Match ends, Hamilton Academical 4, Dundee United 0.
Hamilton Academical thumped Dundee United with a terrific display of attacking football.
Ali Crawford opened the scoring for the home side, before a header from Lucas Tagliapietra made it 2-0.
Carlton Morris - on-loan from Norwich City - notched his first goal for Accies to make it 3-0.
United were lacklustre throughout and offered relatively little in attack. Christian Nade rubbed salt in United wounds, making it 4-0 in injury time.
Hamilton raced out of the blocks, with attacking midfielder Crawford shooting over after just 28 seconds.
Next to threaten was Hamilton's new German forward Gramoz Kurtaj, but his close range shot was well saved by Luis Zwick.
It took until the 14th minute for United to threaten and when they did it was a tame effort from John Souttar, easily gathered by Hamilton keeper Michael McGovern.
Hamilton finally got their first goal of the season in the 19th minute, and it came from the excellent Crawford. He weaved his way into shooting range before firing a low effort into the net.
The home side kept up the pressure and were soon 2-0 in front. Brazilian-born Italian defender Lucas powering in a header, which found the net via a post.
Three minutes later it was 3-0. Morris evaded the United defence to go one-on-one with United keeper Zwick and managed to poke the ball under the German and into the net.
United were lacklustre, and the best they could muster was a Chris Erskine effort from close range which McGovern palmed wide.
The second-half was much more tame, with Hamilton content to protect their lead while United struggled to respond.
Blair Spittal fired in a shot which McGovern easily saved and substitute Robbie Muirhead curled an effort wide.
In the final minute, a tricky run into the box from Erskine resulted in the attacker firing in a low shot, but McGovern got down quickly and produced a good save.
But substitute Christian Nade would provide the icing on the Accies cake as he converted from close range after good play from Kurtaj.
- 44De Lima TagliapietraSubstituted forWatsonat 65'minutes
- 7ImrieSubstituted forLongridgeat 82'minutes
- 11CrawfordBooked at 80mins
- 14MorrisSubstituted forNadeat 71'minutes
- 17DurnanBooked at 7mins
- 30BodulSubstituted forMuirheadat 59'minutes
- 15MurraySubstituted forConnollyat 59'minutes
- Steven McLean
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 4, Dundee United 0.
Goal! Hamilton Academical 4, Dundee United 0. Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gramoz Kurtaj.
Attempt missed. Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).
(Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Coll Donaldson (Dundee United).
Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).
Robbie Muirhead (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).
Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Dougie Imrie.
Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).
Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Robbie Muirhead (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).