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  1. Accies lose in first game since Alex Neil exit
  2. United move into third in the table
  3. Sean Dillon scores United's winner
  4. Accies drop to fifth under Martin Canning

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Thanks very much for your company this evening. There may have only been one game, but there was enough excitement in that second half to keep my wee fingers going full pelt on the keyboard. Join us again on Saturday for a full programme of six Scottish Premiership matches.

Sean Dillon celebrates after scoring the winner for Dundee United
Sean Dillon scored the winner for Dundee United at New Douglas Park

Martin Canning seemed to have been to swept up in the week's events, with Alex Neil joining Norwich City, to consider his future as a possible permanent manager of Hamilton. Next up are Celtic, who have been sunning themselves in Gran Canaria, at the weekend.

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Andrew Priestley: "Hamilton will be devastated to lose that game after rallying to comeback from 0-2. A killer punch."

Hamilton interim player-coach Martin Canning on BBC Radio Scotland

"In the first half, we didn't really turn up. The week maybe affected their performance and they looked a bit nervous.

"But I couldn't be more proud of them the way they came back into the game and I am devastated for them.

"I thought that, if any team was going to win it, it was us and we have lost a set-piece goal, which was disappointing.

"I felt that I wasn't 100% to play the game and I think the two boys who came into defence did well."

So Hamilton have not only lost their manager but also now an unbeaten home run of 10 games. However, BBC Radio Scotland pundits Allan Preston and Craig Paterson are united in suggesting that the way they came back from 2-0 to level suggests Martin Canning has what it takes to inspire as manager on a permanent basis.

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Ash Barkworth: "Gary Mackay-Steven would be an excellent signing for us and I don't think out of our reach." A hopeful Sheffield United fan there!

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara on BBC Radio Scotland

"It's three points and I suppose that's all that matters, but we make things hard for ourselves.

"We are exciting to watch and we were comfortable and had chances to make it 3-0, but we make it hard for our fans at times.

"I am pleased at the way we came back and got the winner, which I thought we deserved.

"We are the top scorers in the league, scored three and could have scored more."

United's win takes Jackie McNamara's team into third spot, leapfrogging Hamilton and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. They are a point behind Celtic, although the reigning champions have two games in hand. Accies slip a place to fifth.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

"Accies were terrific in that second half and that typifies Hamilton for me the way they rolled their sleeves up, but overall United deserved to win it for me as McGovern had two or three excellent saves."

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

"Martin Canning will be livid. Having worked so hard to get back into the game at 2-2, it is a nothing corner and a central defender gets a free header, which is absolutely criminal. It is a huge three points for Dundee United."


Hamilton Academical 2-3 Dundee United

Ali Crawford blasts wastefully well over the crossbar as the ball drops kindly to the Accies midfielder as United struggle to clear their lines.

United are defending desperately here. Will Hamilton create one last chance and save their unbeaten home run, which is presently at 10 in all competitions?

We've had one minute out of four of stoppage time...

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Kevin @Kevi1967: "What a great game for a Monday night. Can Hamilton get a point they deserve good game guys?" It certainly has been breathtaking stuff in the second half after a disappointing first 45.

Player-coach Martin Canning sends himself on as a late sub and it almost signals another equaliser as Ali Crawford's inswinging free-kick evades the big defender's head and Radosław Cierzniak claws it over the crossbar. From the corner, Tony Andreu's powerful header is clasped by the goalkeeper.


Nadir Ciftci smashes in a superb but ambitious drive from the edge of the Accies penalty box and goalkeeper Michael McGovern turns the ball over the crossbar at full stretch. From the corner, Calum Butcher heads just wide.


Fine double save on his goal-line from goalkeeper Michael McGovern prevents shots from Stuart Armstrong and sub Chris Erskine extending United's lead.

Ali Crawford celebrates scoring for Hamilton
Ali Crawford drew Accies level at 2-2 but missed a chance to make it 3-3
Jesus Garcia Tena celebrates his goal for Accies
Jesus Garcia Tena's fine free-kick brought Accies back into the game

Goalscorer Ali Crawford is in the clear inside the United penalty box but squanders a chance to level by lofting the ball over advancing goalkeeper Radosław Cierzniak - and the crossbar!


Hamilton Academical 2-3 Dundee United (Sean Dillon)

Sean Dillon rises above the Accies defence and the big defender bullets a header into the net from eight yards.

Gary Mackay-Steven puts United 2-0 ahead
Gary Mackay-Steven slotted United 2-0 ahead at New Douglas Park


Ahead of that goal action, there were five yellow cards in quick succession - Conor Towsend, Calum Butcher and Jarosław Fojut for United and Jon Routledge and Darian MacKinnon for Accies.


Hamilton Academical 2-2 Dundee United (Ali Crawford)

Tony Andreu's through ball splits the United defence and, although Ali Crawford's first effort bounds off the body of Radosław Cierzniak, it spins out of the goalkeeper's reach and the midfielder hooks a shot into the unguarded net.

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Martin Glass: "GMS is too good, with too much potential, to go to a League One team. It has to be Championship or stay at Dundee United."

Simon Boendermaker: "If GMS is moving south, I'd be surprised if it wasn't to a Championship side, Clough must be looking at an Accies player."

Some might say we are guilty of overestimating the quality of some Premiership players in comparison to League One down south.But players going recently from Livingston to Sheffield United have shone despite moving from our Championship, so maybe not....

Tony Andreu fires over on the turn when he should have found the target. The midfielder was clearly offside, but it is all Accies at the minute.


Hamilton Academical 1-2 Dundee United (Jesus Garcia Tena)

Jesus Garcia Tena brings Accies back into the game with a quality goal that would grace La Liga in his Spanish homeland. The defender curls an exquisite free-kick past goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak from 25 yards.

Gary Mackay-Steven wins the ball just outside the Hamilton penalty box and sets up Nadir Ciftci, but the striker fires wastefully over the crossbar from a promising position.

The news from the sidelines is that Accies left-back Stephen Hendrie went off because he was feeling unwell during the first half. Sub Louis Longridge has gone to right-back while Michael Devlin switched to the left - exactly where that second goal came from.

Tony Andreu has been quiet for Accies and he doesn't make the most of a rare sight at goal as he fires well over inside a crowded goalmouth.

Accies winger Dougie Imrie has recovered after a spot of treatment after awkwardly standing on the ball going into a challenge with Charlie Telfer.


Hamilton Academical 0-2 Dundee United (Gary Mackay-Steven)

Stuart Armstrong, the scorer of the first goal, plays the ball first time behind the Accies defence almost straight from kick-off and Gary Mackay-Steven neatly flicks it past goalkeeper Michael McGovern from 15 yards.


Hamilton kick-off the second half as United look to extend their unbeaten run at New Douglas Park to six games.

Stuart Armstrong fires Dundee United into the lead
Stuart Armstrong was given too much room by an Accies defence minus player-coach Martin Canning to score

It looks like Stephen Hendrie, the Accies young full-back who is said to be attracting the attention of Celtic, is coming off at half-time. Trackside reporter Chick Young is suggesting that it could be an eye problem, with midfielder Louis Longridge being his replacement.

United midfielder Stuart Armstrong celebrates his goal
Stuart Armstrong's fine strike for Dundee United separates the sides at New Douglas Park

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

"Hamilton Accies are going to have to come out and try to get back into the game. With their quality in final third, I think United can pick them off."

Trackside reporter Chick Young is suggesting that the swirling wind on the pitch is spoiling the game as a spectacle. "It is difficult to play good football, but give the players credit for trying to play the ball," he tells BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound.