Scottish Championship
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Hamilton Academical 1-1 Dundee

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at New Douglas Park
Declan Gallacher and Tony Andreu

Still Hamilton and Dundee cannot be separated, remaining level on points at the top of the Championship after a tense encounter.

Dundee opened the scoring in the first-half through Martin Boyle's cool finish.

But Hamilton rescued a point through Mikeal Antoine Curier's header after the break.

And, with Falkirk defeating Cowdenbeath, the Bairns move to within four points of the top two.

The sense of occasion lay heavily on this game. Before kick-off, the two sets of supporters at one corner of New Douglas Park traded insults and the mood became so ill-tempered that one fan appeared to break free of the Dundee end and move towards the Hamilton fans.

Stewards soon had the incident under control, but it was a reflection of everything that was at stake.

Willie Dyer and Jason Scotland
Dundee stay top, courtesy of a superior goals scored tally

These two sides had, between them, led the Championship for all but two weekends of this season. Going into this game, they could only be separated at the top because Hamilton had scored more goals, although none in their three previous meetings with Dundee or against a side managed by Paul Hartley, who was previously in charge of Alloa.

With only four games remaining after this one, the sense was that there was much to lose for both sides. That influenced the game, since it was frantic, lacking in composure or poise, and neither team was capable of taking control of proceedings. This was two teams living by their wits rather than their sense of command.

Tony Andreu drilled into the side netting early in the first-half, when Hamilton enjoyed a slight edge. Jim McAlister volleyed wide from the edge of the area when Dundee managed to take a foothold in the visitors' half. The encounter seemed destined to suffer from its billing as a potentially decisive game, but Dundee eventually managed to break the deadlock.

The goal was the result of resourcefulness rather than sustained aplomb, but even so Boyle had to be poised as he slipped a shot past Kevin Cuthbert after Peter MacDonald had forced the ball through. Boyle looked as though he might have been offside, but he wheeled away in celebration after a quick glance of reassurance towards the assistant referee.

The visitors almost added a second just before half-time, when MacDonald hooked a volley over his shoulder but also over the crossbar. This was two teams effectively cancelling themselves out, but the goal did seem to let Dundee's confidence grow.

Gavin Rae sent a shot just wide after the interval, then Boyle struck a stinging effort on target from the corner of the 18-yard box that Cuthbert pushed wide.

Hamilton were still capable of asserting themselves, though, and Martin Canning ought to have equalised when the ball ran to him inside the six-yard box at a corner kick. The defender could only stab his effort over the bar, though.

Dundee were trying to protect their lead, but in dropping deep they allowed Hamilton a sense of hope. They capitalised when Louis Longridge crossed from the left and Mikael Antoine-Curier used his body strength to outmuscle his marker, get to the ball first and head it beyond Kyle Letheren.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2GordonBooked at 55mins
  • 24Tena
  • 11Crawford
  • 5CanningBooked at 66mins
  • 33KildaySubstituted forGillespieat 87'minutes
  • 22Andreu
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 50ScotlandSubstituted forRyanat 79'minutes
  • 7KeatingsSubstituted forAntoine-Curierat 61'minutes
  • 17Longridge

Substitutes

  • 4Devlin
  • 6Gillespie
  • 10Neil
  • 19Currie
  • 32Ryan
  • 35George
  • 99Antoine-Curier

Dundee

  • 1Letheren
  • 2Irvine
  • 5Dyer
  • 8McBride
  • 6DavidsonSubstituted forCumminsat 58'minutes
  • 18Gallagher
  • 23Boyle
  • 10Rae
  • 9MacDonaldSubstituted forBeattieat 69'minutes
  • 7RileySubstituted forConroyat 75'minutes
  • 20McAlister

Substitutes

  • 11Conroy
  • 17Benedictus
  • 24Twardzik
  • 25Cummins
  • 27Nade
  • 29Beattie
  • 33Wighton
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,529

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Dundee 1.

  3. Post update

    Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Adam Cummins (Dundee).

  5. Post update

    Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Craig Beattie (Dundee).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Grant Gillespie replaces Lee Kilday.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Willie Dyer.

  11. Post update

    Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Cummins (Dundee).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

  14. Post update

    Declan Gallagher (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

  16. Post update

    Declan Gallagher (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Ryan replaces Jason Scotland.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Ryan Conroy replaces Nicholas Riley.

  19. Post update

    Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kevin McBride (Dundee).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton32179654332160
2Dundee32186845242160
3Falkirk32168851292256
4Queen of Sth311461144331148
5Dumbarton32136135757045
6Livingston32126144849-142
7Raith Rovers31109124250-839
8Alloa32107153043-1337
9Cowdenbeath3296174366-2333
10Morton3257202858-3022
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