Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Dundee 0 Hamilton 1: Dark Blues come up short against Accies

Hamilton's Gramoz Kurtaj (centre) and Dundee's Kevin Holt.
Hamilton's Gramoz Kurtaj (centre) and Dundee's Kevin Holt.

Hamilton ensured they will not face a Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership play-off with a vital 1-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park.

Martin Canning’s side secured victory thanks to Carlton Morris’ eighth minute winner which moved them seven points above second-bottom Kilmarnock with two games left.

It could have been a bit more relaxed for the Lanarkshire club had Eamonn Brophy’s 47th minute strike counted, but it was knocked off for offside having previously been awarded.

However, it was the three points which mattered most and Accies can rest assured they will play their football in the top flight next season.

Dundee had been buoyed by their last-gasp 2-1 win over Dundee United which had relegated their city rivals on Monday night.

Hamilton began the game four points ahead of second-bottom Kilmarnock as they sought to drag themselves away from the prospect of being involved in the dreaded play-offs come the end of the season and they got off to a dream start after just eight minutes.

Dundee defender Kostadin Gadzhalov was caught out by Ziggy Gordon’s pass and Morris ran through and steadied himself before sending a left-foot shot across Scott Bain and into the corner of the net.

The hosts had a chance to equalise after 20 minutes when full-back Paul McGinn crossed from the right for Kane Hemmings whose header sailed over Michael McGovern’s bar, despite being well placed to score.

A minute later Nick Ross missed a sitter to bring the home team level.

A slick move ended with Craig Wighton feeding Hemmings who then squared for Ross, only for the former Inverness midfielder to shoot wide from six yards with just McGovern to beat.

Hamilton threatened to increase their lead when Ali Crawford’s corner was met at the far post by Michael Devlin but his header went narrowly wide of the target.

The second half was only two minutes old when Hamilton thought they had gone further ahead.

Brophy got in behind the Dundee defence and forced a shot under Bain and as he wheeled away to celebrate the hosts returned the ball to the centre spot.

But there were claims for offside and assistant referee Graham Chambers intervened.

Following a long consultation referee Steven McLean disallowed the effort with Brophy adjudged to have been offside, much to the visitors’ annoyance.

Hamilton had another chance to go 2-0 ahead with 65 minutes gone.

Gramoz Kurtaj’s inswinging cross was met by Dougie Imrie but, under no pressure from the Dundee defence, he nodded straight at Bain who saved at the expense of a corner.

Dundee were not out of it though and with 11 minutes remaining Hemmings went on a solo run before unleashing a 20-yard shot which McGovern tipped over the bar.

It was a nervy ending for Hamilton who had to endure five minutes of stoppage time but it was all worthwhile in the end as their safety was secured, even with substitute Greg Docherty missing a chance to double their lead when clean through on goal right at the finish.

Already a subscriber? Sign in