12-26-2016, 07:18 AM
Boss Paul Hartley wants his Dundee side to smarten up their starts to matches after they gave Hearts a two-goal lead on Friday night before fighting back to win 3-2. The Taysiders came under pressure after only three minutes at Dens Park when Jambos attacker Jamie Walker scored from the spot after being fouled by Kevin Gomis.
Hartley vented his anger towards his players at the interval after a poor first-half - "players were going into different positions" - but Gorgie defender Callum Paterson made it 2-0 for the visitors three minutes after the restart which seemed to put Ian Cathro's in complete control. The home side, however, got themselves back into the game when captain Darren O'Dea quickly reduced the deficit with a drive before second-half substitute Paul McGowan levelled in the 71st minute with a close-range finish. And in the third minute of added time a remarkable comeback was complete when striker Marcus Haber headed in a Tom Hateley free-kick to send the Dark Blue fans into raptures and Dundee in to seventh place in the Ladbrokes Premiership encounter Hartley's side face Partick Thistle on Wednesday before hosting St Johnstone on Hogmanay and he will be looking for them to come out of the traps better. He said: "It should give the group loads of confidence as a group . "What we said after the game was, we can't start games like that, other teams may punish you. "The players responded in the second half because they had to. "The important thing is to build on that and we felt these three games was an important period. "The players deserve the credit for not giving up and grinding it out."