Dundee boss Neil McCann says he hopes his side have turned the corner on their season after being “well worth the three points” at Hamilton.
The Dark Blues earned their first Premiership victory of the season with a 2-0 success at the Hope CBD Stadium with goals at the end of each half from defender Andy Boyle and midfielder Kharl Madianga.
Heading into the contest, the Dens men had no points to their name after six matches but have cut the gap to the teams above them with St Mirren and Motherwell now just a point ahead in 11th and 10th position respectively.
Dundee gaffer Neil was delighted to finally get off the mark and is hoping it’s just a belated start to the season for his side.
He said: “I hope this is the turning point. I just felt we needed to get the first win and I believe in them to go on now.
“We enjoyed the weekend because it had been a long time coming.
“It’s a relief to get the three points, I’m not going to lie but I’m really pleased for the guys because I’ve been talking for weeks about the belief I still have in them that they could get a result.
“I thought we were well worth the three points.
“I thought we absolutely dominated the first half, we didn’t change how we played – there’s no use in me saying I have belief in them and then changing how we play.
“I thought it was the right way to go on Saturday and we dominated the ball, created chances and it was a great header from Boyle.”
On more than one occasion this season Dundee have had the better of the overall play but were unable to take advantage by grabbing the lead.
This time, though, with Preston loanee Boyle’s 38th minute header they did just that and, after seeing Accies pass up a number of chances, sealed victory in stoppage time as Madianga smashed the ball beyond Gary Woods to send the fans and the bench delirious.
Neil added: “It was sheer joy. Football is about winning games and when you’re down sometimes you don’t get a lot of luck but we got a bit of luck on Saturday.
“I’ve been hammering to them about getting into the lead but we’ve been conceding goals quickly and that belief that you can win games clearly reduces.
“I just said to them that our gameplan is to get into the lead, not to just sit back and try to recover from 1-0 down.
“However, only they can make that happen. Hamilton will have said, ‘get a goal against them and they’re dead’ but the players were well fired up on Saturday, I didn’t have to do anything.
“When the goal goes in from Boyle, great delivery from Calvin Miller, you know you have something tangible to hang on to.
“I’m so pleased, I don’t want to go overboard because it is only three points but it is a big three points for the club.”