Dundee have cause for optimism, despite Hearts defeat

Daniel Smith, Up Wi’ The Bonnets podcast, external

After coming away from Pittodrie with a great point, even though it was against a struggling Aberdeen side, the Dee faithful went into our home tie against Hearts on Saturday with high hopes of a victory.

At the final whistle, we were all left wondering how we managed to leave with no points.

Slack defending certainly comes into play when we look back on the defeat, but some dubious refereeing decisions with yet another penalty given against us certainly takes centre stage.

For me, the penalty Hearts were given, after Lawrence Shankland blasted the ball against Lee Ashcroft’s hand from five inches, wasn’t a penalty.

Aye, letter of the law and all that jazz but seriously, how are any players supposed to stop the ball hitting their hands from that distance? What chance have you got?

Dundee certainly felt hard done by but, we still had a few chances to grab the three points – most notable would be Robinson’s header which he totally fluffed at 2-2.

We played some great attacking football and despite the frailties at the back that we showed, this performance gives me more hope than doubt for the second half of the season.

Play like that against clubs around and below us and we will certainly be walking away with the three points more often than not.


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