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Point At Hamilton A Decent Result For Dundee But Paul Hartley Left Frustrated


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His team are riding high in the Premiership and Saturday saw them take a point at difficult away venue New Douglas Park.

But Dundee boss Paul Hartley still left Lanarkshire feeling frustration after his men failed to hold on to a second-half lead against 10-man Hamilton Accies.

After the home side had enjoyed the better of the first 45 minutes, Dundee took the lead right at the start of the second half when a deflected long-range effort from Kevin Holt wrong-footed keeper Michael McGovern.

With Darian MacKinnon seeing red shortly after for a lunge at Thomas Konrad after the Dundee man had been penalised for a tackle on Dougie Imrie, the visitors seemed ideally placed to go on and take three points.

That, for a few hours at least, would have left them trailing third place only on goal difference.

A close-range strike from Imrie with just three minutes of normal time remaining, however, saw Accies claw back a point.

On balance of play it was a fair result but Paul was still understandably disappointed.

“We’re not far off third position and we’ve done that under the radar a little bit and long may that continue,†he said.

“But the disappointing thing for myself and the players is we didn’t see the game out and take three points.

“They probably played better when they went down to 10 men and we had to be better organised as a unit. We did have good attacking positions where we didn’t convert the right pass but it is a point from a difficult away fixture.

“Hamilton are a strong team and their pitch is difficult to play on.â€

When Imrie, who ironically helps coach Dundee kids, scored, he ran half the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the away technical area.

That angered Dens assistant Gerry McCabe in particular but Paul stressed peace had broken out after the game.

And Imrie himself made a point of apologising when he addressed the press after the game.

Of more concern to Dundee was the awkward fall that led to Julen Etxabeguren being stretchered off late in the second half.

He’ll be monitored over the next couple of days but has to be a big doubt for the visit of Kilmarnock.

“There’s some swelling and we’ll need to let it settle down,†said Paul.



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