Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen: Paul Hartley wants to emulate finalists

Aberdeen rescued a point with a goal late in the game
Aberdeen rescued a point with a goal late in the game

Dundee manager Paul Hartley has set his sights on emulating Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk by leading the Dens Park side to a cup final.

Hartley has already signed Kane Hemmings, Nicky Low, Rory Low and Daryll Meggatt on pre-contacts ahead of next season.

After seeing a last-minute Adam Rooney goal deny his side victory over Aberdeen, Hartley is keen to add more players.

"It's all about next season for us now and to try and get the right type of players in to improve and make us better," Hartley told BBC Scotland.

"We've brought four in, we'll look to add a couple more to that.

"We saw Inverness and Falkirk make a [Scottish] Cup final and that's where we want to be."

Dundee led through Luca Tankulic's goal late in the first half, but could not gain all three points after Aberdeen pegged them back late on, with Rooney scoring his 28th goal of the season.

However, Hartley was pleased to see his side end a run of five straight defeats.

He said: "We looked comfortable, we defended well as a team all day, the back four and goalkeeper were excellent.

"Their goalkeeper goes into the box and causes a bit of mayhem, and it's a sickener for us.

"The players have been terrific, they've been terrific all season. When you get to this stage of the season the tiredness kicks in but the players gave it everything.

"We think we're a good addition to the league. We look forward to the derby [against Dundee United] next week."

Derek McInnes (right) was delighted with striker Adam Rooney who scored his 28th goal of the season
Derek McInnes (right) was delighted with striker Adam Rooney who scored his 28th goal of the season

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was disappointed some of his fringe players did not take their chance when called into the first team.

However, he was proud of his team by breaking the record set by Hearts in 2005-06 for the most points accumulated in the league by a team other than Celtic and Rangers.

He said: "I think that's a good statement from us. To have amassed 75 points is excellent work.

"We had equalled Hearts record, but to go and beat it with a game still to go is testament to the work the players have done this season.

"It [the draw] was no more than we deserved. On chances created we were the far better team and we should be getting ourselves in front in that first half period.

"Not making more opportunities, not making more of set plays, there's improvement in your team you can always have.

"One or two players never took advantage of an opportunity of game time, it's important we have good squad players, we have players ready to come in and play their part.

"But, by and large, the majority of the team have done so well this season."

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