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Scottish Premiership: Dundee United 1-2 Hamilton Academical

Hamilton's Ziggy Gordon celebrates his winning goal
Ziggy Gordon scored Hamilton's winner

Ziggy Gordon's strike saw Hamilton Academical defeat Dundee United, who are now seven points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership table.

After a slow start from the hosts, Billy Mckay opened the scoring.

United's profligacy was punished when Gavin Gunning diverted a corner into his own net, though the goal was credited to Lucas Tagliapietra.

And Gordon latched on to Ali Crawford's deflected shot to slot the winner and send Accies back into the top six.

Hamilton began in confident mood with territorial advantage not producing definitive chances.

Their best moment arrived when Carlton Morris ran at Sean Dillon, pulled off a step-over and fired a left-foot shot inaccurately past the far post.

It was good work but never threatened Michael Szromnik in goal.

The home support seemed anxious as they cowered from some atrocious conditions, fearing another frustrating afternoon's viewing.

However, United began to threaten and were soon creating chances with a frequency that allayed the crowd and got them audible.

John Souttar drove to the box, slipped a lovely weighted pass into Mckay, who drilled it across goal into the corner.

Chances continued to flow as Mckay then released Blair Spittal on the left, but goalkeeper Michael McGovern stayed tall to block well.

United were utterly in control now and McGovern had to be alert once more as Mckay swivelled and struck a great left-foot shot from distance that the goalkeeper did well to tip over.

Crawford had a free-kick tipped away, but Hamilton's attacks became few and far between.

Dundee United's Billy Mckay fires his side ahead
Billy Mckay opened the scoring for Dundee United at Tannadice

It should have been two for United when Mckay broke into the box with Ryan McGowan right and Spittal left.

A ball to Spittal would have surely resulted in a goal, but with McGowan screaming for the ball to go there, Mckay instead fed the Australian and the chance was gone.

John Rankin came close with a toe-poke again saved by McGovern. Paul Dixon recycled to the back post, where McKay looked odds-on to score, but McGowan came in, got in his way and the ball was blazed wide.

In the second half, United looked comfortable and Mckay spurned another glorious chance to put his side further ahead.

He was one-on-one and tried to slip the ball past McGovern, but the goalkeeper again got something on it to keep his side in the game.

There was to be a punishing sting in the tail to continue a season of disappointment for United.

From a corner, the ball found the net via United defender Gunning with Lucas pressuring.

As if that wasn't enough, Hamilton, encouraged by that goal, swiftly went ahead when Szromnik saved Ali Crawford's low effort only to watch in horror as Gordon seized upon it and found the corner perfectly.

It was a cruel turnaround for United, who must have felt they would go on to win.

Credit to Hamilton for an outstanding, clinical closing period that again reinforces their top-six credentials.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 21Szromnik
  • 2Dillon
  • 17DurnanBooked at 40mins
  • 19GunningBooked at 90mins
  • 3DixonBooked at 66mins
  • 4Souttar
  • 8RankinSubstituted forTaggartat 89'minutes
  • 12McGowan
  • 16TelferSubstituted forFraserat 75'minutes
  • 20Spittal
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 15Murray
  • 22Fraser
  • 24Spark
  • 28Donaldson
  • 29Taggart
  • 51Zwick
  • 55Demel

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 15Sendles-WhiteBooked at 87mins
  • 44De Lima TagliapietraBooked at 73mins
  • 3KurakinsBooked at 30mins
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forDochertyat 64'minutes
  • 6Gillespie
  • 11Crawford
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 58mins
  • 7ImrieBooked at 25minsSubstituted forD'Acolat 57'minutes
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forNadeat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9D'Acol
  • 17Longridge
  • 21Docherty
  • 24Tena
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade
  • 30Boyd
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
5,788

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home1
Away4
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Hamilton Academical 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Hamilton Academical 2.

Booking

Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Dundee United).

Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).

Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Adam Taggart replaces John Rankin.

Booking

Jamie Sendles-White (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Hamilton Academical 2. Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Christian Nade replaces Carlton Morris.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Fraser replaces Charlie Telfer.

Booking

Lucas (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lucas (Hamilton Academical).

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Hamilton Academical 1. Lucas (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ali Crawford following a corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Sean Dillon.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

Booking

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Alejandro D'Acol replaces Dougie Imrie.

Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee United 1, Hamilton Academical 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dundee United 1, Hamilton Academical 0.

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic15113138112736
2Aberdeen1610242518732
3Hearts1694329171231
4St Johnstone168353224827
5Hamilton166462122-122
6Ross County166372322121
7Dundee164842225-320
8Inverness CT154561619-317
9Partick Thistle164571723-617
10Kilmarnock164481729-1216
11Motherwell164391323-1015
12Dundee Utd1622121232-208
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