Hamilton Academical 1
Dundee 0
League (First Division)


Hamilton 

1 - 0

Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, February 24th, 2007
New Douglas Park
Attendance: 1,439
3:15 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
David Elebert (22) None.

Team Managers
Billy Reid Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Sean Murdoch
2. David Elebert
3. Brian Easton,
4. Derek Fleming
5. Tom Parratt
6. Alex Neil
7. Tony Stevenson
8. James McArthur
9. Mark Gilhaney
10. Richard Offiong
11. David Winters
Ludovic Roy .1
Jay Shields .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Gary Smith .4
Paul Dixon .5
Alex Rae .6
Scott Robertson .7
Paul McHale .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Derek Lyle .10
Kevin Smith .11

Bench
12. Raymond Jellema
14. James McCarthy
15. James Gibson
16. James McCarthy
17. Paul McLeod
18. Brian Wake
Callum Reidford .12
Danny Griffin .14
Kevin McDonald .15
Khalid Hamdaoui .16
Robert Davidson .17

Substitutions
James McCarthy for Tony Stevenson (58)
Paul McLeod for Mark Gilhaney (74)
Brian Wake for Richard Offiong (77)
Robert Davidson for Kevin Smith (57)
Khalid Hamdaoui for Gavin Swankie (68)

Cautions
David Elebert (80)
Alex Neil (86)
Alex Rae (41)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Martin Sproule (Referee)



Match Report


When Simon Lynch gave Dundee a 36th minute lead at New Douglas Park back in August of 2005 few imagined that Dundee would go five and a half games without scoring at that venue, but this latest attempt at ending that record showed that the Dark Blues still have a problem creating chances on the Hamilton plastic.

Here they created only one real opportunity and went down 1-0 in a tight game where their hosts carved out just the one chance of their own that they took it owed as much to a moment of defensive slackness in the Dark Blue rearguard as it did to any spark of creativity from the Accies.

Dundee's team bus had been delayed for forty five minutes by roadworks at Stirling with those aboard only arriving at the ground at 2.20pm, sensibly, given that half of the travelling support were also experiencing delays, the kick off was delayed until 3.15 at which point torrential rain was falling, a downpour which continued for much of the game. Once the delayed game got underway Rae's men performed much better than they had in the Dens hammering from Clyde but still not well enough to bring a smile to the faces of those who had made the trip in the hope of seeing Dundee regain the form of the pre-Clyde weeks.

That only goal of the game came in the 22nd minute and it was a real shocker for the Dee defence to concede, former Dens Parker Derek Fleming floated a free kick from wide on the left towards the back post and central defender David Elebert found himself completely unmarked as he directed a looping header over Roy and into the far side of the net.

Dundee tried to hit back and ten minutes after the goal they came close as Kevin Smith fired in a low cross which Lyle threw himself at only to be denied by a brave clutch by, on loan from Dunfermline, keeper Sean Murdoch.

A minute later Paul Dixon and Alex Rae combined with the latter firing in a shot from ten yards which was blocked.

Hamilton pressed as the interval approached and a minute before half time Ludovic Roy had to be alert to punch clear after Offiong had flicked on a long ball from Parratt.

The home side were the more lively as the second period got underway too, and three minutes after the break Roy was called into action again, though his save from McArthur's weak effort was reasonably simple.

Dundee threw on Bob Davidson for Kevin Smith in 57 minutes as they tried to force a leveler and three minutes later when a McHale cross was only partly cleared, Alex Rae clipped in a, 25 yard, dipping shot which went only narrowly over.

The visiting support had been shouting for the introduction of Khalid Hamdaoui for some time and midway through the half they got their way as the Dutchman replaced Gavin Swankie.

Murdoch had rarely been troubled but with eleven minutes to go he had to get down to field Lyle's header from Dixon's cross.

It was in the closing moments that Dundee's one real opportunity came, the Dark Blues pressed hard as time ran out with Scott Robertson Rae showing and commitment and desire aplenty, that chance came with two minutes remaining as Davidson fired in a cross from the left, Rae did fantastically well to head it back across goal, but Lyle missed the target with his header from five yards - it was a great chance and unlike the top scorer to spurn it.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at February 24th, 2007)


2006-07 All Time
Age
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 24 - 24 -
Gary Mackenzie21 17 - 17 -
Gary Smith35 141141
Paul Dixon20 29 - 682
Scott Robertson21 302834
Alex Rae37 233233
Paul McHale25 6 - 6 -
Jay Shields21 13 - 13 -
Gavin Swankie23 289319
Derek Lyle26 23132313
Kevin Smith19 5 - 5 -
Khalid Hamdaoui (sub) - 3131
Robert Davidson (sub)20 6 - 6 -






League Table (as at February 24th, 2007)


No league table has been added for this season.