Dundee Vs Hamilton
New Douglas Park
29th October 2016
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Linesmen: Graeme Stewart, Anthony Cooper
Fourth official: Alan Muir
This is a huge match for everyone at the club. We are in the midst of no wins in ten matches and also on a six-game losing streak. The team are under performing, look like they lack confidence and are sitting bottom of the league. Other clubs are starting to pick up points while we continue to fail to take anything from our matches and lose ground. It’s still early doors when you look at how many games are left of this season but right now, the signs aren’t that good.
The big talking point is of course the situation of our manager, Paul Hartley. Wednesday’s lackluster performance was the tipping edge for many fans who are now calling for him to be sacked or to resigned. He has been publicly backed from the Board of Directors and the players since the Partick defeat. This can of course be taken two ways. It’s either they are willing to let him carry on and have faith that Hartley can turn this situation or their backing is what many people think it is, The dreaded vote of confidence.
Dundee and Hamilton both came away with a point apiece in the first League meeting between the clubs this season but it was the Accies who would have felt more aggrieved after spurning a good few opportunities to get the win.
Last season, Dundee got off to a good start in our matches with Hamilton with a 1-1 draw away from home and then the 4-0 mauling at Dens Park in December. Hamilton would have the last laugh though when they defeated us 2-1 to kill off our hopes of a Top Six finish followed by a 1-0 win at Dens.
Hamilton have started this season well despite being some peoples tip to struggle. They will be looking to make it five games undefeated in the league on Saturday and will go into this on the back of a fantastic win at home to Aberdeen on Tuesday night.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Dundee will be wanting to end our run of barren results we are in right now but will find it hard on our current form and lack of bite upfront which saw one shot on target on Tuesday which came from defender Darren O’Dea.
Our last win at New Douglas Park since our 3-0 victory way back on the 11th November 2013.
On the team news front, we will still be minus Mark O’Hara and Faissal El Bakhtouai from the squad. No word yet if Nicky Low has recovered from his injury but I think he will more than likely still be out.
Paul Hartley started out his senior career with Hamilton and of course started his Dundee managerial career with a victory over them.
Hartley’s record as Dee manager vs Partick Thistle:
Played:10 Won:3 Drawn:4 Lost:3 F:13 A:9
Dundee’s top 5 goal scorers against Hamilton:
Davie Brown: 9
Eric Sinclair: 6
Jim Hamilton: 5
Tommy Coyne: 5
Archie Couts: 5
Dundee’s biggest win against Hamilton came at New Douglas Park. The Dee won 6-1 on the 3rd December 2011.
In the last 15 away matches against the Accies, Dundee have only won TWICE. Our record is:
P15 W2 D5 L8
Dundee last 5 League games: LLLLL
Hamilton last 5 League Games: LDDDW
Recent Record Vs Hamilton
Last 5 League games at New Douglas Park: WDLDL
Last 5 League games at both grounds: DWLLD
Head to Head League Record
Total Games: 131
Dundee wins: 68
Hamilton Wins: 32
Dundee Goals: 233
Hamilton Goals: 160
Head to Head League Record at New Douglas Park
Total Games: 66
Dundee wins: 26
Hamilton Wins: 23
Dundee Goals: 102
Hamilton Goals: 95
Last Game at New Douglas Park
Dundee went into this match against Hamilton knowing that a victory here would mean a consecutive Top Six finish for the club. All they had to do was beat an Accies side who hadn’t won at home in over SIX months.
As we all know though; it was Hamilton that started more brightly and by half time they found themselves 2-0 ahead.
Dundee did manage to grab a goal back through GARY HARKINS but they couldn’t add to their goal tally and it would ultimately lead to Dundee falling out of the top six.
Full match report on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35949234
For this previews memorable match, we go back just a few years for Paul Hartley’s first game in charge.
Martin Boyle gave Dundee an early lead after just six minutes and then proceeded to give the Hamilton defence a torrid time which resulted in TWO sending off’s for them. Stephen Hendrie and Ziggy Gordon were the offenders who couldn’t handle the Dundee player that day.
Not only did Hartley mark his first game in charge with a win against his former club, he also guided Dundee to the top of the league.
Full match report on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/25694319
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