Kane Hemmings ended his run of six matches without a goal when he bagged a brace on Tuesday night as Dundee ran out comfortable 3-0 winner against Alloa at the Recreation Park.
It has took Hemmings some time to look settled in this Dundee team but the past few matches have seen the big forward reproduce the performances he was able to show during his first spell with the club and followed it up with two well taken goals to fire the Dark Blues into the lead.
Hemmings had two chances to fire claim a hat-trick in this match. He first chose to set up substitute Sean Mackie at the back post, who fired home his first goal for the club. Then, he blazed the ball over with the goal gaping after Declan McDaid crossed the ball as he ran in at the back post unmarked .
“Raging I never got the third,” laughed Hemmings as he spoke to BBC reporter Kenny Crawford after the match about his performance.
“To say I messed it up was an understatement but listen, it was a tough place to come. I’ve come here a lot of times in the pass and they (Alloa) are always a good team.
“Ultimately, you’re a striker so you are always going to be judged on the goal but I think the way we have set up in the past couple of weeks, I’ve been happy with my performances, on and off the ball. The goals just haven’t come so it was just a matter for me of biding my time.”
When asked what his team mates said to him in the changing room after passing up the glorious opportunity to claim a hat-trick, Hemmings answered: “They were just asking what happened!”
“I was going to take it on my left then I was gonna lash it with my right then at the last minute I thought, nah I’ll just roll it into the corner and it’s just hit off my big toe and went over the bar and I just started laughing and though, what am I doing!
When asked if Paul McGowan was sympathetic about his miss, Kane Answered: “Gowser has always got something to say about something anyway. It’s Gowser isn’t it.”
This is Hemmings second spell with the cub along with spells with The Rangers and Cowdenbeath and despite leaving Dundee the first time around to be closer to his family, he was quick to speak highly of living in Scotland.
“It’s a weird one for me, I’ve told people that I’ve spent more time in my adult life in Scotland than I have in England and that’s were I’m from. I love it up her and I don’t mind. I love the banter, I love the people, I love how aggressive people are, so I feel right at home.”