Dundee Utd 1
Hamilton 3
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
1 - 3

League (Premiership)
Sunday, April 24th, 2016
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,884
3:00 PM Kick-off

Simon Murray (89)
Grant Gillespie (12)
Carlton Morris (52)
Carlton Morris (73)

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen
Martin Canning

Starting Eleven
1. Eiji Kawashima
2. Seán Dillon
3. Paul Dixon
17. Mark Durnan
12. Kyle Knoyle
55. Guy Demel
22. Scott Fraser
6. Paul Paton
8. John Rankin
14. Ryan Dow
7. Billy Mckay
Michael McGovern
Antons Kurakins
Lucas De Lima Tagliapietra
Michael Devlin
Ziggy Gordon
Greg Docherty
Darian MacKinnon
Grant Gillespie
Dougie Imrie
Ali Crawford
Carlton Morris

51. Luis Zwick
28. Coll Donaldson
11. Chris Erskine
20. Blair Spittal
26. Henri Anier
15. Simon Murray
9. Edward Ofere
Alan Martin
Martin Canning
Oumar Diaby
Daniel Redmond
Gramoz Kurtaj
Steven Boyd
Ronan Hughes

Edward Ofere for Ryan Dow (46)
Blair Spittal for Scott Fraser (79)
Simon Murray for Billy Mckay (80)
Daniel Redmond for Ali Crawford (76)
Gramoz Kurtaj for Dougie Imrie (78)
Oumar Diaby for Carlton Morris (81)

Ryan Dow (43)
Mark Durnan (47)
Carlton Morris (23)
Ali Crawford (50)
Dougie Imrie (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)

Match Report

After the agony of the penalty shoot out defeat last Saturday, Mixu Paatelainen made four changes to the starting United side for the vital visit of Hamilton. Unsurprisingly, after good showings at Hampden, there were starting berths for Dixon and Demel whilst Mark Durnan and Scott Fraser also returned. Callum Morris dropped out completely with Erskine, Spittal and Donaldson listed amongst the substitutes.

United started the game very nervously and early on Imrie hooked in a shot that Kawashima saved and then he again went close when he took advantage of a defensive mistake but was denied by United’s keeper. With eleven minutes on the clock the visitors took a deserved lead. Morris picked up the ball in the corner and he laid the ball into the path of Grant Gillespie who will never hit a shot better leaving Kawashima with no chance. Shortly after, Accies had a penalty claim waved away after Demel and Morris clashed in the box. United had their first effort on goal with 20 minutes on the clock but Fraser’s shot was well over. Demel and Fraser then combined but the youngster’s teasing ball into the box was just out of the reach of Mckay. The visitors were certainly the better side and went close again when MacKinnon set up Crawford but the Hamilton man hit the side netting from close range. Three minutes from the interval, United almost fell further behind. Crawford floated a free kick into the penalty area and the unchallenged Tagliapietra was thwarted by an outstanding save from Kawashima. On the stroke of half time Paton played the ball into the chest of Mckay who controlled and turned well but his left foot shot sailed over the crossbar.

Within two minutes of the restart United were desperately unlucky not to be level. Dixon broke up the left and his cross was headed against the post by Mckay and from the rebound the Irishman was denied by a brilliant save from McGovern. That was to prove costly for the hosts as play broke forward and Imrie crossed into the United box and Docherty headed against the bar but the rebound landed on the head of Carlton Morris who nodded into the empty net. Shortly after United nearly pulled one back when firstly Fraser had a shot saved and then the resulting corner was flicked by Ofere but McGovern again saved well, this time tipping the ball onto the crossbar and the danger was cleared. United’s skipper Paul Paton then shot from distance but his effort was easily gathered. Imrie then threatened for the visitors but he sliced his effort wide from close range and then United had a chance but Mckay was denied when through on goal. The result was well and truly beyond doubt with 20 minutes remaining. Crawford’s weak shot at goal was spilled by United’s keeper and Carlton Morris had the easy job of turning the ball into the empty net. Hamilton were coasting to the three points but United did pull one back in the last minute when Paton forced the ball into the box and Simon Murray lobbed the ball over the helpless McGovern.

Written by Gareth Scott

Squad Statistics (as at April 24th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Eiji Kawashima (GK)33 16 - 16 -
Seán Dillon32 2823227
Paul Dixon29 28 - 1915
Mark Durnan23 302302
Kyle Knoyle19 7 - 7 -
Guy Demel34 151151
Scott Fraser21 322332
Paul Paton29 172946
John Rankin32 37220313
Ryan Dow24 20211113
Billy Mckay27 32133213
Blair Spittal (sub)20 387679
Edward Ofere (sub)30 9 - 9 -
Simon Murray (sub)24 213213

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at April 24th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 34 23 8 3 53 77
2. Aberdeen 34 21 5 8 17 68
3. Hearts 34 17 9 8 20 60
4. Motherwell 34 14 5 15 -7 47
5. St Johnstone 34 13 7 14 0 46
6. Ross County 34 13 5 16 -7 44
7. Dundee 34 10 14 10 0 44
8. Inverness CT 34 11 10 13 -1 43
9. Partick Th 34 11 8 15 -8 41
10. Hamilton 34 10 9 15 -17 39
11. Kilmarnock 34 8 8 18 -23 32
12. Dundee Utd 34 6 6 22 -27 21

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match
12th April 2016
Inverness CT0-0Hearts
22nd April 2016
St Johnstone3-0Aberdeen
23rd April 2016
Partick Th1-2Dundee
24th April 2016
Celtic1-1Ross County
Dundee Utd1-3Hamilton
Inverness CT3-1Kilmarnock