Dundee 2
Hamilton Academical 0
League (Premiership)

2 - 0

League (Premiership)
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,035
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Clarkson (69)
Greg Stewart (73)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Alex Neil

Starting Eleven
12. Scott Bain
4. Thomas Konrad
5. James McPake
19. Paul McGinn
2. Gary Irvine
18. Paul McGowan
8. Kevin McBride
29. Gary Harkins
20. Jim McAlister
15. Greg Stewart
16. David Clarkson
Michael McGovern .1
Ziggy Gordon .2
Stephen Hendrie .3
Michael Devlin .4
García Tena .24
Grant Gillespie .6
Ali Crawford .11
Tony Andreu .22
Daniel Redmond .28
Dougie Imrie .7
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .99

46. Kyle Gourlay
30. Cammy Kerr
34. Matty Allan
10. Kevin Thomson
33. Craig Wighton
14. Phillip Roberts
23. Martin Boyle
Blair Currie .19
Martin Canning .5
Alex Neil .10
Darian Mackinnon .18
Louis Longridge .17
Andy Ryan .32
Jason Scotland .9

Martin Boyle for Kevin McBride (60)
Kevin Thomson for Gary Harkins (78)
Phillip Roberts for Greg Stewart (89)
Jason Scotland for Mickaël Antoine-Curier (67)
Louis Longridge for Daniel Redmond (67)
Darian Mackinnon for Ali Crawford (75)

Kevin McBride (33)
Greg Stewart (74)
Grant Gillespie (43)
Stephen Hendrie (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)
Michael Banks & Ivan Stankovic (Assistants)
Colin Steven (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee delighted the supporters with their first home league win of the season today, defeating table topping Hamilton Accies 2-0, thus ending the visitors' superb unbeaten run. Strikers David Clarkson and Greg Stewart grabbed the goals midway through the second half. The game might have been very tight in the first hour but the Dark Blues ran out comfortable winners after the goals.

The only change to the Dundee line-up was the return of James McPake, who replaced Iain Davidson in central defence. Goalkeeper Scott Bain started his first league match at Dens and youngster Kyle Gourlay was on the bench as the back-upkeeper.

Bain was quickly into the action with a fine low save from Antoine Curier who had broken clear to shoot from 18 yards. Accies started brightly and were clearly full of confidence. Crawford was next to have a go for the visitors, but his dangerous shot was charged down by James McPake.

After 13 minutes Andreu burst into the penalty area, but McPake shepherded him wide and the shot was screwed across goal and wide.

Dundee had their fair share of the ball in the opening stages and threatened to open up the Accies' defence with some neat passing. However, it was the visitors' more direct approach that looked more likely to bring an early goal.

Dundee gradually settled into the game and grew more comfortable and confident the longer the match went on. Paul McGinn made a great run down the right but McGovern managed to grab his dangerous cross. At the other end Devlin headed into the side netting from an impossible angle when the Dundee defence lost track of a deep free kick, the last mistake of the game from the Dee rearguard.

Dundee responded with their best move of the half. Harkins found McGowan in space on the right and the low cross found Clarkson beyond the far post, but he miskicked and Accies escaped.

The Dark Blues had their own escape when Andreu found space at the edge of the penalty area. Bain did well to parry the shot and Dundee managed to survive the resulting scramble at the expense of a corner.

Dundee had a further escape at the start of the second half when Redmond went down on the edge of the area. It might not have been a foul, but it might very well have been inside the box as Accies claim vociferously. Referee Mr Beaton gave a free kick, which was taken from almost on the 18 yard line. Bain dealt comfortably with Antoine Curier's shot.

If Accies had edged the first half the Dark Blues had much the better of the second. Hamilton had plenty of possession but couldn't turn it into serious threats to Scott Bain's goal. Dougie Imrie reached the byline once, but the cross was ahead of his teammates. Apart from that the Dundee defence dealt well with everything that Accies had to offer.

On the other hand the Hamilton defence was looking increasingly vulnerable, especially when Hartley sent on Martin Boyle to replace Kevin McBride and inject some serious pace into the team.

Accies were vulnerable from corners and escaped when Gary Irvine headed wide when he was unmarked six yards out. Hamilton's luck ran out after 69 minutes. Harkins' corner was powered home by David CLARKSON's header for a classic centre forward's goal, his fourth in his first four games for the Dee.

Hamilton had to push forward to try and save the game and as the game opened up Dundee punished them with a quick second goal. Only four minutes after the opening goal Harkins headed the ball forward into space and Greg STEWART rammed a low shot past keeper McGovern from 15 yards.

Dundee settled on their two goal lead and strangled the game efficiently. Kevin Thomson came on for Gary Harkins as Dundee adopted a flat midfield three in front of the defence, with Boyle and Stewart playing in wide midfield positions breaking forward to support Clarkson.

Accies struggled to unsettle the Dundee defence, and a third goal on the break always looked a possibility. However, the game drifted to a conclusion, happily free of incident from the viewpoint of the home fans.

Hamilton are clearly a good footballing side, who have stepped up impressively to the challenge of the Premiership. However, they couldn't turn a couple of excellent first half chances into goals, and the Dark Blues punished them ruthlessly in the second half. On the basis of today's match both clubs look very much at ease in the top division.

Dundee have played better football on occasions this season, but they earned the points today with a hard working team performance that majored on effort, pressing, concentration and organisation. After the bad fortnight before the international break Dundee are back on form with two excellent wins. For the second game running both strikers have scored. Clarkson and Stewart combined very effectively with some intelligent play. At the other end Scott Bain fully deserved his clean sheet on his home league debut.

The increased goal threat, combined with a solid defence and a hard working, creative midfield means that Dundee reach the end of the first third of the season before the split with 16 points from 11 games. By any reckoning that is a highly satisfactory opening to the Dark Blues' return to the top division.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 25th, 2014)

2014-15 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)22 3 - 3 -
Thomas Konrad24 131131
Gary Irvine29 11 - 1682
Paul McGinn24 141141
James McPake30 121121
Gary Harkins29 13311328
Kevin McBride33 6 - 734
Paul McGowan27 14 - 14 -
Jim McAlister28 13 - 9710
David Clarkson29 4444
Greg Stewart24 125125
Kevin Thomson (sub)29 5 - 5 -
Martin Boyle (sub)21 131565
Phillip Roberts (sub)20 6 - 6 -

League Table (as at October 25th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Today we welcome Hamilton Accies to Dens and I would like to start by welcoming both sets of supporters, Accies manager Alex Neil, his players and all of their back to staff.

Last time out at Dens I thought we played well and were unlucky not to take anything from the game against Aberdeen.

It was great to get back on track last weekend at Motherwell. A great three points at a tough place to go.

Some really good goals which was pleasing as well as some good play. We had loads of other chances so I was really pleased with the performance considering the team was right down to the bare bones.

Clarky's goal was outstanding, a great hit. Harkins composed and I was really pleased for Stewart to get the goal also.

Scott Bain was thrown in just before the kick off and I thought he was excellent. Didn't put a foot wrong, looked composed and his handling was good.

I watched Accies last Friday night with an impressive win over Aberdeen. This afternoon will provide another hard game for us but one we are looking forward to.

Enjoy the game.