Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 0-0 Dundee United

Dundee United were cast further adrift at the foot of the Premiership as they were held to a draw by Hamilton.

Accies missed the opportunity to extend their 15-point cushion over the bottom side as United keeper Eiji Kawashima beat away Ali Crawford's late penalty.

But United are now 12 points adrift of second-bottom Motherwell.

Accies' Mikey Devlin was sent off in injury-time for a second bookable offence, but there was no time for United to press home their advantage.

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A draw was an accurate reflection of a dour match, with goal-scoring opportunities scarce, but the point does United little good.

United have a game in hand over Motherwell, beaten 2-0 at home by Kilmarnock, but a massive game now looms when the bottom two face each other at Tannadice on Tuesday.

Though Mixu Paatelainen's side have only lost once in their last five matches, they desperately need to win games against their relegation rivals.

They may feel they were denied the opportunity to do that when referee Steven Maclean waved away their penalty claims after Coll Donaldson appeared to be tripped.

But although Accies had to survive a couple of late goalmouth scrambles, the only shot Michael McGovern had to to deal with was a poked effort by Simon Murray, which the keeper turned round the post.

Indeed, Kawashima turned out to be their hero after Dougie Imrie was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area with four minutes left.

Crawford, Accies' most accomplished player, fired the spot-kick down the middle but the keeper's flailing legs kept it out.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4DevlinBooked at 90mins
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 22Lyon
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forCanningat 90+3'minutes
  • 6GillespieSubstituted forDochertyat 83'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 7Imrie
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forD'Acolat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Canning
  • 8Diaby
  • 9D'Acol
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
  • 28Mandiangu

Dundee Utd

  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Dillon
  • 19GunningSubstituted forDurnanat 77'minutes
  • 28Donaldson
  • 20Spittal
  • 8Rankin
  • 55Demel
  • 6Paton
  • 14DowSubstituted forFraserat 78'minutes
  • 15MurraySubstituted forOfereat 77'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 3Dixon
  • 9Ofere
  • 12Knoyle
  • 17Durnan
  • 22Fraser
  • 51Zwick
  • 54Sinama-Pongolle
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,902

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Dundee United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Martin Canning replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) for hand ball.

Hand ball by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by John Rankin.

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Guy Demel (Dundee United).

Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Penalty saved! Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty Hamilton Academical. Dougie Imrie draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Paul Paton (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Guy Demel (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Grant Gillespie.

Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Fraser replaces Ryan Dow.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Edward Ofere replaces Simon Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Mark Durnan replaces Gavin Gunning.

Attempt missed. Guy Demel (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Dougie Imrie.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Lucas (Hamilton Academical).

Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Alejandro D'Acol replaces Carlton Morris.

Booking

Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

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

Attempt missed. Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic25184366214558
2Aberdeen25174444261855
3Hearts24128445242144
4Ross County26103134042-233
5Dundee258983941-233
6St Johnstone2495103940-132
7Inverness CT237883032-229
8Hamilton2678113045-1529
9Partick Thistle237792228-628
10Kilmarnock2676132948-1927
11Motherwell2575132641-1526
12Dundee Utd2435162446-2214
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