Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Saturday February 26 2011
New Douglas Park
Sat 26th Feb
Dundee United are back at New Douglas Park taking on Hamilton Academical, only three weeks after gaining a 3-1 Scottish Cup victory at the same venue. The hosts are looking increasingly isolated at the bottom of the table, where they now trail St Mirren by eight points. Their opponents are currently in seventh position but only six points short of fourth-placed Kilmarnock with three games in hand.
"We need to start winning games. It's going to be difficult," Hamilton manager Billy Reid told BBC Scotland. "The win for St Mirren was a kick in the teeth that we probably needed. We've got some points to make up and it has to start on Saturday. Our home form has been poor. I've tried different formations and different personnel. When you are not winning games you are frustrated, but I have not changed much from what has served me well in the last seven or eight years."
"It is congested in our area of the table as teams try to get into the top six so that is why the games we have coming up are vital to us," Dundee United boss Peter Houston told BBC Scotland. "We need to try to get three points from games rather than one. We got a really professional performance from the players down there in the Scottish Cup but I think this will be a different type of game because Hamilton will be stronger than they were that day. If we get the same result I will be delighted - but we are going to have to work really hard for the victory."
Accies are starting to get players returning with Simon Mensing and James Chambers back in their squad, while James Gibson has also recently resumed full training.
Hamilton Academical (from): Cerny, Elebert, Canning, McLaughlin, Hasselbaink, McDonald, Mensing, Skelton, McAlister, Routledge, Antoine-Curier, Imrie, Flavio Paixao, Elliot, Buchanan, Murdoch, Carrington, Casalinuovo, Graham
Czech Republic Under-21 international goalkeeper.
Craig Conway and Danny Swanson both returned for the visitors at St Johnstone, but skipper Jon Daly is still on the sidelines along with defenders Garry Kenneth, Mihael Kovacevic, Darren Dods and Scott Severin.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Van der Maulen, Watson, Douglas, Swanson, Gomis, Conway, Buaben, Armstrong, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Conway, Goodwillie, Russell, Banks, Dow, Smith
His availability is a major boost for the visitors still missing a number of key players.
Hamilton have lost all three league games since going down 3-1 at home to the Terrors in the Scottish Cup. A 2-0 defeat to Hearts at New Douglas Park was followed by successive 1-0 away defeats at Motherwell and Aberdeen. Meanwhile, United have lost at home to Celtic 3-1, then suffered an unfortunate 2-1 reversal at Hearts, and most recently been involved in a scoreless draw at St Johnstone.
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Date:Saturday February 26 2011
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