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Dundee 4-0 Hamilton: Kenny Miller scores a hat-trick in win

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Highlights: Dundee 4-0 Hamilton Academical

A hat-trick from striker Kenny Miller earned Jim McIntyre his first victory as Dundee manager as they hammered Hamilton Academical at Dens Park.

Miller struck from close range in the first half before curling in two goals from the edge of the box in the second.

Jesse Curran scored Dundee's third with the help of a deflection.

It means McIntyre's side move to within a point of St Mirren in 11th and earned only their second league victory of the season in 15 games.

It also moves them to within five points of Hamilton, who remain 10th.

Miller's goal haul means he has scored more than a third of his side's league goals, and has five in his last three games.

Miller shows calm head to earn vital win

It has been a turbulent season for Miller. After his abrupt departure as player/manager of Livingston, he joined a Dundee side, then managed by Neil McCann, in all kinds of trouble.

Results had not improved much under McIntyre, but the striker's finishing prowess and composure stood out in a frantic encounter.

In the opening quarter, both teams fought for possession but yielded it all too easily in their haste to create, and befitting the tempo, early chances were snatched at.

For Dundee, Paul McGowan teed up Glen Kamara and then Curran in the centre of the box, but both fluffed their opportunities, while James Keatings' early shot for Hamilton was saved.

And it was fitting that it was the 38-year-old Miller who provided the calmness required to net the opener, helped by the brilliance of Kamara.

After controlling the ball on the edge of the box, the Finland forward nicked it past one defender before selling a dummy to another, and his deft pass was latched onto by Miller, who lifted into the net.

But Miller needed no help for his second just minutes after the break, as he controlled the ball 20 yards out, shifted it onto his right foot and curled a sumptuous effort into the corner.

Hamilton had plenty of pressure, but they lacked precision in the final third. Keatings was a whisker away from an equaliser before the break after a winding dribble from Mickel Miller set him up, and Keatings' free-kick at 2-0 had the Dundee defence scrambling.

But it was clear it was not going to be their night when Curran's deflected shot from inside the box took the ball past Jan Mucha with just over 20 minutes left.

And Miller ensured he would be take home the match ball 10 minutes later when he showed his nous to intercept the ball 25 yards out, drop the shoulder to bamboozle his markers and curl another beauty low past Mucha.

Kenny Miller's hat-trick earned manager Jim McIntyre his first win as Dundee boss
Miller's hat-trick earned manager McIntyre his first win as Dundee boss

'Dundee turn a corner'- analysis

BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Dens Park

Dundee went into the game knowing defeat would leave them 11 points adrift of their visitors.

With just one win in 14 league games, confidence levels were short, but a point at Easter Road against Hibernian on their last league outing pointed in the right direction.

Dundee looked an improved outfit with a much livelier appetite and work rate. The goal threat from Miller is also starting to crystallise, with those goals taking his tally to five, all in the last three games.

They had gone into the game with only eight goals to their credit so this four-goal haul is a real indication that a corner may have been turned. The clean sheet from a defence which had conceded 32 goals also augurs well in the fixtures ahead.

'It was a must win for us'- reaction

Dundee striker Kenny Miller: "I talked about it being a must win for us so we knew we needed to put in a performance.

"Since the manager came in we're seeing a better level of performance, a better work ethic and a better understanding of what he wants. The appetite to work hard for each other, to get forward, to get back and defend, it's the team moving together."

Hamilton manager Martin Canning: "The goals we conceded are just so easy from our point of view. We got so many opportunities in the final third to put the ball in the box and we just lacked quality at both ends of the pitch. We didn't have anyone who stepped up in the final third."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Kerr
  • 5Kusunga
  • 6O'Dea
  • 3Ralph
  • 27Curran
  • 8KamaraBooked at 21mins
  • 4WoodsSubstituted forSpenceat 80'minutes
  • 17MillerSubstituted forLambertat 82'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 20MillerSubstituted forMendyat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Moussa
  • 11Mendy
  • 12Parish
  • 15Inniss
  • 23Boyle
  • 28Spence
  • 47Lambert

Hamilton

  • 24Mucha
  • 2McGowan
  • 4Gordon
  • 5TshiembeBooked at 10mins
  • 3McMann
  • 11Miller
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 25Martin
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forBoydat 68'minutes
  • 10KeatingsBooked at 49minsSubstituted forTaiwoat 74'minutes
  • 31BrustadSubstituted forBinghamat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bingham
  • 12Taiwo
  • 16Enigbokan-Bloomfield
  • 20Marsden
  • 21Want
  • 30Boyd
  • 46Sowah
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
4,426

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 4, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 4, Hamilton Academical 0.

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

Attempt saved. Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jack Hamilton.

Attempt saved. Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Darren O'Dea (Dundee) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Jean Alassane Mendy replaces Kenny Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Jack Lambert replaces Calvin Miller.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 4, Hamilton Academical 0. Kenny Miller (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Lewis Spence replaces Martin Woods.

Attempt missed. Jesse Curran (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

Attempt blocked. Scott Martin (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Thomas Taiwo replaces James Keatings.

Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

Foul by Calvin Miller (Dundee).

Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 3, Hamilton Academical 0. Jesse Curran (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Steven Boyd replaces Dougie Imrie.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Scott McMann.

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Kenny Miller (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Keatings (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Jesse Curran (Dundee).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kenny Miller (Dundee).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Rakish Bingham replaces Fredrik Brustad.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 2, Hamilton Academical 0. Kenny Miller (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Booking

James Keatings (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Keatings (Hamilton Academical).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Kilmarnock1694324121231
2Rangers1593337132430
3Celtic149323172430
4Hearts168352219327
5St Johnstone157441820-225
6Aberdeen147341713424
7Livingston156451412222
8Hibernian155552519620
9Motherwell154381625-915
10Hamilton1641111236-2413
11St Mirren1623111131-209
12Dundee1522111232-208
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