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  1. Not creating this poll as a means to beat our manager with, just looking to get where our support stand with our manager at the moment.
  2. The Dark Blues fell behind early on when but quickly managed to get back on level terms. The first half was an entertaining affair with Dundee having the best chances to put themselves into the lead but the tempo whittled down during the second 45, with Dundee failing to cause any real threat except from a Graham Dorrans free-kick. Queens looked more dangerous on the break as Dundee found themselves in familiar territory of being unable to break down the opposition defence. Post Match, James McPake spoke of his frustration after another uneventful evening for his strikers and ultimately, another match without a victory. “It’s another missed opportunity and another game where the main problem was in the final third. “The frustration is we’re just not winning enough games, whether it’s home or away. That has to turn. “I’m picking positives so I don’t sound like a broken record – there was a lot of character shown after going a goal down. We then controlled the game. “We need to be better at the top end and that’s where my frustration lies tonight. “It was similar last week. We had chances to win. It’s a point but for me it’s two points dropped. “We know it will turn. We’re back at home next week and we need to be ready for it.”
  3. After declaring his interest in bringing his old teammate to Dundee last week, it seemed all had gone quiet on that front but McPake has managed to get the deal over the line and Dorrans will now be in tomorrows squad for our visit to Greenock to take on Morton. The ex-Scotland international has had to endure an injury ravaged Rangers career but will no doubt see this as the ideal opportunity to kick-start his career. There was rumoured to be interest from other Premiership clubs along with some interest from England but McPake has got his man and the fans will be hoping this move gives the team that vital creative spark that seems to have been missing.
  4. The Dundee manager was full of praise for the free-agent but did mention that any potential deal would have to be within budget. Dundee’s owner Tim Keyes today did however say in an interview with The Courier today that they “increased the budget a little” to bring in Kane Hemmings and that “the budget is always fixed but flexible,” so It may give McPake some hope that a deal can be struck to add Dorrans into his squad. “When a player like that pops up you'd be mad not to try and have a look at it," McPake said. "Would I like him? Absolutely, but I'm also very aware of the budget the board have already given me. "Graham will have a lot of options. I like him as a person, as a footballer. We've spoken about a lot of stuff but not money. If I had a chance to bring him here within budget and make it work then I would. "When I got the job, I jokingly said to him over a beer and a bite to eat 'I'm going to get you to Dundee' - I don't know if it's an option now or not.” "There's a hunger there, and a frustration from the last two years that his boyhood club hasn't worked out for him, but that's completely down to injury. "I know he's desperate to play football. He feels he's in good condition. He's had a real bad time of it with his knee. "He is looking to play football at a place he can reignite his career - he is far from finished and will be a good addition for someone."
  5. The talk before the match was all about returning hero Kane Hemmings, who found himself put straight into the starting XI but this meant Andrew Nelson was the unlucky forward to drop to the bench with Danny Johnson favoured to partner Hemmings up top. With the match still at 0-0 and Dundee struggling to find a way to break down a stubborn Ayr back-line, McPake replaced Johnson with Nelson and the substitute only took six minute to put the Dee ahead with a glancing header from a pin-point Jordan Marshall cross. McPake said: “Andy probably feels hard done by. “I had a front two that didn’t include him and that's no reflection on Andy who's had a good pre-season. “It was a tough decision to leave him out but that's football for you. “But I really love working with Andy. You get everything from him and he showed that again for how long he was on the park here. “His goal was great, a brilliant header. There’s so much more to come from him. We know he can make a massive contribution with goals allied to his overall play. “We’re just delighted to get off the mark. It was a tough, tough game. Ayr are a very dangerous side. “We’re going to need this grit and determination. We’re going to have a lot of teams coming to Dens and trying to frustrate us, and I felt we handled that well.”
  6. Paul Hartley was the man who brought McPake to Dens Park in the summer of 2014 as he prepared the Dee for their Premiership arrival but now, he will face off against his old gaffer as Dundee hope to build on Saturdays 3-0 victory over Raith Rovers. Despite now being managerial rivals, McPake is thankful that recently appointed Cove Rangers boss Hartley helped him get started on the road with coaching. “I liked the way he worked. He was unfortunate here, I think," said McPake. “The second season we finished seventh in the league and we were probably better than what we were the season before when we finished sixth. He had us going well here and it was unfortunate the way it ended, but he’s someone I really liked. “I was grateful. He was the one who got me into coaching. Well, not got me in, but gave me a head start. If Paul hadn’t done that then I wouldn’t be sitting here, that’s for sure. Knowing Paul, he wants to work and he takes on projects. “He’ll want to get them up through the leagues. That’s what will motivate him. He’s a hard worker and he will do well there.”
  7. but after taking the reins as interim manager today in the dark blues 3-2 home defeat to St mirren, the u18 coach has said he would love to take on the responsibility of the manager's job. With Dundee now beginning the process of preparing for life in the Championship, McPake knows the club have to get it right and hit the ground running if they want to make a quick return to the top-flight. Regardless who takes over at the helm, it will be a massive summer for the club on and off the field.
  8. The new season will be James’ third as a Dundee player after joining in the summer of 2014 shortly after the club’s return to the top flight. Over the past two seasons, he has captained the team on a number of occasions and has been a leader in the dressing room.
  9. Dundee have been dealt a big blow with the news that first-choice centre-half James McPake will miss the next two weeks through injury. Source: The Courier The former Hibs defender picked up a rib problem during Sunday’s draw at Dens with Ross County. Dark Blues boss Paul Hartley has now confirmed that 30-year-old McPake will sit out Saturday’s clash at home to Motherwell along with the game against current Premiership table-toppers Aberdeen on January 17. The manager said: “James will be out for the next two weeks. “It’s a blow because he’s been solid for us this season. “But it just seems to be the story of our season with so many injuries. “It’s nothing new so we’ll just roll our sleeves up and get on with it.†Meanwhile, keeper Kyle Letheren could be back fit again within the next fortnight. The Welshman injured his thigh in the warm-up before the New Year’s Day derby at Tannadice. Hartley added: “Kyle will be out for another two weeks. “It’s his thigh so we just have to make sure he’s right when he gets back.â€
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