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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.”
For Greg, it is the second consecutive season he has been nominated by his fellow players for the award, while Kane's path has taken a slightly different route since both players were teammates at Cowdenbeath. In 2014, Kane picked up the top award in the SPFL Championship, beating off competition from nominees Dundee striker Peter MacDonald and current teammate Rory Loy who was with Falkirk at the time. With Greg already tied up with a pre-contract agreement, Paul Hartley tried to reunite the pair at Dens but with Kane choosing to have a crack down South, the manager would have to wait to see him in Dark Blue. Greg joined up at Dens and under the guidance of the manager became a house hold name in Scotland during his first season in the top flight. His form saw him nominated for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year by his fellow pros, with eventual winner Stefan Johansen and nominee Virgil van Djik both telling the media at the nominees press event that they had voted for the Dundee man to win the award. If his first nomination was somewhat of a surprise after a good first season in the top flight, this nomination confirms Greg place as one of the top players in the country, a fitting reward for another season which has seen him shine in Dark Blue. While Dundee and Greg were flying high on the return to the top flight and eventually finishing in the top six, Paul Hartley was already thinking ahead to the new season. Kane Hemmings returned to the thoughts and this time the manager got his man, Kane agreeing a pre-contract before the season was out. Kane and Greg have both been in fantastic form this season, netting 36 goals between them so far. To have two players nominated for the prestigious award is a proud moment for the Club. The winner will be announced on Sunday 1st May at PFA Scotland's annual Awards Dinner in Glasgow. Greg has also been nominated for PFA Scotland Goal of the Season for his goal against Ross County at Dens and can be voted for at the following link: http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11096/10257714
Barnsley's goal of the season with a Kane Hemmings nomination. Looks to be able to play a bit. Good strike but he was up against some firm contenders. That Conor Hourihane looks like he can strike a ball from the central mid area and Jennings trickery the winner for me. Any thoughts? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMdOwHBvxoQ