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The Dark Blues were leading 1 – 0 thanks to a Paul McGowan goal in the 25th minute and were in complete control of the game up until the second half. However, Partick Thistle eventually went on to win the game, and Dundee fans on Social Media such as Twitter and Facebook suggesting it was the managers substitutions which lead the home defeat last weekend. The Dundee boss substituted Shaun Byrne and Paul McGowan for two youngsters Fin Robertson and Josh McPake during the second half against Partick Thistle and came into some criticism from the Dundee faithful. However, the manager spoke of his reasons behind the substitutions: “At the time I thought we were struggling to deal with Kenny Miller getting into space which is why Fin went on.” “Paul McGowan was dead on his feet; his partner had a baby last Tuesday and was poorly. Thankfully, the baby is doing okay now.” “On Saturday morning we found out he was coming to play so it was a minor miracle to get 73 minutes and that performance out of him.” “He was outstanding in the game so I can see why people would question him coming off.” “I got praise for making substitutions at Dunfermline that worked, which is great – I have to take the stick when it comes, too.” Dundee will face Ayr United this Friday night.
Dundee have been linked with a move for the highly rated 17-year-old and look to have beaten off competition from Ross County and St Johnstone to land the youngster. The deal will be until January but there will also be an option for it to be extended until the end of the season. Speaking after today's narrow defeat at home to Aberdeen in the League Cup in which Josh McPake was a spectator, James McPake said: “Hopefully we will get a deal over the line for Josh and he will join us. “I could have done with him today instead of bringing a centre half on late in the game. “But he’s a player we hope to sign and once again the board have backed me, like they have done with every manager here.”