Accies media team reporter Mark Gillespie with Saturday’s details…
Foys Stadium, New Douglas Park, Hamilton,
Saturday 16th January 2021, kick off 3pm
Hamilton Academical 0 Dundee United 0
The sides had to settle for a share of the spoils on a wet and blustery afternoon. We drop down to 11th in the table, a point above Motherwell, prior to their match on Sunday.
Both sides might have had a claim to all three points, had one or two chances fallen their way. Accies looked solid at the back without creating too much at the other end. Brian Rice says he’ll settle for a hard won point and a clean sheet.
“I think a point is probably deserved for both teams. Ryan Fulton’s had a fantastic save and we’ve had a couple of chances ourselves. I thought defensively it was very good”, he told Accies TV
“I thought young Jamie Hamilton was outstanding. Having Easton, Aaron Martin and Hodson in there with him, talking him through it is definitely helping him.”
“We’re struggling up front, trying 24 hours a day to get people in. We rushed Marios back today and it’s great to have him back.”
“I don’t think people realise how difficult that is right now in the pandemic. The next ten days gives us time to get a few in, and a few back from injury.”
The conditions were to hamper any attacking football as the match kicked off. Brian Easton returned to captain the side, Callum Smith and Aaron Martin the other new faces from the side which lost at Rugby Park seven days earlier. The visitors were unchanged from last weekend’s draw with St Johnstone.
United probably had the better of slim first half pickings, Fulton’s reactions denying Ian Harkes’ header on 27 minutes.
Accies slowly came into it, passing up a great chance of their own 10 minutes later. On form Ross Callachan slid the ball to Callum Smith through on goal but he couldn’t test Siegrist, firing high and wide from just inside the box.
United had carried most of the possession in a disjointed first 45. But Accies came close again on the cusp of half time, Siegrist tipping away Callachan’s free kick from the corner of the box.
A niggly nervy game briefly opened up after the break. Nicky Clark, son of ex Accies Manager Sandy, had the beating of the Accies defence in 50 minutes, Fulton closing down the angle to pull off the stop.
Accies were soon up the other end, Odoffin forced a save from Siegrist, after a counter involving Hodson and Callachan.
With Odoffin growing into the holding role in midfield, a solid Accies rearguard held firm as United pressed for a late winner. Lawrence Shankland fired a couple of long-range efforts off target as the game petered out.
The fear of losing might have been a factor as the game ran out of gas. But Hakeem Odoffin marked his 25th appearance by denying a certain goal, hacking away a Harkes effort from his own goal line with eight minutes left.
Accies: Fulton, Odoffin, McMann, Stirling, Easton (c), Hamilton, A Martin, Moyo (Ogkmpoe, 67), Hodson, C Smith (Winter, 75), Callachan; Subs Unused: Gourlay, Trafford, Stanger, Mimnaugh, Munro, Owalabi, Johnson
Dundee United: Siegrist, Smith, Powers, Connolly, Reynolds, Clark, Robson, Harkes, Shankland, Appere (McNulty, 58), Neilson; Subs Unused: Deniz, Sporle, Pawlett,Edwards, Bolton, Fotheringham, Mochrie, Smith
Bookings: Neilson, 45, McNulty, 70, Reynolds (90+1)
Referee: Greg Aitken Assistants: Alan Mulvanny and Craig Ferguson 4th Official: Lloyd Wilson