Hamilton 2
Dundee Utd 3
League (Premiership)


Hamilton 

2 - 3

Dundee Utd


League (Premiership)
Monday, January 12th, 2015
New Douglas Park. Att. 2,384
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Jesús García Tena (57)
Ali Crawford (70)
Stuart Armstrong (38)
Gary Mackay-Steven (46)
Seán Dillon (78)

Team Managers
Martin Canning Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Michael McGovern
Grant Gillespie
Jesús García Tena
Mikey Devlin
Stephen Hendrie
Dougie Imrie
Jon Routledge
Darian MacKinnon
Ali Crawford
Tony Andreu
Mickaël Antoine-Curier
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Conor Townsend .3
Seán Dillon .2
Jarosław Fojut .5
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Blair Spittal .24
Charlie Telfer .21
Aidan Connolly .22
Stuart Armstrong .10
Calum Butcher .20
Nadir Çiftçi .7

Bench
Darren Hill
Martin Canning
Craig Watson
Louis Longridge
Eamonn Brophy
Greg Docherty
Daniel Redmond
Michal Szromnik .26
Keith Watson .12
Chris Erskine .17
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Ali Coote .43
Ryan Dow .18

Substitutions
Louis Longridge for Stephen Hendrie (46)
Eamonn Brophy for Jon Routledge (84)
Martin Canning for Jesús García Tena (88)
Chris Erskine for Aidan Connolly (71)
Paul Paton for Charlie Telfer (80)

Cautions
Jon Routledge (68)
Darian MacKinnon (69)
Conor Townsend (63)
Calum Butcher (67)
Jarosław Fojut (69)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)




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Match Report


With the wind swirling around New Douglas Park, both sides were looking to claim a victory that would keep them on the tails of league leaders, Aberdeen. This Monday night match was live on TV and there were a number of scouts in the stand keeping tabs on the young talent on show for both sides. Accies were playing their first game without Alex Neil in charge following his move to Norwich City.

Their was little action in the opening 37 minutes until Armstrong provided a moment of real quality to give United the lead. The under-21 international collected the ball in the Accies half and following a neat turn, drive towards the Hamilton defence. With defender backing off, Stuart Armstrong fired in a rocket that flew beyond Michael McGovern from 22 yards. United looked comfortable from this point through to half-time but did not threaten further.

As United have been doing recently, the made a quick start to the second half. Just 21 seconds in, they doubled their lead. Armstrong threaded a through ball behind the Hamilton defence for Gary Mackay-Steven, coolly slotted the ball low past McGovern after bringing the ball under control. Just as looked liked United were going to stroll comfortably to victory, Accies were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Their Spanish defender, Jesus Garcia Tena stepped up to curl a wonderful effort over the wall and into the net. Accies went onto level the match with 20 minutes remaining. Tony Andreu split the defence with a great ball to Ali Crawford and after an initial block, the midfielder looped the ball into the net on the rebound. At that point it looked like it would be the home team that would steal the points, that was until United captain Dillon came to the rescue. A corner whipped to the far post found Seán Dillon completely unmarked and the Irishman powered home a header from 10 yards.

Manager's Comment:
“We do it the hard way. We put our fans through the mill with the way some of our games go. I thought we were the better team the first half and then when we got the second goal after half time we looked so comfortable. Their was nothing we could about the free kick they scored. Then we lost our way a little bit and they got a second when their tails were up. I was happy with the way we came back again and great to see Dillon get his head on it to get the three points for us."

Fan's Comment:
“Like recent weeks we managed to turn what should have been a very comfortable victory into a real nail biter. Two up and cruising, the loss of a goal seemed to shake the confidence of the team - and not for the first time. Taking the positives, we are unbeaten in 2015, have scored 11 goals in three games and the likes of Armstrong and Mackay-Steven are finally getting back to top form. Getting Morris back in the side will be a huge boost from a defensive perspective, this can't come quick enough.”



Squad Statistics (as at January 12th, 2015)


2014-15 All Time
Age
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)31 24 - 115 -
Seán Dillon31 1712785
Jarosław Fojut27 234234
Conor Townsend21 18 - 18 -
Aidan Connolly19 102122
Calum Butcher23 81171
Blair Spittal19 151151
Charlie Telfer19 9292
Stuart Armstrong22 21514721
Gary Mackay-Steven24 22512827
Nadir Çiftçi22 2296226
Paul Paton (sub)27 192644
Chris Erskine (sub)27 246337






League Table (as at January 12th, 2015)


No league table has been added for this season.