Dundee manager Neil McCann has come out in support of Sofien Moussa after the striker’s mistake gifted Hearts an equaliser in Saturday’s 2-1 home win at Dens Park.
The Tunisian’s lobbed back-pass from the half-way line played in Kyle Lafferty to evade Scott Bain in the Dee goal and level the game.
Moussa was hooked for A-Jay Leitch-Smith soon after and lashed out in frustration, booting a set of water bottles in the dugout, soaking team-mates Jon Aurtenetxe and Elliot Parish in the process.
Fortunately for the 29-year-old hitman, the Dark Blues won through thanks to a Kerr Waddell headed double — with one of the goals coming in the last minute.
Despite his horrific error, boss Neil has backed Moussa to rescue Dundee in the future.
“I took him off because I thought he lost his composure,” Neil said.
“He made a huge mistake, and I’ve made many myself.
“I was hoping somebody was going to dig us out of trouble but, unfortunately, Kyle Lafferty came up with a super goal from a tight angle.
“I addressed the situation though.
“The first thing I said to him when I went in the dressing-room was it wasn’t acceptable and that it was a crazy decision, but we’re trying to build something here.
“It’s a team game and you make individual errors but at some point Moussa will dig someone else out.
“It wasn’t a firing squad, he got told I wasn’t happy with that but his team-mates rallied round and got him the three points.”
Meanwhile, Dundee U/20s were in action today against Ross County at Dens.