24 Feb McCann feels frustrated as Dundee miss out on late spot-kick
Dundee manager Neil McCann hit out at referee Alan Muir for choosing not to give his team a late penalty in the defeat to Motherwell at Dens Park.
Substitute A-Jay Leitch-Smith’s shot was blocked by Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre in added time and McCann felt the big Frenchman had handled his effort.
The hosts went on to lose the Ladbrokes Premiership contest 1-0 and McCann said afterwards of the decision: “It was a stonewaller. It’s clearly struck him in the arm.
“Now, if he’s saying that his assistant referee said it hit him on the arm, why’s it not a penalty? How do you swallow that one? For me, it’s very poor officiating.
“It makes me so angry because that would have given us an opportunity to get the equaliser and maybe even another one because we showed against Partick the week before we don’t need a lot of time to get a goal.
“I feel we’ve been robbed of an opportunity to get a result.
“I thought we absolutely dominated the match and were the only team looking to win the match.
“We had some great chances so it is very frustrating.”
Craig Tanner’s 33rd-minute strike, his fourth against Dundee this season, won the contest for Motherwell.
Visiting boss Stephen Robinson said: “We’ve got individuals who can win games but here our character and resilience won it for us.
“If I were a Motherwell fan going back down the road having seen those players throwing themselves to the ground and putting their bodies on the line to win, I’d be very happy.
“We can play a lot better than that on the ball. But when you have games like that you have to dig deep so I give them top marks for that side of things.”