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Hamilton   1 - 1   Dundee Utd

Hamilton v Dundee Utd

Highlights - Hamilton 1-1 Dundee Utd

By Colin Moffat

A late header from Andis Shala denied struggling Hamilton Accies their first home win of season.

Mickael Antoine-Curier converted a penalty on 33 minutes after Gavin Skelton had been caught by the outstretched boot of Prince Buaben.

David Goodwillie, Johnny Russell and David Robertson all spurned close-range chances for United in the first half.

But substitute Shala came to their rescue when he steered in an impressive header from Craig Conway's delivery.

The draw leaves rock-bottom Accies seven points adrift of 11th-placed St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League, while United continue to hover in mid-table.

Hamilton knocked the ball around confidently in the early stages, with lone striker Antoine-Curier full of nice touches and clever flicks.

However, the home defence appeared rather fragile and the visitors looked dangerous every time they ventured forward.

Goodwillie did well to reach a miscued cross from Scott Robertson but powered a downward header narrowly wide before hesitancy from Skelton provided Craig Conway with a shooting opportunity.

Accies goalkeeper Tomas Cerny was able to beat away the United winger's rasping shot to spare his team-mate's blushes.

There was nowhere for Russell to hide when he was guilty of a terrible miss as he slid in at the back post to connect with Goodwillie's delivery across the face of goal.

The ball somehow got stuck under his legs and trundled wide, much to his embarrassment.

Following a long throw-in, the ball fell kindly for Skelton near the penalty spot, but the Hamilton man skewed his volley horribly wide.

Soon after, Skelton was again involved as his progress into the penalty box was impeded by the high boot of Buaben.

Andis Shala scored a late equaliser for Dundee United
Shala celebrates his late headed equaliser for United

Contact looked minimal, but referee Alan Muir pointed to the spot and Antoine-Curier tucked the ball away following a stuttering run-up that bordered on a breach of the rules.

United had a great chance to draw level when Paul Dixon's curling cross from the left found David Robertson right in front of goal, but the midfielder side-footed over the crossbar.

Danny Swanson and Stuart Armstrong were introduced as substitutes for United early in the second half, but the visitors were sluggish after the break.

Accies boss Billy Reid had thrown on Mark Carrington, Andy Graham and Damian Casalinuovo before the 65th minute, with the home team looking more solid as a result.

Casalinuovo met a cross from Dougie Imrie at the back post, but the former United striker lacked conviction and Dixon was able to block his weak, stooping header.

Worse was to follow from Casalinuovo as he expertly pulled down a high ball and shimmied past a defender in the penalty box, only to fall flat on his face as he stubbed a woeful shot wide.

With Accies sitting deep in the final 15 minutes, United were afforded more time on the ball and Cerny had to push away a long-range strike from Dixon after gathering an effort on the turn from Goodwillie.

And the scores were level on 83 minutes when Shala rose highest in a crowded penalty area to nod in a cross from Conway.

Goodwillie drove into the penalty area in injury time, but Cerny made a good block at his near post to make sure his side picked up a precious point.

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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamilton 1-1 Dundee Utd FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Antoine-Curier (pen) 33
  • Shala 83

Hamilton

  • 01 Cerny
  • 06 McLaughlin
  • 25 Elebert
  • 03 Skelton
  • 08 McDonald (Graham 60)
  • 11 McAlister
  • 22 Routledge
  • 27 Mensing
  • 07 Imrie yellow card
  • 18 Flavio Paixao (Carrington 46)
  • 99 Antoine-Curier yellow card (Casalinuovo 66)

Substitutes

  • 19 Murdoch,
  • 05 Graham,
  • 12 Buchanan,
  • 13 Carrington,
  • 17 Crawford,
  • 09 Casalinuovo,
  • 30 Hasselbaink

Dundee Utd

  • 01 Pernis
  • 02 Dillon
  • 03 Dixon
  • 21 van der Meulen (Shala 70)
  • 23 Watson
  • 06 Conway
  • 08 Robertson
  • 12 Robertson (Armstrong 53)
  • 15 Buaben yellow card (Swanson 53)
  • 25 Goodwillie
  • 27 Russell

Substitutes

  • 28 Mentel,
  • 17 Douglas,
  • 14 Swanson,
  • 16 Gomis,
  • 43 Armstrong,
  • 20 Shala,
  • 30 Dow
Ref: MuirAtt: 2,011
HAMILTON
DUNDEE UTD

