Dundee were mere seconds away from snatching a moral boasting three-points last night at home to kilmarnock but spurned that chance when Kenny Miller seen his 95th minute spot kick saved.
The Dark Blues had taken the lead twice only for the Ayrshire team to draw level and for the last twenty-five minutes of this tie, were under pressure from the high flying Kilmarnock.
Striker Andrew Nelson was undoubtedly the star of the show in a Dark Blue top with his double but his fellow strike partner Kenny Miller had a golden opportunity to steal the limelight from the young hitman when he was brought down in the Kilmarnock box following a quick counter attack from Dundee with seconds to spare.
Miller stepped up but his tame strike was easily saved and with that, the referee blew his final whistle with both sides taking a share of the spoils.
The draw did see Dundee open a three-point gap on bottom side St Mirren but Hamilton would go on to win their game pull three-points themselves from Dundee. The point gained by Dundee is a good one but following Saturdays result when Hamilton scored in the 91st minute to deny us a win and now missing the chance to win this tie right at the death, some may see this as four points dropped in the matter of days.
Dundee manager Jim McIntyre however refuses to put any blame on Miller and feels his teams performance either side of half time were night and day with the draw perhaps a fair result.
“Kenny is gutted obviously,” McIntyre said. “But he’s scored a lot of important goals in my time here.
“Everybody has missed a penalty during their career.
“Yes, it was a great opportunity for us to win the game but if the truth be told we didn’t deserve to.
“Kilmarnock made a wee system change in the second half, which we struggled to deal with. Hence the reason we had to change the shape.
“I felt we just gave the ball away constantly in the second half. It was like a total opposite in halves in terms of possession.
“But you’ve got to give Killie credit. They’re a good side who’re used to winning games.
“How many times have they came back in games this season? They’ve done it a lot so it doesn’t faze them going behind.
“That comes from having a team who continue to do the right things, whereas we’re not at that stage yet.”