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Hamilton Academical 2-1 Dundee

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland

Hamilton got back to winning ways with an entertaining victory over Dundee at New Douglas Park.

Tony Andreu headed the hosts into an early lead before Mickael Antoine-Curier unleashed a volley past Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain for the second.

Both scorers passed up chances before Greg Stewart reduced the deficit with a low left-foot shot into the net.

Dundee's Gary Harkins was sent off despite having already been substituted as tempers frayed at the end.

That came after an angry exchange between players from both teams on the touchline but Hamilton had plenty to be happy about after ending a run of one win in seven.

Accies manager Alex Neil named himself in the starting XI for the first time since the League Cup win over Motherwell in September as he looked to recreate his side's early season form.

And, within the opening minutes, his team were in front.

Dundee thought they had cleared a corner but Grant Gillespie put the ball back into the danger area for Mikey Devlin, and Andreu raced to the front post to bullet his knock-on past the helpless Bain.

Hamilton's Tony Andreu headed the home side in front within the opening minutes.
Hamilton's Tony Andreu headed the home side in front within the opening minutes

With Dundee rattled, Hamilton took control and by the quarter-hour mark they were 2-0 ahead.

Stephen Hendrie looked to be no threat to the Dundee defence but his cross to Antoine-Curier at the back post was inch perfect.

The striker took it first time on the volley and, although Bain got a hand to his shot, there was far too much power in it to keep it out.

Accies remained the more dangerous team - Andreu and Ali Crawford both whistling shots just over.

Dundee were trying to get forward but Jim McAllister's turn and shot before the break was the first time Michael McGovern had dirtied his gloves.

Hamilton were beginning to look more like the side that had led the Scottish Premiership table earlier in the season, and both Andreu and Antoine Curier could have added to their tallies with driven low efforts that skidded narrowly wide.

Dundee needed some inspiration, and they got it with a superb goal from substitute Stewart.

With one simple turn he was able to deceive three Accies players before racing forward and unleashing a low shot past McGovern.

Greg Stewart's solo effort gave Dundee hope in the second half.
Greg Stewart's solo effort gave Dundee hope in the second half

It was his ninth goal in 18 appearances and it breathed new life into a game that looked to be slipping away from Paul Hartley's men.

Hamilton responded with Darian Mackinnon having an effort saved and Hendrie smashing a low shot by a post.

The game was still alive and, after Stewart had a shot saved for the visitors, 17-year-old Craig Wighton brought the ball down in the area and curled just wide.

The visitors' frustration got the better of them and after an exchange on the touchline Dundee's Harkins was given a second booking for getting involved.

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 6Gillespie
  • 5Canning
  • 4Devlin
  • 3Hendrie
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 42mins
  • 10NeilSubstituted forScotlandat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22Andreu
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forLongridgeat 74'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 7Imrie
  • 99Antoine-Curier

Substitutes

  • 9Scotland
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 19Currie
  • 20Brophy
  • 24Tena
  • 28Redmond

Dundee

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 5McPake
  • 2Irvine
  • 20McAlisterBooked at 86mins
  • 11FerryBooked at 31mins
  • 23BoyleSubstituted forStewartat 46'minutes
  • 29HarkinsBooked at 90minsSubstituted forTankulicat 58'minutes
  • 14RobertsSubstituted forWightonat 58'minutes
  • 16ClarksonBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 8McBride
  • 15Stewart
  • 21Tankulic
  • 24Black
  • 25Schenk
  • 33Wighton
  • 34Allan
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
2,636

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Dundee 1.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Gary Harkins (Dundee).

  4. Booking

    Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Thomas Konrad (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Craig Wighton (Dundee).

  8. Post update

    Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Booking

    Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Gary Irvine (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

  12. Booking

    Jim McAlister (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Jim McAlister (Dundee).

  14. Booking

    David Clarkson (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Wighton (Dundee) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jason Scotland replaces Alex Neil because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.