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Accies 1-1 Dundee Utd, 26th September

Accies media website reporter Martin McConnell with Saturday’s match details…

SPFL Premiership

Foys Stadium,  New Douglas Park, Hamilton

Saturday 26th September 2020 at 3pm.

Hamilton Academical 1 Dundee United 1

We moved up one place into tenth and level on seven points with St. Johnstone and St. Mirren. Visitors Dundee United got themselves in front early on in the game but Accies battled on throughout, creating chances until an equaliser came late in the second half for our first home point of the season.

United went ahead after three minutes when  Lawrence Shankland scored from a speedy move down the right hand side. Accies got back in the fight, giving as good as they got and showing plenty of attacking intent. With two Owolabi efforts being the best of the bunch.

After United made a good start to the second half, Hamilton were again playing on a par with the team from Tayside. Accies got their equaliser with a quarter of an hour left when Odoffin headed home from inside the six yard box  from a Templeton free kick.

Head Coach Brian Rice said that, “We had two or three good chances, as had Dundee United. I thought that it was a good open match with both sides trying to win the game.I thought it would have been very harsh if we hadn’t got something from the game.”

“I made a couple of changes just to freshen things up a bit. You’ve got to remember that I’ve had three or four boys not playing for 10 to 14 days. I’d known that I’d have to make changes. I just felt that we needed a bit more strength up front. Great credit to wee Tunde to come in and play his first game at this level, I thought he was excellent.

I  just felt that Marios’ strength would take pressure off him a wee bit. That’s nothing to do with Andrew Winter’s performance, he worked ever so hard first half. Sometimes you have to make substitutions to kick on a wee bit and I think that’s what happened.”

Accies made four changes to the side that started last week against Kilmarnock, with Collar, Ogkmpoe, Hamilton and Moyo making way for Winter, Munro, Hodson and Owolabi. Today’s opponents Dundee United made no changes and stuck with the team that beat St. Mirren 2-1.

Accies got off to the worst possible start with just three minutes played. A United clearance turned to attack when the ball was knocked wide for Chalmers to make a pacey run up the touchline. Angling toward the corner of the box, he found Sporle on the edge of the eighteen yard line. Being forced wide away from goal, he cut the ball along the six yard for Shankland to tuck away.

Accies got their first sight on goal when Hodsons cross to the back post was met by Munro, his shot seemed to be on target until blocked wide for a corner. United had another great chance, this time it went abegging after Chalmers sliced wide from the corner of the six yard box.

Accies were in no way playing second fiddle as both teams competed hard in midfield, Accies looking for an equaliser and United a second. Templeton started a good move wide left by threading a ball through three United players, Munro crossed and Owolabi headed over. A little later Owolabi headed wide from a Templeton free kick to the near post.

Hamilton were first with a second half attempt when Callachan headed well over from a Templeton corner. Then on the hour, United had a fantastic chance to double their lead when the ball broke for Shankland outside the box. Luckily the bounce hung the ball in the air scuppering any thoughts of a shot on goal, so the ball was rolled wide for Clark to strike from six yards out but Fulton blocked.

Accies finally got that much deserved equaliser on 75 minutes after being awarded a free kick wide left and almost on the touchline. Templeton struck high into the box and watched as the ball dropped like a stone in to the six yard box. Odoffin nipped in front of two defenders to head past the keeper from just above ground level.

The second half didn’t see much in the way of chances but both sides had one final effort. Scott Martin shooting wide from 20 yards and Clark skying  one over the crossbar from six yards from a Shankland ball.

Accies: Fulton, Odoffin, McMann (c) , Martin, Templeton, Want, Mimnaugh (Callachan 45), Winter (Ogkmpoe 45), Munro (Collar 84), Hodson (Hamilton 53) , Owolabi (C Smith 81).Unused: Gourlay, Trafford, Moyo, Johnson.

Goals: Odoffin 75.

Cautions: Martin, Hamilton, Odoffin, Callachan.

United: Siegrist, Sporle (Connolly 54),Reynolds, Clark, Edwards, Chalmers (Pawlett 66), Robson, Butcher (Powers 74), Bolton, Harkes, Shankland. Subs Unused: Deniz,  McMullan, C Smith, Appere, Mochre, Neilson.

Goals: Shankland 3.

Cautions: Butcher.

Referee: Alan Muir. Assistants: Daniel McFarlane & Andy  Milne. 4th Official: Kevin Clancy.

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