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Hamilton unlucky over Covid issues, says Rice after 0-0 draw with Dundee Utd

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Brian Rice feels Hamilton Academical have been "a wee bit unlucky" with how Covid-19 has affected their fixtures.

Accies' games with Aberdeen and St Mirren were postponed and Hamilton were initially awarded three points for the match with the Buddies.

However, St Mirren's appeal against that ruling was successful and the match will be rearranged.

"We just get on with it," Rice said after Saturday's goalless stalemate with Dundee United.

"That's twice now. We were meant to play Aberdeen when Aberdeen had nine people out with Covid and a suspension and we went and played them after it when they had their full team. We were meant to play St Mirren when they were depleted. They'll have their full team. We've been a wee bit unlucky."

Hamilton remained second bottom after drawing with United but could slip to the foot of the table if Motherwell draw or win against Rangers on Sunday. The Tangerines stayed sixth.

Dundee United saw more of the ball in the first half and should have moved into the lead when Dillon Powers crossed from right to left and Ian Harkes nodded towards goal, Ryan Fulton somehow keeping it out on his return to the starting line-up.

At the other end, Callum Smith stayed onside when found by Ross Callachan but could not keep his effort down and a free-kick by Callachan was pushed out by goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.

Siegrist held Lee Hodson's shot early in the second half and also got a touch on Hakeem Odoffin's effort.

In between times Nicky Clark drew a save from Fulton from the edge of the Hamilton box.

Lawrence Shankland, having been starved of service, finally had a sight of goal from Harkes' lay-off and fired past the left-hand post.

United finished as strongly as they had started but could not find a way through.

Man of the match - Mark Connolly

David Moyo and Mark Connolly
It was a day when defences were on top and Connolly (top) made life difficult for the Hamilton attack

What did we learn?

The wet and windy conditions did not lend themselves to flowing football and both teams struggled particularly in the final third.

Hamilton, with defenders Odoffin and Ben Stirling playing in central midfield, tried to crowd Dundee United out but it limited them going forward.

The visitors were much more forceful in attack but too often their final ball let them down. Still, a point keeps them on course for a top-six finish in their first season back in the Premiership.

What did they say?

Hamilton content with point - Rice

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice: "Probably a fair result. It was slippy and it was windy. It was a gritty performance. You could easily lose these games so to walk away, get a point, we'll take that.

"It was a really good save from Ryan Fulton. It's his first game in about a month so I'm delighted for him. We've got another clean sheet, so I'm delighted with that."

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon: "Over the course of 90 minutes, performance wise, we're satisfied, apart from not putting an end to some of the moves that we created.

"We have to get better at getting on the end of those chances or being more clinical when they come, we know that. Defensively, we were excellent. We're building in the right direction."

'Dundee Utd need to be more clinical'

What's next?

Both teams need to wait 11 days for their next match with Hamilton away to Celtic and Dundee United at home to St Mirren on 27 January (both 19:45 GMT).

Player of the match

SiegristBenjamin Siegrist

with an average of 8.13

Hamilton Academical

  1. Squad number23Player nameFulton
    Average rating

    5.64

  2. Squad number16Player nameMartin
    Average rating

    5.06

  3. Squad number4Player nameStirling
    Average rating

    4.97

  4. Squad number3Player nameMcMann
    Average rating

    4.88

  5. Squad number6Player nameHamilton
    Average rating

    4.87

  6. Squad number34Player nameCallachan
    Average rating

    4.84

  7. Squad number32Player nameSmith
    Average rating

    4.81

  8. Squad number5Player nameEaston
    Average rating

    4.80

  9. Squad number2Player nameOdoffin
    Average rating

    4.55

  10. Squad number20Player nameMoyo
    Average rating

    4.45

  11. Squad number27Player nameHodson
    Average rating

    4.33

  12. Squad number9Player nameOgkmpoe
    Average rating

    3.59

  13. Squad number19Player nameWinter
    Average rating

    3.35

Dundee United

  1. Squad number1Player nameSiegrist
    Average rating

    8.13

  2. Squad number27Player nameAppéré
    Average rating

    7.58

  3. Squad number2Player nameSmith
    Average rating

    7.47

  4. Squad number24Player nameShankland
    Average rating

    7.44

  5. Squad number6Player nameReynolds
    Average rating

    7.39

  6. Squad number17Player nameRobson
    Average rating

    7.28

  7. Squad number30Player nameNeilson
    Average rating

    7.22

  8. Squad number4Player namePowers
    Average rating

    7.22

  9. Squad number23Player nameHarkes
    Average rating

    7.16

  10. Squad number5Player nameConnolly
    Average rating

    7.08

  11. Squad number10Player nameClark
    Average rating

    6.88

  12. Squad number9Player nameMcNulty
    Average rating

    6.86

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 23Fulton
  • 6HamiltonBooked at 87mins
  • 16Martin
  • 5Easton
  • 27Hodson
  • 2Odoffin
  • 4Stirling
  • 3McMann
  • 34Callachan
  • 32SmithSubstituted forWinterat 76'minutes
  • 20MoyoSubstituted forOgkmpoeat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ogkmpoe
  • 14Trafford
  • 17Stanger
  • 18Mimnaugh
  • 19Winter
  • 21Munro
  • 22Gourlay
  • 36Owolabi
  • 37Johnson

Dundee Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Siegrist
  • 30NeilsonBooked at 45mins
  • 5Connolly
  • 6ReynoldsBooked at 90mins
  • 2Smith
  • 10Clark
  • 4Powers
  • 23Harkes
  • 17Robson
  • 27AppéréSubstituted forMcNultyat 58'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 24Shankland

Substitutes

  • 3Spörle
  • 8Pawlett
  • 9McNulty
  • 12Edwards
  • 19Mehmet
  • 20Bolton
  • 25Fotheringham
  • 26Mochrie
  • 43Smith
Referee:
Greg Aitken

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Dundee United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Dundee United 0.

  3. Booking

    Mark Reynolds (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Mark Reynolds (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Hakeem Odoffin.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Hakeem Odoffin.

  8. Post update

    Marc McNulty (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Booking

    Jamie Hamilton (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Marc McNulty (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Hamilton (Hamilton Academical).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Dundee United. Lawrence Shankland tries a through ball, but Marc McNulty is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ben Stirling.

  16. Post update

    Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Winter replaces Callum Smith.

  19. Post update

    Mark Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton Academical).

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