John Brown made five changes after last week's defeat at Falkirk. Dan Twardzik came in for the suspended Kyle Letheren to make his first start in goal. Ian Davidson and Matt Lockwood dropped out of the squad while Stephen Hughes and Christian Nadé found places on the bench. Gavin Rae and Kevin McBride returned to central midfield with Martin Boyle and Carlo Monti providing width.
The changes gave Dundee more composure, pace and movement. However, it hardly amounted to a convincing performance. Indeed Dundee failed to create any chances in a dull first half. The extra composure came as Dundee tried to build from the back, but once in Alloa's half the greater pace and movement couldn't progress beyond ineffective buzzing around and safe passes that failed to stretch Alloa's defence.
Alloa had a couple of half chances; Twardzik tipped Simmond 20 yards shot wide, and touched a header from McCord over the bar. A poorly defended corner had to be hacked clear by Gavin Rae, but apart from that the Dundee defence had little trouble.
At the other end a Gallagher header was scrambled off the line, and a MacDonald header forced Bain to save at full stretch. For the most part the first half consisted of Dundee probing, but failing to break through the Alloa defence.
At half time Ryan Conroy replaced Monti and Dundee reverted to a more orthodox 4-4-2, though Jim McAlister was usually in from the right wing, allowing Gary Irvine to charge forward.
Dundee were now showing more conviction and should have taken the lead from a flurry of chances early in the half. MacDonald played Boyle through at the end of a patient passing move, but Bain blocked the young striker's shot.
A Conroy corner flashed across the goalmouth where it was missed by both Irvine and Boyle. Gallagher then headed a long throw on to Boyle, who had time to pick his spot but shot straight at Bain.
A good run throught the middle by McAlister ended with him skimmimg a 25 yard shot narrowly wide. McAlister had the next shot when Boyle set him up 16 yards out, but his weak shot failed to worry Bain. MacDonald was next to have a go, but he stabbed Conroy's low cross over the bar.
Alloa were hardly out of their own half in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Holmes did get forward but couldn't trouble Twardzik from 20 yards.
Dundee finally got the goal they deserved after 68 minutes. Peter MacDonald pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area, and was knocked over by Doyle. Mr Charleston pointed to the spot and CONROY tucked the penalty away.
The Dark Blues looked very comfortable with their narrow lead, and likely to add a second. Martin Boyle had a marvellous run from the half way line, keeping going even when fouled, but he was crowded out in the penaly area.
Conroy skied a good chance from the edge of the area, failing to find the target with his right (wrong!) foot. The Dee kept pressing, but couldn't score the killer second goal.
Alloa had a flurry of pressure from set pieces near the end of normal time. Kirk spooned a chance over the bar when he seemed to be taken by surprise that the ball had squeezed through to him.
Christian Nadé replaced Peter MacDonald for the last few minutes, and Craig Wighton came on for Martin Boyle in injury time.
As the match drifted into injury time Dundee looked to run the clock down by the Alloa corner flag. Alloa won a free kick, which Bain launched forward. The ball was drilled into the near post where Ben GORDON managed to flick it home to the dismay of the home fans. There was no time to restart the match, and Dundee had blown two points when victory had seemed certain.
This was a hard result for the supporters to take. Dundee played far better than they had done in the previous two games, and should have been sitting on a comfortable lead well before the end. The Dark Blues missed numerous chances, and had looked secure at the back. Gifting such a late equaliser was a real shocker.
Dundee FC 4-3-2-1
Irvine, Gallagher, Benedictus, Dury
McAlister, Rae, McBride
Boyle (Wighton 90), Monti (Conroy 45)
MacDonald (Nadé 84)
Unused subs: Gibson (gk), Cummins, Hughes, Kerr,
Goal: Conroy (68 pen)
Booked: Irvine (simulation)
Alloa Athletic 4-4-2
Doyle, Gordon, Lindsay, Meggatt,
McCord, Caddis, Simmons, Holmes (Flannigan 81)
Kirk, Caldwell (Ferns 75)
Unused subs: McDowall (gk), Young, McLelland, Gemmell
Goal: Gordon (90+3)
Booked: Doyle (dissent), Caddis (dissent), Gordon (foul on Boyle), Meggatt (foul on Irvine)
Referee: Craig Charleston
Report: James Christie