FALKIRK came close to ending Dundee’s long unbeaten league run - but capitulated in the second half to draw what Steven Pressley had called another “must-win game”.
The Bairns started with ex-Dens Park man Tam McManus up front and the former Dundee and Hibs player opened the scoring with an instinctive goal on 26 minutes.
He cleverly stepped back from the rush to goal to turn in Mark Twaddle’s header after Jack Compton’s chip picked out the defender at the back post.
The Bairns were in total control of the first half and extended their lead in the second when Mark Stewart scampered clear of an offside trap that was intermittently aided by poor assistant refereeing calls to slot in 62nd minute second.
However Dundee immediately hit back with a sweeping move rounded off by Gary Irvine in the box.
That galvanised the Dens Park men and they summoned the fight to earn an equaliser through Craig Forsyth 10 minutes from time.
Pressley said: “For 65 minutes we controlled the game. I said this one was a must-win game, and there’s now a long way back for us, that’s for sure - but we won’t give up.”
Elsewhere Kevin Cawley gave East Stirlingshire the lead at home to league-leaders Arbroath, but it was soon overturned as the Red Lichties won 4-2. Stenhousemuir drew 2-2 at Airdrie United.