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Dundee United 1-3 Hamilton Academical

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tannadice Park
Hamilton Accies players celebrate

Goals from Grant Gillespie and a double from Carlton Morris ensured an easy win for Hamilton Accies over relegation destined Dundee United.

Gillespie scored in the first half with a tremendous strike before Morris added two more in the second half.

Simon Murray scored a late consolation for United.

The defeat means that United's drop to the Championship could be confirmed next week when they take on their city rivals Dundee at Dens Park.

Prior to kick-off United manager Mixu Paatelainan spoke of the spirit and effort he expected from his players, but their was little of that on show on a sunny afternoon in Tayside.

Martin Canning's players knew a win would ensure they would take them a major step away from the relegation play-off spot and they blasted out of the traps early on piling pressure upon the United defence.

Ali Crawford had a couple of efforts from close range blocked and then Dougie Imrie had a shot from the angle saved by Eiji Kawashima.

The breakthrough when it came was a thing of beauty.

Morris had space on the left to play in Gillespi,e who thundered a left foot shot beyond Kawashima in off the post to fire the visitors in front, his first top-flight goal for the club.

It was no less than Accies deserved after a scintillating start and the Accies fans were on their feet again as Ali Crawford again came close to finding the back of the net.

Lucas Tagliapietra warmed the hands of Kawashima before the home side twice came close to an equaliser.

Billy McKay crashed a header off the base of the post before the strikers rebound was excellently blocked by Michael McGovern in the visitors goal.

Carlton Morris (centre) celebrates
Carlton Morris (centre) scored twice in the second half for Hamilton

However, Hamilton doubled their lead shortly after.

The United defence failed to deal with a cross into the box and after Greg Docherty's header came back off the crossbar Morris was first to react to nod the ball into the empty net.

United to their credit pushed forward. Scott Fraser had a net bound effort tipped away by McGovern, and from the corner Ofere hit the underside of crossbar before it bounced off the shoulder of McGowan to safety.

But the home defence looked vulnerable every time Accies drove forward and the United fans began to exit Tannadice when Morris notched his second.

Crawford's shot on target was parried by Kawashima straight into the path of Morris and the on loan from Norwich hitman volley the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.

Hamilton at times were playing with the United defence and only a last gasp tackle by Guy Demel denied Accies number four on the day.

United substitute Murray clipped the ball into the Hamilton goal but this was merely a consolation on anther disappointing day for the Tannadice outfit, who were booed off by their support.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Kawashima
  • 3Dixon
  • 17DurnanBooked at 47mins
  • 2Dillon
  • 12Knoyle
  • 8Rankin
  • 6Paton
  • 55Demel
  • 14DowBooked at 43minsSubstituted forOfereat 45'minutes
  • 22FraserSubstituted forSpittalat 79'minutes
  • 7MckaySubstituted forMurrayat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ofere
  • 11Erskine
  • 15Murray
  • 20Spittal
  • 26Anier
  • 28Donaldson
  • 51Zwick

Hamilton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 3Kurakins
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 4Devlin
  • 2Gordon
  • 21Docherty
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 6Gillespie
  • 7ImrieBooked at 76minsSubstituted forKurtajat 78'minutes
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 50minsSubstituted forRedmondat 76'minutes
  • 14MorrisBooked at 23minsSubstituted forDiabyat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Canning
  • 8Diaby
  • 10Redmond
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 26Martin
  • 30Boyd
  • 33Hughes
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
5,884

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 1, Hamilton Academical 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Hamilton Academical 3.

  3. Post update

    Kyle Knoyle (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Edward Ofere (Dundee United).

  6. Post update

    Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 1, Hamilton Academical 3. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Paton (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Sean Dillon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Oumar Diaby replaces Carlton Morris.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Billy McKay.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Blair Spittal replaces Scott Fraser because of an injury.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Gramoz Kurtaj replaces Dougie Imrie.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Daniel Redmond replaces Ali Crawford.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 0, Hamilton Academical 3. Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic34238379265377
2Aberdeen34215856391768
3Hearts34179854342060
4Motherwell34145154249-747
5St Johnstone34137145151046
6Ross County34135164956-744
7Dundee341014105050044
8Inverness CT341110134344-143
9Partick Thistle34118153341-841
10Hamilton34109153956-1739
11Kilmarnock3488183457-2332
12Dundee Utd3466223461-2724
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