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Scottish Premiership: Dundee 1-1 Hamilton Academical

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Goals: Dundee 1-1 Hamilton Academical

Dundee moved joint top of the Scottish Premiership table but missed a chance to go two points clear as they were held at home by Hamilton.

Darren Lyon lashed in a surprise opener for Accies with a superb 25-yarder.

But the visitors left the impressive Mark O'Hara unmarked to side-foot home Danny Williams' corner minutes later.

Darian MacKinnon missed a sitter on the resumption for Accies, but Rory Loy, Yordi Tejsse and Danny Williams all missed chances to win it for Dundee.

The visitors might have snatched victory in the final moments but Michael Devlin's header was cleared off the line.

Dundee, having played a game more, are level at the top with Rangers - who host Motherwell on Saturday - and St Johnstone, who face Celtic in Saturday's early kick-off.

The hosts dominated in the first half but couldn't find a second goal and it was the same story after the break as they were unable to make their chances tell.

Hamilton got off to a great start when right-back Lyon sent a stunning drive past Dundee keeper Scott Bain into the top corner.

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Interviews: Paul Hartley and Martin Canning

It was his first for the club and the 21-year-old will do well to top that strike, however long he plays the game.

But Accies were unable to build on it. Manager Martin Canning said prior to kick-off he hopes to complete the signing of former Partick Thistle defender Dan Seaborne over the weekend and you could see why he was so anxious.

Four minutes later, atrocious defending at a corner left O'Hara in acres of space to level with his second goal in six days.

The former Kilmarnock youngster, switched from defence to a more advanced midfield role by Dundee boss Paul Hartley, also scored against Rangers last weekend and impressed again here.

Faissal El Bakhtaoui, on his first league start for Dundee, showed enough flashes with his touch and link-up play to suggest the former Dunfermline striker can make the step up from League One.

Hamilton were nearly undone at another set piece after 38 minutes when Darren O'Dea steered his header from a Williams free-kick just wide of the target.

But whatever Canning said to his players during the interval certainly seemed to have a positive impact.

The visitors were much more impressive going forward in the second half with Louis Longridge causing problems down the left flank.

Unfortunately for Accies the end product wasn't clinical enough when they got within range of the Dundee goal, never more so than in the 49th minute after a great bit of link-up play through the middle.

Alex D'Acol fed in Darian MacKinnon behind the home backline but with only the goalkeeper to beat, the midfielder slid the ball agonisingly wide of the target from just eight yards.

Darian MacKinnon pokes his shot wide for Hamilton
Darian MacKinnon wasted a great chance to put Accies ahead again

Dundee were a shadow of the team that had dominated before the break but they still had a couple of decent chances of their own to win the game.

Loy forced Reni Matthews into a brilliant reaction save before substitute Teisse headed well wide from another Williams corner.

But it was Hamilton who came closest to winning it as Devlin's header was hacked off the line by Kevin Holt to make sure the home side secured a point.

Post-match reaction:

Dundee boss Paul Hartley: "I'm not happy. We were alright for the first 15 minutes but not after that and we were lucky to get away with a point.

"In the second half, we just didn't perform at all. We didn't pass the ball quick enough, create enough angles and played too many long balls. It is not acceptable.

"We're missing three key players in an attacking sense and we only had six on the bench. But we can't keep going on about Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings leaving. They are gone. Everyone else has to take responsibility now."

Hamilton boss Martin Canning: "I think we created enough opportunities to win it but for the second week in a row we didn't take the points we deserved from the game.

"It's really frustrating. On performance we should be sitting on seven points and be top of the league. Instead we only have two points and we have to start taking the opportunities we are creating.

"Our squad is strong and we are getting Dan Seaborne in to add some experience in defence while Rikesh Bingham offers something different up front - he's quicker and more mobile."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 3Holt
  • 16EtxabegurenBooked at 42mins
  • 6O'Dea
  • 30Kerr
  • 4VincentSubstituted forTeijsseat 63'minutes
  • 11Williams
  • 17Ross
  • 14O'Hara
  • 9Loy
  • 20El Bakhtaoui

Substitutes

  • 12Mitchell
  • 19Teijsse
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 27Curran
  • 49Quigley
  • 50Smyth

Hamilton

  • 1Matthews
  • 6Gillespie
  • 4Devlin
  • 89Sarris
  • 22LyonBooked at 62mins
  • 21DonatiBooked at 74minsSubstituted forDochertyat 87'minutes
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forKurtajat 78'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 11Crawford
  • 7Imrie
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forBrophyat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Docherty
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 14Roy
  • 20Brophy
  • 23McMann
  • 27Want
  • 34Woods
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
5,287

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away13

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee31115414
2Rangers21103214
3St Johnstone21102114
4Partick Thistle11002023
5Celtic11002113
6Kilmarnock21013303
7Motherwell21013303
8Ross County210145-13
9Aberdeen20200002
10Hamilton302134-12
11Hearts201112-11
12Inverness CT200225-30
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