Dundee boss Jim McIntyre praised his players’ battling qualities after they ended a run of three successive away defeats with a deserved draw against Livingston at Dens yesterday.
Neither side could hit the back of the net with the Dark Blues manager ruing a lack of killer instinct in front of goal.
However, overall McIntyre was pleased with the hard work and effort shown by his players against tough opponents who were reduced to 10 men late on and he admitted the point picked up could prove to be a priceless one come the end of the season.
He said: “It was a really tough game and you know you will be tested with Livingston.
“They are having a fantastic season and we had to stand up to a lot of set-plays but we did that.
“We caused them problems but we didn’t have that killer bit at the end of it.
“We showed a lot of endeavour and guts after the last three games we have had. The plus points are we kept a clean sheet and we have picked up another point.
“Who knows how vital that could be come the end of the season. We are disappointed we never got the win, but I can’t be disappointed with what the players gave me in terms of work ethic.”
Dundee had to make a late change to their starting line-up with Martin Woods having to be replaced by Glen Kamara with McIntyre explaining: “We think Martin has a virus. He hadn’t been well and he came in and gave it a go but he was wiped out after the warm-up.
“He told us he couldn’t play so that was it.”
Meanwhile, Dundee striker Kenny Miller insisted his side deserved to take all three points against Livi.
The veteran said: “We were the better team and we should have won the game today, no doubt about it.
“We dealt well with their set plays, which we did not do in our last game against Livingston.
“But we had chances but we did not take them. It’s so disappointing. This was a big opportunity for us at home.
“Livingston put their bodies on the line but we got into enough good positions to win the game.
“I had a good chance but (keeper) Liam Kelly did well – I’m disappointed because it was a good chance for me.
“Overall it was an opportunity lost to get all three points. It was similar to when we played St Mirren here recently. These points need to be turned into all three.
“It’s important we try and get all three points on Saturday against St Johnstone. It would be huge psychologically if we could get off the bottom of the table.”