Hamilton Academical 2
Dundee 0
League (First Division)


2 - 0


League (First Division)
Saturday, October 6th, 2007
New Douglas Park
Attendance: 3,197
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mark McLaughlin (83)
Paul McLeod (90)

Team Managers
Billy Reid Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Bryn Halliwell
2. Mark McLaughlin
3. David Elebert
4. Brian Easton
5. Tom Parratt
6. Tony Stevenson
7. James McCarthy
8. James McArthur
9. Mark Gilhaney
10. Richard Offiong
11. David Winters
Craig Samson .1
Martyn Corrigan .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Milan Palenik .4
Paul Dixon .5
Frédéric Daquin .6
Scott Robertson .7
Kevin McDonald .8
Paul McHale .9
Gavin Swankie .10
Jan Zemlik .11

12. Tomas Cerny
14. Chris Swailes
15. Stuart Taylor
16. Brian Wake
17. Paul McLeod
Jani Šturm .12
Derek Lyle .14
Robert Davidson .15
Danny Griffin .16
Alex Rae .17

Stuart Taylor for Tony Stevenson (68)
Brian Wake for Richard Offiong (70)
Paul McLeod for David Winters (87)
Danny Griffin for Milan Palenik (56)
Derek Lyle for Jan Zemlik (75)
Robert Davidson for Paul McHale (84)

None. Martyn Corrigan (37)
Kevin McDonald (82)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)
Tom Murphy & Stuart Clingan (Assistants)

Match Report

Dens new boy Martyn Corrigan wasn't impressed with his first look at the artificial surface at New Douglas Park on Saturday, the right back who is on loan at Dens from Motherwell for a month did Ok on his debut and kept Accies' winger Mark Gilhaney quiet but he insisted that the Dark Blues hadn't been able to play their usual game on the plastic pitch.

"It's a hard place to come, especially with the astroturf, the boys aren't used to it" he said.

"We did OK for so long but in the last ten minutes we conceded a bad goal and then right at the death a pass took a deflection and fell for the boy McLeod and took it well, we were a bit unfortunate."

"I saw Dundee play on the television against Celtic and they passed the ball about well, but on this surface it's a totally different kind of football, it's bobbly good for a kick about with your pals but not for a professional match, I think this would have been a totally different type of game if it had been on grass."

Corrigan is looking forward to the rest of his spell at Dens and the chance to play first team football after being left on the sidelines by new 'Well boss Mark McGhee in the opening weeks of the campaign.

"I've not played much at all this season" said Corrigan "Alex (Rae) asked me to come here and I said I'll come for a month to try to help out his team.

"I'm looking forward to playing and to getting some match time as well as helping out Dundee."

Rae went with a lone striker in Jan Zemlik at Hamilton, matching home manager Billy Reid's favoured tactics and leading to a packed midfield, but while that formation worked reasonably well when employed by Dundee in their cup tie against Celtic with wide men Gavin Swankie and Freddie Daquin providing quick support for the giant Czech, here he was largely isolated. Though Dundee had the majority of possession, and were the side pushing forward for long periods, there was little cutting edge up front,

Gavin Swankie was the first player to have a serious goal attempt, in 12 minutes he fired in a free kick from 25 yards and when his effort was blocked he rattled the rebound through a crowded penalty area bringing a good save from home keeper Bryn Halliwell.

Dundee had settled quicker than their hosts and a quick break down the right ended with a fine cross from Daquin, Zemlik's header at full stretch being narrowly wide of the target.

It was past the midway point of the first half before the home side threatened, in 24 minutes Richard Offiong rose to flick on a corner but Gary Mackenzie cleared the danger.

Dundee came close again twice in the next few minutes, with first Swankie curling a free kick a foot wide and then Zemlik forcing Halliwell into action when he got his head to McHale's cross.

There was a black mark for debut boy Corrigan in 36 minutes when he was yellow carded after bringing down Gilhaney.

Hamilton had barely caused any problems for the visiting defence in the first period but right on the stroke of half time they almost went ahead, David Elebert hit the post with a low shot from 14 yards following a corner and Offiong failed to make vital contact from just a couple of yards out as the ball ricocheted in his direction.

The home side were first to threaten after the break with Gilhaney coming close with a low shot from just outside the area which went narrowly wide.

Alex Rae's case for a result was hampered by an injury to Milan Palenik in 54 minutes, the defender leaving the action with a thigh tweak and being replaced by Danny Griffin, and play was muted for most of the next twenty minutes until another change brought Derek Lyle into the action in place of Zemlik.

Two minutes after Lyle's arrival came Dundee's one real moment of penetration, Kevin McDonald skipping past the challenges of McArthur and then Elebert before sliding an angled shot past Halliwell only to look on in disgust as his effort slid just past the post.

And with seven minutes to go McDonald was involved as Hamilton went ahead, he was penalised for holding, picking up a booking and when David Winters curling in the resultant free kick Dundee's marking was lacking as Mark McLaughlin rose to head home.

Bob Davidson was introduced to the action for Paul McHale as Dundee went to 4-4-2 but the Dark Blues never looked likely to peg back that goal and in the final moments of the match Accies sealed the win that took them four points clear at the top of the table, a through ball was deflected into the path of Paul McLeod and he clinically sidefooted home from 18 yards.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 6th, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)23 9 - 9 -
Gary Mackenzie21 11 - 35 -
Martyn Corrigan30 1 - 1 -
Paul Dixon20 12 - 882
Milan Palenik - 112112
Paul McHale26 101222
Scott Robertson22 123987
Kevin McDonald18 123798
Jan Zemlik29 111111
Gavin Swankie23 1125111
Frédéric Daquin29 121121
Danny Griffin (sub)30 9 - 37 -
Derek Lyle (sub)26 813816
Robert Davidson (sub)21 114267

League Table (as at October 6th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.