Ziggy Gordon scored a 79th minute winner for Hamilton Accies, lifting them into fifth place above Ross County, as they ran out 2-1 winners over Dundee United at Tannadice, report by Martin McConnell.
Bottom placed United, however, were left wondering why they hadn’t taken at least a point from a match that they had dominated for long spells.
United went ahead on 28 minutes, after a spell were they looked increasingly dangerous in front of the Hamilton goal, from a Billy McKay strike. Accies were lucky to go into the break only 1-0 down. Accies changed their system to cope with United, and it seemed to work.
The golden rule when playing Hamilton is, put your chances away when you get them, one goal usually isn’t enough. This turned out to be the case, when Durnan put the ball into his own net whilst under pressure from Tagliapietra, then Gordon struck the winner.
Hamilton found the slippery surface difficult, but started on the front foot by taking the game to United. Dougie Imrie sent an early shot over the cross bar, then Ziggy Gordon done likewise from a cleared Imrie free kick.
United wasted a couple of chances, but gave a glimpse of the speed in which they could move the ball forward.
Hamilton had their first warning when Sean Dillon sent the ball forward to Blair Spittal, who in turn sent onto Paul Dixon. His twenty yard shot looked dangerous, but was blocked by an Accies defender.
Accies broke forward at speed, Kurtaj playing wide to Morris, the striker ran in and whipped the ball low across the goal mouth, Imrie ran in but failed to connect. This was the last Hamilton would see of the United goal for a while, as United ramped up the pressure.
Souttar played from the back up to Spittal, who then found McKay outside the Hamilton penalty area, he was in a positon to shoot but Ziggy Gordon slid in and saved the day. John Souttar then slipped a pass through the Accies defence for Billy McKay to slide past McGovern, 1-0.
Minutes later, McKay played Spittal on for a golden opportunity but McGovern wasted no time by coming out to block. McKay kept the pressure on the Hamilton defence with a twenty five yard shot that skimmed the top of the cross bar.
Accies keeper was being kept busy, and saved another attempt on his goal, the rebound rolled to Dixon who sent to the back post, but McKay sent over the bar.
With less than two minutes into the second half, McKay sent the ball into the Accies penalty area for Blair Spittal to chase, McGovern sprinted off his line to clear as the conditions worsened. McGovern then made another last ditch save from a McKay effort that kept his side in the game.
Hamilton’s luck held out a little longer when Tagliapietra used the conditions to slide in and take the ball from Blair Spittal, just as he was about to pull the trigger. Accies then pulled level when a corner was swung in and the ball came off of Durnan whilst under pressure from Tagliapietra, 1-1.
The winner came when Ali Crawford’s initial shot was blocked, the ball found its way out to Ziggy Gordon who stuck into the corner of the goal, for his first of the season, 2-1.
Accies boss Martin Canning after the game, said: “Football’s strange, we’ve played better in games and not won, today we probably didn’t play as well. Look at the conditions, for us to get the ball down and play was always going to be difficult, always going to be a battle.
“I didn’t think we battled hard enough in the first half and I thought they out fought us. “We fought well in the second half and over the piece a great win for us.”
A disappointed Mixu Paatelainen added: “To score an own goal and after that, one or two players were shaky with their confidence. You could see that we were up against it. But at the same time I must say that we should have put this game to bed a long time before that.”
Dundee United: Szromnik, Dillon, Dixon, Souttar, McKay, Rankin (Taggart 89), McGowan, Telfer (Fraser 75), Durnan, Gunning, Spittal. Subs Unused: Zwick, Murray, Spark, Donaldson, Demel.
Hamilton Accies: McGovern, Gordon, Kurakins, Gillespie, Imrie (D’Acol 57), Crawford, Kurtaj (Docherty 64), Morris (Nade 77), Sendles-White, Mackinnon, Tagliapietra. Subs Unused: Martin, Longridge, Garcia Tena, Boyd.