Hamilton 1-1 Dundee: Dens boss waits on Julen Etxabeguren injury

Dundee's Julen Etxabeguren lies injured
Dundee's Julen Etxabeguren was stretched off

Dundee are awaiting news of the extent of Julen Etxabeguren's ankle injury after the defender was stretchered off in the 1-1 draw with Hamilton Accies.

But manager Paul Hartley was not for blaming an artificial surface that has been criticised by some this season.

"We will assess him on Sunday or Monday and take it from there," he told BBC Scotland.

"It's a difficult pitch to play on and the players know that, but we are not here to blame the pitch for injuries."

Hartley did, however, blame the New Douglas Park surface for his side's uncertain start.

"I think, for the first 15 minutes, the players struggled with the conditions," he said.

Kevin Holt eventually gave Dundee the lead two minutes after the break.

However, Accies equalised through Dougie Imrie despite having Darian Mackinnon sent off.

"We worked our way into the game and got the goal and we should be good enough to see the game out," said Hartley.

Hamilton's Darian Mackinnon clashed with Dundee's Kevin Holt
Hamilton's Darian Mackinnon was sent off after clashing with Dundee's Kevin Holt

"Credit to Hamilton, down to 10 men, they did well, but we've got to defend better."

Accies manager Martin Canning had mixed feelings about the draw.

"I think, when you go down to 10 men and manage to come back into the game and get the goal, it does feel a little bit like a victory," he said.

"But I think, if we had kept 11 on the pitch, we might have won the match. Funnily enough, when we went down to 10 men, we were better."

Canning refused to criticise Mackinnon, who was sent off for raising hands after Dundee players reacted to a strong Imrie challenge.

"I'll need to see it again, but if Darian has been silly, he's let his team-mates down, but you know what you're getting with him - he plays on the edge," said the manager.

Accies had the ball in the net twice before Imrie's strike counted.

"We had a couple chopped off and a couple of decent opportunities and you think it's not going to come," added Canning.

"Luckily for us, you've got a great bunch in there that will work right to the end and never give up."

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