Dundee United stay on track to retain the Scottish Cup after deservedly defeating Scottish Premier League rivals Hamilton in the fifth round.
Jon Daly headed United into the lead from close range when Paul Dixon's shot was initially blocked by goalkeeper Tomas Cerny after 20 minutes.
A deflected Dixon drive beat Cerny for United's second after 39 minutes.
Mickael Antoine-Curier headed a reply a minute after the break, but Prince Buaben poked home after 59 minutes.
Dixon had returned to United's starting line-up, taking the place of Barry Douglas at left-back.
Accies made four changes following their midweek defeat by St Johnstone, with Mark McLaughlin, Lee Kilday, Marco Paixao and Jon Rougledge replacing Jim McAlister, James Chambers, Ziggy Gordon and Damien Casalinuovo.
Hamilton may have lacked a cutting edge in midweek, but they created the first clear-cut chance within eight minutes.
Antoine-Curier played a lovely low ball from the wing into the path of Dougie Imrie, but the diminutive forward's poor first-touch as he tore unmarked into the penalty box took it safely into the arms of goalkeeper Dusan Pernis.
Imrie's afternoon deteriorated further when he conceded the free-kick from which United took the lead with their first real threat on goal.
The Accies forward was caught out as Craig Conway found Dixon with his quickly taken set-piece and, when the full-back's low drive struck the legs of goalkeeper Cerny, Daly rose to head the high spinning ball into the net from five yards.
That appeared to settle United and David Goodwillie was next to threaten with one of his trademark shots on the turn, but it flew too straight and into the arms of Cerny.
With a combination of bad luck and poor defending, Accies contributed to United's second goal when Dixon reacted quicker than Imrie to Andy Graham's defensive header and the left-back's low drive from 20 yards deflected off Martin Canning and past Cerny.
Accies looked shell-shocked but were presented with a chance to pull a goal back just before half-time when a cross into the box fell to Marco Paixao only for the Portuguese forward to fire wildly over.
However, the home side were back in the tie within seconds of the restart when Graham broke down the right, his cross found Antoine-Curier at the back post and the powerful header flew past Pernis.
It was United's turn to be knocked out of their stride and Marco Paixao was off target with a pot shot from 25 yards.
Just as Accies threatened a comeback, United struck again when Conway's curling free-kick to the back post was headed back across goal by Daly and Buaben forced the ball across the line from five yards.
United were again looking the more dangerous side and a Daly drive from just outside the penalty box was saved by Cerny at the second attempt.
Half chances followed at both ends, but United eased into the quarter-finals without too many more nervous moments.
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Saturday, 5 February 2011
04 Canning yellow card
05 Graham (Wildig 81)
06 McLaughlin yellow card
07 Imrie (Casalinuovo 81)
21 Paixao (McAlister 66)
08 Robertson yellow card (Gomis 76)
Ref: Craig ThomsonAtt: 2,577
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+2:10 The referee ends the match.
90:00+1:40 The referee blows for offside against David Goodwillie. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
90:00+0:33 The ball is crossed by Craig Conway.
90:00+0:07 David Goodwillie is ruled offside. Martin Canning takes the indirect free kick.
89:38 Effort on goal by Aaron Wildig from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
89:30 The ball is swung over by James McAlister, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
86:36 Aaron Wildig sends in a cross.
84:26 James McAlister concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Conway. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
83:34 Unfair challenge on Jonathon Routledge by Keith Watson results in a free kick. Jonathon Routledge takes the direct free kick.
83:08 Prince Buaben gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Wildig. Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
82:36 The ball is sent over by Prince Buaben, Martin Canning manages to make a clearance.
80:55 David Goodwillie is ruled offside. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
80:55 Substitution Damian Casalinuovo comes on in place of Douglas Imrie.
80:55 Substitution Andy Graham leaves the field to be replaced by Aaron Wildig.
79:18 Corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie.
78:40 James McAlister sends in a cross, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
76:49 Jon Daly takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
75:16 Substitution Morgaro Gomis comes on in place of Scott Robertson.
74:40 Centre by Craig Conway, clearance made by Andy Graham.
74:04 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, save by Tomas Cerny.
73:01 The ball is crossed by Douglas Imrie, save by Dusan Pernis.
71:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Robertson on David Buchanan. Direct free kick taken by Jonathon Routledge.
69:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier by Scott Robertson. David Buchanan takes the direct free
65:52 Substitution James McAlister on for Marco Paixao.
64:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Buchanan on David Goodwillie. Paul Dixon has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
62:17 The assistant referee signals for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
61:59 The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Conway. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
60:42 Marco Paixao fouled by Scott Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
60:42 Booking Scott Robertson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
60:17 The ball is crossed by Keith Watson.
59:23 David Robertson challenges Marco Paixao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marco Paixao takes the free kick.
58:12 Assist by Jon Daly.
58:12 GOAL - Prince Buaben:Hamilton 1 - 3 Dundee Utd Prince Buaben grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Hamilton 1-3 Dundee Utd.
57:12 Foul by Jonathon Routledge on David Goodwillie, free kick awarded. Craig Conway crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right wing.
53:27 Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Dixon, Mark McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.
52:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Canning on Craig Conway. Direct free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
52:43 Booking Martin Canning is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
51:18 The ball is delivered by David Goodwillie.
50:29 David Goodwillie crosses the ball.
49:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Graham on Craig Conway. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
49:12 Effort from just outside the box by Marco Paixao goes over the bar.
48:13 The ball is crossed by Marco Paixao, clearance by Keith Watson.
47:39 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance.
47:12 Corner taken by Craig Conway played to the near post, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance.
45:37 Andy Graham provided the assist for the goal.
45:37 GOAL - Mickael Antoine-Curier:Hamilton 1 - 2 Dundee Utd Mickael Antoine-Curier grabs a headed goal from close range. Hamilton 1-2 Dundee Utd.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+0:57 The ref blows to signal half-time.
45:00+0:20 Centre by David Buchanan, clearance by Scott Robertson.
44:54 The ball is crossed by Douglas Imrie.
44:19 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Marco Paixao goes wide of the right-hand upright.
42:37 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, save by Tomas Cerny.
42:31 The ball is sent over by Craig Conway, clearance by Lee Kilday.
41:44 Mark McLaughlin fouled by Jon Daly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Marco Paixao, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
40:10 The ball is swung over by David Goodwillie, Mark Carrington manages to make a clearance.
38:56 GOAL - Paul Dixon:Hamilton 0 - 2 Dundee Utd Paul Dixon finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal.
Hamilton 0-2 Dundee Utd.
38:34 Marco Paixao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
36:47 A cross is delivered by David Goodwillie.
35:58 The ball is swung over by David Buchanan, Paul Dixon makes a clearance.
34:18 Craig Conway fouled by Marco Paixao, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Dixon crosses the ball in from the free kick.
32:54 Mark Carrington challenges Prince Buaben unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
30:21 Douglas Imrie delivers the ball, save by Dusan Pernis.
28:08 David Goodwillie takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
27:01 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway.
26:53 A cross is delivered by Prince Buaben, Jonathon Routledge gets a block in.
26:24 Foul by Mark McLaughlin on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded. Prince Buaben restarts play with the free kick.
26:24 Booking Mark McLaughlin booked for unsporting behaviour.
25:12 Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, clearance made by Jon Daly.
25:08 Centre by Andy Graham, Paul Dixon gets a block in.
22:37 The ball is delivered by Craig Conway, clearance made by Andy Graham.
22:23 Jon Daly crosses the ball, clearance made by Lee Kilday.
19:29 Assist by Paul Dixon.
19:29 GOAL - Jon Daly:Hamilton 0 - 1 Dundee Utd Jon Daly grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hamilton 0-1 Dundee Utd.
19:11 Andy Graham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Craig Conway restarts play with the free kick.
16:55 A cross is delivered by Garry Kenneth, save by Tomas Cerny.
16:33 Craig Conway produces a cross, clearance made by Martin Canning.
13:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.
12:42 A cross is delivered by David Robertson, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
12:29 Centre by Keith Watson, clearance made by David Buchanan.
10:23 A cross is delivered by Craig Conway, Martin Canning manages to make a clearance.
9:31 The referee gives a free kick against Douglas Imrie for handball. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
7:31 The ball is delivered by Craig Conway.
6:33 David Buchanan challenges Scott Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Conway delivers the ball from the free
kick right-footed from right channel, save made by Tomas Cerny.
6:08 The ball is crossed by Mickael Antoine-Curier.
5:38 Martin Canning produces a cross, save by Dusan Pernis.
4:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Watson on Marco Paixao. Mark Carrington takes the direct free kick.
1:52 David Buchanan challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.
0:53 Mickael Antoine-Curier is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
0:49 A cross is delivered by David Buchanan.
0:17 Foul by Paul Dixon on Douglas Imrie, free kick awarded. Martin Canning takes the direct free kick.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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