‘Relentless’ Dundee got what they deserved at Hamilton says McCann

© David Young
Dundee boss Neil McCann celebrates.

“Relentless” Dundee got what they deserved in their last-gasp victory over Hamilton, according to manager Neil McCann.

After going behind in the opening minutes to Mark O’Hara’s own goal, the Dark Blues dominated what was a poor game until the explosive closing stages.

Accies forward David Templeton was given a second yellow card after 73 minutes and, against the 10 men, Dundee levelled on 77 minutes through youngster Matty Henvey’s first-ever senior goal before they stretched stoppage time to the limit, grabbing the winner after 98 minutes through A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Boss Neil said: “It was a brilliant finish from us. I just thought we were relentless in our push for the winner. We totally dominated the game.

“It was a really poor, poor goal to lose, Marko can’t do anything about the deflection that goes in off him but from then on we totally dominated.

“You look at Templeton’s free-kick off the post when Elliott looks beaten and I turned to Graham Gartland and said that’s the bit of luck we’ve not had against Hamilton.

“From then on I just felt there was only going to be one winner.

“I felt Hamilton tried to kill the game, waste time so many times, the goalkeeper gets booked for it and, ironically, we score in one of those minutes right at the death.”

And Neil was full of praise for his two goalscorers.

He added: “It was a classic striker’s finish from A-Jay. A classic striker’s finish from young Matty, too. He’s deadly and that’s why I thought it was the game for him to put him on because I just felt he was going to sniff something out and he can be clinical.

“I’m delighted for the boy but I’m more delighted for the team and for the fans because against Hamilton, we’ve found it tough.

“I felt we really got what we deserved and, so often this season, I felt we haven’t.”

Sub Scott Allan was the catalyst for the Dark Blues, coming off the bench on the hour, drawing the foul for the red card and setting up the equaliser.

Neil said: “Scott Allan has been great at impacting games. When the game is stretched you can see how good he is on the ball and how purposeful he was — that’s what I want from Scott all the time.

“Without doubt he played a huge part in driving us forward and pinning Hamilton back.”

Meanwhile, the Dark Blues have been linked with a loan move for West Ham striker Toni Martinez who has netted 12 times for the Hammers’ U/23 side this campaign .