Dundee's Defence Decide To Have The Day Off And Gift Hamilton The 3 Points In A Game Most Dark Blues Will Want To Forget.
Iannis Skondras headed home a Dougie Imrie cross opening the scoring in the 39th minute, before David Templeton was given plenty of space to make it 2 - 0 in the 64th minute.
A-Jay Leitch-Smith converted from the penalty spot after Xavier Thomas was judged to have handled the ball in the box. Hamilton's Massimo Donati was sent off in the 74th minute, but Antonio Rojano struck four minutes from time to secure the win.
Photo: Derek Gerrard Photography
- 1 Bain
- 22 Hendry
- 24 Meekings Moussa 69'
- 34 Waddell90 '
- 27 Curran34 ' Kerr 54'
- 8 Kamara
- 28 Spence27 '
- 23 Wolters Aurtenetxe Borde 64'
- 18 McGowan
- 29 Haber48 '
- 7 Leitch-Smith
- 2 Kerr
- 9 Moussa
- 12 Parish
- 14 O'Hara
- 15 Aurtenetxe Borde
- 20 El Bakhtaoui
- 21 Deacon
- 1 Woods
- 13 Gogic
- 5 Tomas
- 3 McMann
- 2 Skondras41'
- 21 Donati75'
- 18 MacKinnon68'
- 7 Imrie
- 8 Docherty
- 9 Bingham Rojano 56'60'
- 16 Templeton Boyd 69' Lyon 90+3'
- 14 Biabi
- 19 Jamieson
- 20 Rojano
- 22 Lyon
- 25 Ferguson
- 28 Cunningham
- 30 Boyd
Betfred Cup League
Pos Team Pld GD Pts 1 Dundee United 4 8 11 2 Dundee 4 6 10 3 Raith Rovers 4 4 6 4 Cowdenbeath 4 -6 3 5 Buckie Thistle 4 -12 0
Pos Team Pld GD Pts 1 Celtic 38 48 82 2 Aberdeen 38 19 73 3 Rangers 38 26 70 4 Hibernian 38 16 67 5 Kilmarnock 38 2 59 6 Hearts 38 0 49 7 Motherwell 38 -6 48 8 St Johnstone 38 -11 46 9 Dundee 38 -21 39 10 Hamilton Accies 38 -21 33 11 Partick Thistle 38 -30 33 12 Ross County 38 -22 29
O’Hara went in for a challenge with Danny Redmon and despite winning the ball, the Dundee player came off worse and minus some teeth. He continued to play on and seemed to have shaken off the effects of the accidental collision but by half-time, he was replaced by Lewis Spence.
“Mark has not been great since the weekend and I am just away to phone him to see how he is doing.
“He was due to visit the dentist today just to try to get some work done. It is a horrible injury and there are a lot of guys who would have come off with that.
“The only reason we took him off was because he was feeling a bit light headed. But what a performance to get to half-time.
“It was quite brutal inside his mouth as his teeth had been ripped out. They found them thankfully and managed to get both of them back in.
“I am not sure what work he needs done but he is not going to involved in the next two games.”
This gives McCann an even more bigger selection headache for tonight’s match up in Dingwall against Ross County.
Genseric Kusunga, Sofien Moussa, Steven Caulker are all doubts for tonight with the latter playing through the pain barrier on Saturday. Craig Wighton came off near the end of the match but thankfully that was just cramp and nothing serious.
Defender Kevin Holts 18th minute strike secured the three points for the Dee and despite the Accies trying to rally a comeback in the 2nd half, Dundee would stand strong and see out the match 1-0. This result means that Dundee can’t finish bottom and it’s highly unlikely we will finish 2nd bottom.
The away side did have a glorious chance to draw level with minutes to go when debutant Daniel Jeffries fouled Marius Ogboe in the box to hand Hamilton a penalty. Dougie Imrie took the spot-kick but Elliot Parish in the Dundee goal was on hand to save his penalty, albeit a poor one.
Dundee’s win puts them 6 points ahead of Partick Thistle in the play-off spot with just two games to play. With Dundee’s goal difference sitting at 9 goals better than Thistle, it would take a massive swing for the Dark Blues to fall into second bottom.
Despite this, Neil McCann has urged his team that their mission to stay up is not finished until mathematically possible.
"Clearly we are safe from automatic (relegation) but there is still work to be done," he said.
"We have put ourselves in a really good position. I have told them in there, no over-celebration and to be fair they weren't.
"They are rightly happy with the result because it takes us clear (of automatic relegation) but the job is not totally done yet and you cannot be too complacent or take anything for granted.
"We will go up to the Highlands on Tuesday (to play Ross County) and try to get three points."
Dundee beat Hamilton at Dens and get 3 points and are now 99% safe!
Holt goal in the 18th minute.
Parish saves a Imrie penalty kick in the last few minutes to keep us in the Scottish Premier league.
