Source: The Evening Telegraph
Dundee boss Paul Hartley has challenged his players to keep their top-six place after securing a â€œmassiveâ€ win over Partick at Dens.
Midfielder Paul McGowan grabbed the Dens Park menâ€™s stoppage-time winner to give the Dark Blues all three points in a game that looked destined for a stalemate. That three points has now lifted the Dee into the top six, two points ahead of St Johnstone.
Paul said: â€œIt was a good finish to the game but it wasnâ€™t the best game in terms of quality. Credit to the players, they kept going and never gave up and we got a really good goal. That was the best bit of quality all day. Itâ€™s a massive thing for us to get into that top six â€” and the challenge now for the players is can they stay in the top six?
â€œWeâ€™re hoping we can but weâ€™re really down in numbers just now so the challenge to the players is to stay in there.â€
The numbers available to Hartley took a hit once again on Saturday.
Gary Irvine and Kostadin Gadzhalov were both replaced at half-time due to injury. Itâ€™s unclear how long either will be out for but Dundee are hoping they wonâ€™t be out for too long as both have been doing well.
â€œKosta tweaked his groin and Irvine got caught just before half-time at our corner. He landed on his knee so we had to change it at half-time again. Weâ€™ve had to do that in recent weeks when weâ€™ve been getting some injuries but I thought the lads stuck to their task. We can play better, there is no doubt about that â€” but, in terms of the result, it was massive.â€
And Hartley reserved special praise for the man who gave him that massive result.
Paul McGowan was on hand to tap home at the back post to score his first goal since joining the club in the summer. A happy Hartley said: â€œIt was his first goal of the season. We were expecting a little bit more in terms of goals from Gowser. However, in terms of his overall play, heâ€™s been fantastic. He drove us on at times on Saturday.
â€œWeâ€™ve been trying to encourage him to get into the penalty box a little bit more and he did it for the last kick of the game. Heâ€™s all over the park, heâ€™s such a good boy in terms of how he plays and his love for the game and weâ€™re pleased for him.â€