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Dundee 1-0 Hamilton Academical

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Highlights: Dundee 1-0 Hamilton Academical

Dundee manager Neil McCann said "there's nobody over celebrating" despite his side all but securing their Premiership safety as Hamilton missed a late penalty at Dens Park.

Kevin Holt fired the hosts' opener following Craig Wighton's cut-back.

After the break, Dougie Imrie's spot-kick was saved after Marius Ogboe had been fouled.

The Dark Blues have avoided automatic demotion and are six points clear of the play-off spot with two games left.

"We needed our team to pull together as one. Then when Elliot [Parish] needed to step up and make a big save, he did it," McCann said.

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Dundee manager Neil McCann

"I am pleased we've pulled ourselves from the automatic relegation zone but I still believe there is work to be done. I said to them before the split happened that I wanted five wins.

"I don't think any of us should be celebrating just staying safe. I came into this job because I wanted to change how we played. If we want to move forward as a club, we need to start getting to the stage where we're not accepting of this."

McCann's side have a better goal difference than second bottom Partick Thistle. Hamilton are sandwiched in between Thistle and Dundee, three points above the Jags and five in front of bottom side Ross County with two games remaining.

"We knew before today we had to win one game before the end of the season and that is still the same," said Hamilton manager Martin Canning.

Dundee manager Neil McCann and goalkeeper Elliot Parish
McCann was thankful for goalkeeper Parish's late penalty save

"We have a home game against St Johnstone on Tuesday and we have to go again.

"If we can win that, regardless of what happens elsewhere, that would put us [at least] three points above Partick Thistle going into the last game with a far superior goal difference. It should be enough.

"Dougie has been great all season and it's the first one he has missed all season. He is gutted but there is nothing anyone can say to him to change that. It is part of the game."

There was a blow for Hamilton before the game with star forward David Templeton missing out with a groin injury. So too did young midfielder Lewis Ferguson with an ankle knock.

David Templeton and Ali Crawford
Hamilton were shorn of the creative influence of Templeton and Ali Crawford

Dundee were missing a striker of their own in Sofien Moussa, meaning McCann started with a front three of Roarie Deacon, Simon Murray and Wighton, but it would be a defender who would make the important early breakthrough.

Glen Kamara, pulling the strings in the Dundee midfield, passed the ball out wide to Wighton on the left. He managed to cut it back into the box where it arrived at the feet of Holt. The ball sat up perfectly for the left-back, who caught it on the half-volley to power an effort high into the net.

There was a flurry of effort from Hamilton as they tried to react but just after the half-hour mark Dundee were almost in again - this time a surging run from Murray, who was fouled by Kenny van der Weg on the edge of the box. The Dundee fans shouted for a penalty but referee Steven McLean rightly judged it to be just outside, and flashed a yellow card at Van der Weg.

Soon after Murray headed over the bar from a Holt cross, and moments later Wighton raced towards the box and was tripped up by Shaun Want. There were optimistic Dundee shouts for a red card to be shown, but with other Hamilton defenders in the vicinity referee McLean got the decision right again and brandished a yellow.

Dundee were dominating. Just before half-time from a corner Steven Caulker headed towards goal from 10 yards out but the ball went over.

Mark O'Hara and Kevin Holt
Holt (right) netted his first goal since August to give Dundee the edge

Paul McGowan then fired in an effort from 30 yards that almost caught Hamilton goalkeeper Gary Woods by surprise. But scampering back on his heels he made the save, though he would not reappear for the second half as Ryan Fulton came off the bench.

Hamilton came out for the second period with a bit more fight. First Rakish Bingham curled a free-kick from 20 yards, which nicked the bottom of the post. Seconds later midfielder Darian MacKinnon fired a volley wide.

Antonio Rojano entered the fray from the bench and came close to an equaliser as he stooped for a header from a Van der Weg cross. It was unorthodox but the ball whistled narrowly past the post.

Deacon - already on a yellow - then fouled Van der Weg. There were big Hamilton shouts for the referee to show a second yellow. It was borderline but Deacon got away with it. Soon after he was substituted, replaced by Daniel Jeffries as Dundee took steps to ensure they kept 11 men on the field.

With four minutes to play Jeffries would play an unfortunate part for Dundee. His late challenge on Ogboe was a definite penalty, referee McLean pointing to the spot instantly.

But the effort from 12 yards by Imrie was tame and far too central. Goalkeeper Parish made the save as the Dundee fans leapt to their feet in celebration.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Parish
  • 2Kerr
  • 6O'Dea
  • 4Caulker
  • 3Holt
  • 14O'HaraSubstituted forSpenceat 46'minutes
  • 8Kamara
  • 33WightonSubstituted forScottat 90'minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 38mins
  • 21DeaconBooked at 56minsSubstituted forJefferiesat 74'minutes
  • 18McGowan

Substitutes

  • 7Leitch-Smith
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 23Wolters
  • 25Jefferies
  • 28Spence
  • 35Scott
  • 38Ferie

Hamilton

  • 1WoodsSubstituted forFultonat 45'minutes
  • 15van der WegBooked at 31mins
  • 27WantBooked at 36mins
  • 5Tomas
  • 22Lyon
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 4JenkinsBooked at 55mins
  • 10RedmondBooked at 61minsSubstituted forRojanoat 67'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 99Ogboe
  • 9BinghamSubstituted forMcMannat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McMann
  • 6Scott
  • 12Fulton
  • 20Rojano
  • 28Cunningham
  • 29Breen
  • 33Hughes
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
5,195

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 1, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Hamilton Academical 0.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Cedwyn Scott replaces Craig Wighton because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Penalty saved! Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Daniel Jefferies (Dundee) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Hamilton Academical. Marios Ogboe draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ryan Fulton.

Attempt blocked. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Scott McMann replaces Rakish Bingham.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marios Ogboe (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt blocked. Kevin Holt (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Daniel Jefferies replaces Roarie Deacon.

Hand ball by Ross Jenkins (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Dundee).

Kenny van der Weg (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Antonio Rojano (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Antonio Rojano (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Antonio Rojano replaces Daniel Redmond.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Roarie Deacon (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Dundee).

Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Ross Jenkins (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Jenkins (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Craig Wighton (Dundee) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35239370234778
2Aberdeen36216954361869
3Rangers362151070442668
4Hibernian361812656391766
5Kilmarnock361510114847155
6Hearts351113113634246
7Motherwell36119163949-1042
8St Johnstone36119163951-1242
9Dundee36106203556-2136
10Hamilton3696214663-1733
11Partick Thistle3679203060-3030
12Ross County36610203960-2128
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