Inverness 1-1 Dundee: Paul Hartley happy with Dee's character

Inverness were left frustrated at a failure to take three points against Dundee
Inverness were left frustrated at a failure to take three points against Dundee

Dundee boss Paul Hartley praised his side's character as they took home a point from a 1-1 draw with Inverness.

David Clarkson gave the visitors the lead before Inverness captain Graeme Shinnie's equaliser drew the Highlanders level.

"We were better in the second half in difficult conditions," said Hartley.

"The pitch was bumpy and the wind didn't make things easy but we showed good character and spirit to get a good point."

And he added: "We're still in the mix for that top-six place. We've given ourselves a chance and we're happy with a point.

"The whole team worked hard because Inverness are a good possession side under Yogi [manager John Hughes].

"The wind and pitch didn't help us but it sets us up for a massive game on Wednesday [against Dundee United]."

Ahead of the midweek derby Hartley has fitness concerns over James McPake, Clarkson and Greg Stewart, who all picked up knocks.

Inverness manager John Hughes said lady luck deserted his side
Inverness manager John Hughes said lady luck deserted his side

Meanwhile, Inverness manager John Hughes was left frustrated that his side did not get more as they chase a first ever European qualification spot.

"We definitely deserved something from the match," said Hughes. "In the first half we got back to doing what we do well - we were patient with the ball and tested the keeper a few times.

"Lady luck deserted us a little bit. We were looking for a bit more in our combination play with Aaron [Doran], Nick [Ross], Ryan [Christie] and Marley [Watkins], to make the most of our total domination in the first half.

"I thought the whole game was played in their half. But in the first 20-25 minutes of the second half they were on top. Their shape was better and we struggled to adjust.

"They scored with their first shot on target but we showed great spirit and character to go straight down the other end and score."

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