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League (Premiership)


Hamilton 

1 - 1

Dundee


League (Premiership)
Saturday, October 17th, 2015
New Douglas Park
Attendance: 2,862
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Dougie Imrie (87) Kevin Holt (47)

Team Managers
Martin Canning Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Michael McGovern
2. Ziggy Gordon
3. Antons Kurakins
24. García Tena
44. Lucas Tagliapietra
6. Grant Gillespie
11. Ali Crawford
12. Gramoz Kurtaj
18. Darian MacKinnon
7. Dougie Imrie
14. Carlton Morris
Scott Bain .1
Thomas Konrad .4
Julen Etxabeguren .16
Kevin Holt .3
Paul McGinn .19
Nick Ross .17
Gary Harkins .29
Riccardo Calder .20
Rhys Healey .23
Rory Loy .9
Greg Stewart .7

Bench
26. Alan Martin
5. Martin Canning
21. Greg Docherty
8. Chris Turner
17. Louis Longridge
9. Alexandre D'Acol
27. Christian Nadé
David Mitchell .12
Daryll Meggatt .6
Gary Irvine .2
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Jesse Curran .27
Nicky Low .8
Josh Skelly .43

Substitutions
Louis Longridge for Ali Crawford (24)
Christian Nadé for Carlton Morris (78)
Greg Docherty for Dougie Imrie (90)
Nicky Low for Riccardo Calder (62)
Daryll Meggatt for Julen Etxabeguren (75)
Kostadin Gadzhalov for Rhys Healey (81)

Cautions
Dougie Imrie (87) Julen Etxabeguren (16)
Gary Harkins (82)

Red Cards
Darian Mackinnon (61) None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)
Frank Connor & Alastair Mather (Assistants)
Gavin Ross (Fourth Official)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee had to settle for a point from a tough battle against Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park this afternoon. Kevin Holt put the Dark Blues ahead with a deflected long range shot shortly after half time, but were pegged back by a late equaliser from Dougie Imrie. The home side lost Darien MacKinnon to a straight red card shortly after Dundee scored. In spite of that Dundee were never able to control the game and a fighting Accies team deserved their point.

Dundee made two changes forced by injury; Gary Harkins and Rhys Healey replacing the injured Kevin Thomson and Kane Hemmings. Accies were unchanged from their last game, against Celtic.

An early scramble in the Dundee goalmouth summed up a disappointing first half. Crawford's corner caused chaos, with the ball bouncing till Scott Bain reacted quickly to grab the ball from a close range shot.

Both defences looked uncomfortable in the early stages, but neither side was able to take advantage. Accies were the better side, occasionally looking fluent and dangerous as they attacked, but they were unable to put the Dark Blues under sustained pressure.

Dundee were some way short of their best and threatened the Accies goal only a few times in the first half. Healey headed a well flighted Nick Ross cross over the bar. He did better when he pulled down a long pass to the left wing, took the ball past a defender and shot just wide of McGovern's right hand post.

Hamilton lost midfielder Ali Crawford in the middle of the first half when he pulled up with a groin injury. Shortly afterwards Accies wasted the best chance of the half when Kurtaj blasted yards over the bar from 15 yards after Imrie had set up a clear chance.

Healey had another half chance when a Stewart flick released him on the right, but his finish flew high and wide.

Dundee got off to a perfect start in the second half when Hamilton failed to clear a Stewart free kick. The ball fell to Kevin HOLT 25 yards out, and his first time shot deflected off Morris, leaving McGovern helpless as it looped into the net.

The Dark Blues then had their best spell of the game. Accies pushed forward unconvincingly and looked vulnerable when Dundee broke out of defence. The home defence missed a long ball allowing Healey to run clear, but his touch was poor and he lost the chance.

For a spell Dundee looked capable of taking control and going on to take all three points. They were much sharper in their passing and more eager in their movement than in the first half.

Hamilton's attacking had been largely ineffective, but they responded positively when they lost Darian MacKinnon to a totally avoidable red card. Thomas Konrad had conceded a foul on the left wing and MacKinnon foolishly lunged groin high into the Dee defender leaving him crumpled on the pitch.

The game lost what little fluency it had as Hamilton stepped up the workrate and managed to push Dundee back. The game was scrappy with both sides making too many mistakes and nobody able to settle on the ball.

Accies did manage to force the ball into the net twice, but Morris was offside for the first and Tagliapietra pushed Meggatt before Nadé nodded past Bain. The Dee keeper had only one real save to make, when he beat away Morris's fierce drive from a difficult angle.

Paul Hartley made the midfield more solid by replacing Riccardo Calder with Nicky Low. He then had to send on Darryll Meggatt to replace Julen Etxabeguren with 20 minutes to go. Accies responded by sending on ex Dee hero Christian Nadé and his aerial power forced another Dundee change with Kosta Gadzhalov replacing Rhys Healey. The young striker had had an effective first game, causing Hamilton's defence quite a few problems.

It looked like Dundee might hang on for a win, and they certainly should have done against 10 men, but after 87 minutes Accies managed to get the goal that no neutral would have begrudged them. Nadé showed neat skill to make space for Gordon on the right and Dougie IMRIE stabbed the low cross past Bain from close range.

In injury time the game opened up as both sides tried to win, but neither side had the composure to trouble the two keepers.

A draw was disappointing after Dundee had failed to close out the game, but New Douglas Park is a very difficult venue at which to get even one point. Dundee certainly have nothing to complain about today. They just didn't do enough to secure or deserve the win.

The plastic pitch didn't help matters and the Dundee players weren't comfortable with their footing, especially early on. Nevertheless, without ever playing particularly well, once they'd overcome a poor opening half hour they never looked in great danger of losing.

After the first round of games has finished Dundee are now well placed in 6th position with 16 points, but only two points adrift of fourth spot. It's a solid platform from which to push on into the middle of the season.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at October 17th, 2015)


2015-16 All Time
Age
Scott Bain (GK)23 12 - 38 -
Julen Etxabeguren24 10 - 10 -
Thomas Konrad25 11 - 482
Paul McGinn24 12 - 512
Kevin Holt22 9292
Nick Ross23 12 - 12 -
Riccardo Calder19 5 - 5 -
Gary Harkins30 11 - 14229
Rory Loy27 7575
Rhys Healey20 4 - 4 -
Greg Stewart25 1255120
Daryll Meggatt (sub)24 3 - 3 -
Kostadin Gadzhalov (sub)26 1 - 10 -
Nicky Low (sub)23 6 - 6 -






League Table (as at October 17th, 2015)


No league table has been added for this season.