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Hamilton v Dundee: McGowan hopes Accies' new-found strength in defence can be catalyst to climb the Championship table

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Dylan McGowan hopes Hamilton's resolute defensive line can be the catalyst to help catapult them up the Championship table.The big Australian defender was an early January signing, coming in on loan from Kilmarnock, and is on a run of three consecutive clean sheets.Since making his debut during a 1-0 defeat to Ayr United on January 7, he has been key to Accies kicking on this past month, and they have now racked up four straight wins in all competitions, seeing off Clyde in the SPFL Trust Trophy, Ross County in the Scottish Cup as well as Morton and Partick Thistle in the league.They are no longer leaking goals and McGowan - who has been handed the captain's armband - has been on hand to help guide the likes of 19-year-old Fergus Owen and 17-year-old Chrissy McGinn play their part in a solid foundation, which he hopes can boost their survival hopes.McGowan, 31, said: "We've had a few different combinations at the back, which is always good."A lot of the boys have played, whether in the cup or league games."We are working on it every day and the gaffer has been brilliant with it so hopefully that can be the cornerstone for us progressing up the league."Fergus is a great player and has a great future ahead of him."I was really impressed with him when I came in.

To be playing regularly in this division at 19 bodes well for him."I think the younger ones need someone beside them who is a bit more of talker and stuff and hopefully the likes of me, Dan O'Reilly and Easty can provide that for them."You can see the momentum building."I signed the Friday just before Ayr so I hardly trained and then played that game, but you could tell in that match that the boys had a lot of spirit about them, they were just a bit low in

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