By Ben McNicol
Hamilton and Dundee United were unable to unlock the others defence during a 0-0 draw.
Micky Mellon’s side had the better of the first half chances but were unable to convert. It was a similar story in the second 45 as this time it was Brian Rice’s team who were toothless in front of goal.
It was a very slow start to the game, with the first effort at goal not arriving until the 26th minute, and what a big chance it was. Dillion Powers’ lovely cross into found the head of Ian Harkes six yards from goal, but his header was brilliantly saved by Ryan Fulton as he managed to deflect it over the bar.
Hamilton managed to slice open the Tangerines defence up the other end as Callum Smith was played in behind. However, he lost all composure at the vital moment. and blasted over from 18-yards.
Accies started the second half on the front-foot, nearly opening the scoring on the 50th minute through Lee Hodson, who’s effort was well saved by Benjamin Siegrist. Rice’s side continued to mount the pressure on the visitors as Hakeem Odoffin’s low drive towards the bottom corner was tipped around the post by the United goalkeeper before David Moyo spurned an excellent chance.
The Arabs began to work their way back into this one, with Harkes and Lawrence Shankland linking up well before the Scotland caps whistling 25-yard effort went inches wide of the upright.
Dundee United were almost gifted the opener when Robson’s floated ball for Clark looked to have been easily dealt with by Brian Easton until he slipped while trying to clear. Luckily for Accies, Fulton was alert to the danger before Clark could finish.
United looked the likelier of the two sides if anyone was going to steal all three points, but they couldn’t break through a dogged Hamilton defence. Here are three things we learned.
It wasn’t as dull as Morton vs Dunfermline at Cappielow on Friday night but it certainly wasn’t great. Rice and Mellon both seemed reasonably pleased post-match, admitting it was point gained rather than two points dropped.
Dundee United are becoming the Premiership draw specialists. Today’s result made it three consecutive draws as well as this being their fifth stalemate of the season.
Hamilton need a hitman
Brian Rice admitted recently that he’s been waking up in the middle of the night thinking about a new striker and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why.
Hamilton managed to put together a couple of well-worked moves this afternoon, but Smith and Moyo were culpable of missing their opportunities which they should’ve done much better with.
Easton and Aaron Martin returned to the Hamilton defence and they brought the best out of 18-year-old Jamie Hamilton who was exceptional. Most importantly, they’ve managed to keep another clean sheet.
However, as mentioned previously, their strikers are not scoring and ultimately goals win games. The signing of a striker is an absolute must this month.