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Hartley: We were lucky

By August 19, 2016No Comments

Dundee boss Paul Hartley described his side’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Hamilton at Dens Park as unacceptable.

Defender Darren Lyon scored his first Accies goal in the 13th minute when he drilled in a fantastic 25-yard drive but Dark Blues midfielder Mark O’Hara levelled four minutes later.

The visitors dominated the second half but could not find the winner, leaving them with two points from three Ladbrokes Premiership games.

Hartley, who revealed he has signed French defender Kevin Gomis on a one-year deal, was in no mood to spare his squad.

He said: “It wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t happy with that at all.

“I’m not accepting that. We didn’t pass the ball, we didn’t show for it and we weren’t brave enough.

“We were lucky to get a point.

“The players have accepted what I have said. We had a chat after the game. They know it wasn’t good enough and they are angry themselves.

“These are the games at home that you need to pick up three points in but we didn’t deserve to win.”

Hartley is pleased to recruit 27-year-old Gomis, who was a free agent after leaving Nice during the summer.

“It’s an area we needed to strengthen,” Hartley added.

“I have seen him in the last few days and I’ve been really impressed.

“He has played at Nice for five years and has real quality. He is a good defender, he has real pace, power and strength.”

Hamilton are still looking for their first win after three matches which left player-manager Martin Canning frustrated.

He said: “We dominated the majority of the game and created enough opportunities to win the game.

“We are sitting on two points when we should be sitting on seven and that’s frustrating.

“The players are doing everything we are asking them to do and maybe that bit of luck or clinical touch to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Canning confirmed the signing former Partick Thistle stopper Dan Seaborne and ex-Mansfield Town and Hartlepool striker Rakish Bingham, who had a loan spell at Falkirk, on one-year deals.

He said: “Dan knows the league well, he has been at Thistle the last couple of seasons, he has been a steady defender and hopefully he will add competition in defence for us.

“Rakish gives us maybe something slightly different in terms of he is quicker and more mobile than Alex (D’Acol) and Eamonn (Brophy).

“Dan was registered today and waiting on clearance and Rakish will be registered if not today, then on Saturday morning and again it will be a case of waiting on clearance.”

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