Hamilton 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premiership)


0 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
New Douglas Park. Att. 3,902
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Martin Canning Mixu Paatelainen

Starting Eleven
Michael McGovern
Ziggy Gordon
Michael Devlin
Lucas De Lima Tagliapietra
Anton Kurakins
Darren Lyon
Gramoz Kurtaj
Grant Gillespie
Ali Crawford
Dougie Imrie
Carlton Morris
Eiji Kawashima .1
Seán Dillon .2
Coll Donaldson .28
Gavin Gunning .19
Guy Demel .55
Blair Spittal .20
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Ryan Dow .14
Billy Mckay .7
Simon Murray .15

Christopher Mandiangu
Oumar Diaby
Alejandro D'Acol
Martin Canning
Eamonn Brophy
Alan Martin
Greg Docherty
Luis Zwick .51
Paul Dixon .3
Mark Durnan .17
Kyle Knoyle .12
Scott Fraser .22
Edward Ofere .9
Florent Sinama Pongolle .54

Alejandro D'Acol for Carlton Morris (66)
Greg Docherty for Grant Gillespie (83)
Martin Canning for Gramoz Kurtaj (90)
Edward Ofere for Simon Murray (77)
Mark Durnan for Gavin Gunning (77)
Scott Fraser for Ryan Dow (78)

Michael Devlin (65) None.

Red Cards
Michael Devlin (90) None.

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given two wins from the last two outings, Mixu Paatelainen stuck with same starting eleven for a third time. The only change to the squad was on the bench where new signing Edward Ofere replaced Henri Anier. For Hamilton, midfielder Grant Gillespie returned to the starting line-up in place of the suspended Darian MacKinnon.

An impressive turnout of Arabs saw Hamilton kick-off and the hosts immediately took the game to United, winning an early corner which was eventually scrambled clear. Accies continued to take the game to United in the early stages, but without troubling Eiji Kawashima. Indeed, some twelve minutes had gone before United mounted an attack winning a couple of corners, the second of which, taken by Blair Spittal, was held by Hamilton keeper Michael McGovern at full stretch. The Tangerines finally settled and forced their way into the match and Guy Demel had the first attempt on goal of what had so far been a very tight affair, firing just over around 30 yards. United were doing most of the pressing as the half progressed, but were finding it hard to find a chink in the hosts’ defence. Chances were few and far between at both ends with an Ali Crawford long-range effort just over the home side’s first effort on goal after 35 minutes. The first real chance of the game came a minute later and fell to United. Billy Mckay picked out John Rankin who in turn stabbed the ball though to Simon Murray whose first time shot on the turn was blocked by McGovern at his near post for a corner. The half came to a close with Paul Paton adjudged to have fouled Crawford and, from the free-kick, Crawford curled the ball off the wall and wide of the far post.

First effort after the restart came from Grant Gillespie, his shot being deflected past after two minutes, but there was a closer call at the other end on 50 minutes. Demel threaded a precision pass into the path of Mckay who went past a defender but his shot from the edge of the box was blocked. There were huge appeals for a penalty from the massed tangerine ranks behind the goal when Donaldson went down in the box, but the ref waved play on. And United went close a minute later when a Donaldson header from a corner was met by Gavin Gunning at the far post but the angle was too acute and he shot past. A Dow cross caused confusion after 64 minutes earning United a corner which came to nothing. The game’s first booking came after 65 minutes for Mikey Devlin’s reckless challenge on Mckay. With 18 minutes left Rankin volleyed a shot just off target as United looked to get the all important opener. Maintaining the pressure McGovern palmed away a Spittal corner and from a corner on the opposite flank Demel headed wide. With 13 minutes left, Mixu Paatelainen made a triple substitution. Mark Durnan replaced Gunning who had been a doubt with flu before the game; Edward Ofere came on for the industrious Murray to make his debut and Scott Fraser took over from Dow. Accies replaced Grant with Greg Docherty seven minutes from the end. Two minutes later, there was a major let-off for United when Hamilton were awarded a penalty when Paton brought down Dougie Imrie. However, to the delight of all Arabs, Kawashimia kept out Crawford’s spot-kick with his legs. Relieved United raced to the other end and twice Demel was denied by late blocks. So too were Durnan and Donaldson shortly afterwards as the visitors piled on late pressure. In stoppage time, Accies were reduced to ten men when Devlin saw yellow and was sent off, but there wasn’t sufficient time left for United to capitalise.

Formation: 3-4-2-1
Captain: Seán Dillon
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Eiji Kawashima

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Written by Peter Rundo

Squad Statistics (as at February 13th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Eiji Kawashima (GK)32 6 - 6 -
Seán Dillon32 2223167
Coll Donaldson20 11 - 11 -
Gavin Gunning25 11 - 11010
Guy Demel34 8 - 8 -
Blair Spittal20 277569
Paul Paton28 5 - 824
John Rankin32 25219113
Ryan Dow24 10 - 10111
Billy Mckay27 219219
Simon Murray23 162162
Mark Durnan (sub)23 252252
Scott Fraser (sub)20 232242
Edward Ofere (sub)29 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at February 13th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 25 18 4 3 +45 58
2. Aberdeen 25 17 4 4 +18 55
3. Hearts 24 12 8 4 +21 44
4. Ross County 26 10 3 13 -2 33
5. Dundee 25 8 9 8 -2 33
6. St Johnstone 24 9 5 10 -1 32
7. Inverness CT 23 7 8 8 -2 29
8. Hamilton 26 7 8 11 -15 29
9. Partick Th 23 7 7 9 -6 28
10. Kilmarnock 26 7 6 13 -19 27
11. Motherwell 25 7 5 13 -15 26
12. DUNDEE UTD 24 3 5 16 -22 11

League results since United's last match
24th January 2016
30th January 2016
2nd February 2016
Partick Th1-0Motherwell
3rd February 2016
6th February 2016
St Johnstone3-4Aberdeen
10th February 2016
Ross County0-3Hearts
12th February 2016
Dundee2-0St Johnstone
13th February 2016
Celtic2-0Ross County
Hamilton0-0Dundee Utd