McIntyre rues not punishing St Mirren after Dundee fightback

Kenny Miller is congratulated after his debut Dundee goal
Kenny Miller is congratulated after his debut Dundee goal

Dundee boss Jim McIntyre hailed his players’ response after going a goal behind at home to St Mirren but rued their inability to “punish” the Buddies when it really mattered.

The visitors to the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park grabbed the lead against the run of play as Simeon Jackson hit the deck under pressure from Cammy Kerr.

That decision incensed the Dark Blues and TV replays have shown the Canadian international went down under minimal contact.

However, that didn’t stop him stepping up and finding the net from the spot after 21 minutes.

Dens boss Jim disagreed with the decision but was delighted to see his side fight back with Kenny Miller equalising on 34 minutes. However, despite pressing for the winner afterwards, they couldn’t find a second goal to seal it.

He said: “Having watched it back, it’s not a penalty for me, definitely not.

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre.

“It was very soft and that was disappointing but the reaction of the players from that was great because it would be easy to feel sorry for ourselves after that because we had started the game well.

“It wasn’t a penalty but the referee gave it and the most important thing was my players’ response to it.

“We get decisions against us all the time. We didn’t fail to win because of that, we didn’t punish St Mirren when we got into good areas.

“We had some really good opportunities to score and we’ve not taken them, that’s why we’ve not won.”

Despite that, the manager was pleased with the way his side approached the game.

In the build-up to the contest, he’d urged his men to take more risks and start putting more efforts on goal.

He certainly got that, with the official stats saying 12 efforts on goal with many more crosses into the area.

He said: “From what we put into the game, we deserved to win the match.

“I think we had the stronger chances but we couldn’t find the net a couple more times which was the disappointing factor.

“I was delighted with the players and what they gave us.

“That was a far, far better tempo and the way I want to play. We got ourselves into some really dangerous positions and I’m delighted with that side of it.

“The stat that we’d not had a shot on goal was thrown at us and we had plenty of efforts on Saturday, plenty crosses into the box and far more attempts at goal.

“That’s the way I want to play so that was the really pleasing aspect.”