Neil McCann backs Dundee FC fall guy Sofien Moussa after blunder

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Sofien Moussa challenges Hearts’ Christophe Berra.

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.