Dundee boss Jim McIntyre was upbeat about the 1-1 draw at Hamilton despite Darian MacKinnon’s stoppage-time “sickener”.
After a very busy January transfer window, there were no less than five debutants in the Dark Blues starting XI with sub John O’Sullivan making it six by the end.
And despite a big chunk of his side being new, Jim was pleased to see a good display – one that was just minutes away from grinding out a vital victory.
After 66 minutes, on-loan Aberdeen forward Scott Wright struck on his first appearance in dark blue, tucking away impressively after leaving Matt Kilgallon on the ground.
And that looked to have sent Dundee ahead of Accies in the table and out of the bottom two for the first time since August.
However, a sliced clearance from Seny Dieng gave the home side the chance to attack as the match entered stoppage time, leading to MacKinnon firing in from the edge of the area to make it 1-1.
Dundee boss Jim said: “Any time you concede that late it’s a real sickener but we got too deep in the last 15-20 minutes, we didn’t keep the ball well enough to get ourselves up the park. I thought there were real opportunities for us to hit them on the counter.
“But when you keep giving the ball back then you do get deep and afford them opportunities.
“Darian has stuck it away with aplomb, it was a great finish.
“That was disappointing for us because we were in a good position and these head-to-head games are so important.
“However, having said that, I was really pleased with a lot of our new players, we’ve picked up another point and not lost any ground on Hamilton so there are things to be pleased about.
“But when you are in that winning position so late on it’s a sore one to take.”
And there was a message for goalie Dieng: “The big thing for me is if you come out of your box, make sure you deal with it and he didn’t.
“He’s been excellent since he came here and even on Saturday he made some good stops and came and took a couple of really good crosses but if you choose to make that decision you have to make sure you clear it.
“For me, the defender is in a good position, just hold your position and let him deal with it.”