Dundee manager Paul Hartley has admitted he was surprised to discover that Martin Boyle’s goal against Hamilton was his first for the club.
Boyle was a revelation for the Dark Blues in their 1-0 win over Accies on Saturday.
He tormented the opposition, so much so that the visitors substituted his marker, Jesus Garcia Tena, after just 25 minutes.
Tena’s replacement, Stephen Hendrie, couldn’t cope with the former Montrose man either and ended up getting himself sent off early in the second half.
It was a strong overall display, topped off by the winning strike after just six minutes.
Hartley said: “I didn’t know that was Martin’s first goal for Dundee. He has set himself a standard now and has to maintain that then get even better in the weeks to come.
“We set him up to play up front and we have given him a bit of freedom. We don’t want him just being stuck in a wider area.
“That way he can do what he is good at and use his assets, like his pace. I think he will be a big player for over the next couple of months.
“He has the pace to hurt the opposition and I thought it was his play that gave the crowd a sense of urgency. He got by people at speed, which is what fans want to see.
“I watched the game again on video and Martin could have had a hat-trick within the first 25 minutes. Now all he has to do is keep it going.”