Hartley calls for consistency from Dundee heroes

Dundee's Gary Irvine wrestles his way past Dougie Imrie (right). Picture: SNS
Dundee's Gary Irvine wrestles his way past Dougie Imrie (right). Picture: SNS
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Dundee manager Paul Hartley has urged his players to produce more performances in the ­manner of the Dens Park show that saw off Hamilton.

The Dark Blues made it back-to-back wins, following their victory over Motherwell a week earlier, thanks to two goals ­midway through the second half. For Scottish Premiership leaders Hamilton, the 2-0 loss was their first defeat since being beaten at home by Inverness on the ­opening day of the season.

David Clarkson’s 69th-minute header and Greg Stewart’s 73rd-minute finish gave Hartley a ­Saturday to savour.

He said of his players: “They were all great. They did exactly what we had asked of them. There were some very good ­individual performances but the main thing was the team effort. We win and lose together as a team and this was all about what we put in.

“It maybe wasn’t a great game but I think it was a terrific performance. That’s what we have to do this season. It’s a big result considering Hamilton are where they are in the table and I have the utmost respect for them. They are a very hard side to play against but we did to them what they have been doing to a lot of teams this season.”

Hamilton manager Alex Neil still found positives in the trip to Tayside, and challenged his team to bounce back in Wednesday’s Co-operative Insurance Cup quarter-final at Aberdeen.

Neil said: “We’ve got a great group of lads who’ve been ­brilliant since the season started. It’s a disappointing result but it’s definitely not all negative as far as we’re concerned.

“We could have won on another day, given the chances we had in the first half. Now we just have to move on. The important thing is how we bounce back.”

Clarkson’s 69th-minute header was his fourth goal in as many matches and four minutes later team-mate Greg Stewart made sure of the points with a well-taken goal to clinch a 2-0 win.

It was the league leaders who began brightest, but neither side were able to carve out a lead in the first half. And it wasn’t until deep into the second half Harkins’ curling corner caught the visiting defence napping and Clarkson rose unchallenged to power a header past McGovern.

And after 73 minutes they went 2-0 ahead when Harkins headed the ball forward into the path of Stewart. With only McGovern to beat, Stewart kept his cool from 12 yards to send a low left-footed finish beyond the keeper.