence and belief from that performance. It's going to be a big, big task to go to Glasgow twice in succession.
"It's also a big demand on the fans to dip into their pocket for that but hopefully they will have seen enough from us today to see that it's doable because we need their support.
"The biggest thing for me is that when we are on it we can go to Glasgow and cause Celtic and Rangers problems if at our best."
McCann was equally as happy with the result as he was to see Sofien Moussa net the equaliser following from open play for the fist time in the league this season.
"In terms of a reaction to a really poor goal, I thought it was brilliant. The fans didn't get too edgy, they could see we were playing well, and then you're asking questions of Hearts whether they can stem the tide.
"I'm delighted for Moussa because he's scored from open play. He's been getting a bit of stick.
With the match ended one-all, it was a massive point for Dundee in our quest for Premiership safety but it could have easily have been al three-points for the Dark Blues if we were able to have tucked away one of our many chances.
This result also stopped the run of defeats at home for the Dee. A loss would have seen us extending our unwanted run of form at home to six defeats in a row which we haven’t done since back in 2006.