Dundee 1
Hamilton Academical 3
League (Premiership)

1 - 3

League (Premiership)
Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,863
3:00 PM Kick-off

A-Jay Leitch-Smith (pen.) (67)
Giannis Skondras (39)
David Templeton (64)
Greg Docherty (86)

Team Managers
Neil McCann
Martin Canning

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
22. Jack Hendry
24. Josh Meekings
34. Kerr Waddell
27. Jesse Curran
8. Glen Kamara
18. Paul McGowan
28. Lewis Spence
29. Marcus Haber
7. A-Jay Leitch-Smith
23. Randy Wolters
Gary Woods .1
Giannis Skondras .2
Scott McMann .3
Xavier Tomas .5
Alexandros Gogi? .13
Greg Docherty .8
David Templeton .16
Darian MacKinnon .18
Massimo Donati .21
Dougie Imrie .7
Rakish Bingham .9

12. Elliot Parish
15. Jon Aurtenetxe
2. Cammy Kerr
21. Roarie Deacon
14. Mark O'Hara
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
9. Sofien Moussa
Darren Jamieson .19
Darren Lyon .22
Lewis Ferguson .25
Ross Cunningham .28
Steven Boyd .30
Botti Biabi .14
Antonio Rojano .20

Cammy Kerr for Jesse Curran (54)
Jon Aurtenetxe for Randy Wolters (64)
Sofien Moussa for Josh Meekings (69)
Antonio Rojano for Rakish Bingham (56)
Steven Boyd for David Templeton (69)
Darren Lyon for Steven Boyd (93)

Lewis Spence (27)
Jesse Curran (34)
Marcus Haber (48)
Kerr Waddell (90)
Giannis Skondras (41)
Massimo Donati (57)
Antonio Rojano (60)
Darian Mackinnon (68)
Massimo Donati (75)

Red Cards
None. Massimo Donati (75)
Match Officials

Greg Aitken (Referee)
Stephen Mitchell & Daniel McFarlane (Assistants)
David Munro (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A series of defensive lapses by the Dark Blues allowed Hamilton to leave Dens Park with a 3-1 win. Ioannis Sondras gave Accies a half time lead. David Templeton made it two midway through the second half. Although A-Jay Leitch-Smith scored from the penalty spot a late goal by Antonio Rojano ensured Dundee would take nothing from the game.

Both clubs made three changes. The Dee brought in Kerr Waddell, Randy Wolters and A-Jay Leitch-Smith with Darren O’Dea, Kevin Holt and Sofien Moussa dropping out. Massimo Donati, David Templeton and Rakish Bingham came in for Accies, replacing Steven Boyd, Antonio Rojano and Botti Baibi.

The first half hour was remarkable for a complete lack of goalmouth action, or even incidents to get the fans talking. The Dark Blues had one shot, when Paul McGowan stabbed the ball wide after taking a layoff from Marcus Haber. That was one more serious attempt at goal than Accies were able to muster.

Dundee were playing the ball patiently out from the back, trying to pull Accies out of shape and create space to exploit. They were successful to a certain extent; they worked the ball into some promising positions but the final cross or pass was never good enough.

Shortly after the half hour mark the Dark Blues put in a burst of intense attacking that encouraged the fans. Glen Kamara opened up Accies on the left, but Randy Wolters’ cross flew across goal with no Dees able to reach it. Keeper Gary Wood then saved well to keep out a low 22 yard shot from Lewis Spence at the end of a drive through Accies midfield.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead with a goal out of the blue that was all down to an excellent, early cross by Dougie Imrie. The ball swung away from Scott Bain, bounced and arrived perfectly for Ioannis Skondras racing in from the right to guide his header into the net. Hamilton executed the goal well, but the failure of any Dark Blues to spot or follow the run of Accies wing back was glaring.

Sadly the second half didn’t bring any significant change. Dundee continued to dominate possession and moved the ball around smoothly in midfield without any end product. With a goal in their pocket Accies sat deep, granting Dundee as much space as they wanted in midfield, happy to defend in depth around their penalty area. Josh Meekings saw his volley from a corner cleared by Rakish Bingham, but Dundee struggled to create chances from open play.

