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Hamilton Accies Vs Dundee MATCH THREAD
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Dundee travel to the SuperSeal Stadium on Saturday to play Hamilton Accies in the Ladbrokes SPFL Premiership as they look to climb off the bottom of the table. Here we have everything you need to know about the home side.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Hamilton Accies v Dundee

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership

DATE: Saturday 29th October 2016

KICK-OFF: 15:00

VENUE: SuperSeal Stadium

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1874

STADIUM: New Douglas Park


PITCH SIZE: 105m x 69m

MANAGER: Martin Canning



MASCOTS: Hammy the Hamster

CLUB COLOURS: Red and white

HONOURS: Scottish First Division: 1903/04, 1985/86, 1987/88, 2007/8

Scottish Cup Runners Up: 1910/11, 1934/35

RECORD WIN: 10-2 vs Greenock Morton (May 2014)

CLUB WEBSITE: http://www.hamiltonacciesfc.co.uk

Head to Head v Hamilton Accies

LEAGUE: Won 68, Drawn 31, Lost 32

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 3, Drawn 3, Lost 1

LEAGUE CUP: Won 3, Drawn 0, Lost 2

TOTALS: Won 74, Drawn 34, Lost 36

Last Five Dundee v Hamilton Matches

19/08/2016 | Home | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 5,287 | O’Hara / Lyon

07/05/2016 | Home | Premiership | Lost 0-1 | 4,757 | Morris

09/04/2016 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 2,764 | Crawford, Garcia-Tena / Harkins

19/12/2015 | Home | Premiership | Won 4-0 | 4,568 | Hemmings (3), Stewart

17/10/2015 | Away | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 2,862 | Imrie / Holt

Last Meeting

Dundee’s last encounter with Accies saw the Dark Blues share the points with the visitors after a 1-1 draw under a floodlight Dens Park on Friday 19th of August 2016. Dundee missed the chance to go two points clear at the top of the league after a great strike from Darren Lyon inside 15 minutes was enough for them to hold on even after O’Hara equalised a few minutes later.

The home side dominated the opening period of the game but failed to make it count when Accies’ full back Darren Lyon hit the back of the net in the 13th minute. The ball broke to him 25 yards out from goal and his first time strike flew past Bain and straight into the top corner. A worthy opener in any game.

Unfortunately for Canning’s side, they didn’t hold their lead for long when Mark O’Hara steered the ball in after meeting Williams’ corner to bring the home side level, deservingly.

This was to be the end of the goal scoring but there were chances for both teams to score a second. Hamilton were nearly behind when Dee skipper Darren O’Dea nodded the ball just wide after meeting Williams’ free kick.

After the break, Hamilton looked dangerous going forward. In the 49th minute, Darian Mackinnon had a great chance to put Accies ahead after D’Acol fed him in behind the Dark Blues’ defence but the midfielder placed the ball inches wide of the target from just 8 yards out.

Loy and substitute Teijsse had half chances respectively but Accies had the chance they were after when Devlin’s header looked to be goal bound, Kevin Holt cleared the ball away from the Dundee goal just in time.

Dundee: Bain, Holt, Extabeguren, O’Dea, Kerr, Vincent (Teijsse 63’), Williams, Ross, O’Hara, Loy, El Bakhtaoui

Booked – Extabeguren

Hamilton: Matthews, Gillespie, Devlin, Sarris, Lyon, Donati (Docherty 87), Longridge (Kurtaj 78), MacKinnon, Crawford, Imrie, D’Acol (Brophy 75)

Booked – Lyon, Donati

Hamilton’s Season So Far

Patrick have started this season poorer than they’ll have hoped for but steady nonetheless. After a decent start in the league cup, they were dumped out in the first of the knockout stages by championship side Morton. Their league form has been a slightly inconsistent. With only two wins from their opening 10 games, it sets up Saturday to be a huge game for both teams. Hamilton have picked up some impressive results though. A draw 1-1 draw against Rangers at Ibrox on the opening day wasn’t a result many would have predicted. They also picked up a valuable point away to Dundee and draws against St.Johnstone, Inverness and Partick Thistle have shown a good level of fight within Canning’s side. It’s this kind of form that has always made them a very difficult team to play against. They have a solid team that is full of hard working players. Canning has got his team playing well at the moment an having not lost in four games, they will be confident going into Saturday’s fixture especially with Dundee on a poor run at the moment. It’s nicely poised to be a huge game for both teams. Dundee need points and fast to get out of this position that they find themselves in but equally well, hamilton will not roll-over and will no doubt go out to take all three points against Hartley’s side and stretch their unbeaten run to five games.

Top Scorers

DUNDEE: Loy 3, O’Hara 2, El Bakhtaoui 1, Holt 1, Low 1

HAMILTON: Crawford 4, D’Acol 2, Brophy 1, Docherty 1, Donati 1

Ticket Information

ADULT – £22
OVER 65 or UNDER 18 – £12

Disabled supporters are £10 and should buy their ticket at the Hamilton FC ticket office, taking proof of their disability with them.

Traffic Information

Weekend motorists are being advised to expect delays on the A725 on approach to M74 Junction 5, Raith Roundabout, as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.

