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Corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, clearance made by Prince Buaben.
Jon Daly scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-1 Hamilton.The assist for the goal came from David Goodwillie.
David Hopkirk comes on in place of Ali Crawford.
Douglas Imrie sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Jonathon Routledge from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Douglas, clearance by David Elebert.
Centre by Gavin Skelton, clearance made by Timothy van der Meulen.
Gavin Skelton fouled by Jon Daly, the ref awards a free kick. David Elebert restarts play with the free kick.
Ali Crawford has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide of the right-hand post.
Effort from just outside the box by Prince Buaben goes over the bar.
Gary McDonald is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Gary McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Swanson. Prince Buaben produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Ali Crawford takes the inswinging corner, Prince Buaben makes a clearance.
Ali Crawford produces a cross, blocked by Prince Buaben.
Douglas Imrie fouled by Timothy van der Meulen, the ref awards a free kick. Ali Crawford crosses the ball in from the free kick, David Robertson manages to make a clearance.
James McAlister has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Barry Douglas takes the outswinging corner, Jonathon Routledge manages to make a clearance.
David Goodwillie takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
Jon Daly on for Scott Robertson. Corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas, Jon Daly has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Prince Buaben takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas from the left by-line, clearance by Simon Mensing.
Gavin Skelton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mickael Antoine-Curier.
Daniel Swanson on for Morgaro Gomis.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McAlister by Johnny Russell. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Douglas Imrie from right wing, save by Dusan Pernis.
David Goodwillie produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
(Hamilton) makes a substitution, with Alex Neil coming on for Mark Carrington.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas, clearance made by Jonathon Routledge.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Douglas Imrie, Headed effort from close range by Simon Mensing goes wide left of the goal.
David Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ali Crawford. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
Prince Buaben comes on in place of Andis Shala. The referee blows for offside. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas from the left by-line, Mark Carrington manages to make a clearance.
Flavio Paixao crosses the ball, Mickael Antoine-Curier produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis by Mark Carrington results in a free kick. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
Gary McDonald takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Foul by Johnny Russell on James McAlister, free kick awarded. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
Scott Robertson crosses the ball.
Mickael Antoine-Curier is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
David Goodwillie fires in a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-1 Hamilton.Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas from the left by-line, Barry Douglas provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Simon Mensing. David Goodwillie restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Douglas Imrie on David Goodwillie. Free kick crossed by Barry Douglas, Tomas Cerny makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Andis Shala. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Flavio Paixao challenges Johnny Russell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Douglas takes the free kick.
Flavio Paixao has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Gary McDonald fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Carrington takes the direct free kick.
Morgaro Gomis crosses the ball, save made by Tomas Cerny.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andis Shala on Mark Carrington. Douglas Imrie takes the direct free kick.
Flavio Paixao grabs a headed goal from close in. Dundee Utd 0-1 Hamilton.Simon Mensing provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Douglas Imrie.
Corner taken right-footed by Ali Crawford, David Elebert takes a shot. Barry Douglas gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Mark Carrington by David Robertson results in a free kick. David Elebert restarts play with the free kick.
Flavio Paixao takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
Foul by Andis Shala on Simon Mensing, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Simon Mensing.
Gary McDonald takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas, comfortable save by Tomas Cerny.
Corner taken right-footed by Ali Crawford from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Keith Watson.
Corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, Andis Shala makes a clearance.
Handball by David Goodwillie. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Timothy van der Meulen challenges Flavio Paixao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
The ball is swung over by James McAlister, clearance by Timothy van der Meulen.
The ball is crossed by Douglas Imrie, save made by Dusan Pernis.
Jonathon Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on David Robertson. David Robertson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Mensing by Andis Shala. James McAlister restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by James McAlister, clearance by Sean Dillon.
Houston forced to rotate busy squad
Dundee United boss Peter Houston will continue with his mix-and-match policy as he bids to stop his players succumbing to fatigue.
The Tangerines beat Aberdeen on Monday and face Hamilton on Thursday before games against Motherwell on Sunday and then Hearts next Wednesday to complete a hectic schedule.
Houston's side have been packing in the games to try to catch up with the rest of the clubs before the split and he is conscious of not asking too much of the same players.
The Tannadice boss, who is likely to bring back David Robertson and Paul Dixon to the side, admits he has one eye on Sunday's Scottish Cup tie but insists his players' focus is solely on Accies.
He said: "I mixed it up against Inverness and Aberdeen so I will make a couple of changes because I want to rest a couple of them before Sunday.
"But it will still be a strong team against Hamilton. It won't be a team of boys like I did before the cup last season.
"It's an important game for us because although we've put six points between ourselves and Aberdeen, I still see them as a threat so we need to get as many on the board as possible.
"We have three games in hand but they're all hard games so we can take nothing for granted."
Accies are struggling at the bottom of the table, but, after holding United to a point at New Douglas Park less than a fortnight ago, Houston will not be taking them lightly.
He added: "I have a lot of respect for Hamilton. They have made it difficult for us in the past, most recently just 12 days ago.
"If we create the amount of chances we did at New Douglas Park then I'll be happy.
"Scoring the first goal is important because it will entice Hamilton out a bit.
"They have good experience and will have Alex Neil back, although he might be on the bench."
United will be without Craig Conway after he strained a thigh muscle on Monday against Aberdeen, but he will be back for Sunday.
