Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Saturday February 5 2011
New Douglas Park
Sat 5th Feb
Holders Dundee United have an early kick-off as they visit Hamilton Academical at New Douglas Park for their Scottish Cup fifth round tie on Saturday afternoon. In the previous round they defeated Ross County on penalties after a couple of scoreless games. The Accies made it to this stage by overcoming Alloa Athletic.
"It's a good tie for us. All the pressure is on them as they are the holders," Hamilton assistant manager Stuart Taylor told BBC Scotland. "They are a good side, well experienced, but they have certainly got their weaknesses and that is what we have highlighted to go and try to win the game. We've got a decent record against them in the past couple of seasons since we came up to the SPL so we just need to have the same discipline about us and be as positive as we have been in the last few seasons against them."
"We could quite easily be out of the cup, let's be honest about it," Dundee United manager BBC Scotland. "We missed the first penalty in the shootout against Ross County and had to rely on Stevie Banks and other guys to get us through. Every team who has won a cup or done well in one would probably look back to a moment in a certain game and say it proved pivotal for them. But Hamilton will be a massive test and I will be warning the players they can't afford to give teams chances."
Hamilton have no new injury concerns with Mark McLaughlin set to return after missing their midweek defeat against St Johnstone through the effects of whiplash.
Was on target in the last round victory over Alloa.
Midfielder Morgaro Gomis needs a late fitness check while former Ajax defender Timothy van der Meulen will probably start on the bench. Darren Dods, Scott Severin and Paul Dixon remain sidelined.
Back amongst the goals in the recent 3-0 romp against Hibernian.
Hamilton were defeated 2-0 at St Johnstone in midweek while Dundee United warmed up for the tie with a convincing 3-0 home victory against Hibernian in their latest game.
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Date:Saturday February 5 2011
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