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Listen to this James McPake interview

Dunfermline manager James McPake felt that a draw was probably a fair result at Tannadice.

“I’m really proud of the way they put the performance together. They had to work really hard against a decent team.  They’re going for the title and it is a tough place to come and play, but we didn’t start well – or they started really well – and put us under a fair bit of pressure.

“In that back three, it was Malachi’s first game. Sam Fisher and Ewan Otoo, they’re all young kids still learning the game – developing as defenders and as players. I thought they were excellent throughout. I think everybody in the team put in a really good shift, worked really hard together, and we had some decent moments in the game as well. Not as much as we’d have liked. 

“We limited them. Deniz has a great save in injury-time which is a big moment for us. It’s what you expect from Den but it is a fantastic save and that helps us get away with a point. We had a couple of chances at the other end, but in terms of clear-cut chances there wasn’t an awful lot in that game for either team.”

Sam Fisher showed bravery?

“To be fair, he was meant to be wearing the mask – or he was advised to wear the mask, it wasn’t compulsory. He was advised to wear the mask but it wasn’t comfortable then he spoke to the surgeon and he said it was OK. Again, he’s a kid. I know his character, I’ve had him for long enough now, worked with him for long enough that you know exactly what you’re going to get from him and being the centre one [in the defence] he had to lead that back three today and I thought he was excellent.”

Craig Wighton had a great chance, did you think it was in?

“I thought it was a good save from the goalie, he had a really good save from Sam Fisher as well. The initial look at that is it was a save – but if it came off the post then, again, Wighty is in the right place, it looked like a good connection. That was probably our clear-cut one. The one that Lewis [McCann] goes through, the bounce just doesn’t quite help him – a fantastic ball from Ben Summers.  We had wee moments in the game and I don’t think they cut us open. Den has that great save and Josh Edwards, I don’t know what happens at the end. I’ll need to see it back but we got away with that one. Apart from that there was nothing to say that we didn’t deserve to get something out of this game, Dundee United will probably say the same so I think a draw is a fair result.”

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