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Summary

  1. FT: Premiership play-off final, second leg: 1-0
  2. Docherty fires in shot from 20 yards on 64 mins
  3. Goalless first leg at Tannadice on Thursday
  4. Accies stay for fourth season in top flight

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By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Play-off final highlights

FT Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

Hamilton fans won't want to miss the highlights going out tonight on Sportscene on BBC One Scotland at 10.35pm and online at midnight. Greg Docherty is the Accies hero, thanks to his match-winning goal, but there were great performances by both goalkeepers, Remi Matthews and United's Cammy Bell.

Thank you very much for joining us on the BBC Sport website today. We hope you enjoy your evening.

Canning's revels in Accies' spirit

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Hamilton manager Martin Canning talking to BBC Radio Scotland:

"Every season we're tipped to go down and that's the last three we've managed to stay in the league. It's a record for the club to stay in the league this long. The league doesn't lie - so many times we've been in a similar position and haven't been able to see it through and it's ironic that our downfall through the season has been our greatest achievement today, that we kept a clean sheet after going a goal up. You know the first goal is going to be so important.

"The club tries to get players in with the right appetite, that they want to work. You saw the team spirit today. The fans gave us great backing and I'm delighted for them. The budget is important but the majority of our work for next season is done. The club has a model that they stick to. Everybody works so hard. We'll be in tomorrow and we'll get a wee chat. I've told them to enjoy tonight."

Martin Canning celebrates with goalscorer Greg Docherty
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Canning celebrates Hamilton's play-off success with goal hero Greg Docherty

Winners and losers

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It's a real shame for Ray McKinnon. There has to be a winner and a loser. The play-offs have been brilliant...unless you're involved in them.

Allan PrestonBBC Scotland football pundit

A game too far for United?

FT: Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon talking to BBC Radio Scotland:

"The six games has taken its toll, no doubt about it.

"It was an evenly contested game but you could see the legs were gone in the second half. We didn't have the same intensity to our pressing.

"We were running on empty and unfortunately we've just come up short at the final hurdle.

"We have to work hard over the summer to attract better quality than we've got. We've started the recruitment process well with James Keatings and Billy King. If we can maintain that standard, we'll give ourselves a great chance next season."

Ray McKinnon consoles midfielder Willo Flood at full-time
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United boss Ray McKinnon consoles midfielder Willo Flood at full-time

'United will have to take stock'

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BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson: "Falkirk will be there or thereabouts again next season. Peter Houston will have them organised. And St Mirren will be challenging under Jack Ross and Jim Duffy at Morton will be hoping to get a couple of impact players to get that little bit closer. Whoever lost today was going to go home dejected - can the chairman produce the cash, will the manager get the cash to have a real run at it? Dundee United will have to take stock and find a way to get a squad together."

Robertson to the rescue for United?

FT: Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Dundee United will be due a percentage if relegated Hull City cash in on Scotland full-back Andrew Robertson. The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with Liverpool and won't go cheap.

A slice of any transfer fee for Andrew Robertson would be a real lifeline for Dundee United

Allan PrestonBBC Sportsound pundit

Ouch!

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BBC football pundit Allan Preston points out that United will be £250,000 worse off next season as the parachute payment for being relegated last season is cut from £500,000 to quarter of a million.

Do United gamble next season?

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BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson: "Dundee United are going to be the scalp, the team everyone wants to beat next season and they've got to deal with that. Players who would have come to play in the Premiership might think they have a better offer elsewhere. When the budget does diminish it gets harder and harder to get up. Do they gamble, making sure, like Hibs did, that they have the best squad in the league."

FT: Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Over the two games, Hamilton were the better side, no doubt about it. Dundee United just didn't do enough

Allan PrestonBBC Sportsound pundit

Play-off party

FT: Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

The play-offs, eh? How else could a season, when you finish second bottom of the table, one point off last place, end up with your fans dancing a conga?

Shooting and working

FT Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

Hamilton assistant manager Guillaume Beuzelin: "It was very stressful, the two legs, but me managed to do it and we are over the moon. We will try to improve. We were not as good as last year but we know what areas we need to work on. Greg stays on at training, shooting and shooting. I stay on with him and he is always working, working, working."

Proving the pundits wrong

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Hamilton midfielder Ali Crawford: "Greg was outstanding all day. He had to mark Tony Andreu and he didn't give him a sniff all game. Thanks to the fans who have stuck with us. Season after season the pundits tip us to go down and yet again we have proved them wrong. I have a year left on my contract so until I'm told otherwise I'm still a Hamilton player."

Ali Crawford congratulates scorer Greg Docherty
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Ali Crawford congratulates scorer Greg Docherty

Tough on the Terrors

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You have to feel for Dundee United. They battled so well against Morton and Falkirk in the earlier rounds of the play-offs but have fallen just short at Premiership strugglers Hamilton. You can see the pain in their fans' faces.

Dillon in dispute with fans

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Dundee United club captain Sean Dillon is led away by backroom staff after an angry confrontation with some supporters of the Tayside club behind the goals.

The big defender is fizzing with fury...

Docherty's delight

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Hamilton goalscorer Greg Docherty: "It was a dark time for me at the turn of the year when I broke my foot. I was in the team, it was mentally tough. Finally one dropped for me and it's a goal... I'm so speechless. I'm so happy for the club. They deserve to be here (in the Premiership)."

Agony for United

FT Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

That win for Accies means they retain their record of being the only team to be promoted by way of the play-offs, when they beat Hibernian on penalties in 2014.

