Dundee boss Barry Smith praises veteran keeper Rab Douglas

Dundee goalkeeper Rab Douglas

Dundee manager Barry Smith hailed veteran goalkeeper Rab Douglas after the former Scotland cap saved a penalty against Hearts at Tynecastle.

The Dens Park side picked up their first win of the season thanks to Ryan Conroy's second-minute penalty.

But 40-year-old Douglas was the Dens Park club's hero, saving John Sutton's spot-kick later in the first half.

"I think it was a great team performance, but Robert epitomises what the team was about," said Smith.

"He's been called upon, made a great save from the penalty, made another great save afterwards and kept us in the game at that point."

Smith hopes the win will give his side confidence they can achieve success at other Scottish Premier League grounds.

"Tynecastle's a very difficult place to come to, we're delighted to come away from here with three points," reflected the Dundee boss.

"We're not getting carried away, it's going to be a long, hard season for us, but I think playing at Tynecastle and winning will give the boys confidence that they can go to places and get results."

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Smith revealed that, despite Dundee still waiting on a goal from open play, he was just happy the club had notched their first SPL strike.

"A goal's a goal for me," he said. "Ryan's tucked it away perfectly.

"We'll take it. The one goal gave us the win, so we're delighted with that."

And the Dark Blues boss also praised the contribution of striker Colin Nish, who had performed in a lively manner for the visitors.

"He's only played two games for us, but he's a different style of player for us and he brings others into the game, and he will make a big difference to us," added Smith.

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