Hamilton 4-0 Dundee: Dark Blues end season with a whimper

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Dundee finished their season with a whimper as they were well-beaten by a vibrant Hamilton Accies at the SuperSeal Stadium.

Two goals in two first-half minutes from Rakish Bingham and a superb volley from Ioannis Skondras had the home side flying after 25 minutes before Dougie Imrie added a 56th-minute penalty and Ali Crawford completed the scoring with 15 minutes to go.

The defeat saw the Dark Blues finish the season in 10th place in the Premiership while Accies prevented any chance of Inverness escaping the drop by taking the relegation play-off spot in 11th.

In what was possibly his last match in charge of the Dark Blues, interim manager Neil McCann made just the one change from the poor performance at home to Inverness in midweek as Kosta Gadzhalov came in for Kevin Gomis, who dropped out altogether.

The home side had it all to play for with victory preventing Inverness from overtaking them and it showed from the off.

Accies had the better of the opening period with neither team seriously testing the goalkeepers, although Scott Bain had to make a couple of routine saves.

Dundee had a clear sight of goal after 21 minutes as Hamilton gifted the ball to Faissal El Bakhtaoui who played in Paul McGowan. His effort from an angle, though, was pushed out by goalkeeper Remi Matthews.

A minute later, however, they were behind.

Bain rose to grab a corner kick under pressure only to lose the ball in the crowded six-yard box and Bingham calmed the home nerves by knocking the ball in. Dundee, however, were adamant the challenge on Bain was a foul.

Referee Crawford Allan waved away the protests before Skondras smashed the home side into a two-goal lead moments later. The right-back pushed forward and fired a fierce volley in off the crossbar leaving Bain with no chance.

Dundee almost hit back straight away and had claims for a penalty kick as Mark O’Hara went sprawling inside the area as he tried to connect with a cross. McGowan kept playing, though, and after beating Darian MacKinnon, he fired the ball across goal, just missing the far post.

Interim boss McCann wasn’t afraid to make changes and before the half-hour mark replaced midfielder Nick Ross, in what could be his last appearance in dark blue, with forward Craig Wighton. That saw El Bakhtaoui move up front alongside Marcus Haber.

On 31 minutes, McGowan won a free-kick on the edge of the area. Kevin Holt took the responsibility but his left-foot shot rippled the side netting.

Hamilton’s Crawford had a free-kick of his own from 30 yards which flew just over the crossbar.

Shortly before the break, Bain had to be at his best to stop it going 3-0 as he tipped a David Templeton effort wide after the former Rangers man had skipped past two men inside the area.

The changes continued at half-time as Henrik Ojamaa came on in place of Haber and made an early impace, winning a corner after good work on the wing.

The corner caused problems for goalie Matthews who didn’t gather giving Gadzhalov a sight at goal but his effort was blocked in the six-yard box.

Then on 51 minutes, Ojamaa had Dundee’s closest effort, poking a shot wide from inside the Accies area.

And, with 56 minutes on the clock the game was dead as a contest as Templeton danced into the box once more before being tripped by McGowan, winning a penalty. Imrie stepped up and gave Bain no chance.

Ten minutes later, Holt went close after meeting Wighton’s free-kick with a decent header but Matthews tipped over. From the resulting corner, El Bakhtaoui fired an effort a couple of yards over the bar from the edge of the area.

With 15 minutes to go, Danny Redmond robbed McGowan of the ball in central midfield before driving forward, cutting back and playing in Crawford who made no mistake in finding the bottom corner.

The home side cruised through the latter stages of the game with the Dark Blues waiting for the final whistle after a poor, poor day in North Lanarkshire.

 

Dundee: Bain, Holt, Vincent, O’Dea, O’Hara (Williams 71), Ross (Wighton 29), McGowan, El Bakhtaoui, Haber (Ojamaa 46), Gadzhalov, Kerr.

Hamilton: Matthews, Skondras, Devlin (Donati 37), Imrie, Redmond (Gillespie 79), Crawford, Gogic, Bingham, MacKinnon, McMann, Templeton (Longridge 60).

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