Dundee United striker Simon Murray
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Dundee United striker Simon Murray could not profit from a couple of late glimpses at goal

FULL-TIME Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

Hamilton stay in the Premiership

Accies boss Martin Canning is close to tears as he hugs members of his coaching team. Greg Docherty's goal keeps Hamilton in the top tier and consigns United to another season in the Championship.

Greg Docherty celebrates the only goal of the two-legged tie
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Greg Docherty celebrates the only goal of the two-legged tie

Accies are nearly there

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

Thomas Mikkelsen's overhead kick from 12 yards floats into the arms of Remi Matthews and surely now Accies are safe.

YELLOW CARDS

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

Louis Longridge and Paul Dixon get involved in a tussle for the ball at a throw-in and are booked. One player wasn't in a hurry and one was.

ADDED TIME

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We are into three minutes of injury-time.

It's been a long campaign

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

The home fans are in good voice while those in tangerine and black begin to contemplate another season in the Championship. United began the play-off matches on 9 May and must be exhausted - this is their sixth game after the normal league campaign ended.

Playing it safe

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

Accies shore things up for the last few minutes, with central defender Georgios Sarris coming on in place of striker Rakish Bingham.

The Greek substitute picks up an almost immediate booking for picking the ball up and throwing it away...

Desperation for United

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

Well, it wasn't the final chance for the Tangerines, because that man Simon Murray has another effort, on target this time, but his shot from 22 yards is saved easily by Remi Matthews.

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

That's a skill Ronaldo wouldn't try. He's got to hit it with his left foot.

Allan PrestonBBC Sportsound pundit

CLOSE!

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Is that Dundee United's last chance to take the game into extra time? Simon Murray leaves the Accies players in his wake but as he drifts to the left side of the box he opts to use his right foot and pokes it over Remi Matthews' crossbar.

Bell to the rescue

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Dundee United goalkeeper Cammy Bell sprints from his six-yard box to the 18-yard line to narrow the angle and subsequently smother a low shot from Accies' Rakish Bingham. The United fans held their breath there.

No time for Flood of tears

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Grant Gillespie careers into United midfielder Willo Flood as he tries to break down the left wing. Credit to Flood; it was a late, muscular challenge but once he realised his body was still intact he got up and continued with the game.

Lyon enters the arena

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Accies midfielder Darren Lyon comes on to replace the goalscorer - dare I say match-winner? - Greg Docherty who looks to have tweaked a hamstring. He is helped off the pitch clearly in some discomfort.

A trio of 2-1s for United?

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Dundee United won their Premiership quarter- and semi-final away matches 2-1 at Cappielow and the Falkirk Stadium. They are going to have to produce a third such scoreline, unless they rely on penalties, to reach the Premiership.

PENALTY APPEAL

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Danny Redmond's free-kick from the right is cleared by the United defence, but when the ball is lobbed back in to the Terrors' box it bounces towards Rakish Bingham. He swings his foot at it but clips Sean Dillon and falls to the ground. He claims for a penalty but referee Craig Thomson ignores the passionate appeals by the fans and manager Martin Canning and correctly waves for play to continue.

Terrors make a change

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

United boss Ray McKinnon makes his first substitution, throwing on Scott Fraser for Charlie Telfer.

United respond

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

Hamilton are in control and they can try to dictate the pace, but they haven't looked comfortable since they scored the goal. They must not invite pressure, but United have been getting the ball and bodies forward.

Craig PatersonBBC Sportsound pundit

'A brilliant strike'

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg 1-0)

What a brilliant strike. He's been the best player on the park, full of energy, full of strength

Allan PrestonBBC Sportsound pundit
Greg Docherty celebrates his excellent strike
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This is what it means to score in a play-off final...

GOAL Hamilton 1-0 Dundee United (agg 1-0)

Greg Docherty

Greg Docherty scores only his second goal of the season, rifling home a low shot to the right of Cammy Bell's goal, after good work by Ali Crawford out on the left for Accies. Some United fans look distraught. That's not the feeling being experienced by the home fans.

Greg Docherty watches his shot zip into the Dundee United net
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Docherty watches his shot from the edge of the box zip into the Dundee United net

A scrappy affair

Hamilton 0-0 Dundee United (agg 0-0)

It's scrappy, it's nervy and not particularly bonnie, but you cannot accuse the players of dreaming of beaches in southern Europe. They're giving it everything.

Total stalemate

Hamilton 0-0 Dundee United (agg 0-0)

There are 30 minutes of the season remaining...or will it be 60...and penalties?

'Bell saves the day'

Hamilton 0-0 Dundee United (agg 0-0)

Cammy Bell has saved the day again for Dundee United. You're thinking Dougie Imrie has to score but it's a really brave stop

Craig PatersonBBC Sportsound pundit

GREAT SAVE!

Hamilton 0-0 Dundee United (agg 0-0)

Cammy Bell makes an impressive point-blank save to deny Hamilton's Dougie Imrie who almost managed to steer the ball into the net at the back post.

Durnan the brave

Hamilton 0-0 Dundee United (agg 0-0)

There are 5,027 fans inside New Douglas Park and they've just witnessed brave, perceptive defending by Mark Durnan who slid in to block a goalbound Rakish BIngham shot.

Accies make a change

Hamilton 0-0 Dundee United (agg 0-0)

Martin Canning, the Accies manager, is first to make a change. He removes the ineffective David Templeton and sends on the versatile Louis Longridge.