Accies media reporter Martin McConnell with Saturday’s details
Hope Stadium, Hamilton
Saturday 29th September 2018. at 3pm
Hamilton Academical 0 Dundee 2
We remain ninth and two points behind St. Johnstone, after Dundee scored twice to take their first points of the season. A poor first half performance from Accies saw them go behind when Boyle headed home from a set piece. It finally looked as if Accies would draw level after creating plenty of second half chances, only to be stung by a late Manianga strike.
Accies boss Martin Canning said afterwards, “In the first half we didn’t play well enough but Dundee didn’t really create much. I think we lose a poor goal from a set piece that we didn’t have to give away, then we don’t pick up inside the box and lose a poor goal. I asked the boys at half time to go express themselves, play with some freedom and enjoy the game.
They did. I rarely enjoyed watching it but it was unfortunate that we couldn’t go and put it in the back of the net. On another day we could have scored two or three goals from the chances that we created. By all accounts Dundee haven’t been able to catch a break of late, they have in the second half because I don’t know how we haven’t taken something from the game.”
Hamilton made just the two changes to the side that beat St. Mirren 3-0 last weekend, with Tom Taiwo coming in for Darian MacKinnon and Sam Kelly replacing Mickel Miller. The Dens Park men made just one change to the side beaten by Hibs, with Lewis Spence replacing former Accie Paul McGowan.
Dundee started well, playing with an easy style that belied their current league position at the foot of the table. Nabi being first to get a shot on target when his 20 yard strike was turned wide by Woods, Kallman back heeling an effort wide from inside the six yard box before Spence blasted off target from range.
Hamilton began to creep in to the match a bit more around the 20 minute mark, getting themselves in to the last third more frequently, but set pieces and some pretty decent balls forward from deep didn’t trouble the Blues back line until Kilgallon found Imrie just inside the box with a great ball over the top. Imrie turned, swung and sent his shot a yard past the post.
Dundee turned the screw on an Accies defence that seemed to get shakier as the half time break approached, and should have gone in front when Kallman skewed a shot wide from a couple of yards out. But moments later that mistake was soon forgotten about when Boyle headed in at the back post from Miller’s free kick.
Hamilton started the second half much like they finished the first. Poorly. Fortunately, Dundee weren’t much better themselves but did have chance when Inniss struck from close range after getting on to the end of Miller’s corner, only to be thwarted by a fine goal line save from Gary Woods.
Things finally looked up for Hamilton when Bingham and Keatings came on after an hour, with Bingham going narrowly wide from a 30 yard free kick. They should then have gone level when Parish attempted to punch McGowan’s cross clear, but it fell for Boyd who could only scuff his effort narrowly past the post.
Hamilton were now well on top with Dundee struggling to cope, it looked as if a goal was only a matter of time. Bingham then sent a dangerous delivery low across the face of goal, where both Brustad and Keatings slid in but just failed to connect. They went closer still when Keatings struck the woodwork with a free kick from 20 yards out.
The pressure on the Dundee goal continued when Brustad headed wide from another quality cross by McGowan, Keatings had a shot saved after making a run that split the Blues defence and Bloomfield rose above a crowded penalty area to head of the cross bar after getting on to the end of a fantastic ball from Boyd.
But that effort was all in vain as Dundee countered down the right hand side with a rare moment of possession. Deacon cut the ball inside to the near post where Madianga sprang to help over the line from a few yards out, and with the match in to extra time, no way back for Hamilton.
Accies: Woods, McGowan, McMann, Kilgallon, Imrie (c), Taiwo (Bingham 60),Want, Martin, Kelly (Keatings 60), Boyd, Brustad (Bloomfield 84). Subs Unused: Fulton, Gordon, Tshiembe, Sowah.
Cautions: Imrie, Brustad.
Dundee: Parish, Kerr, Kamara, Ngwatala, Nabi (Mendy 77), Inniss, Miller, Kallman (Deacon 86), Madianga, Boyle, Spence. Subs Unused: Hamilton, O’Dea, Curran, Henvey, Lambert.
Goals: Boyle 38, Madianga 90+3.
Cautions: Boyle, Inniss.
Referee: William Collum. Assistants: Andy McWilliam & John McCrossan. 4th Official: David Lowe.