Possession

  • Hamilton 47%
  • Dundee Utd 53%

Attempts on target

  • Hamilton 0
  • Dundee Utd 2

Attempts off target

  • Hamilton 1
  • Dundee Utd 3

Corners

  • Hamilton 2
  • Dundee Utd 5

Fouls

  • Hamilton 17
  • Dundee Utd 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:01 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+1:08 Booking Douglas Imrie receives a yellow card.
  • 88:41 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the left by-line, save made by Tomas Cerny.
  • 84:55 Foul by Andis Shala on David Elebert, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • Correction - 82:55 GOAL - Andis ShalaHamilton 1 - 1 Dundee Utd Andis Shala grabs a headed goal from close in. Hamilton 1-1 Dundee Utd.
  • 82:55 The assist for the goal came from Craig Conway.
  • 82:55 GOAL - Andis ShalaHamilton 1 - 1 Dundee Utd Andis Shala finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Hamilton 1-1 Dundee Utd.
  • Correction - 82:40 Outswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon.
  • 82:40 Corner taken by Dusan Pernis from the right by-line.
  • 80:05 Unfair challenge on Sean Dillon by Damian Casalinuovo results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
  • 78:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by James McAlister on Craig Conway. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Craig Conway from left wing.
  • 77:05 Douglas Imrie fouled by Andis Shala, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 76:27 James McAlister concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Conway. Craig Conway crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, David Elebert manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:46 Paul Dixon takes the inswinging corner, David Elebert manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:02 Corner taken by Douglas Imrie.
  • 70:31 Foul by Andy Graham on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Conway, David Elebert makes a clearance.
  • 69:10 Substitution Timothy van der Meulen leaves the field to be replaced by Andis Shala.
  • 68:22 Timothy van der Meulen concedes a free kick for a foul on Damian Casalinuovo. Douglas Imrie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Sean Dillon.
  • 65:25 Substitution Damian Casalinuovo on for Mickael Antoine-Curier.
  • 64:16 Andy Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Conway. Craig Conway delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 63:28 David Elebert challenges Johnny Russell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Conway.
  • 62:22 Unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier by Keith Watson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Douglas Imrie.
  • 60:31 The official flags Mickael Antoine-Curier offside. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
  • 59:41 Substitution (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with Andy Graham coming on for Gary McDonald.
  • 57:58 Foul by Jonathon Routledge on David Goodwillie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Scott Robertson.
  • 56:37 Keith Watson concedes a free kick for a foul on Douglas Imrie. David Elebert takes the free kick.
  • 55:09 David Goodwillie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
  • 52:27 Substitution Daniel Swanson is brought on as a substitute for Prince Buaben.
  • 52:27 Substitution Stuart Armstrong on for David Robertson.
  • 51:38 Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Gary McDonald results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Prince Buaben.
  • 51:25 Booking The referee cautions Mickael Antoine-Curier for unsporting behaviour.
  • 50:53 Booking Caution for Prince Buaben.
  • 47:40 The referee blows for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Mark Carrington replaces Flavio Paixao.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:10 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:26 Foul by Flavio Paixao on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded. Scott Robertson takes the free kick.
  • 42:35 Corner taken by Craig Conway from the left by-line, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
  • 41:49 Flavio Paixao is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Timothy van der Meulen.
  • 41:23 Foul by Gary McDonald on Prince Buaben, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Prince Buaben.
  • 38:43 Unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier by Timothy van der Meulen results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Mensing.
  • 36:42 Douglas Imrie is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. David Robertson takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:46 Flavio Paixao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Robertson. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:55 The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon, David Robertson produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 33:40 Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Conway, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance.
  • 32:53 Gavin Skelton fouled by Prince Buaben, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 32:53 GOAL - Mickael Antoine-CurierHamilton 1 - 0 Dundee Utd Penalty scored by Mickael Antoine-Curier. Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd.
  • 30:26 Gavin Skelton challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Watson takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:12 Effort on goal by Gavin Skelton from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 22:35 Gavin Skelton concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Conway. Keith Watson takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:50 A cross is delivered by David Goodwillie, Johnny Russell has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
  • Correction - 19:01 Craig Conway takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
  • 19:01 Craig Conway takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 17:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Skelton on Johnny Russell. Free kick taken by Keith Watson.
  • Correction - 16:19 Simon Mensing gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell. Craig Conway takes the indirect free kick.
  • 16:19 Johnny Russell fouled by Simon Mensing, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Conway takes the indirect free kick.
  • 11:29 The ball is delivered by David Robertson, Headed effort from deep inside the area by David Goodwillie misses to the right of the goal.
  • 9:13 Flavio Paixao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Watson. Keith Watson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 7:47 Gavin Skelton concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Russell. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
  • 5:16 Inswinging corner taken by Flavio Paixao.
  • 3:59 David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 1:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Conway on David Elebert. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Scottish Premier results

26 Feb 2011 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 26 44 64
2 Rangers 24 30 56
3 Hearts 27 19 55
4 Kilmarnock 27 7 39
5 Motherwell 27 -6 34
6 Inverness CT 27 1 33
7 Dundee Utd 24 -3 31
8 St Johnstone 25 -12 30
9 Aberdeen 27 -14 30
10 Hibernian 27 -15 28
11 St Mirren 27 -22 22
12 Hamilton 26 -29 15

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Run of draws frustrates Houston
26 Feb 11 |  Dundee Utd


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