Jim McIntyre says Dundee will be appealing Nathan Ralph’s red card against Rangers as he hailed his side’s “spirit” to battle to a draw with 10 men.
The Dark Blues manager was full of praise for his players’ “resolve” as a resolute defensive performance brought them off the bottom of the Premiership table, leapfrogging St Mirren on goal difference with the point gained.
After Kenny Miller struck against his old side with nine minutes on the clock, Dundee found themselves up against it after referee Alan Muir flashed a red card for Ralph’s challenge on Daniel Candeias with 18 minutes gone.
The free-kick then led to the Gers equalising, with Andy Halliday firing into the top corner.
Jim, though, wasn’t happy with the referee’s explanation of the decision.
He said: “The referee told me it’s for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, so that’s going to be appealed because Andy Boyle is round on the cover so it’s definitely not that.
“That was disappointing but I’d rather talk about how good the players were rather than that decision.”
And he did that, saying the players deserved “all the credit” heading their way after a superb battling performance to make it four matches unbeaten.
He said: “I was delighted considering we were down to 10 men for so long.
“It’s a difficult, difficult match when you go down to 10 against the best sides in the country but I thought the boys showed great resolve, good organisation and we knew there would the odd occasion in the second half where we’d get a counter-attack.
“I thought we could have made more of that one at the end if we were a wee bit more direct but, having said that, I didn’t think Rangers cut us open that much. I think Jack Hamilton had maybe one or two saves.
“We knew we’d have to give up the wider areas and we’d have to defend a lot of crosses because we were nice and narrow.
“The distances between our two fours was very good. The players deserve all the credit because it’s not easy to handle that, especially going down to 10 men so early.”
The Dens gaffer was also delighted to see his side climb off the foot of the table for the first time since August.
“I don’t think anybody wants to see themselves sitting at the bottom of the table and we have aspirations of being higher than that,” he said.
“It is just one step at a time. There will be wee waves along the way, if you like, wee ups and downs and it’s how we react to that is the biggest thing for me.
“The boys are in a happy place at the moment, there’s a real spirit and togetherness there you can see on the training ground.
“Every day they are enjoying working hard for each other and when you do that sometimes you get the wee breaks you deserve.”