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'Nathan Ralph red against Rangers was wrong' Jim McIntyre reveals Dundee will appeal sending off

Daily Record logoDaily Record 09/12/2018 Stuart Hodge

Dundee boss Jim McIntyre claims it was wrong to send off Nathan Ralph off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity in the 1-1 Premiership draw with Rangers.

The left-back was dismissed just before the midway point of the first half after crunching into Daniel Candeias at the edge of the box.

The official reason for Alan Muir's red card was for denying the Portuguese winger and McIntyre insists that Andy Boyle was back to deal with the attack if Ralph had been beaten.

For that reason the Dundee boss is insistent his team were wronged during the first half flashpoint - and has revealed they will appeal the decision.

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McIntyre said: "It's for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity which I've watched it back there, it's certainly not because Andy Boyle is tucked around.

"I'm really disappointed for that to go against us."

Andy Halliday equalised from the free-kick resulting from the challenge which saw Ralph sent off.

The boss insisted though that his team deserve a lot of credit for standing strong against an extra man for over an hour of the game.

McIntyre said: "We had to make sure we were nice and compact and didn't get too high. Try and nullify Rangers and hit them on the counter-attack.

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"We knew we'd have to give up the wider areas which we did at times and defend the crosses. They deserve so much credit for the effort and guts they showed doing that.

"We knew second half it was a case of hanging in there, keeping the discipline, don't try and get too stretched, but there might be that one or two opportunities on the counter attack."

Kenny Miller scored Dundee's opener when he took advantage of defensive errors from Connor Goldson and Joe Worrall to clip the ball over Allan McGregor.

McIntyre was delighted to see his striker make it six goals in the last four games following his midweek hat-trick against Hamilton.

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The Dundee boss said: "It was just a ball through the middle, but it's his reactions, he's certainly not lost than and he's onto it in a flash and he's put it away. And he was unlucky not to score again, not long after the red card.

"It's a really good save by McGregor with his feet."

Miller himself praised goalkeeper Jack Hamilton and the Dundee defence for their second half efforts and concurred with his manager about Ralph's red card.

Miller said: "It's a harsh one I think, I understand he's maybe going through on goal but it looks soft."

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