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Dundee 0-1 Hamilton: Tony Andreu penalty sends Dundee down

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Highlights: Dundee 0-1 Hamilton Academical

Dundee were relegated from the Scottish Premiership after Tony Andreu's late penalty for Hamilton condemned the hosts to a 10th straight defeat.

It leaves Jim McIntyre's side eight points adrift of second-bottom St Mirren with two matches left.

Andreu's 83rd-minute spot-kick moved Hamilton four points above the relegation play-off spot.

Dundee needed at least a point to have any chance of survival but barely threatened in a nervy performance.

Their fate was sealed when Ryan McGowan brought down Mickel Miller in the box and Andreu coolly sent Seny Dieng the wrong way.

Hamilton can now guarantee survival by avoiding defeat away to St Mirren next weekend.

Desperately poor from Dundee

Dundee have looked doomed for weeks and it was no surprise that they once again failed to perform under pressure.

Goalkeeper Dieng has been one of their better players in a miserable season, but a rush of blood to the head almost gifted Hamilton an early opener.

Dieng rushed out to try to reach a floated free-kick into the box, got nowhere near it and watched in relief and Marios Ogkmpoe's head flick dropped narrowly wide.

The hosts looked ill at ease with their unfamiliar set-up of a back three and going forward were let down by misplaced passes and poor deliveries. It was desperately poor stuff from a side supposed to be fighting for their lives.

Scott Wright at least showed an urgency lacking in some of his team-mates. A promising burst forward from the on-loan Aberdeen winger was cut short by a heavy challenge. And from the free-kick, Wright bent a shot over the wall but into the hands of Ryan Fulton.

Hamilton had more of a cutting edge and came close to breaking the deadlock shortly before the interval, with Dieng racing off his line to smother a shot from Darian MacKinnon.

Dundee were down as it stood at half-time and McIntyre knew drastic action was needed, taking off defender Genseric Kusunga for striker Craig Curran. Given Curran has yet to score since signing in January, it was a change made in hope rather than expectation.

Curran had a looped cross tipped over by Fulton and John O'Sullivan headed a decent delivery wide, but the onslaught never arrived from the hosts.

Their need to push forward left them vulnerable and Hamilton picked them off to create a succession of chances.

Aaron McGowan had a header cleared off the line by James Horsfield, Scott McMann curled a superb 25-yard attempt inches wide and George Oakley's drive was destined for the top corner until Dieng made a fine save.

The breakthrough finally arrived when McGowan clumsily brought down substitute Miller and Andreu put McIntyre's men out of their misery to end their five-year stint in the top flight.

'Big rebuild ahead' - analysis

BBC Scotland's Jane Lewis at Dens Park

Losing to Hamilton might have sealed Dundee's relegation arithmetically, but it was a 10th straight defeat that really nailed their fate.

And manager McIntyre was honest enough to admit it. Not good enough over the last few months, was his assessment. His recruitment in January, he conceded, was not up to the mark.

His position now is perhaps finely poised. Yes, he wants to stay and have a chance to turn things around, but the board will decide that.

If McIntyre remains manager, he says the club will need to change culturally, but he wouldn't be drawn on exactly what he meant.

But one thing is clear, whoever is the Dundee manager next season, there's a big rebuilding job to be done over the summer.

Players are out of contact and many will leave Dens, their loan spells up. Preparations for life in the Championship will start before the season ends.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 31Dieng
  • 15McGowan
  • 5KusungaSubstituted forCurranat 45'minutes
  • 6O'Dea
  • 2Kerr
  • 7O'SullivanSubstituted forCurranat 77'minutes
  • 4Woods
  • 16Robson
  • 29Horsfield
  • 21NelsonSubstituted forMillerat 66'minutes
  • 10Wright

Substitutes

  • 1Hamilton
  • 20Miller
  • 23Curran
  • 27Curran
  • 28Hadenius
  • 45Moore

Hamilton

  • 23Fulton
  • 2McGowan
  • 4Gordon
  • 13Gogic
  • 3McMann
  • 25Martin
  • 18MacKinnonSubstituted forImrieat 85'minutes
  • 22Andreu
  • 33MimnaughBooked at 32mins
  • 99OgboeSubstituted forMillerat 66'minutes
  • 9OakleySubstituted forSowahat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Imrie
  • 8Davies
  • 11Miller
  • 20Marsden
  • 28Smith
  • 40Hamilton
  • 46Sowah
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
4,622

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Lennard Sowah replaces George Oakley because of an injury.

Delay in match Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Darren O'Dea (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by George Oakley (Hamilton Academical).

Ryan McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Dougie Imrie replaces Darian MacKinnon.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 0, Hamilton Academical 1. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Hamilton Academical. Mickel Miller draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ryan McGowan (Dundee) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Seny Timothy Dieng.

Attempt saved. George Oakley (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Alexander Gogic.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Jesse Curran replaces John O'Sullivan because of an injury.

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

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

Attempt missed. Scott Martin (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Wright (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

Craig Curran (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Mickel Miller replaces Marios Ogboe.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Kenny Miller replaces Andrew Nelson.

Attempt saved. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Marios Ogboe (Hamilton Academical).

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Attempt blocked. George Oakley (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Martin Woods.

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

Foul by Martin Woods (Dundee).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic36266475175884
2Rangers35219578255372
3Kilmarnock361710947301761
4Aberdeen361871153421161
5Hibernian351412950351554
6Hearts36156154046-651
7St Johnstone36147153646-1049
8Motherwell36146164352-948
9Livingston361111144040044
10Hamilton3686222673-4730
11St Mirren3668222964-3526
12Dundee3646262875-4718
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