Cammy Kerr came on for Jesse Curran at right wing back, and then the other wing back Randy Wolters was replaced by Jon Aurtenetxe. The second substitution was made as Hamilton were waiting to take a free kick and the change might have led to a misunderstanding in the Dundee defence. Certainly the defending was dreadful when the cross came over. David TEMPLETON was left unmarked on the left of the Dee defence and he had time to pull the ball down and shoot past Bain with 64 minutes gone.

Dundee were handed a chance to fight back into the game three minutes later. A-Jay Leitch-Smith ran onto a Kamara pass, but before he could shoot Skondras slid in to tackle with his arm sweeping the ball away. LEITCH-SMITH took the penalty himself, and confidently thumped it home.

Dundee switched to 4-3-3, with Sofien Moussa coming off the bench to replace Josh Meekings. As the fans grew increasingly agitated the Dee couldn’t develop any momentum, or build attacks with any real intensity. The game was mainly in Accies half, but consisted of a series of frustrating and unconvincing attacks that fizzled out with no convincing threat to Hamilton’s defence.

As Dundee pushed forward there was always the chance of being caught out by a break, and that nearly happened when Antonio Rojano set up a great chance for Imrie, whose shot was well saved by Scott Bain with his feet.

Dundee were given another boost when Hamilton were reduced to 10 men by an act of ludicrous stupidity by Massimo Donati. He might have been lucky to pick up only a yellow card for a dangerous lunge at Cammy Kerr. A second yellow followed by the red card duly appeared when he disagreed with the referee’s decision to award a goal kick rather than a corner, and battered the dead ball deep into the Bobby Cox Stand.

The Dundee pressure in the last 15 minutes produced nothing worth reporting and the game died completely when the Dark Blues handed Hamilton a late third goal. Dundee tried to play their way out of defence following a rare Accies attack but lost the ball. Greg Docherty exploited the breakdown in Dundee’s organisation by running to the byline and hitting the ball across for Antonio ROJANO to miscue his finish from a couple of yards out, sending the ball bobbling over the goal line for an ugly horror goal that fitted the Halloween season.

This season Dundee have frustrated the fans by losing matches in which they have dominated and played good football. Today there was still good football on display, but it was all harmless, in areas where the deep lying visitors were happy to watch Dundee play. The Dark Blues lacked drive and intensity and seemed passive, devoid of any conviction they would get back into the game. When Dundee tried to get the ball into the penalty area they could never find the quality of delivery that looked like opening up Hamilton. The sorry truth is that the Dundee attack was toothless today, and with the defence switching off at key moments Accies didn’t have to play particularly well to earn their win. They simply had to keep their concentration and turn up to take advantage of Dundee’s mistakes.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 28th, 2017)

2017-18 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)25 18 - 125 -
Jack Hendry22 172172
Josh Meekings25 4 - 4 -
Kerr Waddell19 152152
Jesse Curran21 4 - 9 -
Glen Kamara22 18 - 18 -
Paul McGowan30 1611247
Lewis Spence21 10 - 10 -
Marcus Haber28 6 - 349
A-Jay Leitch-Smith27 9494
Randy Wolters27 13 - 13 -
Jon Aurtenetxe (sub)25 1 - 1 -
Cammy Kerr (sub)22 15 - 721
Sofien Moussa (sub)29 126126

League Table (as at October 28th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to today's match with Hamilton Accies.

The start of the match on Wednesday against Motherwell wasn't like us. Due to our slow start we struggled for 25 minutes to get our game going. It wasn't until the last 10 minutes of the half that we started to find a the energy and trust in our game that we've seen in our last few performances.

I thought we dominated the game in the second half without really carving out too many clear cut chances. Motherwell always looked dangerous on the break but that's the danger you face when you are pushing to get back in a match.

Myself and Graham went to watch Hamilton on Tuesday night. We know what to expect against them this afternoon.

We can't let defeats hang over us. We've been back on the training ground Thursday and Friday ensuring that the minds and bodies are correct for this afternoon's match.

It's obvious we haven't been taking the chances that have come our way but the guys are trying to put that right.

Support and encouragement is so important, as passionate Dundee fans you have been at times frustrated know but I'm also confident you can see how brave the players have been in playing attractive football as well as working extremely hard to get us wins: I have full faith in this team that they will get to where we want to go. I hope you get right behind them today.