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Hamilton Accies 2-3 Dundee Utd

Sean Dillon headed the winner as Dundee United edged Hamilton in a five-goal thriller to go third in the league.

United looked on course for victory at New Douglas Park as they took a two-goal lead through Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Hamilton - playing their first match since the departure of manager Alex Neil - fought back with goals from Jesus Garcia Tena and Ali Crawford.

However, Dillon rose unmarked to head in a corner to seal the win for United.

It means United leapfrog Hamilton and Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premiership table, with Accies slipping a place to fifth.

With the wind swirling around New Douglas Park, both sides were struggling to play their normal passing game or create any clear scoring chances.

Dundee United celebrate as Stuart Armstrong opens the scoring
Stuart Armstrong opened the scoring for Dundee United against Hamilton

The standard of play was generally poor in the opening 37 minutes until Armstrong provided a moment of real quality to give United the lead.

The midfielder took the ball, turned and drove at the Accies defence. With nobody closing him down, Armstrong fired a sublime strike that flew beyond Michael McGovern from 22 yards.

There were few clear scoring chances in the first half, but after just 21 seconds in the second period, United found the back of the net.

Armstrong played a through ball behind the Hamilton defence for the onrushing Mackay-Steven, who brought the ball under control with his first touch and coolly slotted the ball low past McGovern.

Hamilton were in desperate need of inspiration and it came from their Spanish centre-back. Accies were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and Tena stepped up to curl a wonderful effort over the wall and beyond goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Accies were a far more dangerous prospect after their first goal, and they levelled things with 20 minutes remaining.

Jesus Garcia Tena scored a wonderful free-kick to bring Hamilton back into the match
Jesus Garcia Tena scored a wonderful free-kick to bring Hamilton back into the match

Tony Andreu split the defence with a beautifully weighted pass to Crawford, whose first-effort was blocked by Cierzniak. But the midfielder looped the ball into an empty net on the rebound.

And just when a win seemed possible for Accies, they were undone 13 minutes from time by slack defending.

A corner whipped to the far post found Dillon completely unmarked and the Irishman powered home a header from 10 yards.

Cierzniak was called into action to deny Crawford and Andreu late on as Hamilton's 10-game unbeaten home run was brought to an end.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 6Gillespie
  • 24TenaSubstituted forCanningat 88'minutes
  • 4Devlin
  • 3HendrieSubstituted forLongridgeat 45'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 8RoutledgeBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBrophyat 84'minutes
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 69mins
  • 11Crawford
  • 22Andreu
  • 99Antoine-Curier

Substitutes

  • 5Canning
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 28Redmond
  • 29Hill

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 24Spittal
  • 2Dillon
  • 5FojutBooked at 70mins
  • 3TownsendBooked at 64mins
  • 21TelferSubstituted forPatonat 80'minutes
  • 20ButcherBooked at 67mins
  • 10Armstrong
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 22ConnollySubstituted forErskineat 71'minutes
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 6Paton
  • 8Rankin
  • 12Watson
  • 17Erskine
  • 18Dow
  • 26Szromnik
  • 43Coote
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
2,384

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home24
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Dundee United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Dundee United 3.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical).

(Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Gary Mackay-Steven.

Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Martin Canning replaces Jesus Garcia Tena.

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Blair Spittal (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Sean Dillon (Dundee United) header from very close range misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Jon Routledge.

Attempt saved. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical).

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Paul Paton replaces Charlie Telfer.

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, Dundee United 3. Sean Dillon (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Erskine with a cross following a corner.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Calum Butcher (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Telfer (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Calum Butcher (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen21151533171646
2Celtic19133336122442
3Dundee Utd21132642281441
4Inverness CT2113263021941
5Hamilton21123638221639
6St Johnstone209291721-429
7Kilmarnock2183102127-627
8Dundee216783033-325
9Partick Thistle195682523221
10Motherwell2152141438-2417
11Ross County2025131941-2211
12St Mirren2132161537-2211
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