An unlikely brace from captain Joe Shaugnessy inspired Dundee to a 2-0 away victory in Livingston this afternoon.
Two late goals in three minutes from the skipper secured all three points against 10-man Livi as Dundee extend their unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership to four matches.
Dundee thought they had taken the lead seven minutes after the restart, but Amadou Bakayoko’s left-footed strike was disallowed when a VAR check revealed an offside infringement.
The Lions were reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes still to play when Christian Montano was shown a red card for violent conduct.
The Dee then took advantage of their extra man as defender Joe Shaugnessy netted twice from set-pieces inside the final eight minutes to lift Tony Docherty’s side to 4th in the table.
Unsurprisingly, manager Tony Docherty was delighted with his captain’s contribution. He said:
“I’ve never seen Joe, and I’ve had Joe since he was a kid, score two goals in a reserve game let alone a first team game, so I’m delighted for him.
“Joe is the epitome of what my team is. He was my first signing and he is a brilliant captain. He leads by example every day, he trains properly every day, it’s just good to see boys like him getting his rewards.”
The Livingston fans made their frustrations known to the players as they booed them off the pitch at full-time.
Perhaps six consecutive season in Scotland’s top flight have inflated supporters’ expectations but manager David Martindale was keen to remind fans to remain realistic. He said:
“I get it, fans are frustrated but I think you’ve got to put it into perspective.
“Anybody that came to this club this year thinking we’re not going to be in a relegation battle is kidding themselves on.
“I’ve spoken about it, I’ve been very vocal about it. I know we’re going to be in a relegation battle. I think there’s going to be potentially six or seven teams all doing something very similar.