Dundee 4
Hamilton Academical 0
League (Scottish Premiership)

4 - 0

League (Scottish Premiership)
Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,426
7:45 PM Kick-off

Kenny Miller (27)
Kenny Miller (51)
Jesse Curran (69)
Kenny Miller (81)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Martin Canning

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Hamilton
2. Cammy Kerr
5. Genséric Kusunga
17. Calvin Miller
6. Darren O'Dea
3. Nathan Ralph
27. Jesse Curran
8. Glen Kamara
18. Paul McGowan
4. Martin Woods
20. Kenny Miller
Ján Mucha .24
Aaron McGowan .2
Scott McMann .3
Ziggy Gordon .4
Delphin Tshiembe .5
Darian MacKinnon .18
Scott Martin .25
Fredrik Brustad .31
Dougie Imrie .7
James Keatings .10
Mickel Miller .11

12. Elliot Parish
23. Andrew Boyle
15. Ryan Inniss
47. Jack Lambert
28. Lewis Spence
11. Jean Alassane Mendy
9. Sofien Moussa
Jacob Marsden .20
Tom Taiwo .12
Rakish Bingham .9
Steven Boyd .30
Shaun Want .21
Lennard Sowah .46
Mason Enigbokan-Bloomfield .16

Lewis Spence for Martin Woods (80)
Jack Lambert for Calvin Miller (82)
Jean Alassane Mendy for Kenny Miller (84)
Rakish Bingham for Fredrik Brustad (53)
Steven Boyd for Dougie Imrie (68)
Tom Taiwo for James Keatings (74)

Jack Hamilton (21)
Delphin Tshiembe (10)
James Keatings (49)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)
Frank Connor & Michael Banke (Assistants)
David Dickinson (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

The Dark Blues gave Jim McIntyre his first win as Dundee’s manager with a 4-0 thumping of Hamilton Accies at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park. Kenny Miller was the star of the show with a hat trick. His first goal put the Dee one up at half time and he quickly added a second after the restart. Jesse Curran’s first goal for the club arrived midway through the second half and Miller rounded off a perfect evening by completing his hat trick near the end.

The Dark Blues were unchanged following the fine comeback at Hibs. Accies made only one change; Delphin Tshiembe came in for Matthew Kilgallon.

On a fast, greasy pitch both teams were keen to move quickly into attack, and broke fast whenever they had an opportunity. Accies had the first shot when James Keatings went for goal rather than finding the better placed Fredrik Brustad and his low drive was well taken by Jack Hamilton.

After a smart, fast, build up, Jesse Curran took Paul McGowan’s pass first time, but his 18 yard shot zipped inches wide.

The Dark Blues took the lead after 27 minutes. Accies’ new keeper Jan Mucha could only push Nathan Ralph’s fierce cross as far as Glen Kamara on the edge of the penalty area. The Finnish international twisted away from two defenders and, instead of shooting, slotted a clever pass through to Kenny MILLER who finished expertly, shooting high into the net.

Hamilton had their best spell of the match following the goal and had the Dee under pressure for a few minutes. A Dougie Imrie cross put Dundee in trouble but frantic defending blocked shots by Keatings and Aaron McGowan.

Dundee were always dangerous on the break and should have added to their lead when Kenny Miller fired over the bar at the end of a flowing move by Cammy Kerr, Jess Curran and Paul McGowan. The half ended with Keatings shooting wide from distance after Mikel Miller’s run had given him a fleeting opening.

Six minutes into the second half Dundee got the vital second goal that gave them some breathing space, allowing the fans to relax and get right behind the team. A Kenny Miller pass sent Martin Woods into the penalty area. He tried to set up McGowan but his effort was blocked. Tshiembe’s clearance went only as far as Kenny MILLER, who took a touch and curled a scoring shot round Mucha from 25 yards.

The goal forced Accies to try and chase the game and Dundee had little trouble pulling them out of shape and opening up space to attack. Further Dundee goals always looked likely and the third came after 69 minutes.

Glen Kamara led a break from the Dundee half and he played the ball into the path of Jesse CURRAN who ran on to score with a low shot from 22 yards that took a deflection on its way past the helpless Mucha.

Hamilton were becoming increasingly ragged, conceding possession easily and looking ever vulnerable at the back. Curran was close to his second goal when Calvin Miller’s low cross found him in space, but he couldn’t quite connect.

Goal number four arrived 9 minutes from full time. A Dundee attack had Hamilton in complete disarray and Kenny MILLER made space for himself, again 25 yards out. The Dee skipper served up a reprise of his second goal, bending his low shot confidently into the same corner.

With the points secure for the Dark Blues and a richly deserved hat trick in the bag, Kenny Miller was withdrawn to a standing ovation.

Jack Hamilton had very little to do in the second half, but he kept his concentration to make a great save from a Rakesh Bingham header, stretching to push the dropping ball away from the top corner of his goal. He then beat away a fierce shot from Steven Boyd. Keeping a clean sheet might not have the headline potential of four goals and a hat trick, but that was the cherry on a very tasty Dundee cake tonight.

The players left the pitch to another standing ovation after their best performance for a long time. The Dark Blues played with a hunger, pace and tempo that proved far too much for Accies. The defence was tenacious and organised. The midfield pressed hard when Hamilton had the ball and worked hard to find space when in possession. In attack the Dark Blues were both inventive and clinical.

Inevitably Kenny Miller was the man of the match, and deservedly so, but every man played his part tonight. Dundee were individually and collectively much the better team and the fans were delighted to see them get their reward. This game was a joy to watch.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at December 5th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Jack Hamilton (GK)24 13 - 13 -
Cammy Kerr23 18 - 1161
Genséric Kusunga30 11 - 211
Calvin Miller20 11 - 11 -
Darren O'Dea31 7 - 875
Nathan Ralph25 9 - 9 -
Jesse Curran22 181321
Glen Kamara23 13 - 59 -
Paul McGowan31 14216410
Martin Woods32 4 - 4 -
Kenny Miller38 105105
Lewis Spence (sub)22 141341
Jack Lambert (sub)19 3 - 5 -
Jean Alassane Mendy (sub)28 112112

League Table (as at December 5th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome to this evening's match against Hamilton Accies. I'd like to start by welcoming Martin Canning and his backroom staff.

We come into the match on the back of a positive result and performance at Hibernian. After building on thendraw with St. Mirren we will now try to get that all import three points.

I thought the boys' response at Easter Road, especially after losing such a sloppy first goal in the first minute of the game was excellent.

It would have been easy to crumble after that but actually I thought that up until Hibs' second goal we were excellent. We passed it really well, we got into threatening areas and we carried a real threat.

We then went out and scored a great second goal through Paul and deservedly picked up a point.

They've got a quality squad so we had to stand up to a lot, make blocks and make saves, that's what happens against a top side. But i thought we were threatening too, and maybe with a wee bit more care in the final third of the pitch we could had mare opportunities to score.

I was delighted with the response though and going into tonight's match we have had another good week in training. With no game at the weekend, it gave us an extra few days to work with the players.

The support in the last two matches has been fantastic. It was great to see how happy the fans were at the end in Edinburgh and we'll be working hard to try and go one stage further tonight.

Enjoy the game.