Football - Dundee fighting spirit pleases Brown

Dundee interim manager John Brown poured praise on his players after they drew 1-1 with city rivals Dundee United despite playing much of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with 10 men.

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Football - Dundee fighting spirit pleases Brown

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John Brown will be in charge at Dundee until the end of the season

The Dark Blues had captain Gary Irvine sent off just 20 minutes into the derby encounter at Tannadice but nevertheless took the lead through a superb Ryan Conroy strike in the second half. The visitors appeared poised for a famous victory until the final minute when Michael Gardyne popped up to equalise for the hosts.

But Brown said: "To play for 70 minutes with 10 men, we had to defend very well. We knew we were not going to get many opportunities but we scored a fantastic goal. We caught them on the counter-attack and we hoped we would see it out but Dundee United are a good side and we were at their ground."

He added: "I just felt for our players at the end.

"At the sending-off, Gary led with his elbow but he just went to win the header. I cannot fault the referee but I was a defender myself and when you are using your arms for leverage, there is a fine line between dangerous play. I thought the referee had a good game so I cannot complain about it."

United manager Jackie McNamara was relieved to get a late leveller after seeing his side struggle to break down the 10 men of Dundee.

He said: "It's a case of mixed emotions. We didn't do all that well with the 10 men.

"It was hard but we still kept going to get the equaliser. I have to praise the players for that. They never gave up.

"We had enough chances to win but it wasn't to be.

"We're still in the running for the top-six place but we need more wins at home."

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