Dundee 1
Hamilton Academical 1
League (Premiership)

1 - 1

League (Premiership)
Friday, August 19th, 2016
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,287
7:45 PM Kick-off

Mark O'Hara (17)
Darren Lyon (12)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Martin Canning

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
6. Darren O'Dea
30. Cammy Kerr
3. Kevin Holt
16. Julen Etxabeguren
4. James Vincent
17. Nick Ross
14. Mark O'Hara
11. Danny Williams
9. Rory Loy
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
Remi Matthews .1
Michael Devlin .4
Giorgos Sarris .89
Grant Gillespie .6
Ali Crawford .11
Louis Longridge .17
Darian MacKinnon .18
Massimo Donati .21
Darren Lyon .22
Dougie Imrie .7
Alexandre D'Acol .9

12. David Mitchell
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
49. Conor Quigley
50. Matty Smyth
27. Jesse Curran
19. Yordi Teijsse
Gary Woods .34
Shaun Want .27
Scott McMann .23
Greg Docherty .8
Gramoz Kurtaj .12
Eamonn Brophy .20
Richard Roy .14

Yordi Teijsse for James Vincent (63)
Eamonn Brophy for Alexandre D'Acol (75)
Gramoz Kurtaj for Louis Longridge (78)
Greg Docherty for Massimo Donati (87)

Julen Etxabeguren (42)
Darren Lyon (62)
Massimo Donati (74)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)
John McCrossan & Ralph Gordon (Assistants)
Graham Beaton (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A Mark O’Hara goal earned Dundee a 1-1 draw against Hamilton Accies in a scrappy match at Dens Park tonight. Darren Lyon put the visitors ahead with a spectacular early goal only the Dee to grab a quick equaliser. The Dark Blues had the better of the first half, but faded after the break and had to be happy with a point at the end.

The Dark Blues made three changes; Nick Ross and Faissal El Bakhtaoui replacing the injured Paul McGowan and Michael Duffy. Accies’ only change was Darian Mackinnon coming in for Greg Docherty in midfield.

The greasy pitch caused mistakes throughout the game but Dundee made a promising start. They were passing and moving well and almost took an early lead when Matthews saved well from Rory Loy’s deflection of James Vincent’s shot after good approach play by Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

The Dark Blues might have started better but it was Hamilton who took the lead after 12 minutes with an astonishingly well struck 30 yard shot from full back Darren Lyon. An Accies attack seemed to have petered out, but when the ball broke to LYON he couldn’t possibly have connected any better and Scott Bain was helpless as the shot arrowed into his top corner.

Dundee responded well and took only four minutes to get back on level terms. Mark O’Hara won a corner on the right, which was taken by Danny Williams. Darren O’Dea’s run to the near post took a possee of Accies defenders with him and O’HARA was unmarked to sidefoot the equaliser past Matthews.

The exchange of goals gave the Dee a lift and they had the better of the remainder of the first half without really dominating an out of sorts Hamilton side. Dundee might have been on top, but some promising moves failed to produce any serious problems for visiting keeper Remi Matthews.

In the last few minutes of the first half Hamilton started to wake up and offered a hint of what was to come. Julen Etxabeguren brought Louis Longridge down just outside the penalty area, but Dougie Imrie’s free kick sailed high into the Bobby Cox Stand. Right at the end of the half Imrie’s dangerous run into the penalty area was foiled by a great tackle by Darren O’Dea.

Accies started the second half in the same vein and had gone close three times before the Dark Blues had got out of the blocks. Julen Etxabeguren might easily have conceded a penalty when Longridge skipped over his rash challenge. Next, Alex D’Acol sent Darian Mackinnon clear, but the Accies’ midfielder stabbed the ball wide as Scott Bain closed him down. O’Dea then had to hurl himself into the path of another Mackinnon shot as Accies created more danger in the first five minutes of the second half than they had in the whole first half.

When Dundee did get going they were aided by carelessness in the Hamilton defence. They gifted the ball to Mark O’Hara in the penalty area, and Matthews had to make an instinctive save to keep out Rory Loy’s effort.

Louis Longridge had been largely anonymous in the first half, but was far more effective in the second half. Operating in the space behind Cammy Kerr he caused repeated danger by running at Etxabeguren.

Dundee’s threadbare squad meant that Paul Hartley had limited options to change the game with substitutions. Just after the hour he sent on Yordi Teijsse to replace James Vincent. Teijsse had a quick chance from a Williams corner, but mistimed his header, sending the ball back towards Williams who ran into the penalty area and cracked a shot across goal from a difficult angle.

The misfiring Dark Blues failed to offer any real threat in the last 20 minutes, during which Hamilton looked increasingly confident and dangerous. The visitors twice went desperately close from corners. Substitute Gramoz Kurtaj bundled the ball wide at the far post from the first, then Michael Devlin saw his header cleared off the line by Kevin Holt.

Hamilton had no intention of settling for a point, and although they looked dangerous in open play they couldn’t quite put a move together that would have given them a winner. The slippery pitch continued to cause problems with both sides making too many mistakes. The difference between the sides towards the end was that Accies’ mistakes stopped them finishing promising moves, but Dundee’s errors stopped them building any dangerous moves.

The tricky pitch and shortage of players don’t offer any acceptable excuses. This was a sub-standard performance, especially in the second half. When Dundee are playing well they are passing effectively and moving well off the ball. We saw very little of either after half time, and in the end the Dark Blues had to be grateful for a single point on a night they might well have got none.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 19th, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 5 - 73 -
Darren O'Dea29 71261
Cammy Kerr20 7 - 23 -
Kevin Holt23 7 - 463
Julen Etxabeguren25 71331
James Vincent26 7 - 7 -
Nick Ross24 5 - 471
Mark O'Hara20 6262
Danny Williams28 7 - 7 -
Rory Loy28 734012
Faissal El Bakhtaoui24 3 - 3 -
Yordi Teijsse (sub)24 4141

League Table (as at August 19th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome to Dens for tonight's match with Hamilton Accies.

I'd like to welcome Martin Canning and his backroom team to Dens for Friday night football.

We didn't get the result we wanted last weekend against Rangers but I thought the second half was excellent, how we pressed them, how we performed and the opportunities we created.

First half I think we were OK then we lose two bad goals. I felt we could have kept the ball better but there were encouraging signs.

At half time I just felt we had to get up a little bit. I thought the back four had to squeeze the game a bit more, and the midfield get up a bit. Rangers have got some good players, their movement is good but overall I'm pleased with how we performed in the second half.

We know tonight will be another tough game with Hamilton who like us will also be determined to win the match.

There have been some good contests between the sides. since I took over at Dens and we are looking forward to tonight's match after a good week of training under our belts.

Enjoy the game.