The works to progress the new Raith Roundabout will take place over two weekends  in October and November and will see a contraflow in operation reducing the roundabout to one lane in each direction.

For full information – click here

How To Watch

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Saturday evening while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Sunday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game.

Dundee returned from Hamilton’s SuperSeal Stadium with a vital three points after an excellent team performance gave them a well deserved 1-0 victory. Paul McGowan scored the only goal after 61 minutes and there was no route back for the Accies against a spirited and hard working Dee.

Dundee made four changes after the midweek defeat against Partick Thistle. Scott Bain was missing with a groin strain and David Mitchell made his first start of the season in goal. Julen Etxabeguren and Kosta Gadzhalov came into the back three as the Dark Blues reverted to a 3-5-2 formation, and James Vincent returned in central midfield. Kevin Gomis, Danny Williams and Rory Loy dropped out of the starting 11. Not surprisingly Accies were unchanged after beating Aberdeen on Tuesday.

Accies gave the Dark Blues a fright by creating and missing their best chance of the match inside 30 seconds. Grant Gillespie’s run down the right set up Ali Crawford, who scooped his shot well over the bar from 15 yards. Dundee soon went close themselves when Julen Etxabeguren’s header from a Tom Hateley corner narrowly missed the post.

The more composed football was coming from the Dee who were pressing, moving and passing well. Dundee should have opened the scoring after James Vincent won the ball deep in the Dee half. He made space well and released Craig Wighton, who raced clear of the defence and ran 50 yards before slipping tbe ball past Gary Woods’ near post.

Accies were largely restricted in the first half to long range efforts, none of which were on target. All that David Mitchell had to do before the interval was to catch a corner and deal with occasional back passes.

Dundee put together some good, promising moves later in the first half but couldn’t find the right final ball to set up clear chances. Accies, on the other hand, were struggling to build moves and were let down by a succession of aimless passes.

The second half continued in a similar fashion with the Dark Blues still looking the more composed and dangerous side. Greg Docherty had an early 20 yard effort that Mitchell took comfortably, his first and only real save of the match. Julen Etxabeguren went close for the Dee, forcing a fingertip save from Woods with a powerful header from a Hatelely free kick.

There was a fleeting moment of danger at the Dee end when Docherty turned on Crawford’s corner, but Mitchell pounced on the ball.

At last, after 61 minutes, Dundee got the goal they deserved. Holt’s cross from the left was half cleared and from 20 yards Paul McGOWAN scored with a low shot that Marcus Haber dummied over to leave Woods helpless.

Hamilton had their best spell of the match for a few minutes after the goal, but Dundee continued to defend well and in the rest of the game David Mitchell didn’t have to make a save as Accies, for all their efforts, were not allowed any chances.

After that brief flurry from Hamilton the Dark Blues started to settle on the ball again. Paul McGowan was struggling with a knock and had to be replaced by Nick Ross after 77 minutes, but Dundee continued to have the better of the midfield battle. The longer the game went on the more comfortable Dundee looked, and the more Hamilton struggled. Accies ran out of ideas long before the end and it was the Dark Blues who came closest to scoring again.

Kevin Holt burst down the left and moved the ball on for Marcus Haber, whose low, angled shot was brilliantly saved by Woods, with Wighton’s follow up shot blocked by Lennard Sowah.

The four minutes of injury time passed with a pleasing lack of thrills and at the final whistle Dundee were holding the ball deep in Accies’ half. It wasn’t a slick or pretty performance, but today we saw a fighting, well organised Dark Blue team that rolled their sleaves up and fought for the win they fully deserved. With both teams fielding similar formations it was vital that the Dee players won their individual battles, and today they did just that.

A clean sheet for David Mitchell and his defence was particularly pleasing. The midfield worked furiously to take control and played some good, penetrating passes to cause Accies defence problems. Marcus Haber made an important contribution with his strength and ability to win the ball in the air and Craig Wighton benefited from the opportunity to play off a big, strong striker.

After six successive defeats and a long run of 10 games without a win this victory was greeted with delight by the travelling supporters. Paul Hartley, all the players and staff on the bench joined the players in a huddle in front of the away stand at the end and then thanked the fans for their support.

Hamilton Academical 3-5-2

Sarris, Devlin ©, Sowah
Gillespie, Mackinnon, Docherty (Redmond 67), Crawford, Imrie
Brophy (Kurtaj 64), D’Acol (Bingham 50)

Unused subs: Thomson (gk), Longridge, McMann, Want.

Booked: Imrie (dissent), Kurtaj (dissent).

Dundee FC 3-5-2

Etxabeguren, Gadzhalov, O’Dea ©
Kerr, Hateley, McGowan (Ross 77), Vincent, Holt
Haber (Teijsse 90+1), Wighton

Unused subs: Gourlay (gk), Loy, Duffy, Williams, Smyth.

Booked: Hateley (foul on Imrie).

Attendance: 1,853.

Referee: Stephen Finnie. Assistants: Graeme Stewart, Anthony Cooper. Fourth official: Alan Muir.

Report: James Christie.

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