On Wednesday I was one of the small amount of fans who travelled to Dundee for what was another vital and must win game for the Accies. Hamilton picked up a huge win in Paisley on Saturday with Dougie Imrie, Ziggy Gordon and a James Keating’s beauty securing a much needed win for the South Lanarkshire side. Dundee have been the worst team in Scottish football this season, winning just one game until Wednesday evening. They picked up a very good point at Easter Road 2 weeks ago, against an Off-form Hibs side but regardless, is still a good point. Both of Dundee’s victory’s this season have come against Accies, and the victory last evening now closes the gap to five points. A win for Hamilton tonight, could have put them genuinely safe already, but everything is looking a lot more tighter now. On a personal note I would like to say a massive well done to the 61 away fans who made the trip as it was a night to forget and I hope Martin Canning and his team (especially Tshiembe) have a long hard look at themselves as it was an absolute embarrassment. It isn’t the first time this season this has happened. We have lost 7/16 games by 3+ goals as well as two home defeats in vital games against Dundee earlier in the season and St Johnstone, currently sitting on a -24 goal difference and conceding on average 2.25 goals per game. Totally unacceptable. Anyway..
Dundee made no changes from the draw against Hibernian with Boss, Jim McIntyre opting to stay with the same squad
Hamilton manager, Martin Canning was forced into one change with Matthew Kilgallon missing out with a hip injury so he was replaced by Delphin Tshiembe.
The game got underway at the very foggy Dens Park. It was a very poor and rather open first 15 minutes with both sides seeing plenty of space out on the wings but poor delivery’s ending up no-where. The only real chance was after six minutes when James Keating’s picked up the ball at the edge of the box before curling a goal bound effort which was well saved by Jack Hamilton. The hosts started to get a foothold in the game around the 20 minute mark when Jesse Curran broke forward before his curling effort went inches wide of Jan Mucha’s net. The deadlock was broken at Dens after 26 minutes and It was Kenny Miller who scored his third Blue’s goal( At The Time).It was Some brilliant foot-work by Glen Kamara on the edge of the box before sliding a pass into the six-yard box for former Scotland international, Miller to slam an effort high into the Hamilton net. Dundee Left-Back, Calvin Miller went close after 35 minutes when a long-range drive from the on-loan Celtic man was well saved by Mucha. Dundee had a great chance after 38 minutes to double their lead when Paul McGowan cut it back for Kenny Miller in the box. The striker looked certain to score his second of the game but skied his effort high into The Bobby Cox Stand. Accies eventually began to come to life after being dire in the first half. James Keating’s was Hamilton’s main man on Saturday as well as on Wednesday and after 40 minutes his effort curled centimetres wide of the Dundee goal, in what was Hamilton’s first real attack. To be brutally honest it wasn’t a great first half and not much goal-mouth action. Hamilton did look dangerous on the break, but the likes of Mickel Miller, Aaron McGowan and even Fredrik Brustad had numerous attempts to have shots at goal but always had to take that extra wee touch, which led to the move breaking down. A frustrating half for the travelling fans.
Half Time- Dundee 1-0 Hamilton
The home side started the second half well and doubled their lead after 50 minutes when Delphin Tshiembe gifted them a goal. Martin Woods broke forward before playing a slick one-two with Miller before setting up Paul McGowan. He slipped when hitting his shot, however Tshiembe miss-hit his clearance right to Miller on the edge of the box and the Dundee striker made no mistake as he curled it into the right hand corner of the net. As Accies normally do when they go two down, they fell apart. It continued to get even worse for Hamilton as the game went on, with the travelling fans fuming with their side. The away side were there own worst enemy and could of counted there selves lucky not to be 3-0 down after only 56 minutes when Darian MacKinnon passed the ball straight to Miller, who was seeking his Hat-Trick. The striker drove forward before being brought down 25 yards from goal. The free-kick was just sent over by Woods. Dundee sealed the deal, if it wasn’t already done, after 71 minutes when Jesse Curran ran free down the wing before his shot deflected off Ziggy Gordon and beat the wrong-footed Mucha. It was Curran’s first goal for the home side but It could of potentially went down as an own goal. The home side should of had four after 77 minutes when a brilliant drilled ball across the box from Calvin Miller was inches away from Kenny Miller tapping him from 6 yards. Unfortunately it just kept getting worse for the South Lanarkshire side as Tshiembe gifted another goal to Dundee and Miller to complete his treble. It was identical to the first mistake he made, mishitting his clearance once again to Kenny Miller to curl it into the right-hand corner to make it into a rout. The only time Accies looked like scoring all evening was in the last ten minutes after half the fans had left. On the 88th minute they came the closest they had been to scoring all evening when a cross found Rakish Bingham, who’s header was fantastically tipped over by Jack Hamilton. A painful experience for all Accies fans and definitely a night to forget as it finished at Dens Park, Dundee 4-0 Hamilton.
Hamilton, Kerr, Kusunga, O’Dea, Ralph, Curran, Kamara, Woods(80), C-Miller(82), McGowan, K-Miller(84)
Subs- Parish, Spence(80), Boyle, Inniss, Lambert(82), Mendy(84), Moussa
Mucha, McMann, Tshiembe, Gordon, McGowan, Miller, MacKinnon, Martin, Imrie(68), Brustad(53), Keatings(74)
Subs- Marsden, Want, Sowah, Taiwo(74), Bloomfield, Boyd(68), Bingham(53)
Referee- John Beaton
Assistants- Frank Connor & Michael Banks
Fourth Official- David Dickinson
Attendance- 4,426( 61 Away)
Goals- Miller(26, 50, 80), Curran(69)
Yellow Cards- Tshiembe(10), Kamara(21), Keatings(49)
Red Cards- 0