Well done to the lads today, everyone of them fought tooth and nail.
McAlister spent two season with Hamilton from 2010-2012 where he played over 50 times for them. He would then move to Dundee where he play 124 times in the Dark Blues, scoring 13 times.
During his time at Dens, McAlister would be part of the Championship winning side of 2013-14 who incidentally, beat Hamilton to the title. Jim was ever-present the next season in the Premiership before leaving in the summer for his current club, Blackpool.
Read on to find out who has impressed McAlister from both sides and who he thinks will come out on top.
Jim, as an ex player for both Dundee and Hamilton, have you seen much of either team this year and what have you made of their performances?
I have seen both teams this season when they have been on the TV. Both teams on their day are a match for most in the league and it seems that consistency is the biggest problem for them both. I am a wee bit surprised where they both sit in the league. I thought they might be comfortably mid-table.
In fairness to both teams, this isn’t unfamiliar territory for either but did you think you would see both Hamilton and Dundee still trying to find the points to achieve safety for next season?
I surprised that both teams still require the points to get safe as they both have the players to be pushing to get into that top half of the league.
Out of the times you have seen both clubs this term. Who has impressed you from Hamilton?
The times I have seen Accies, I would probably say the one that sticks out is the boy (David) Templeton. He has popped up with some important goals for them this season and I'm sure he will be very important to them in the remaining games.
And who has impressed you from Dundee’s starting XI?
In terms of Dundee the boy (Glen) Kamara looks a very first football player and seems to have a bit of everything to his game. I have to give my ex-team mate a mention as well, wee Gowser (Paul McGowan). You know what you get from Gowser and he's certainly a player you would like in the trenches with you.
It’s a huge match this Saturday. A defeat could be catastrophic for either. Hamilton are undefeated in their last four matches at Dens. Who can you see coming out on top in this tie?
I think it will be a right game as per usual on Sat. The teams are well matched. Hamilton seem to come into their own at this stage of the season and have a fantastic spirit and all fight for one another. Dundee maybe play a bit more football but that could go out the window with what's at stake.
I will go for a narrow Dundee win.
A final thought, do you think either side will find themselves in the bottom two come the end of the season?
I don't see either of the two teams getting sucked into the bottom two places. I believe both squads have more about them than Thistle and County
With the threat of a play-off spot and even relegation still hanging over both clubs, many will see this match as one that could possible see either more or less achieve safety and consolidate their place in next seasons Premiership.
Dundee have failed to win at home against Hamilton since we beat them 4-0 in December 2015. Since then we have suffered three defeats and a draw at Dens, scoring only twice and conceding seven.
We have a look back at how Dundee have fared so far against Martin Canning’s men this season:
12/08/2017: Hamilton 3-0 Dundee
A wasteful Dundee side spurned chance after chance in the second game of the Premiership season and unbelievable came away with a single point in our first encounter this season.
Both teams had been defeated on the opening day of the season so were looking to kick start their campaigns here and it was Dundee that would have the best chances to do so. In what would be a trend that would haunt Dundee all season, the Dark Blues wasted chance after chance before Hamilton hit us with the sucker punch to go into the lead and would follow it up with another before half time.
Dundee kept pushing for a goal and again had plenty of chances, none more so than a penalty that Scott Allan blasted in orbit, before the Accies scored goal No.3 to kill of the game and leave the Dee bottom on goal difference.
28/10/2017: Dundee 1-3 Hamilton
In our second game against Hamilton this season, they done the exact same thing as they did in the first. They scored three and put us back to the bottom of the league.
Hamilton had not won a match in eight games prior to this so in true Dundee fashion, it was only fitting that they would end that barren run at Dens Park.
Every goal was gift wrapped for Hamilton in this match. It was a trudged game that Dundee seemed to show no urgency, even when behind, a they continued to play it slowly from the back.
Leith-Smith did score from the spot to bring the score back to 2-1 and Accies followed this up by being reduced to ten-men but even so they threatened our goal and would make it 3-1.
This was also Scott Bain's last match in goal for the Dee.
27/01/2018: Hamilton 1-2 Dundee
At last, a win over Hamilton.
Dundee leapfrogged Accies in the league after an empathic end to this encounter at the Superseal Stadium. It would seem that it would be the same old story for Dundee after the hosts had taken an early lead after only two-minutes thanks to Mark O’Hara own-goal.
For the second game in a row, Hamilton would have a man sent-off but unlike the previous encounter, they would capitalise on the man advantage.
Debutant striker Matt Henvey got the teams back on levels terms when he notched his first senior goal for the club then in dramtic fashion, the Dee would win the match deep into injury time. When I say deep, I mean deep that if this was a home game, I would already be in the pub with a drink in my hand.
A-Jay Leitch-Smith would knock the ball into Hamilton's net on the 98th minute to send the travelling support into meltdown. It was nothing short of what the team deserved that day and McCann had finally got that first win over the Accies.