Dundee 0
Hamilton Academical 1
League (Premiership)

0 - 1

League (Premiership)
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,757
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Carlton Morris (8)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Martin Canning

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
16. Julen Etxabeguren
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
3. Kevin Holt
19. Paul McGinn
6. Daryll Meggatt
21. Darren O'Dea
17. Nick Ross
15. Kane Hemmings
7. Greg Stewart
33. Craig Wighton
Michael McGovern .1
Ziggy Gordon .2
Michael Devlin .4
García Tena .24
Lucas Tagliapietra .44
Ali Crawford .11
Gramoz Kurtaj .12
Darian MacKinnon .18
Eamonn Brophy .20
Dougie Imrie .7
Carlton Morris. 14

12. David Mitchell
35. Calvin Colquhoun
27. Jesse Curran
9. Rory Loy
22. Arturo Rodriguez
Alan Martin .26
Antons Kurakins .3
Greg Docherty .21
Grant Gillespie .6
Daniel Redmond .10
Alexandre D'Acol .9
Steven Boyd .30

Rory Loy for Julen Etxabeguren (71)
Greg Docherty for Eamonn Brophy (63)
Alexandre D'Acol for Carlton Morris (78)
Grant Gillespie for Ali Crawford (82)

Daryll Meggatt (60)
Kostadin Gadzhalov (83)
Dougie Imrie (42)
Gramoz Kurtaj (42)
Jesus Garcia Tena (53)
Carlton Morris (60)
Greg Docherty (90)
Ziggy Gordon (91)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Graham Chambers & Anthony Cooper (Assistants)
Stephen Finnie (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

After the high of the derby win it was back to auld claes and porridge as Dundee fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Hamilton Academical today. Carlton Morris scored an early winner and a below par Dee couldn't save the game despite playing most of the game in Accies half.

The Dark Blues made two enforced changes following Monday's derby win. Darryll Meggatt came into central defence, and Julen Etxabeguren kept his place in midfield after his accomplished performance coming off the bench on Monday. Gary Harkins and Paul McGowan both dropped out with injuries that mean they will miss the rest of the season. Dundee's injury problems meant that only five players were on the bench. Accies made three changes; Jesus Garcia Tena, Eamonn Brophy and Gramoz Kurtaj replaced Anton Kurakins, Grant Gillespie and Greg Docherty.

The Dark Blues started slowly and by the time they put their game together they were trailing. Accies had a couple of promising attacks without posing any great threat, but took the lead with a strange goal after eight minutes. Julen Etxabeguren left what looked like an aimless pass across the face of Dundee's penalty area, allowing Carlton Morris to collect the ball, turn and shoot across Scott Bain to open the scoring.

The goal failed to wake up the Dee whose play was disappointingly scrappy in the early stages. Craig brought the Dee to life with a lovely flash of skill as he opened up Accies' defence with a run in from the right, only for his shot to be blocked. The Dee were now starting to hold the ball, making passes and threatening Accies' goal.

Midway through the first half Hamilton had an astonishing escape when clever quick passing between Etxabeguren and Kane Hemmings laid on an easy chance for Nick Ross. However, with the goal gaping the midfielder screwed his shot wide from six yards.

Another good move ended with Accies' goalkeeper Michael McGovern diving onto Paul McGinn's dangerous low cross before Hemmings could pounce.

The Dark Blues continuted to dominate without creating enough danger to the away goal. Accies started to irritate the referee with a series of fouls and complaints as the match deteriorated in both quality and temper.

Only a minute into the second half Accies seemed to have extended their lead. Meggatt's clearance rebounded from the Hamilton player standing beside him, leaving Brophy clear to run in and shoot under Bain into the net. At first referee Mr McLean awarded the goal, but went to his assistant to clarify matters. Presumably the referee knew that the ball came off an Accies player, but didn't know Brophy was offside, whereas the assistant had spotte the offisde but thought the ball had come off a Dundee player. If so, it was good teamwork by the officials to talk to each other and reach the right decision.

That was one of the few interesting incidents in a poor second half. Accies fought for everything, determined to secure the result that would guarantee survival. It wasn't attractive or entertaining as Dundee set up camp in Hamilton's half without every being able to summon up the spark required to break down a resolute defence.

Accies could have nicked a second goal on the break from one of their few attacks. Bain made an instinctive save to push Imrie's diving header over the bar and late on had to parry a fierce drive from substitute Alex D'Acol.

Rory Loy replaced Etxabeguren for the last 25 minutes, injecting some energy and drive into a lacklustre Dee without changing the pattern of the game. Darryll Meggatt saw a header from a corner cleared off the line, and Loy's shot from the next corner was clutched on the line by McGovern.

Kane Hemmings started to come deeper to try and see more of the ball, and forced McGovern to tip over a good effort from 25 yards.

Accies' timewasting resulted in five minutes of additional time, but Dundee couldn't summon any late charge. Kevin Holt blazed over a half chance from 15 yards, but it was Hamilton who came closest to scoring a late goal. Substitute Greg Docherty broke clear as Dundee pushed forward, but lost control when Scott Bain spread himself and the ball trundled wide.

Carelessness at either end in the first half meant the Dee were chasing the game in the second half. After Monday night and with an under-strength team this might have been a very different match if the Dee had been able to score first or equalise quickly. However, once Accies were able to settle on their lead Dundee just couldn't lift themselves to do enough to earn a result. At the final whistle the Hamilton players celebrated their win, knowing they had done enough to guarantee another season in the Premiership. It wasn't remotely entertaining, but it was exactly what Accies needed.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at May 7th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 40 - 66 -
Julen Etxabeguren25 24 - 24 -
Kostadin Gadzhalov26 151241
Kevin Holt23 373373
Paul McGinn25 371763
Daryll Meggatt25 6 - 6 -
Darren O'Dea29 17 - 17 -
Nick Ross24 401401
Kane Hemmings25 40254025
Greg Stewart26 40117926
Craig Wighton18 132445
Rory Loy (sub)28 318318

League Table (as at May 7th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to Dens Park for our metting with Hamilton Accies.

I'd like to start by welcoming Martin Canning and his backroom staff.

We had a great result last Monday night, coming from behind to beat Dundee United. I was really proud of the team. Going one down against the run of play we showed a real grit and determination to come back into the game.

We always try and go for the win and play on the front foot. I thought we controlled the game, I thought we were excellent in the first half but maybe just the final ball let us down.

We want to try and finish the season as high as possible and to beat last years points tally, we've already done that so it's about kicking on again.

Today will be another tough match and we've had some close encounters with Accies this season. We'll be looking for another performance today to go into the final week of the season on a high.

Enjoy the match.