Dundee 1 - 1 St Mirren: Miller and Jackson trade goals as bottom two draw

Dundee's Kenny Miller celebrates his goal. Pic: SNS/Craig Williamson
Dundee's Kenny Miller celebrates his goal. Pic: SNS/Craig Williamson
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It was plain to see why these two sides are currently propping up the Ladbrokes Premiership table as both Dundee and their visitors failed to secure the result they were looking for to relieve overbearing threat of relegation.

The hosts were the better side for the majority and created several decent chances in an entertaining first half. But their threat in front of goal disappeared after the break, and though they could stake a greater claim to having deserved the three points, it was rather concerning that St Mirren finished the match as the team more likely to find a winner. Even then, the away side couldn’t force anything clear-cut, as they wasted opportunities around the penalty box throughout the 90 minutes.

This was the first meeting between these two sides since the opening day of the season, where a late Jack Hamilton mistake handed Alan Stubbs’ St Mirren all three points. Three months, two managers and a combined 24 games later, they’ve managed only nine points between them, which is a point less than Hamilton Accies who currently occupy tenth place.

Though Oran Kearney’s men had started brightly, they were struggling to keep their hosts quiet at the other end as Kenny Miller twice went close, while Benjamin Kallman sent a header wide and Nathan Ralph tested goalkeeper Craig Samson from distance.

Dundee would later lament the award of the penalty kick which opened the scoring, as Simeon Jackson went down under the attentions of Cammy Kerr. The striker ran on to Adam Hammill’s through ball back-heel and managed to get his body between Kerr and the ball as the challenge came in. Jackson took it himself and found the net via the underside of the crossbar.

“I’ve watched it back. It’s not a penalty for me,” said Dundee boss Jim McIntyre. “That’s disappointing, but it’s a great response from the lads as they could have felt sorry for themselves.

“You get decisions against you all the time. That’s not the reason we didn’t win the game. We didn’t win because we failed to punish St Mirren when we got into good areas.”

The home crowd quickly grew agitated, but after wavering for a few moments Dundee soon found their stride and equalised on 34 minutes. Miller gave the Dens Park side their first goal since McIntyre took over as manager from Neil McCann last month, finishing inside the six-yard box after a terrific cross from Kallman.

Calvin Miller sent a header over a couple of minutes later as Dundee threatened to overrun their opponents. Instead, it wouldn’t be until the final ten minutes that they created another strong chance. Again it was a header at the back post but Jesse Curran mistimed his jump, harmlessly looping his effort over the bar.

Jackson had earlier wasted a five-on-two counter attack by opting to go himself and hitting the deck inside the penalty box. Unlike the first half award of a spot kick, on this occasion referee Bobby Madden booked the striker for diving. The final chance came to Ryan Edwards deep into stoppage time, but the on loan Hearts man could only fire wide of the far post.