Striker Jon Daly and Garry Kenneth are also making steady progress from injury and could be back next week.
Houston said: "Craig Conway will miss out because of the thigh problem he picked up on Monday but Paul Dixon is back again.
"Jon Daly and Garry Kenneth are getting better too. They have both healed quickly but we'll have to be careful with them.
"Daly might have a chance for the bench next week while Garry is bouncing about desperate to be involved. It would be great to get them back soon."
Hamilton welcome back talismanic skipper Alex Neil ahead of the clash.
The 29-year-old midfielder's season has been blighted with a hip injury and his only appearance was in a 1-0 win against Motherwell at Fir Park in October - the last time bottom side Accies won an SPL match.
Neil suffered a setback after having to come off in the second half of the derby win and manager Billy Reid has bemoaned his absence on an almost weekly basis.
"Alex is back in training and we will be looking for him to rack up a few games between now and the end of the season," Taylor told Press Association Sport.
"He will bring fantastic experience, knowledge and leadership and that's something we have been looking for.
"He might be underestimated by people outside this club, I don't know, but anyone who knows football and knows our squad knows that Alex is a big part of it in the way he commands on the park and the way he leads by example.
"He holds high standards for himself and other people and sometimes you need people on the park to set those standards.
"He is quality on the ball, he dictates play and that's something that we need."
Accies trail second-bottom St Mirren by seven points and travel to Tayside on the back of a routine 2-0 defeat by Celtic at Parkhead.
However, Taylor remains upbeat about the prospect of avoiding the drop.
"We have always been positive, we are still positive and we are confident that we will win enough games to be safe," he said.
"We are in the right frame of mind to go and win games.
"I think we just lacked a little bit of luck before Christmas and just after it but that luck will turn when you work hard and that's what you are looking for."
Daly back with a bang
Jon Daly scored an injury-time winner on his comeback from hernia surgery to secure Dundee United a third Clydesdale Bank Premier League win in little over a week - 2-1 against Hamilton.
Daly slotted home almost two minutes after regulation time had elapsed following a clever pass from David Goodwillie, who had levelled just before the interval.
Flavio Paixao had claimed a richly-deserved opener for a Hamilton side featuring just one natural defender and the bottom club were denied a strong penalty claim in the latter stages of the second half.
The Tayside club are now just two points behind fourth-placed Kilmarnock following wins over Inverness, Aberdeen and luckless Accies, who remain seven points adrift and without a win since October.
United manager Peter Houston admitted he would leave players out with Sunday's Scottish Cup quarter-final against Motherwell in mind, although he had no choice but to lose Craig Conway after the winger aggravated a thigh injury in Monday's 3-1 win over Aberdeen.
Danny Swanson and Prince Buaben dropped to the bench with Johnny Russell, Andis Shala and David Robertson promoted.
Mark McLaughlin joined Martin Canning on the injured list for Hamilton to leave them short of defenders.
Their central defence comprised David Elebert and Simon Mensing, who made his name as a midfielder, and wingers Dougie Imrie and Jim McAlister started at full-back.
Hamilton's makeshift defence was rarely tested in the opening half hour as they controlled possession with Paixao, Gary McDonald and Ali Crawford all supporting centre-forward Mickael Antoine-Curier.
Accies created the first chance when Paixao headed Imrie's cross into the path of McDonald, who was closed down as he aimed a side-footed effort towards the bottom corner from 15 yards, with Dusan Pernis getting down to hold.
The visitors came closer when Barry Douglas cleared Mensing's header off the line following Crawford's corner.
Hamilton soon took the lead from another corner in the 26th minute. Imrie swung the ball beyond the far post and Mensing headed over Pernis into the goalmouth, where United captain Scott Robertson and Paixao challenged in the air. One of them headed the ball into the roof of the net, with Paixao running away to celebrate.
The Portuguese winger almost doubled the lead when he ran onto Jon Routledge's diagonal ball and fired a bouncing volley just wide from 25 yards.
United got in behind their visitors for the first time when Russell sped away from Mensing, but Imrie read his low cross and flicked the ball to safety as Goodwillie prepared to finish.
The hosts continued to improve and got a break in the 42nd minute when a Douglas corner fell kindly for Goodwillie, who lashed the ball into the roof of the net from six yards.
Paixao, who was wearing a snood despite the International FA Board banning them with immediate effect last week, carved out the first chance of the second half but Antoine-Curier failed to connect properly with a header despite getting away from Timothy van der Meulen.
Mensing headed wide after another deep corner by Imrie before Goodwillie shot over from a tight angle after negotiating his way past three men.
Hamilton club captain Alex Neil, who made a brief but aborted comeback in October, came on for the injured Mark Carrington around the hour mark.
United began to push Hamilton back and brought on Buaben and Swanson in a bid to find some creativity with the former almost proving the difference with a 30-yard snap-shot that Tomas Cerny dived to push over.
Imrie moved from left-back to centre-forward following the introduction of Gavin Skelton but again a United substitute almost had an instant impact as Daly just failed to connect properly with a Douglas corner.
McAlister drove just wide from 20 yards at the other end and United had a huge let-off in the 79th minute when Van der Meulen brought down Imrie.
The Hamilton player looked at least a yard inside the box but referee Willie Collum awarded a free-kick.
Accies almost snatched a late winner when Routledge's first-time effort drifted just over the top corner following Imrie's cutback.
But they were undone when Goodwillie's neat reverse pass freed Daly to slot into the bottom corner from 14 yards.
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