Hamilton Academical fought back to snatch their first home point of the Scottish Premiership season to deny Dundee United victory.
Lawrence Shankland’s fourth-minute opener had United in control for the majority of the game, but Accies responded with 15 minutes left thanks to a Hakeem Odoffin diving header.
The point lifts Brian Rice’s Lanarkshire side out the relegation play-off spot on goal difference into 10th. Meanwhile, Micky Mellon’s side drop to seventh.
The away side were rewarded for a bright start after great work down the right by Logan Chalmers allowed him to find Adrian Sporle on the edge of the area. The full-back managed to work his way into the box before laying the ball on a plate for Shankland to steer home his second goal of the season.
Hamilton responded well as Kyle Munro saw a goal-bound effort blocked, but United were always a threat on the counter as the lively Chalmers skipped into the box only to slice an effort wide.
Both sides then had further opportunities as Tunde Owolabi squandered a golden chance when he could not divert a free header towards goal, and up the other end Luke Bolton’s driven effort from the right went just past the far post for the visitors.
Hamilton came out battling in the second half, but United were always a threat as Shankland almost turned provider for strike partner Nicky Clark. However, his close-range effort was well saved by Ryan Fulton.
And even though United looked in control, they were made to pay for not taking their chances as David Templeton’s dangerous free-kick was met superbly by the diving head of Odoffin.
The equaliser gave Rice’s men a spark as Scott Martin saw a low strike go just past the post, but it was the away side who came closest to winning it as Clark saw a close-range effort sail over the bar.
Man of the match – Hakeem Odoffin
What did we learn?
Brian Rice would have been concerned with the game approaching the last quarter. Until then his side had not registered a single goal or point at home and were heading to the foot of the table, but Odoffin’s timely equaliser means Rice’s men are out of the relegation play-off place for now and should give them belief in the weeks to come.
There is no doubt Micky Mellon will feel like this is two points dropped, but there are not many teams who will enjoy welcoming United to their ground this season. The pace Mellon’s side breaks at can be frightening at times, and with Shankland back in the team to provide the finishing touch, they will pose a threat to anyone.
What they said
Hamilton head coach Brian Rice: “I can’t ask for any more, after losing an early goal and showing the reliance and determination.
“The ‘Hamilton spirit’, as we call it, was evident again today. It’s not about the first 11 here, it’s about the full squad and the club in general. The lads throw their bodies on the line, to play for Hamilton that’s what you need to do, that’s non-negotiable.”
Dundee United manager Micky Mellon: “You always feel when you’re playing against a battling Hamilton side, with the amount of free-kicks given, if you knock off at any time you may give yourself problems.
“We had chances all the way through until Hamilton equalised to put the game to bed. We weren’t able to do that. You always run the risk. Just from that one moment we haven’t picked up. In the Scottish Premiership you can’t switch off for a second.”
Hamilton take on Hibernian at Easter Road on Friday (19: 45 BST) as Dundee United welcome Livingston to Tannadice on the same evening (19: 45 BST).
- 2OdoffinBooked at 84mins
- 27HodsonSubstituted forHamiltonat 62′minutesBooked at 79mins
- 8MartinBooked at 40mins
- 18MimnaughSubstituted forCallachanat 45′minutesBooked at 89mins
- 21MunroSubstituted forCollarat 85′minutes
- 36OwolabiSubstituted forSmithat 82′minutes
- 19WinterSubstituted forOgkmpoeat 45′minutes
- 15ChalmersSubstituted forPawlettat 66′minutes
- 18ButcherBooked at 37minsSubstituted forPowersat 74′minutes
- 3SporleSubstituted forConnollyat 54′minutes
Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Dundee United 1.
Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Dundee United 1.
Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).
Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Ian Harkes (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Offside, Hamilton Academical. Jamie Hamilton tries a through ball, but Marios Ogkmpoe is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Ian Harkes (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Ross Callachan (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ross Callachan (Hamilton Academical).
Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lawrence Shankland with a cross.
Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).
Jamie Hamilton (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Ryan Edwards (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton Academical).
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Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Will Collar replaces Kyle Munro.
Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).
Scott Martin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.To Top