Scottish Premiership - Play-off Final - 1st Leg
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Dundee United 0-0 Hamilton Academical

Simon Murray was booked twice for diving and sent off as Dundee United drew with Hamilton Academical in the Premiership play-off final first leg.

United striker Murray was cautioned in the first half after falling when approached by Massimo Donati.

Then, with 13 minutes remaining, the United striker appeared to be fouled by Scott McMann just inside the box.

However, referee Steven McLean, on the advice of his assistant, showed a second yellow and then a red card.

United manager Ray McKinnon told BBC Scotland the club will appeal against the decision, which would mean Murray would be free to play in the return leg on Sunday.

However, Hamilton could be without Donati and Dougie Imrie, both of whom finished the match despite suffering injuries.

Chances for both sides

Rakish Bingham
Bingham could not add to his seven goals this season

Hamilton did not let a raucous Tannadice atmosphere stop them from settling and the best chances of the first half fell to them.

Danny Redmond put himself in a great position for Rakish Bingham's low cross from the right but the Englishman scuffed his effort at the near post.

That was followed by David Templeton playing a superb through ball for Bingham to race on to, only to watch his low shot repealed by United goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

In-form Murray tested Accies goalkeeper Remi Matthews and there was a bit of a defensive mix-up between Donati and Alex Gogic at one point as well to show that United also had presence as an attacking force.

Imrie did well to take the ball off the toe of a threatening Murray, who then picked up his first booking following a challenge by Donati.

Kuate's ill-discipline & Murray's moment

Simon Murray is sent off
Murray (far left) thought he should have had a penalty but instead was dismissed

At the start of the second half, 18-goal striker Murray was being cursed by his manager McKinnon for opting to shoot instead of playing in the better placed Blair Spittal.

But the manager's stare was soon being trained on Wato Kuate instead after an act of ill-discipline that McKinnon later suggested will "absolutely" spell the end of the midfielder's United career.

Soon after becoming embroiled in an argument with team-mate Mark Durnan, the 21-year-old was replaced and chose to angrily stomp directly towards tunnel at the corner of the pitch rather than meet his replacement - Charlie Telfer - at the halfway time.

Matthews then made a brilliant one-handed save from a Mikkelsen header and then an equally good stop from Durnan, albeit referee McLean blew for a foul.

United were controlling the second half but the introduction of Greg Docherty gave life to Accies and he combined with Louis Longridge to create a chance that Ali Crawford sidefooted over.

But all that was overshadowed by the game's most contentious moment when McMann appeared to nick Murray's knee in the box, with referee McLean seeming to take instruction from his assistant before producing the second yellow.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 2Dillon
  • 4Durnan
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 3Dixon
  • 19AndreuSubstituted forNichollsat 88'minutes
  • 17KuateSubstituted forTelferat 57'minutes
  • 16Flood
  • 7Spittal
  • 9MurrayBooked at 77mins
  • 18Mikkelsen

Substitutes

  • 5Donaldson
  • 6Toshney
  • 11Nicholls
  • 12Telfer
  • 21Zwick
  • 22Coote
  • 24Robson

Hamilton

  • 1Matthews
  • 3Skondras
  • 14GogicBooked at 85mins
  • 21Donati
  • 23McMann
  • 7ImrieBooked at 60mins
  • 10RedmondSubstituted forDochertyat 74'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 11Crawford
  • 15BinghamSubstituted forD'Acolat 80'minutes
  • 37TempletonBooked at 24minsSubstituted forLongridgeat 63'minutesBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 6Gillespie
  • 8Docherty
  • 9D'Acol
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 27Want
  • 34Woods
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
9,386

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

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

Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Alex Nicholls replaces Tony Andreu.

Delay in match Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) because of an injury.

Booking

Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical) because of an injury.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Darian MacKinnon.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott McMann.

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

Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Alejandro D'Acol replaces Rakish Bingham.

Booking

Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Simon Murray (Dundee United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Daniel Redmond.

Foul by Tony Andreu (Dundee United).

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

Attempt missed. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Willo Flood.

Foul by Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Mark Durnan (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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