Neil McCann happy with clean sheet but urges Dundee to increase attacking threat

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Neil McCann urges his Dundee side on during the draw with Kilmarnock

Neil McCann was pleased to see his Dundee side pick up their first clean sheet of the season but has vowed to increase their attacking threat.

That way the Dark Blues can start picking up victories instead of draws as they work to get themselves off the foot of the Premiership table.

That’s where they still find themselves after a dismal stalemate with fellow strugglers Kilmarnock at Dens Park on Saturday.

The goal-less draw won’t be one that lives long in the memory but, for Neil, it stopped his side’s run of defeats and gave his defence a first shutout of the league campaign.

He said: “I felt on Saturday, against a real good side in terms of their organisation to go away from home and get big results with Jones and Boyd up front, we contained them for a lot of the game.

“We’re pleased with the point, I’m really happy for them because they’ve been working hard to keep a clean sheet.

“Now we need to start building and scoring goals that get us three points rather than one.”

It was a game of few chances. Kilmarnock restricted the Dark Blues to very little and could easily have grabbed all three points late on when Lee Erwin raced through 10 minutes before the end. Stand-in keeper Elliott Parish, though, in the side due to Scott Bain’s exile from the team, stood up well to make a big save.

Things went Killie’s way at the end as Dee skipper Darren O’Dea was sent off for a second booking and then Eamonn Brophy cracked a header off the bar in the closing seconds.

Neil added: “I’ve no complaints over the red card.

“I felt we dominated large parts of the match without really penetrating too much.

“We had lots of crosses and it’s disappointing we’re not getting people across the front-post area. But all credit to Kilmarnock, I thought they defended well within that.

“It ends up being a good point and it was a fair point. I know there was one off the bar but, overall, I felt it was a fair reflection.”

Opposite number Steve Clarke says his side felt “a little hard done by” to only come away with a point.

He said: “Obviously, we had a couple of big chances at the end, when Lee Erwin goes through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, you’d expect him to score.

“If you look at the chances we had and the chances Dundee had, we can probably feel a little bit hard done by we’re not going home with three points.”