Still Hamilton and Dundee cannot be separated, remaining level on points at the top of the Championship after a tense encounter.

Dundee opened the scoring in the first-half through Martin Boyle's cool finish.

But Hamilton rescued a point through Mikeal Antoine Curier's header after the break.

And, with Falkirk defeating Cowdenbeath, the Bairns move to within four points of the top two.

The sense of occasion lay heavily on this game. Before kick-off, the two sets of supporters at one corner of New Douglas Park traded insults and the mood became so ill-tempered that one fan appeared to break free of the Dundee end and move towards the Hamilton fans.

Stewards soon had the incident under control, but it was a reflection of everything that was at stake.

Willie Dyer and Jason Scotland

Dundee stay top, courtesy of a superior goals scored tally

These two sides had, between them, led the Championship for all but two weekends of this season. Going into this game, they could only be separated at the top because Hamilton had scored more goals, although none in their three previous meetings with Dundee or against a side managed by Paul Hartley, who was previously in charge of Alloa.

With only four games remaining after this one, the sense was that there was much to lose for both sides. That influenced the game, since it was frantic, lacking in composure or poise, and neither team was capable of taking control of proceedings. This was two teams living by their wits rather than their sense of command.

Tony Andreu drilled into the side netting early in the first-half, when Hamilton enjoyed a slight edge. Jim McAlister volleyed wide from the edge of the area when Dundee managed to take a foothold in the visitors' half. The encounter seemed destined to suffer from its billing as a potentially decisive game, but Dundee eventually managed to break the deadlock.

The goal was the result of resourcefulness rather than sustained aplomb, but even so Boyle had to be poised as he slipped a shot past Kevin Cuthbert after Peter MacDonald had forced the ball through. Boyle looked as though he might have been offside, but he wheeled away in celebration after a quick glance of reassurance towards the assistant referee.

The visitors almost added a second just before half-time, when MacDonald hooked a volley over his shoulder but also over the crossbar. This was two teams effectively cancelling themselves out, but the goal did seem to let Dundee's confidence grow.

Gavin Rae sent a shot just wide after the interval, then Boyle struck a stinging effort on target from the corner of the 18-yard box that Cuthbert pushed wide.

Hamilton were still capable of asserting themselves, though, and Martin Canning ought to have equalised when the ball ran to him inside the six-yard box at a corner kick. The defender could only stab his effort over the bar, though.

Dundee were trying to protect their lead, but in dropping deep they allowed Hamilton a sense of hope. They capitalised when Louis Longridge crossed from the left and Mikael Antoine-Curier used his body strength to outmuscle his marker, get to the ball first and head it beyond Kyle Letheren.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Hamilton Academical

  • 01 Cuthbert
  • 02 Gordon Booked
  • 24 Tena
  • 11 Crawford
  • 05 Canning Booked
  • 33 Kilday (Gillespie - 87' )
  • 22 Andreu
  • 18 MacKinnon
  • 50 Scotland (Ryan - 79' )
  • 07 Keatings (Antoine-Curier - 61' )
  • 17 Longridge

Substitutes

  • 04 Devlin
  • 06 Gillespie
  • 10 Neil
  • 19 Currie
  • 32 Ryan
  • 35 George
  • 99 Antoine-Curier

Dundee

  • 01 Letheren
  • 02 Irvine
  • 05 Dyer
  • 08 McBride
  • 06 Davidson (Cummins - 58' )
  • 18 Gallagher
  • 23 Boyle
  • 10 Rae
  • 09 MacDonald (Beattie - 69' )
  • 07 Riley (Conroy - 75' )
  • 20 McAlister

Substitutes

  • 11 Conroy
  • 17 Benedictus
  • 24 Twardzik
  • 25 Cummins
  • 27 Nade
  • 29 Beattie
  • 33 Wighton
Ref: William Collum
Att: 4,529

Match Stats

Shots

12 9

On target

1 2

Corners

5 4

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Dundee 1.

90:00 +2:53 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Dundee 1.

90:00 +2:09

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:09

Foul by Adam Cummins (Dundee).

90:00 +1:01

Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:01

Foul by Craig Beattie (Dundee).

90:00 +0:46

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

87:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Grant Gillespie replaces Lee Kilday.

85:11

Hand ball by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

84:36

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Willie Dyer.

83:09

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:09

Foul by Adam Cummins (Dundee).

82:32

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

82:32

Declan Gallagher (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:35

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

80:35

Declan Gallagher (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Ryan replaces Jason Scotland.

74:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee. Ryan Conroy replaces Nicholas Riley.

74:29

Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:29

Foul by Kevin McBride (Dundee).

70:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Dundee 1. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Louis Longridge.

68:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee. Craig Beattie replaces Peter MacDonald.

65:32 Booking

Booking Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

65:26

Nicholas Riley (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:26

Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical).

64:34

Foul by Adam Cummins (Dundee).

64:34

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:09

Attempt missed. Declan Gallagher (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is too high.

62:48

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kevin Cuthbert.

60:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Mickael Antoine-Curier replaces James Keatings.

60:29

Attempt missed. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

59:54

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

58:49

Attempt missed. Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range is too high.

58:37

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Gavin Rae.

58:26

Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:40

Hand ball by Peter MacDonald (Dundee).

57:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee. Adam Cummins replaces Iain Davidson because of an injury.

55:54

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

54:56 Booking

Booking Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

54:50

Martin Boyle (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:50

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

53:34

Attempt missed. James Keatings (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

52:37

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kevin Cuthbert.

52:27

Attempt saved. Martin Boyle (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:49

Foul by Nicholas Riley (Dundee).

50:49

Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:27

Foul by Kevin McBride (Dundee).

49:27

Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:39

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Dundee).

48:39

Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:50

Attempt missed. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

46:46

Attempt missed. Gavin Rae (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

46:12

Martin Boyle (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:12

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

45:00

Second Half begins Hamilton Academical 0, Dundee 1.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Dundee 1.

45:00 +0:25

Foul by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

45:00 +0:25

James Keatings (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:37

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

43:54

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Declan Gallagher.

43:42

Attempt blocked. James Keatings (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:05

Attempt missed. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

41:13

Foul by Martin Boyle (Dundee).

41:13

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, Dundee 1. Martin Boyle (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin McBride.

35:55

Attempt blocked. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:48

Nicholas Riley (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:48

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

32:47

Attempt missed. Gary Irvine (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

26:53

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

26:40

Attempt blocked. Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:21

Delay in match Iain Davidson (Dundee) because of an injury.

23:10

Attempt missed. Jim McAlister (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

21:11

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Martin Canning.

18:17

James Keatings (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:17

Foul by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

16:49

Hand ball by Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical).

13:09

Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

13:09

Nicholas Riley (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:46

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

7:28

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Gavin Rae.

5:06

Attempt missed. James Keatings (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is too high.

4:32

James Keatings (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:32

Foul by Martin Boyle (Dundee).

3:22

Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

3:22

Willie Dyer (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:37

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:37

Foul by Gavin Rae (Dundee).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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