Charlie Adam reveals the Hearts area Dundee targeted to win Championship encounter

Charlie Adam revealed an area they targeted Hearts. Picture: SNSCharlie Adam revealed an area they targeted Hearts. Picture: SNS
Charlie Adam revealed an area they targeted Hearts. Picture: SNS
Dundee star Charlie Adam revealed an area they worked on to expose Hearts.

James McPake’s team gained revenge for the opening day 6-2 defeat at Tynecastle to earn a 3-1 win at Dens Park.

It cut the gap between the sides to five points with Dundee going level with Dunfermline in second with more than half of the season to play.

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Adam, speaking to the BBC, explained an area which the team targeted which brought about the first goal.

The move involved left-back Jordan Marshall, Adam who provided the assist and former Hearts defender Jordan McGhee whose header beat Craig Gordon.

“If we look at the start of the season to now, we are a totally different team, we’re a different outfit,” he said. “We've got a hunger and desire to go and succeed. [We] started [the season] slowly but it’s just another game.

“We’re moving up the table and enjoying playing. It is just a shame the fans can’t be here.

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“The first one, I think Marshy has rolled it back to me and I’ve whipped it to the back post to Jordan [McGhee].

"We worked on it in the last week, if we can nullify Berra coming over and overloading that side and Jordan’s got good legs to get in behind. We did that and that’s where the first goal came from.

The second goal, a nutmeg on Haring and used my pace to get on to it and just heard Paul McGowan shouting ‘hang it up’. I just hung it up and Danny Mullen with a great header.

“First half I thought we were dominant. We were excellent. Second half we made it hard for ourselves like we have in a number of games but we are going along nicely now."

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Hearts boss Robbie Neilson was far from impressed with the refereeing of Don Robertson during the game.

He felt Dundee midfielder Shaun Byrne should have seen red for a challenge on Steven Naismith within the first minute and questioned the penalty decision against Christophe Berra which allowed Jonathan Afolabi to make it 3-1.

The two teams are scheduled to meet in the league for the third and final time at Tynecastle on March 6.