Dundee 1-0 Partick Thistle: 'Better team lost' admits Paul Hartley

Paul McGowan (left) scored a late winner to win the game for Dundee.
Paul McGowan (left) scored a late winner to win the game for Dundee.

Dundee manager Paul Hartley was honest enough to suggest the better team had lost following Dundee's 1-0 win over Partick Thistle at Dens Park.

Paul McGowan scored a stoppage-time goal to settle a dull match when a share of the spoils looked likely.

"Credit to Thistle they came out of the traps flying, I thought they were the better team," Hartley told BBC Scotland.

"I don't think we passed the ball well today.

"[We were] better second half and there's no better time than getting the goal with the last kick of the ball.

"They could have won the game in the dying moments. We go up the park and we score a really good goal in terms of young [Craig] Wighton, a great ball to [Gary] Harkins, and Harkins shows the composure to lay it on a plate for McGowan.

"We've tried to encourage him [McGowan] in terms of getting in the box and just try and get more goals.

"It's his first goal of the season - I think that's the disappointing thing for McGowan.

"He's played well, he's been really good for us, been really effective, but in terms of goals he's not scored an awful lot."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald took solace in the fact the performance from his side was an improvement on the previous defeats to Celtic and Inverness.

He said: "Delighted with the reaction from the last two games, we played some good stuff in the first half, we've probably got to score when we're on top at that point.

"And I thought we looked like winning the game just at the end, but it went the other way, that's the way our luck is going at the moment.

"We had good possession, we got in behind them, we just picked the wrong cross or the wrong cutback at the wrong time.

"But, we should have done better with the set plays that we had as well.

"The last couple of games has been disappointing the way we've played. Today was much better, the first half we moved the ball about really well and we looked a threat, and if we play like that we'll be fine."

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