HAMILTON manager Martin Canning hailed young striker Steven Boyd for his classy goal that helped Accies to their first league win of the season.

"It was a great finish, he's been magic in pre-season and the first few games of the season," he said. "His goal was a bit of quality and that's what he's got. He does it every day in training and he sees things that others don't. He's got a low centre of gravity and he has great feet and vision. He's a really exciting prospect."

Dundee arrived in Lanarkshire on a high after their Betfred Cup win against street rivals Dundee United, but they were made to rue missed chances at the start of the game from Scott Allan and Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

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Subsequent strikes from Darian MacKinnon and Boyd meant the outcome was rarely in doubt, but Dundee were handed a late lifeline when they were awarded a soft penalty. However, Allan's awful, skied effort summed up Dundee's dismal day.

Dougie Imrie then rubbed sale into their wounds by converting a spot-kick of his own late on for a scoreline that was in no way flattering for Accies.

Hamilton took a 25th-minute lead when Ali Crawford's hanging corner was cleared only as far as MacKinnon, who from the edge of the box steered the ball past the unsighted goalkeeper Scott Bain.

Nine minutes from the break came Boyd's piece of magic. McKinnon picked him out with a delightful pass and the youngster plucked the ball down from the sky with a killer first touch. As Bain rushed out to meet him, he clipped the ball high into the air and over the keeper into the net.

Dundee were awarded a late penalty when Giannis Skondras was harshly adjudged to have fouled Danny Williams in the box, but Allan skied the resulting spot-kick miles over the bar.

Just to rub salt into the wounds, referee Bobby Madden levelled matters by giving Accies a penalty with five minutes left after Kevin Holt barged into substitute Louis Longridge. Imrie showed Allan how to do it as he drilled it in.

Dundee manager Neil McCann said: "I can't be too hard on them because they did not roll over or surrender. I questioned the players last season when we came down here and lost 4-0 and we didn't lay a glove on them, but that wasn't the case in this game."