Hamilton Academical 1
Dundee 1
League (Championship)


Hamilton 

1 - 1

Dundee


League (Championship)
Saturday, April 5th, 2014
New Douglas Park
Attendance: 4,529
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (71) Martin Boyle (37)

Team Managers
Alex Neil Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Kevin Cuthbert
33. Lee Kilday
5. Martin Canning
24. Jesus Garcia Tena
2. Ziggy Gordon
11. Ali Crawford
17. Louis Longridge
22. Tony Andreu
18. Darian Mackinnon
7. James Keatings
50. Jason Scotland
Kyle Letheren .1
Gary Irvine .2
Willie Dyer .5
Declan Gallagher .18
Gavin Rae .10
Jim McAlister .20
Nicky Riley .7
Iain Davidson .6
Kevin McBride .8
Peter MacDonald .9
Martin Boyle .23

Bench
19. Blair Currie
4. Michael Devlin
10. Alex Neil
6. Grant Gillespie
35. Paul George
99. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
32. Andy Ryan
Dan Twardzik .27
Adam Cummins .25
Kyle Benedictus .17
Ryan Conroy .11
Craig Wighton .33
Christian Nadé .27
Craig Beattie .29

Substitutions
Mickaël Antoine-Curier for James Keatings (61)
Andy Ryan for Jason Scotland (79)
Grant Gillespie for Lee Kilday (81)
Adam Cummins for Iain Davidson (58)
Craig Beattie for Peter MacDonald (69)
Ryan Conroy for Nicky Riley (75)

Cautions
Ziggy Gordon (55)
Martin Canning (66)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


The day's big game in Scotland ended all square at New Douglas Park today. The Dark Blues and Hamilton Accies fought out a tense and close 1-1 draw. Dundee took the lead through Martin Boyle in the first half and Mickael Antoine Curier equalised in the seccond. The reaction of the Accies supporters at the end suggested they were happier with a result that leaves them top by the narrowest of margins. The teams are level on points and goal difference, but Hamilton remain top because they have scored more goals.

Paul Hartley made two changes as he switched from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1. Nicky Riley and Kevin McBride came in for Craig Beattie and Adam Cummins, with Iain Davidson moving back into central defence for the first time under Paul Hartley.

The early exchanges were predictably cagey, with neither side willing to take risks, or able to settle on the ball and control the game.

Accies managed to mount the first dangerous attack after 11 minute, when a good move down the right ended with Andreu shooting into the side net from a difficult angle.

Both Boyle and Riley were looking dangerous in the flanks for Dundee, but the Dark Blues weren't turning promising attacks into genuine goal threats; much like Accies.

Gradually Dundee started to show more composure and posed more serious problems for Accies. 10 minutes from half time the Dark Blues were awarded a free kick 22 yards from goal in a perfect position for Peter MacDonald. The supporters held their breath in anticipation, and they were rewarded by a goal, just not the way they expected.

MacDonald's kick bounced off the wall and first Riley then Dyer played the ball back into the penalty area with Accies unable to clear. McBride nodded the ball down for Martin BOYLE, who spun and slipped it past the keeper for a lovely poacher's goal.

Dundee were looking comfortable on the ball now. The home side had some good possession, but were too hurried and lost the ball before they could get close enough to trouble Letheren.

MacDonald came close to adding a vital second goal at the end of the half. He pulled down Gallagher's high ball, turned and hooked his shot just over the bar.

The second half burst into life quickly. McBride's free kick from the right wasn't cleared by the home defence and Rae's follow up shot was deflected a couple of feet wide by Davidson.

At the other end Keatings set up Mackinnon to shoot from 18 yards, but he blazed his shot well over the bar.

Martin Boyle was more accurate for the Dee, when he took the ball from MacDonald and hit a rasping shot for the top corner. Cuthbert pulled off the save of the match to keep Accies alive.

Iain Davidson had been limping and was replaced by Adam Cummins. Accies had a spell of worrying pressure till the Dark Blues defence settled down. Crawford's shot was deflected over the bar by McAlister. When the corner came over the Dee defence couldn't clear, but Canning stabbed the ball over the bar.

MacDonald came close for the Dee when his dipping angled shot narrowly missed the top corner of the goal. Boyle nearly grabbed his second goal when patient build up play on the right ended with a neat reverse pass by MacDonald to open up the defence. Cuthbert raced from his goal and managed to scramble the ball out for a corner before Boyle could turn it home.

Former Dee Antoine Curier came on after an hour, and 11 minutes later he grabbed a vital headed equaliser for Accies. Longridge managed to wriggle clear on the left, and ANTOINE CURIER was able to hold off Cummins at the near post to score.

The last 20 minutes were unbearably tense as both sides tried to win the game. Beattie and Conroy were on the park now, with MacDonald and Riley having been withdrawn. The changes didn't really work for Dundee, who lacked the pace and fluency that had been posing Accies problems earlier. Both teams showed far more nerves than composure as they repeatedly wasted promising opportunities to open up the defences.

In the end a draw was a fair result. Neither side had the quality or composure to dominate the other and pose a consistent threat to the opposing defence. Both sides wanted to win, but both were desperate to avoid defeat and avoid handing their biggest rivals a massive advantage.

A big travelling support gave the Dark Blues fantastic support today, and hopefully they will keep turning out to back the players in the remaining four games that will settle the Championship. This is a time for big hearts, cool heads and real passion from the stands.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at April 5th, 2014)


2013-14 All Time
Age
Kyle Letheren (GK)27 37 - 37 -
Willie Dyer27 22 - 22 -
Gary Irvine29 37 - 1552
Declan Gallagher23 384665
Kevin McBride32 273654
Iain Davidson30 273674
Nicky Riley27 27 - 12311
Jim McAlister28 384809
Gavin Rae36 38129931
Peter MacDonald33 37193719
Martin Boyle20 292392
Adam Cummins (sub)21 3 - 3 -
Ryan Conroy (sub)26 35611525
Craig Beattie (sub)30 164164






League Table (as at April 5th, 2014)


No league table has been added for this season.