Dens Park, Dundee
Saturday 28th October 2017 at 3pm.
Dundee 1 Hamilton Academical 3
Our recent run of success at Dens Park continued after ten-man Accies recorded a much needed 3-1 victory. The valuable three points came the way of three goals from Ioannis Skondras, David Templeton, Antonio Rojano and lifts us up to to eighth place.
A jubilant Martin Canning said afterwards, “I’m delighted. Coming up here is never an easy game, so to take the three points and end this run that we’re on is massive as well. You know that there will be points in the season when things don’t quite go for you. Pretty much every game against teams around us has been close and we’ve made wee naive mistakes that have cost us points. Thankfully today that hadn’t happened.”
The first half saw both sides struggle to create chances. Blues wasted any early momentum with some poor passing and Accies managed to create havoc in the Dundee defence with a bare minimum of opportunities.Then to top it off, Skondras headed Accies into the lead from a great Imrie cross.
The second half saw Hamilton on top and they went two up when Templeton fired in a volley from an Imrie free kick. Dundee pulled one back from the penalty spot, laid siege to the Accies penalty area without success and Massimo Donati saw red. Accies dusted themselves down and went three in front, when Rojano scored his first in Scottish football from a Docherty cross.
Hamilton made three changes to the side that drew with the Jags midweek. Martin Canning brought in David Templeton, Rakish Bingham and Massimo Donati in place of Steven Boyd, Antonio Rojano and Botti Biabi. The Dens Park side made four changes, with Leitch-Smith, McGowan, Waddell and Wolters replacing Moussa, Deacon, O’Dea and Holt.
After a lively opening seven minutes in blustery Dundee, Darian MacKinnon had Accies first attempt on goal when he volleyed high from 20 yards. With a further ten minutes played, the Blues had seen far more of the ball and posed more of a threat going forward, fortunately their application in the last third was poor and Gary Woods remained happily underemployed.
Ball after ball went well wide of the mark, every cross was put into an empty space for the Hamilton defence to harmlessly mop up. Accies gradually played themselves into the game without creating anything in the way of a real clear-cut chance. Never the less, they worked a visibly nervous Dens Park back four hard to keep them on their toes.
Minutes after the half hour, Dundee created a chance when Spence drove a peach of a 25 yarder toward the Accies goal. Gary Woods had to be at his best to get across goal and touch wide for a corner. Despite the great effort, Accies took the lead when Dougie Imrie placed a perfectly curled ball into back post for Ioannis Skondras to head across goal and past Bain.
Six minutes into the second half, Rakish Bingham was called into action after making a goal line clearance when Josh Meekings shot from a corner kick. Accies responded immediately with a well worked break down the right, a Bingham cross was nodded on by MacKinnon and David Templeton curled wide of the back post from the far corner of the penalty area.
Not long after the hour mark, Accies won a free kick after Cammy Kerr flew into a challenge on Dougie Imrie whilst leading with his elbow. Imrie eventually got to his feet and nodded some acknowledge of a preplanned routine to Templeton on the other side of the box. The ball sailed over, and Templeton lost his marker to volley in Accies second of the afternoon.
Dundee managed to pull one back just minutes later, when A-Jay Leitch-Smith cut the ball back inside the penalty area to make room for a shot. His effort struck the arm of the unlucky Xavier Tomas as he slid in to make the block.The penalty kick was awarded, and Leitch-Smith stepped up to slot the ball home for an unlikely lifeline.
Steven Boyd made an immediate impact on the game after forcing a save from Scott Bain. Greg Docherty started the move from the halfway line by splitting split the Dundee defence with a ball for Antonio Rojano. He looked up and saw Boyd running in at the opposite side of the box, and fed the ball across for the unbalanced Boyd to watch as his strike was saved.
With the lead down to a single goal, all thoughts suddenly went to the leads lost in recent games, when Accies found themselves reduced to ten men after veteran Italian defender Massimo Donati was shown a second yellow for petulantly kicking the ball away when a minor decision didn’t go his way.
But the Accies travelling fans needn’t have worried, new signing Antonio Rojano put the game to bed with five minutes of regular time left to play. But most of the credit went to Greg Docherty after he made an interception just outside the Dundee penalty area, jinked his way past half the Dundee side before sending a low ball across the goal mouth for Rojano to slot home.
Dundee: Bain, Leitch-Smith, Kamara, McGowan, Hendry, Wolters (Aurtenexte 64), Meekings (Moussa 69), Curran (Kerr 54), Spence, Haber, Waddell. Subs Unused: Parish, O’Hara, El Bakhtaoui, Deacon.
Goals: Leitch-Smith 66 pen.
Cautions: Spence, Curran, Waddell, Haber.
Accies: Woods, Skondras, McMann, Tomas, Imrie (c), Docherty, Bingham (Rojano 55), Gogic, Templeton (S Boyd 68 ) (Lyon 90+2), MacKinnon, Donati. Subs Unused: Jamieson, Biabi, Ferguson, Cunningham.
Goals: Skondras 38, Templeton 63, Rojano 85.
Cautions: Skondras, MacKinnon, Rojano, Donati
Sent Off: Donati (2nd yellow)
Referee: Greg Aitken. Assistants: Stephen Mitchell & Daniel McFarlane. 4th Official: David Munro.
Attendance: 4863 (138 Accies).