Super-sub Goodwillie sinks Accies

Goodwillie, who was arrested in midweek, was dropped to the bench

for the Scottish Premier League encounter. But the 21-year-old

scored in his sixth consecutive SPL match seven minutes after

coming on to earn United a deserved three points. United manager

Peter Houston made a number of changes as a result of the alleged

disturbance in Glasgow city centre in the early hours of Wednesday

morning. Goodwillie, who was released without charge on Thursday,

dropped out along with Barry Douglas, who was listed by United as

one of four players they understood to have been involved in the

incident. Another, Danny Swanson, was missing from the squad after

suffering facial injuries. Houston felt “let down” by his players

following the incident, which led to youth team player Scott Allan

being charged with assault to severe injury when he appeared at

Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday alongside two other men. But the

United boss, who brought in Paul Dixon, Danny Cadamarteri and

Johnny Russell and dropped Jon Daly to the bench, would have been

heartened with the way his side took control against Accies,

despite their struggle to find a breakthrough. The game almost

started badly for the visitors though as Hamilton had the ball in

the net inside the first minute, but the assistant referee’s flag

came to their rescue. Marco Paixao had slid in to rob Keith Watson

as the United full-back tried to shepherd the ball out, and crossed

for Dougie Imrie to head home just as Calum Murray blew for a

goal-kick. The Hamilton forwards protested against the borderline

decision, given from 50 yards away. Paixao, in for Nigel

Hasselbaink despite the Dutchman’s brilliant winner at Motherwell

last weekend, and twin Flavio showed some good early touches. But

United soon began to control possession before passing up the first

real chance when Scott Robertson sliced wide from 18 yards after

space opened up following a throw-in. United continued to edge play

and Sean Dillon and Russell were both presented with headed

opportunities but they were far from clear-cut and again Cerny was

not troubled. Goodwillie emerged to warm up around the half-hour

mark to cheers from the visiting supporters but there was little

else to shout about for the rest of the half. Goodwillie was told

to get stripped as Cadamarteri limped his way through the early

stages of the second half but the former Everton forward recovered

to cross well for Prince Buaben, who was narrowly wide with an

overhead kick. The unmarked Russell failed to connect properly with

Dixon’s deep corner and Accies manager Billy Reid brought in

Hasselbaink in a bid to turn the tide. Jim Goodwin departed with

Imrie dropping back. United remained on top though and Morgaro

Gomis saw a shot comfortably held after a positive run before the

Czech keeper made a more impressive save to catch Buaben’s angled

drive following Russell’s cutback. Goodwillie eventually came on in

the 69th minute as Houston swapped Cadamarteri and Russell for his

first-choice partnership of Daly and the Scotland Under-21 player.

Hamilton also made a change with Grant Gillespie replacing Mark

Mclaughlin. Daly had an immediate chance when Buaben threaded a

pass into his stride but the Irishman could not get enough on the

ball to steer it past Cerny. Accies countered and Flavio Paixao’s

low drive was held by Dusan Pernis before Cerny gathered Buaben’s

powerful long-range drive at the second attempt. The game was

growing far more lively and Goodwillie again grabbed the headlines

when he netted in the 76th minute. Martin Canning and David Elebert

appeared to get in each other’s way as they failed to clear Dixon’s

deep cross and Goodwillie calmly slotted the ball home from 10

yards. Hamilton brought on Damian Casalinuovo and he almost netted

against his former club with three minutes left when his 18-yard

strike crash off the junction off post and bar.