Match ends, Dundee 1, St. Mirren 1.
St Mirren were wrongly awarded a penalty in their draw at Dens Park, insists Dundee boss Jim McIntyre.
Simeon Jackson put the Buddies ahead from the spot against the run of play but Kenny Miller levelled with his first Dundee goal as the Premiership's bottom two ended all square.
"It's definitely not a penalty," lamented McIntyre.
"It's very soft but the reaction was great and the most important thing was my players' response."
Dundee remain bottom of the table, a point behind St Mirren, with the hosts ending a run of five defeats, while the Buddies' losing streak had stood at seven.
"We deserved to win," added McIntyre. "We had the stronger chances.
"We had a far better tempo, the way I want to play, and got ourselves into some really dangerous positions."
St Mirren manager Oran Kearney was disappointed to see his side fall out of the game but thought there should have been a second penalty for a challenge on Danny Mullen late on.
"Danny is between the full-back and the goal, he's on the six yard line about to drill the ball and as he swings contact is made," he said.
"For 25 minutes after we scored we got the wrong reaction. Rabbit in the headlights possibly, 'what's happened here?', that type of thing."
Honours even at Dens Park
This game could have gone either way as a spectacle - a tense nervous affair, or would both sides go for it? Thankfully, it was the latter and it made for a good watch.
Dundee knew they needed to do something about their toothlessness - zero shots on target in their past two matches - and they created the better chances initially. But that must have made going behind all the more galling.
The nature of the St Mirren penalty will also rankle. Jackson went down far too easily under virtually no challenge at all from Cammy Kerr. Unperturbed, Jackson dusted himself down to slam the spot-kick into the net via the crossbar.
It would be an eventful afternoon for the striker who was later booked for simulation.
Dundee responded in the best possible way. Benjamin Kallman's ball across the box arrived at the feet of captain Miller, who slammed the ball home high into the net. With the roar that went up around this old stadium it sounded almost as if Dundee had won the Premiership.
Overall, the Dark Blues had the better of things in the second half but they just could not find another goal. Both sides deserve credit for putting so much into the match.
'Stats remain grim for both sides' - analysis
Winning this match would have meant so much for both sides. Equally, losing would have been enormously significant.
The nature of how both sides played must have pleased both managers. There was little sign of the pressure that you might expect from two sides struggling for form and results, most of the play was open and enjoyable to watch.
But the stats remain grim for both sides. Dundee now with just one win in 14 games, St Mirren with zero wins in 13 matches.
- 6O'DeaBooked at 78mins
- 17MillerSubstituted forNabiat 64'minutes
- 20MillerSubstituted forMcGowanat 79'minutes
- 19KallmanSubstituted forMoussaat 73'minutes
- 2McGinnBooked at 78mins
- 39ErhahonSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
- 16McShaneSubstituted forMcGinnat 61'minutes
- 27EdwardsBooked at 33mins
- 11JacksonBooked at 69mins
- 77HammillSubstituted forMullenat 66'minutes
- Bobby Madden
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Dundee 1, St. Mirren 1.
Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Martin Woods (Dundee).
Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nathan Ralph (Dundee).
Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Martin Woods (Dundee).
Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jesse Curran (Dundee).
Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Sofien Moussa (Dundee).
Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, St. Mirren. Cameron Smith replaces Ethan Erhahon.
Substitution, Dundee. Paul McGowan replaces Kenny Miller.
Darren O'Dea (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.
for dissent Darren O'Dea (Dundee).
(St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.