Dundee United: Jackie McNamara frustrated at Dundee United fear

Dundee United's Nadir Ciftci is sent off after a second yellow for handling the ball.
Dundee United's Nadir Ciftci is sent off after a second yellow for handling the ball.

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara was left frustrated after seeing his side draw 2-2 with Hamilton at Tannadice.

Both sides finished with 10 men after Darian MacKinnon and Nadir Ciftci were sent off.

"I thought it was a very frustrating game," McNamara told BBC Scotland.

"There were a lot of silly mistakes, a lot of errors in the match. The result was probably a fair result, one we could have lost as well."

Dundee United have only lost once in the league this season and went into the game looking to go top of the table.

However it is Accies who now lead the Scottish Premiership on goal difference.

"We lost our discipline, there was a lot of fear in our play today with the expectation with the results we've had," said the United manager.

"Our passing at times was very poor. The goals we lost were pretty poor as well.

"The positives were coming back from 2-1 down, we were both down to 10 men at that time. We kept going at them.

"It was important not to lose a match at home, and keep the momentum, especially at home today with a good crowd.

"The expectation's there but we have to be braver on the ball, a bit more creative at times. I sensed a lot of fear in our play today and we have to make sure we're right next week for the derby.

"It was a strange game all round, mistakes costing goals. Credit to Hamilton I thought they passed the ball well at times."

McNamara also had no arguments over Ciftci's sending off after two yellow cards, the second of which came after the Turkish striker punched the ball into the net.

He said: "I think he's been silly, no complaints with that. He's went and put the hand in. It's a second yellow so there's no complaints there.

"The first one is obviously very soft, but once you're on that tightrope he's got to learn that he can't do that."

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