After bottling the a 2-0 lead last weekend against Livingston, there was simply no place for mistakes this weekend when we traveled to Dundee. Accies played fantastic in the first half against the Lions last weekend before taking the lead through George Oakley. They doubled their lead just after the break with Dougie Imrie coolly slotting a penalty home after Marios Ogkmpoe was brought down in the box. It all looked plain sailing for Hamilton but they just fell to pieces to be quite honest and found themselves 3-2 down just 25 minutes after being two-up. Accies did get a huge slice of luck in the 90th minute when a cross from Scott Martin was volleyed towards goal by Aaron McGowan, which took a massive deflection and beat Liam Kelly in the Livi goal. A huge sigh of relief to be honest, but overall it still felt like a loss.
Our main rivals St Mirren also scored a late goal against St Johnstone last Saturday afternoon so the gap still remained at two points. This weekend we had a chance to put our rivals Dundee down, which most Accies fans could have only dreamed of. There has been a big rivalry between the sides from the championship days.
Dundee boss, Jim McIntyre made three changes from their goal fest at Fir Park last weekend where Motherwell came out 4-3 winners after scoring a 94th minute winner through David Turnbull. Darren O’Dea, John O’Sullivan and James Horsfield all started with Nathan Ralph, Jesse Curran and Craig Curran all dropping out.
It was just one change for Accies with young Regan Mimnaugh taking the place of the soon retiring Dougie Imrie.
Accies started on the front-foot similar to last weekend. They had a good opportunity to open the scoring after just two minutes on the clock. Marios Ogkmpoe out-jumped Genseric Kusunga before flicking a header towards George Oakley, who found himself clean through on goal but he pulled his effort wide of the left-hand post.
Accies continued to pile pressure on a very poor and timid Dundee side, who have no confidence at all. It was clearly obvious as some poor goalkeeping from Seny Dieng nearly gifted Accies the opener. A Tony Andreu free-kick was aimed towards the 18 yard box which for some reason Dieng tried to come for. The Swiss was caught in no-man’s-land and Ogkmpoe’s header bounced just wide of the post.
The first effort of the afternoon for the hosts came on the on the 17th minute when a good move from The Dee led to an Ethan Robson effort whistling just by the post.
In my opinion and probably most of Dundee fans opinion, their best player by a country mile in their squad is Andrew Nelson. The Englishman is a cracking player and the only threat that Dundee pose on most occasions. On the 38th minute he went on a run before beating a couple of Accies defenders and finding his way into the box. Just as soon as he pulled the trigger in came a flying Aaron McGowan to make what was probably a goal saving block.
The best chance of the game by far came just a couple of minutes before the interval. Andreu flicked a ball through on goal towards Darian MacKinnon, who found himself in acres of space. It looked as if the Accies captain got caught in two minds and opted to try scoop it over Dieng instead of just putting his laces through it which was probably the better option.
Half Time- Dundee 0-0 Hamilton
The second half got underway, with what was a huge half ahead for both sides. The home side made an attacking change at the break with Craig Curran coming on for Kusunga. They knew they had to win this afternoon.
The first chance of the second half came to The Dark Blues,when a free-kick from Scott Wright was punched clear by Ryan Fulton, but ended up a the feet of the half-time substitute Craig Curran, who’s effort was eventually put to safety over the bar.
Accies came inches from breaking the deadlock on the 65th minute when a deep corner towards the back-post by Regan Mimnaugh found McGowan who headed back across goal and it was just about cleared off the line by James Horsfield. It was Agoninsingy close for the travelling Hamilton fans behind the goal.
Accies went close again just minutes later when this time Scott Martin played the ball into the feet of Andreu before the Frenchman spun and fired at goal but it was straight at Dieng.
There was a huge cheer around Dens Park as news came through that Motherwell had scored against St Mirren so this changed he game completely. Both teams started to push more and more trying to win it. Obviously Dundee pushed a little more as they simply had to win.
Scott Martin came inches from opening the scoring on the 76th minute and I’m not gonna to lie I rose out my seat as soon as it left his foot as it looked as if it was heading for the top corner,but his fine effort went just wide of the post with Dieng at full stretch.
Accies were awarded a penalty on the 83rd minute when Mickel Miller raced by Ryan McGowan before the Dundee defender slid in and brought Miller down, giving referee Nick Walsh no other option than to point to the spot. With usual penalty taker Dougie Imrie on the bench the ball was handed to Andreu who stepped up and smartly sent Dieng the wrong way sending the travelling fans wild.
Accies managed to hang on to a late Dundee spell of pressure and relegate the Dark Blues. All Hamilton need now is to go to Paisley next Monday evening and not lose to guarantee SPL safety once again.
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Full Time- Dundee 0-1 Hamilton
Dieng, Kerr, McGowan, Kusunga(46), O’Dea, Horsfield, O’Sullivan(77), Robson, Woods, Nelson(66), Wright
Subs- Hamilton, Hadenius, Moore, Curran(46), Curran(77), Miller(66)
Fulton, McGowan, Gordon, Gogic, McMann, Mimnaugh, Martin, Andreu, MacKinnon(85), Ogkmpoe(66), Oakley(90)
Subs- Marsden, Sowah(90), Hamilton, Smith, Imrie(85), Miller(66), Davies
Referee- Nick Walsh
Assistants- Graeme Stewart + David Doig
Fourth Official- Craig Napier
Attendance- 4,622 (300 Away)
Yellow Cards- Mimnaugh(32)
Red Cards- 0