Dundee: Boss Paul Hartley praises in-form forward David Clarkson

Dundee striker David Clarkson scored the opening goal in the Dens men's win at home to Hamilton
Dundee striker David Clarkson scored the opening goal in the Dens men's win at home to Hamilton

Paul Hartley reckons Dundee are now seeing the best of David Clarkson after he hit his fourth goal in four games in the 2-0 win over Hamilton.

Clarkson, who signed for Dundee in the summer, nodded home in the second half before Greg Stewart bagged the killer second against the league leaders.

"The problem when David came was that he hadn't played enough games and was short of fitness," said boss Hartley.

"You can see we are getting the best of him and he keeps scoring goals."

And Hartley, who played with Clarkson at Bristol City, added: "I've known Clarky for a long time, he's got great experience and an eye for goal. He's a very very good footballer, he's got a good football brain."

The Dens Park manager was also impressed with Clarkson's strike partner Stewart.

"Greg's getting better and better," he said. "He was part time with Cowdenbeath and he's been excellent in the last few weeks, he's a very intelligent footballer who holds the ball up well and you can see a little partnership between him and Clarkson is developing."

Dundee manager Paul Hartley
"The players are great to work with, I know what I'll get out of them every week and hopefully we can get better."

The win was Dundee's first at home this season in the league and they have pocketed 16 points from their first 11 games, after being promoted last term as champions of Scotland's second tier.

"To beat the league leaders is more pleasing as they have been on a terrific run of form. We dug in today, it wasn't a pretty game to watch but we fought hard for each other," Hartley added.

"We had a couple of little chances in the first half but I thought in the second half we dominated in terms of the possession and the chances we created.

"We started the season well, I think we were eight unbeaten then we lost a couple but we've bounced back again and I think that's the way the league is going to be this season.

"I'm pleased with the points tally over the first quarter, if we can keep getting 16 points every quarter I think we will be ok.

"People tend to forget we've had a big turnaround in players, we've had to build a new squad.

"We brought 15 players in and probably the same amount has gone out so we're a team in progress, the players are great to work with, I know what I'll get out of them every week and hopefully we can get better."

Hartley revealed he is hopeful of bringing in a new goalkeeper by Monday, with the injured Kyle Letheren out for up to eight weeks.

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