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Solid start pleases Hartley

Dundee manager Paul Hartley was satisfied after his newly-promoted side held Inverness to a goalless draw.

It was their second draw in their opening two games in the top-flight and it could have been even better had Peter MacDonald not blazed over and Gary Harkins not been denied by a last-ditch tackle from David Raven.

"We're pleased with the result because this is a hard place to come," he said. "In the second half we created the better chances and on another day we could have won the game.

"We changed shape a couple of times and the boys immediately altered, so you have to give them credit for that."

A contentious handball shout against Greg Tansey was waved away but Hartley was not too regretful about the decision.

"It looked like a handball and all the players were claiming for it," he added. "But it wasn't given so you just get on with it. I thought our defence and goalkeeper were excellent and Paul McGowan was outstanding. His work rate was terrific."

Inverness manager John Hughes felt his side needed to be a bit more clever to win the encounter in the Highlands.

"It's a little bit frustrating not to win the game. We had enough effort and commitment," he said.

"In that final third, we need to be a bit more creative and have that little bit of magic to unlock the defence. It was a good game and you have to give credit to Dundee. They're a newly-promoted side and they've come away from home."

He also encouraged his attacking players to take note of assistant manager Russell Latapy.

"Ryan Christie and Marley Watkins need to get that education from Russell," added Hughes.

"They need to get in areas where they can pick up and the ball and get at teams. That's where Russell needs to come in."