Dundee United 2-1 Hamilton: ‘Calm Clark’ delights Tangerines boss

Dundee United 2-1 Hamilton: ‘Calm Clark’ delights Tangerines boss

Nicky Clark scores
Nicky Clark scored twice in 4 minutes, beginning with this strike

Nicky Clark’s “calmness” delighted supervisor Micky Mellon as Dundee United got here from behind to beat Scottish Premiership backside facet Hamilton.

Clark struck twice after Ross Callachan had headed Accies in entrance.

Callachan then missed a penalty as United moved inside 5 factors of fourth-place Hibernian.

“It fell to the suitable man on the proper time,” Mellon stated after his facet prolonged their unbeaten run to seven video games in all competitions.

“For Nicky Clark to point out that calmness and go and slot that twice with these two finishes is nice credit score to him and tells you what a prime participant he’s.”

Hamilton are actually 4 factors behind St Mirren having performed a recreation extra.

Adrian Sporle couldn’t join with Marc McNulty’s low cross in United’s first critical advance and Clark had two free-kick efforts earlier than the break.

McNulty’s chip nearly unlocked Accies within the second half however goalkeeper Ryan Fulton did effectively to succeed in the ball earlier than Clark.

Hamilton broke ahead by Scott McMann and his cross discovered Callachan on his personal to nod previous Benjamin Siegrist.

The hosts needed to present resolve and McNulty squared for Clark to fit of their equaliser.

And, after a headed clearance by the guests, McNulty nodded into Clark’s path and his half-volleyed end confirmed each confidence and sophistication as Fulton was left helpless.

There was nonetheless yet one more twist within the story as Jamie Robson was penalised for handball and Callachan sized up an opportunity to double his tally. He obtained all of it flawed, although, because the ball sailed over.

Man of the match – Nicky Clark

Nicky Clark scores
Clark, seen right here scoring the winner, was a continuing menace and took his two objectives in fashion

What did we be taught?

After 29 objectives for membership and nation final season, Lawrence Shankland was considered Dundee United’s important objective menace going into this marketing campaign.

However it’s Clark who’s nearing double figures together with his brace taking him on to 9, whereas McNulty’s two assists confirmed he will be an ready foil for a strike accomplice.

Having misplaced 26 objectives in seven video games in all competitions going into this one and with no clear sheet since August, Hamilton desperately wanted a momentum shift.

A part of that mission was about limiting Dundee United and the opposite was discovering the online. That they had executed each with 16 minutes left however their collapse and missed penalty demonstrates their insecurity and so they want factors rapidly to keep away from being reduce adrift.

What did they are saying?

Dundee United supervisor Micky Mellon: “To achieve factors within the Scottish Premiership is all the time very laborious. What I used to be most happy about was the composure that the gamers confirmed to get themselves again into the sport and rating two terrific objectives.

“We obtained a extremely beneficial three factors. Now we’re trying up. We won’t get carried away. We all know how troublesome it’s to get outcomes on this division, it is robust.”

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice: “It was an enormous enchancment on the previous couple of video games. Actually, actually disillusioned. We undoubtedly did not deserve that.

“I am unable to criticise my group one little bit. They gave me the whole lot. It should not have taken a penalty kick to get one thing out the sport as a result of the boys have been wonderful.”

What’s subsequent?

Hamilton host Aberdeen on Wednesday and either side have a free weekend after that, having missed out on the final 16 of the Scottish League Cup. On 5 December, Hamilton are at dwelling to Kilmarnock and United go to Livingston.

Participant of the match

ClarkNicky Clark

Dundee United

  1. Squad quantity10Participant titleClark

  2. Squad quantity9Participant titleMcNulty

  3. Squad quantity1Participant titleSiegrist

  4. Squad quantity2Participant titleSmith

  5. Squad quantity12Participant titleEdwards

  6. Squad quantitythreeParticipant titleSpörle

  7. Squad quantity66Participant titleFuchs

  8. Squad quantity18Participant titleButcher

  9. Squad quantity24Participant titleShankland

  10. Squad quantity23Participant titleHarkes

  11. Squad quantity6Participant titleReynolds

  12. Squad quantity7Participant titleMcMullan

  13. Squad quantity17Participant titleRobson

  14. Squad quantity5Participant titleConnolly

  15. Squad quantity20Participant titleBolton

Hamilton Academical

  1. Squad quantity23Participant titleFulton

  2. Squad quantity2Participant titleOdoffin

  3. Squad quantity32Participant titleSmith

  4. Squad quantity16Participant titleMartin

  5. Squad quantity34Participant titleCallachan

  6. Squad quantity9Participant titleOgkmpoe

  7. Squad quantity27Participant titleHodson

  8. Squad quantity20Participant titleMoyo

  9. Squad quantityfourParticipant titleStirling

  10. Squad quantity5Participant titleEaston

  11. Squad quantityeightParticipant titleMartin

  12. Squad quantitythreeParticipant titleMcMann


Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 5Connolly
  • 12Edwards
  • 6ReynoldsSubstituted forRobsonat 67′minutes
  • threeSpörleSubstituted forBoltonat 53′minutes
  • 66FuchsBooked at 59minutesSubstituted forHarkesat 60′minutes
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forShanklandat 53′minutes
  • 18ButcherBooked at 45minutes
  • 10ClarkBooked at 86minutes
  • 9McNulty


  • fourPowers
  • 17Robson
  • 19Mehmet
  • 20Bolton
  • 23Harkes
  • 24Shankland
  • 25Fotheringham
  • 27Appéré
  • 30Neilson


  • 23Fulton
  • fourStirling
  • 16MartinBooked at 25minutes
  • 5EastonBooked at 90minutesSubstituted forMoyoat 90+1′minutes
  • 34Callachan
  • 27Hodson
  • 2OdoffinBooked at 27minutes
  • eightMartin
  • threeMcMann
  • 9Ogkmpoe
  • 32Smith


  • 6Hamilton
  • 15Hughes
  • 17Stanger
  • 18Mimnaugh
  • 20Moyo
  • 21Munro
  • 22Gourlay
  • 24Thomas

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