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Pride and astonishment as Morton are obliterated

HAVE you ever seen anything like it?

Hamilton Academical were magnificent, incisive, deadly, rampant - they might have scored more - but all their glorious attacking could not quite make up for the dropped points of the week before. Time and time again, the hapless Morton defence melted in the face of an onslaught. The home side, somehow, won 10-2. But it was not enough.

"I've got a range of emotions," said Alex Neil, the Hamilton manager. "Disappointment is one. Pride, in how they went about their business. Astonishment at the scoreline and how many goals were scored. To come so close ... if Dumbarton had scored we would have won the title.

"The players never gave up. They ran themselves into the ground. We had to take some of the players off because their legs had just cramped up; they had given so much for the cause. Regardless of how you lose a league, it's always painful.

"We did our job today, we made Dundee win the game. For that to happen...before the game, if you said that to anybody they would have laughed at you. It was absolutely astonishing what they did today."

The equaliser at Dens Park, waited for with baited breath by the anxious crowd, never came. "Dumbarton," they chanted. A draw would send Dundee into the SPFL Premiership, the sages had declared before the game. They were wrong.

The last time anyone reached double figures in the Scottish second tier was Motherwell in 1955. The four goals scored by Mickael Antoine-Curier overshadowed the hat-trick of Tony Andreu. Stuart Findlay scored an own goal. Louis Longridge - a star in the making - scored another. Mikey Devlin thumped a header back across goal. Grant Gillespie got seven - yes, seven - assists.

"I didn't realise that," the midfielder grinned. "When you take corners and the big boys head them in then it's always good. I didn't really think about it."

Even when Morton managed a couple, they were scored by one that Hamilton regard as their own. Dougie Imrie's name was chanted by the home fans as he walked off. The play-offs await. No-one will want to come to New Douglas Park.

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