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Hamilton Academical 0-0 Dundee United

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at New Douglas Park

Dundee United were cast further adrift at the foot of the Premiership as they were held to a draw by Hamilton.

Accies missed the opportunity to extend their 15-point cushion over the bottom side as United keeper Eiji Kawashima beat away Ali Crawford's late penalty.

But United are now 12 points adrift of second-bottom Motherwell.

Accies' Mikey Devlin was sent off in injury-time for a second bookable offence, but there was no time for United to press home their advantage.

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A draw was an accurate reflection of a dour match, with goal-scoring opportunities scarce, but the point does United little good.

United have a game in hand over Motherwell, beaten 2-0 at home by Kilmarnock, but a massive game now looms when the bottom two face each other at Tannadice on Tuesday.

Though Mixu Paatelainen's side have only lost once in their last five matches, they desperately need to win games against their relegation rivals.

They may feel they were denied the opportunity to do that when referee Steven Maclean waved away their penalty claims after Coll Donaldson appeared to be tripped.

But although Accies had to survive a couple of late goalmouth scrambles, the only shot Michael McGovern had to to deal with was a poked effort by Simon Murray, which the keeper turned round the post.

Indeed, Kawashima turned out to be their hero after Dougie Imrie was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area with four minutes left.

Crawford, Accies' most accomplished player, fired the spot-kick down the middle but the keeper's flailing legs kept it out.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4DevlinBooked at 90mins
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 22Lyon
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forCanningat 90+3'minutes
  • 6GillespieSubstituted forDochertyat 83'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 7Imrie
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forD'Acolat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Canning
  • 8Diaby
  • 9D'Acol
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
  • 28Mandiangu

Dundee Utd

  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Dillon
  • 19GunningSubstituted forDurnanat 77'minutes
  • 28Donaldson
  • 20Spittal
  • 8Rankin
  • 55Demel
  • 6Paton
  • 14DowSubstituted forFraserat 78'minutes
  • 15MurraySubstituted forOfereat 77'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 3Dixon
  • 9Ofere
  • 12Knoyle
  • 17Durnan
  • 22Fraser
  • 51Zwick
  • 54Sinama-Pongolle
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,902

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Dundee United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Dundee United 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Martin Canning replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

  4. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) for hand ball.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by John Rankin.

  7. Post update

    Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Guy Demel (Dundee United).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Post update

    Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Penalty saved! Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Penalty Hamilton Academical. Dougie Imrie draws a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Paul Paton (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Guy Demel (Dundee United).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Grant Gillespie.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Fraser replaces Ryan Dow.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic25184366214558
2Aberdeen25174444261855
3Hearts24128445242144
4Ross County26103134042-233
5Dundee258983941-233
6St Johnstone2495103940-132
7Inverness CT237883032-229
8Hamilton2678113045-1529
9Partick Thistle237792228-628
10Kilmarnock2676132948-1927
11Motherwell2575132641-1526
12Dundee Utd2435162446-2214
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