Ross County midfielder Michael Gardyne was disappointed his side failed to hang on to a two-goal lead at Dundee on Saturday but felt the Staggies displayed their resilience to hang on for a point with 10 men.
Gardyne netted two minutes before the break to give the Staggies a 3-1 advantage at half-time with Greg Stewart cancelling out Liam Boyce’s opener before Dundee defender James McPake headed past his own goalkeeper.
But the game’s turning point came nine minutes into the second half when County captain Andrew Davies was sent off for a second bookable offence and Rory Loy converted the resulting penalty.
Loy netted another with just over 20 minutes remaining but the Staggies managed to hold on for a point.
Gardyne, the former Dundee United midfielder, said: “It is just disappointing because we were cruising at 3-1 up and 11 v 11.
“We were doing well but then we showed our resilience with 10 men and everyone working hard for each other. We showed what we are all about in the second half.
“It was good to get the goal, although I would have preferred the win.”
Gardyne felt Dundee captain Kevin Thomson was lucky to avoid a red card after making several fouls after having been booked.
With regard to the penalty conceded by Davies, the 29-year-old said: “I didn’t see it but the big man has maybe said it was a foul.
“At the same time, Kevin Thomson has been booked and then he has made three or four fouls after that.
“The one on Jackson Irvine when the referee played on, he has to pull the play back and book him.
“Paul Hartley knows it should have been a red and taken him off right away.”
Gardyne was full of praise for the in-form Boyce, who netted his 10th goal in eight matches after a midweek treble in the 7-0 win against Falkirk.
He said: “He has been brilliant. He has looked after himself come back in pre-season and been on fire.
“He got a hat-trick midweek and his goal against Dundee was fantastic.”
Next up for the Staggies is a match against a rejuvenated Caley Thistle, who defeated league leaders Aberdeen 2-1 on Saturday.
Gardyne added: “Everybody in the league is now picking up wins.
“Caley Thistle have done well and won a couple. It was a great result for them against Aberdeen but we will go in and work hard this week and concentrate on trying to get the win.”