After last week outstanding win, Accies had another huge chance to get 3 more valuable league points when they hosted one of Europe’s worst teams at the moment, Dundee. The away side lost their first 6 games of the season and many fans were calling for Neil McCann to be sacked. Supporters felt that Saturday was McCann’s last chance. Hamilton have started their season averagly, after a opening day defeat against league leaders, Hearts, they have won 2 big games since, with wins over local rivals, Motherwell and relegation rivals St Mirren.
Hamilton boss Martin Canning was unfortunately forced into two changes he wouldn’t of wanted to make. Midfielder and captain, Darian MacKinnon came off injured last week with a hamstring injury, so he missed out and was replaced by Tom Taiwo. Accies brightest prospect, Mickel Miller also missed out as he was deemed unfit to play so was replaced by Sam Kelly.
Dundee made one change from their 0-3 home defeat against Hibernian last weekend with former Accies man, Paul McGowan missing out through injury, Lewis Spence took his spot.
The home side kicked off the match at the Hope CBD stadium and unsurprisingly it was a flat start to the game. You could tell Dundee were lacking a lot of confidence, giving the ball away cheaply in midfield. However, the first chance came for the away side. A miscommunication from a throw in allowed Calvin Miller to run forward before,his low driven cross was just flicked wide by Kallman. The next chance didn’t come till the 30th minute, when Hamilton centre back, Matthew Kilgallon took a wander forward before fantastically picking out the on-running Dougie Imrie. The Accies winger took a lovely touch but blazed his half-volley over the bar. The visitors were inches from scoring the opening goal on the 34th minute when Elton Ngwatala’s cut back was tipped around for a corner before Kallman could tap home. However, the away side took the lead on the 37th minute when a Calvin Miller free kick from the right found the head of Andy Boyle at the back post and the Dundee Centre back made no mistake as he powered his header home from a few yards out, past the helpless Gary Woods. The Dark Blues nearly doubled their lead 2 minutes later when left back, Calvin Miller, ran near enough the whole length of the park before firing his effort towards goal which went just wide.
Half Time- Hamilton 0-1 Dundee
The second half got underway and it was Accies who had the first chance. Dougie Imrie floated a cross from the left which was met by Aaron McGowan but his header was diverted wide of Parish’s goal. There is no doubt that Dundee should of been 2-0 ahead on the 52nd minute when a short corner caught Hamilton off guard. Cammy Kerr took the ball and fired it across goal. It beat everyone apart from Dundee centre back Ryan Inniss, who’s goal bound effort was superbly kept out by a combination of Gary Woods and Aaron McGowan. After disappointing until the 59th minute, Canning decided a few changes were needed. Tom Taiwo and Sam Kelly came off and Rakish Bingham and James Keatings on which worked a treat for Accies. A minute after being on, Bingham was body checked by goal scorer, Andy Boyle. The former stood up and took the free kick which crept just wide. It became a much more open contest and with the game being stretched it became a very entertaining last 20 minutes. Dundee had another huge chance to kill the encounter when Scott McMann threw the ball right to Nabi , who picked up the ball and ran towards goal and fired his 1v1 over the bar, in what was a huge let off for the home side. That was Dundee’s last chance for a while as Accies found a spark out of nowhere and played some brilliant football. They should have equalised on the 72nd minute when McMann played a lovely through ball to Bingham, who drilled it across goal for the sliding Brustad. The Norwegian got a toe on it but it went just wide. Hamilton had another huge chance 2 minutes later when McGowan done well, before delivering a cross which looked to find James Keatings head, but Ryan Inniss just got a flick on before Keatings could head home. The Accies man was involved again on the 78th minute when he stood up to take a free kick, just outside the area. The Scotsman caught the ball sweetly but his effort came crashing off the bar with Dundee keeper, Parish not moving a muscle. Accies continued to push forward, bringing on the huge, Mason Bloomfield and the big striker was involved straight away. Dougie Imrie whipped a ball in which found the head of the Englishman but once again for Accies, his effort crashed off the bar. After playing poorly for the majority of the game, the home side would have be disappointed not to take something from the game as Dundee scored a second and killed the tie once and for all. They caught Hamilton on the break when Rory Deacon’s fresh legs broke free down the line, playing it to Glen Kamara before the midfielder looked up and set it up on a plate for Karl Mandianga as he fired it high into the net past Woods.
Full Time- Hamilton 0-2 Dundee
Woods, McGowan, McMann, Kilgallon, Want, Imrie, Martin, Kelly(59), Taiwo(59), Boyd, Brustad(84)
Subs- Fulton, Gordon, Sowah, Tshiembe, Keatings(59), Bloomfield(84), Bingham(59)
Parish, Miller, Kerr, Boyle, Inniss, Mandianga, Kamara, Spence, N’Gwatala, Nabi(78), Kallman(87)
Hamilton, O’Dea, Lambert, Henvey, Curran, Deacon(87), Mendy(78)
Referee- Willie Collum
Assistants- Andrew McWilliam & David Lowe
Attendance 1788(435 Away)
Goals- Boyle(37), Mandianga(90)
Yellow Cards- Boyd(41), Boyle(61), N’Gwatala(73), Brustad(77), Inniss(77)
Red Cards – 0