James McPake praises Dorrans after an ‘outstanding’ performance

GREENOCK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Dundee manager James McPake (L) is pictured alongside Graeme Dorrans during the Ladbrokes Championship match between Greenock Morton and Dundee at Cappielow Park, on September 21, 2019, in Greenock, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

Dundee gaffer James McPake says, Graham Dorrans was the star man as they won 3-0 against Alloa.

The former English Premier League and Scotland international put in an ‘outstanding’ performance as they won at the Indoordrill Stadium – McPake lauded the team on a whole but singled out Dorrans.

The Dens gaffer said: “Footballers with the pedigree of Graham Dorrans, Paul McGowan and Shaun Byrne are going to develop an understanding and I thought the game was played at Graham’s tempo.

“When he wanted to speed the game up he did when he wanted to slow it down and dictate that we should keep the ball, then he did that.

“He was outstanding and you can see he is getting to a level of fitness that only games bring.

“I know him very well and know he is over his injury and I’m delighted he’s at my football club.

“The other players complement him well and I really don’t think they can be underestimated in what they bring.”

Dundee striker, Kane Hemmings, went seven games without scoring, but McPake was never in doubt about his ability. He said: “I was never worried about Kano scoring I said from the day he came in that when we got him right he’d score.

“Since I’ve been at the club, he’s been the most effective player I played with.

“He gets you up the pitch, bullies centre-backs and he’s quick and strong.

“That’s why I wanted him here.

“Throughout his career, he has brought goals, so I was never worried about that coming.

“He got two but he was gutted after the match he didn’t get his hat-trick because he should have – but that’s Kane being Kane.”