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  • We Showed Character In Abundance - O'Dea

    After seeing his side battle back from two goals down to win a vital point away to hibs, defender darren O'Dea was full of praise towards his teammates for refusing to give up.

    It looked to be the same old story for Dundee when Hibs took the lead with less than a minute gone after Genseric Kusunga headed the ball into his own net then a Ryan Porteous header doubled the home teams lead after half an hour.

    Normally that would be game over for Dundee but a Kenny Miller strike on the stroke of half time and a beautiful goal from Paul McGowan minutes into the second half earned the Dark Blues what looked like an unlikely point.

    “What Impressed me probably was the start,” said O’Dea to DeeTV after the match.

    “I know it sounds strange but until you’ve been in that position, you don’t know how hard it is to take when you’ve set up all week and trained the way we have all week and then a goal like that happens, listen its stuff we can prevent but it’s a bit of a freak goal.

    “It can knock the stuffing out of you but I actually though probably the first 25 minutes was the most control we had over the game, probably half hour even. They get their second goal which I think knocked us off our stride then but then again, we showed character in abundance. Ralphie (Nathan Ralph) does brilliantly down the side where he wants to be and wants the ball to be and we get a goal.

    “I think we sensed it then the feeling just changed both with us and them (Hibs). I’ve played in front of big crowds. It’s a fantastic atmosphere here (Easter Road), great stadium and really loyal supporters but when you’re playing in front of ten people and they groan, it makes a little bit of noise but when you’re in front of 20,000 people and they groan, it makes a much bigger noise, which obviously seems like they are turning on them.

    “And it does feed to the players some time and we sensed that, they sensed that, and it turned into a great start to the second half. I’m proud of the players for the character they have shown, everyone in the dressing. We’ll take it. It’s a good point away to Hibs.

    “I thought defensively we were good and we look a massive threat going forward so as a team I thought we were excellent.

    “The confidence is starting to grow in the team.”

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