Hamilton bullied us - Dundee Utd boss Jackie McNamara

Hamilton picked up their first victory of the season
Hamilton picked up their first goals and victory of the season

Jackie McNamara says his Dundee United side were physically dominated by Hamilton Academical in Saturday's 4-0 drubbing at New Douglas Park.

United seldom threatened the Accies goal, finding themselves trailing 3-0 at half-time.

"I'm very angry, frustrated, that's probably the worst half we've had under my watch," McNamara told BBC Scotland.

"They bullied us; we gifted them a few goals as well. We made things hard for ourselves."

United have won just one of their opening four matches in the Premiership.

Interviews - Martin Canning & Jackie McNamara

"It's a learning curve for all of us - in every game, whether good or bad, you have to earn the right to play football," continued McNamara.

"If it's a battle to start with, I said to the players, no matter if it's 30 minutes, 40 minutes to get the ball down and play, you have to match the opposition first and foremost, and the first half we didn't do that.

"They were on top of us, they had more energy, maybe not having the game midweek. The hunger was there, you could see they were fighting for everything."

Accies player-manager Martin Canning remained level-headed after his side secured both their maiden goals and victory of the campaign.

Hamilton Academical boss Martin Canning in the dugout
Martin Canning is not getting carried away after Accies drubbed Dundee United

"I thought all over a park, to a man, they won their battles all over the pitch," said Canning.

"Our players worked their socks off and earned the right to go and dominate the game. I think the biggest thing today was our intensity, our ability to go and work.

"I've always said we won't get too high when we win and we won't get too low when we lose. It's just trying to be as steady and consistent as we can."